The APS confers a range of awards and prizes each year to honour outstanding achievements in psychology. The recipients of the 2012 APS awards are profiled below.

President’s Award for Distinguished Contribution to Psychology in Australia

The Award recognises distinguished contributions to Australian psychology by psychologists at later career stage.

John O’Gorman

Emeritus Professor John O’Gorman FAPS has held a number of leadership positions over many years within the university sector, and throughout his career as a practising organisational psychologist he has been an influential role model and mentor. John worked for several years as an organisational psychologist with the Australian Army Psychology Corps, where he held senior positions and conducted research on selection practices, job satisfaction, staff turnover and mental health. John then moved to the tertiary education sector where he held appointments at the University of New England (UNE), Griffith University (GU) and the Australian Catholic University (ACU). Senior leadership appointments have included Dean of the Faculty of Arts at UNE, Foundation Professor of Psychology at GU and Foundation Dean of the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Science (later Health Sciences) (1990–1999), and Pro Vice Chancellor at ACU (2004–2009). At GU he helped develop an innovative undergraduate program in behavioural science and postgraduate programs in both clinical and organisational psychology. John is an Emeritus Professor of both ACU and GU and currently is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Applied Psychology, which he founded, and in the Behavioural Basis of Health program, and from time to time the Acting Director of the Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention at Griffith University.

John has continued to be a productive researcher and teacher including authoring two books, writing over 80 refereed articles in national and international journals, and supervising a large number of Masters (both research and professional) and PhD students. John has also made a significant contribution within the community as Chair of the Psychologists Board of Queensland (1992–1998) and continues to contribute through his work with Clemente Australia, a tertiary education program for those with multiple disadvantage. 

John has been a member of the APS for over 40 years and was nominated as a Fellow in 1990, and during this time has made a significant contribution to the Society. John has served as Chair of the APS Course Development and Accreditation Committee (1991–1995) and was a member of Council of the Society, Chair of the Board (now College) of Organisational Psychologists (1991–1993), Chair of the National Regulatory Developments Working Party for the APS College of Organisational Psychologists (2009–2010), Editor of the Australian Journal of Psychology (1991–1994), and Chair of the APS National Conference Organising Committee (1993, 2001). 

Distinguished Contribution to Psychological Science Award

The Award recognises distinguished theoretical or empirical contributions to psychology at mid- or later career stage.

Jason Mattingley

Professor Jason Mattingley MAPS completed his PhD in 1995 on mechanisms of selective attention in health and disease at Monash University with Emeritus Professor John Bradshaw, and was subsequently awarded an NHMRC Training Fellowship to undertake postdoctoral research at the University of Cambridge. Jason is now one of Australia’s most respected experimental psychologists who is currently Foundation Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Queensland, where he holds joint appointments in the School of Psychology and Queensland Brain Institute. Jason’s research spans the broad field of cognitive neuroscience, with particular emphasis on the mechanisms underlying visual perception, selective attention and motor control. A unique feature of his approach is using non-invasive brain imaging and brain stimulation techniques to investigate various aspects of cognition in healthy individuals and in patients with neuropsychological impairments arising from brain injury. Jason has published more than 200 articles in scholarly journals and books, including numerous papers in Nature and Science. He currently sits on the editorial boards of several international journals, including Brain and Cognition, Cognitive Neuroscience, Cortex and Neuropsychologia. His research has been funded continuously by both ARC and NHMRC grants which total in excess of $12 million. In 2012 he was awarded a prestigious ARC Laureate Fellowship in recognition of his outstanding personal contributions to human cognitive neuroscience. Jason has received Early Career Awards from the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and the APS. In 2007 he was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. He currently sits on the Australian Academy of Science’s National Committee for Brain and Mind.

Distinguished Contribution to Psychological Education Award

The Award recognises outstanding contribution to the education of psychologists in Australia over an extended period.

Frances Martin

Associate Professor Frances Martin MAPS completed her PhD in visual processing and reading disability at the University of Tasmania in 1987 and subsequently continued research into cognitive processes through an NHMRC Fellowship. She has held various academic positions at the University of Tasmania since 1996 and was appointed as Associate Professor at the University of Newcastle in 2012. Frances’ teaching interests include the areas of research methods, cognitive processes and human neuroscience, and she is particularly interested in extending critical analysis skills across the undergraduate cohort. Frances was a key member of the Disciplinary Project team funded by the Australian Universities Teaching Committee/Carrick Institute. She has been heavily involved in governance and scholarship work at the University of Tasmania, the University of Newcastle and nationally, supporting wider change in the teaching of psychology and particularly in enhancing student writing skills. At national, faculty and school levels, she has been actively engaged in the development of curricula, in the maintenance of academic standards, and in the development of resources and services within psychology. Frances was instrumental in setting up the APS Interest Group for Psychology Education and is currently the co-convenor. She was a member of the ALTC Discipline Based Initiative awarded to Associate Professor Jacquelyn Cranney MAPS, which investigated the future of psychology and graduate attributes for psychology. Frances has received numerous awards including a Board of Graduate Research Award for Significant Contribution to Graduate Research Supervision and Education (2007), a Vice Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Learning (2009) and an ALTC Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (2010).

Early Career Research Award

The Award recognises excellence in scientific achievement in psychology among psychologists at early career stage.

Jee Hyun Kim

Dr Jee Hyun Kim MAPS graduated from the University of New South Wales with the University Medal in Psychology and the APS Prize for best performance in Honours. In 2008 she completed her PhD at UNSW on memory retrieval, forgetting, inhibition and erasure using rodent models, and was awarded the APS Award for Excellent PhD Thesis in Psychology. Her research has demonstrated that the storage of fear memories is different and that fear may even be erased early in life. Jee Hyun has over 16 original publications to date and has been cited more than 200 times. In 2012, Jee Hyun joined the Florey Neuroscience Institute at the University of Melbourne, and currently leads a research team working on memory aspects of anxiety disorders and drug addiction. She received an inaugural Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (2012) from the Australian Research Council for a project investigating extinction of drug-seeking in adolescent rodents. Other prizes received by Jee Hyan include an International Society for Developmental Psychobiology Dissertation Award (2009) and a UNSW U-committee Award for Research Excellence in Science (2010).

Audrey McKinlay

Dr Audrey McKinlay MAPS gained her PhD in 2009 from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and is currently a lecturer within the School of Psychology and Psychiatry at Monash University and Adjunct Research Fellow at the University of Canterbury. Audrey has been a named investigator on grants totalling more than 1.6 million and recently received an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Research Award. For ten years, Audrey has been investigating the long-term outcomes of paediatric traumatic brain injury. Her current research program examines aspects of child and adult traumatic brain injury and the long-term outcomes of very early mild injury, with research demonstrating that these injuries may be associated with significant impairments in later life. Audrey leads the Melbourne Concussion Clinic at Monash University, which provides services to promote and support recovery for children and adults experiencing problems following concussion. She has also undertaken a major body of research examining cognitive and psychiatric problems for individuals with Parkinson's disease, including pre-clinical dementia. As an early career researcher, Audrey has had 24 peer reviewed journal publications and has contributed a number of book chapters and other publications nationally and internationally.

Early Career Teaching Award

The Award recognises teachers of psychology in Australian universities in early career stage who show potential for excellence.

Erin O’Connor

Dr Erin O’Connor Assoc MAPS completed her PhD at the Queensland University of Technology in 2008 and is currently the first year experience coordinator, the work placement coordinator, and staff coordinator for the peer mentoring program for Behavioural Sciences at QUT. Erin combines her experience as a practising psychologist, learning designer and teaching-focused postdoctoral scholar to create a strong learner-teacher collaborative approach to support students’ learning and professional development. In 2008, Erin developed one of the first problem-based professional development units for Australian first-year psychology students and one of the earliest work-integrated learning units for undergraduate psychology students in South-East Queensland. This curriculum has informed the adoption of similar models at other institutions. Erin’s innovative curricula have resulted in improved student employability outcomes by enabling students to prepare for future professions and gain confidence in their own skills and abilities. Erin has contributed to adult learning and higher education research through a number of publications, and is an executive member of the Higher Education Research Network at QUT. Erin’s outstanding contributions to teaching and curriculum development were recognised through a QUT Vice Chancellor’s Performance Award (2011).

Award for Excellent PhD Thesis in Psychology

The Award recognises outstanding research in psychology by students who have recently completed a PhD at an Australian university.

Amy Lampard
University of Western Australia
Thes is title – An evaluation of the cognitive-behavioural theory of bulimia nervosa

The thesis examined the role that dietary restraint plays in the maintenance of binge eating amongst patients seeking treatment for bulimia nervosa. The results of the research suggest that treatment providers should assess for maintaining mechanisms beyond dietary restraint, including mood intolerance and interpersonal problems. Addressing these factors more comprehensively may improve treatment outcomes for patients with bulimia. The research resulted in the Australian and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED) Young Investigator Award (2011) for the best research presentation delivered by an early career researcher at the 2011 ANZAED conference.

Amy Morgan
The University of Melbourne
Thesis title – Promotion of self-help strategies for sub-threshold depression: An e-mental health randomised controlled trial

The thesis aimed to investigate whether self-help strategies could reduce symptoms of sub-threshold depression and prevent major depression, with a novel intervention called Mood Memos, which sends short, persuasive emails with evidence-based advice on effective self-help for depression. The intervention was evaluated in a randomised controlled trial with more than 1,300 participants. The results demonstrated that the emails improved depression symptoms and this was mediated by changed self-help behaviour. The Mood Memos intervention is automated and could be widely disseminated with the potential to reduce the large burden of disease from depression.

Jillian Pearsall-Jones
Curtin University
Thesis title – An investigation of motor and attentional deficits in children and adolescents using the monozygotic co-twin control design

The thesis explored the relationship between Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), comparing identical twins in sets in which one, both or neither had the disorder. The outcomes of the research were that DCD and ADHD have different causal pathways, and that DCD and Cerebral Palsy have similar causal pathways and fall on a continuum. This thesis was recognised with a Chancellor's Commendation (Exceptional Higher Degree by Research Thesis) and an APS Interest Group Thesis Award for Studies in Intellectual and or Developmental Disability and Psychology.

Quincy Wong
University of New South Wales
Thesis title – The role of ruminative thinking in social phobia

The thesis examined the relationship between two factors involved in the maintenance of social phobia: ruminative thinking and specific maladaptive beliefs characteristic of the disorder. The research demonstrated that the nature of the relationship between these two factors is dependent on the timing of the occurrence of the ruminative thinking in relation to a social-evaluative situation, as well as the processing mode adopted during rumination. The doctoral research led to an Early Career Fellowship from the National Health and Medical Research Council.

APS Prize

The Prize is awarded to each student who gains first place at the end of an accredited fourth year program in psychology in Australian universities and higher education providers offering a program.

Sophie Parham
Australian Catholic University
Thesis title – Images and false recall: Evidence for a relational/item-specific trade-off in short-term memory

Pauline D'Rozario
Australian College of Applied Psychology
Thesis title – The relationship between reliance on external memory aids and prospective memory performance on a laboratory-based and naturalistic prospective memory task

Joanne Lane
Australian National University
Thesis title – Integrating holistic processing and face space coding approaches to the perception of facial identity

Angela Glindemann
Bond University
Thesis title – Perceived benefits and adjustment to caring for older adults: The moderating role of stress appraisal

Julijana Chochovski
Cairnmillar Institute
Thesis title – Recovery after unsuccessful in vitro fertilisation: The complex role of resilience and marital relationships

Belinda Goodwin
Central Queensland University
Thesis title – Coping with peer rejection in early adolescence: The role of cognitive reappraisal, co-rumination, rejection sensitivity and gender

Kate Savage
Charles Darwin University
Thesis title – Are Australian women embracing the 'super woman' ideal?

Tammy Orreal-Scarborough
Charles Sturt University
Thesis title – Suicidality as a function of post-traumatic stress disorder and relationship quality in Australian Vietnam veterans and their partners

Emma Penman
Curtin University
Thesis title – The right to grieve: Public perceptions of grief following bereavement

Rebecca Fitzpatrick
Deakin University
Thesis title – The relationship between sign-tracking, impulsivity and alcohol use

Rebecca New
Edith Cowan University
Thesis title – African refugee mothers’ experiences of their children’s school readiness and the role of supported playgroup

Benjamin Castine
Flinders University
Thesis title – The effect of distractor stimulation on horizontal and vertical perceptual asymmetries

Dagmara Rychter
Griffith University
Thesis title – The psychological effects of paracetamol

Mercia Wessels
James Cook University
Thesis title – Liking on facebook: The relationships between attachment styles and facebook behaviour

Michelle Coleman
La Trobe University
Thesis title – The effect of induced mood on hemispheric asymmetries for language and face processing

Jasmina Vrankovic
Macquarie University
Thesis title – Selection by semantic category: Performance in iconic memory tasks using word stimuli

Aron Hill
Monash University
Thesis title – Emotional modulation of the mirror neuron system: A transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) study

Laura Thompson
Murdoch University
Thesis title – Desiring to be desired: A discursive analysis of women’s responses to the ‘raunch culture’ debates

Melissa Greben
Queensland University of Technology
Thesis title – Psychotherapeutic treatment for persons with schizophrenia: Recovery and narrative processes

Jasmine Trigwell
RMIT University
Thesis title – Nature connectedness and eudemonic wellbeing: Spirituality as a potential mediator

Alison Young
Southern Cross University
Thesis title – The initial transposed-letter effect: A comparison between English and Thai visual word recognition

Lauren Pigdon
Swinburne University of Technology
Thesis title – Neural correlates of auditory change detection in infants at high-risk of autism spectrum disorders

Carly Sutherland
University of Adelaide
Thesis title – Knowledge, skills and attitudes (KSAS) of rural and remote psychologists

Joanna Tran
University of Ballarat
Thesis title – The relationship between different facets of impulsivity and alcohol use patterns in emerging adulthood

Amanda Markovic
University of Canberra
Thesis title – Arthur or Martha: Investigating gender differences in attitudes concerning dementia

Nicholas Burden
University of Melbourne
Thesis title – Perceptions of humanness over time

Rhiannon Hampton
University of Newcastle
Thesis title – Health risk behaviours and preventative health care delivery: A comparison of generalist and specialist mental health community services

Michael Walton
University of New England
Thesis title – Understanding hypersexuality

Caitlin Sien Ming Cowan
University of New South Wales
Thesis title – Probiotic treatment attenuates the impact of early life stress on memory and extinction in infant rats

Kathleen Kjelsaas
University of Queensland
Thesis title – Men in pink collars: Stereotype threat and disengagement among male primary school teachers

Laura McLaughlin Engfors
University of South Australia
Thesis title – Individual differences in face perception: A role for personality

Nicole McDonald
University of Southern Queensland
Thesis title – The reciprocal relationships between negative problem orientation, mindfulness and depression: A path analysis

Monika Kent
University of Sydney
Thesis title – The effect of concurrent conditioning during extinction on recovery of responding at test in the rat

Caitlin Foley
University of Tasmania
Thesis title – The impact of serotonin (5-HT) on lateral inhibition among V1 and V2 orientation-selective neurons

Ben Lane
University of the Sunshine Coast
Thesis title – Parent and teacher perceptions of adaptive and challenging behaviour in young children with autism spectrum disorders

Serena Cribb
University of Western Australia
Thesis title – Critical input features for global shape processing

Jennifer Read
University of Western Sydney
Thesis title – Investigating mindfulness, premenstrual coping and premenstrual distress in women’s experience of premenstrual change

Claire Mogensen
University of Wollongong
Thesis title – The talker variability effect in serial recall: A reflection of typical processing or specific task demand?

Melanie McGuire
Victoria University
Thesis title – Work stress, work-life balance and employer support for Australian academics

InPsych February 2013


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