The APS confers a range of awards and prizes each year to honour outstanding achievements in psychology. The recipients of the 2013 APS awards are profiled below.

President’s Award for Distinguished Contribution to Psychology in Australia

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

Marie Joyce

Associate Professor Marie Joyce OAM FAPS is an Honorary Fellow at the Australian Catholic University (ACU). This position completes a long and distinguished career at ACU in a number of leadership positions, including Head of the School of Social Science and Head of the Department of Psychology. Throughout her employment at ACU, Marie has inspired many future psychologists and facilitated their development as practitioners. As well as being an academic, Marie is a clinical psychologist, and brings a theoretically-informed approach to psychological practice. Marie has written extensively on rational-emotive therapy, particularly in relation to working with children and adolescents, and has been a leading proponent of this approach to psychological intervention. She has been a member of the Faculty Board of the Australian Institute of Rational-Emotive Behaviour Therapy, as well as an Associate Fellow of the Albert Ellis Institute.

Marie has a deep interest in spiritual and ethical aspects of psychological practice and in 2000 was a founding member of the Refugee Tertiary Education Committee, committed to providing outreach from Australian Universities to refugees on the Thai-Burma border. Marie contributed to the imagination, energy and spiritual hope that delivered higher education to camp-based refugees via the internet. The number of graduates in Thailand is now more than 120. In 2008 the project received the Business/Higher Education Round Table Award for Best International Collaboration in Research and Development or Education and Training. Marie has since disseminated the learning from this experience in a book chapter published in 2011. The project has now been adapted in many areas of need around the world, and is as much about peace-building as it is about education. Marie’s selfless approach to her involvement in this worthy project has been the hallmark of an outstanding career as an academic and psychologist.

Marie has been a member of the APS for over 25 years and the APS College of Clinical Psychologists for over 16 years, and was elected as a Fellow in 1999. Marie’s contribution to the APS has included sharing her extensive knowledge of ethical issues through the APS Ethics Committee (1996-2004, with the latter four years as Chair) and the Ethical Guidelines Committee (2000-2010, with the latter six years as Chair). She has also served on the APS Membership Affairs Advisory Board (1997-2000) and the Constitutional and Legal Advisory Committee (2004-2005).

Distinguished Contribution to Psychological Science Award

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

Helen Christensen

Professor Helen Christensen MAPS completed her PhD in psychology at the University of NSW and post-doctoral training at St Thomas’ Hospital, London. Helen is currently the Executive Director of the Black Dog Institute and a Professor of Mental Health at the University of New South Wales. She is also a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) John Cade Fellow, and a member of the Academy of Social Sciences, Australia. She was previously the Director of the Centre for Mental Health Research, e-hub for mental health and wellbeing, at the Australian National University, and is the immediate past President of the International Society for Research in Internet Interventions. Helen’s areas of research interest include the evaluation of internet applications/online programs for the prevention and treatment of mental disorders, the quality of websites, the integration of new technologies into health care, and the development of evidence-informed policy and methods to measure impact and dissemination. Helen is the author of over 400 refereed journal articles, seven consumer books, and three open access websites. She has supervised numerous PhD students who have advanced to the Fellowship Scheme of the NHMRC, or to senior positions in research and teaching. She has introduced mentoring programs within two universities and within capacity building grants through the NHMRC. Helen is a leader in e-health in Australia and in 2013 received the International Society for Research on Internet Interventions Leadership Award, the Founder’s Medal, Australasian Society for Psychiatric Research, and the NHMRC John Cade Fellowship in Mental Health Research, and was a finalist in the University of NSW Innovation Awards.

Distinguished Contribution to Psychological Education Award

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

Simon Crowe

Professor Simon Crowe FAPS has been a committed and involved psychology educator since 1983. This is reflected in his teaching at all levels of the psychology curriculum, from his involvement in the development of the high school curriculum in psychology and being Chief Examiner for the VCE, through coordinating the first year undergraduate program at La Trobe University, involvement in teaching in the second and third undergraduate years, and supervising more than 40 honours theses and 40 doctoral degrees. He is also committed to the continuing education of psychologists and is a frequent presenter of professional development activities. Simon continues to be an active researcher and has published more than 100 research papers, three books and numerous commentaries and reviews. Simon has been the recipient of more than $1.5 million in research grants from various sources. He was the Editor of the Australian Psychologist for five years and continues as an Associate Editor. He is a Fellow of the APS, the National Academy of Neuropsychology and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is a member of the APS Colleges of Clinical Psychologists, Forensic Psychologists and Clinical Neuropsychologists, and is the current Chair of the latter College. Simon has also been keenly involved in the governance of the APS as President from 2010-2012 and Board member from 2005-2007 and 2008-2009, and was involved in psychological policy development particularly with his APS Presidential Initiative on the Future of Psychological Science. He has an extensive practice in clinical neuropsychology and specialises in the area of the effects of brain impairment on cognitive functioning in medico-legal settings.

Early Career Research Award

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

Daniel Gucciardi

Dr Daniel Gucciardi MAPS completed his PhD in 2009 at the University of Western Australia under the supervision of Professor Sandy Gordon FAPS. He first worked as a Research Fellow at Curtin University in 2009 before completing a University of Queensland Postdoctoral Fellowship (2010-2012) in the School of Human Movement Studies. Daniel is currently a Senior Lecturer in the School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science at Curtin University, where he teaches the psychology units in the Exercise, Sport and Rehabilitation Science degree. His research program is focused on applied psychology with a particular emphasis on high performance in sport, education and the workplace. Within this broad spectrum of research he has a primary interest in mental toughness, with other interests including psychosocial aspects of doping in sport, interpersonal relationships and health behaviours. Daniel has published over 30 peer-reviewed manuscripts, authored several invited book chapters, and co-edited the first research book on mental toughness. He has received several awards in recognition of his research program and outputs, including the Endeavour Research Fellowship, and has also attracted competitive research funding. Daniel is a member of the APS College of Sport and Exercise Psychologists.

Matthew Gullo

Dr Matthew Gullo MAPS is a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Early Career Fellow (Clinical) at the Centre for Youth Substance Abuse Research, University of Queensland. His research focuses on the cognitive and neuropsychological mechanisms involved in substance abuse and how they can best be targeted in treatment. He has developed the first human laboratory model of adolescent impulsivity and alcohol use that will allow new interventions to be tested in a cost-effective manner, whilst simultaneously elucidating their mechanism of action. Matthew has authored over 40 peer-reviewed publications and his work has been cited over 440 times. He has been successful in acquiring over $470,000 in research funding and was the recipient of the Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs’ 2013 Early Career Award for Excellence in Science and Research. In 2014, Matthew will serve as guest editor of a special issue on impulsivity in Addictive Behaviours, a leading international addiction journal. In addition to his research activities, Matthew maintains part-time clinical practice as a visiting clinical psychologist at the Alcohol and Drug Assessment Unit, Princess Alexandra Hospital. He is a member of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists.

Early Career Teaching Award

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

Penny Van Bergen

Dr Penny Van Bergen MAPS completed her doctoral training in developmental psychology at the University of New South Wales, working with Associate Professor Karen Salmon. Penny is a Senior Lecturer at Macquarie University teaching educational psychology to a cohort of 500 pre-service teaching students. Penny is passionate about sharing the importance of psychology for effective classroom practice and in creating a supportive learning environment. She draws on explicit links between journal articles and resources which students find more accessible, such as newspaper articles and YouTube clips, and uses blogs to create discussion around ‘hot topics’ in educational psychology. Penny has created research scholarship schemes and research report writing websites to support students as they engage in their own investigations of psychological phenomena relevant to the classroom. Penny has previously been awarded the Macquarie University Vice Chancellor’s Awards for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (2011) and for Programs that Enhance Student Learning (2013), and an Australian Government Office of Learning and Teaching Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (2012). Her research program is investigating children’s development of autobiographical memory and emotion.

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.

William Harrison

The University of Queensland
Thesis title – Influences of voluntary eye movements on object perception in
peripheral vision

The thesis involved understanding some of the ways in which visual perception is shaped by the way the eyes move. Humans are largely unaware that the eyes make several movements every waking second, yet each eye movement greatly affects the way the brain processes visual information. This research identified that in the moments before people move their eyes, their visual perception is altered in a way that predicts where their eyes will land. The brain predicatively changes the focus of its processing power according to what will be seen next. William is now a Postdoctoral Fellow at Schepens Eye Research Institute, Harvard Medical School.

Caroline Moul

University of New South Wales
Thesis title – The development and assessment of a differential amygdala activation model in psychopathy

The thesis initially described the development of a novel model of amygdala function in psychopathy, which was subsequently published in the journal Psychological Review. The remainder of the thesis was concerned with testing the hypotheses generated by the model in a sample of children with conduct problems. The research demonstrated support for the predicted association between learning style and psychopathy and for the roles of serotonin and oxytocin. This research was awarded the John Clarke Memorial Scholarship in Psychology in 2011 and was also supported by a Child Behaviour Research Clinic Post-Graduate Research Scholarship from the University of New South Wales (2009-2012).

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.

Rose Ferguson
Australian Catholic University
Thesis title – Tactile roughness: Effects on social perception and behaviour in social exchanges

Michael Darby
Australian College of Applied Psychology
Thesis title – Mindfulness training for allied health professionals: A qualitative investigation using workbooks and semi-structured interviews

Kimbra Ransley
Australian National University
Thesis title – Visual deficits in isoluminance: The role of spatial resolution

Daniel Murphy
Bond University
Thesis title – The relationship between homophobia, disgust sensitivity, social conservatism, religious fundamentalism and conservative sexual attitudes

Katherine (Kate) Gibson
Cairnmillar Institute
Thesis title – Labels and limits

Vanessa Thompson
Central Queensland University
Thesis title – Social identity online and the cultural devaluation of introversion

Angela Marriner
Charles Darwin University
Thesis title – Do the predictors of exercise reflect people’s stages of change?

Janeece Vann
Charles Sturt University
Thesis title – Perceptions of adolescent-perpetrated child sexual abuse: Does gender matter?

Katie Martin
Curtin University
Thesis title – Virtual social influence: Diffusion of responsibility on social networking sites

Ben Pizzirani
Deakin University
Thesis title – Investigating the associations between insecure attachment, gender and the perceptions of sexual coercion perpetration

Bethwyn Rowe
Edith Cowan University
Thesis title – Motherless mothers: The lived experience of maternally bereaved women in their everyday roles as mothers

Stephanie Morey
Flinders University
Thesis title – Inclusion versus elimination: The effect of decision strategies on free-report performance

Dominika Ludvik
Griffith University
Thesis title – Cognitive restructuring and detached mindfulness: Comparative impact on a compulsive checking task

Renee Weller
James Cook University
Thesis title – Subjective wellbeing among older adults

Prudence Allan
La Trobe University
Thesis title – The path from subclinical autism to anxiety and depression: Does it go through stressed inflexibility?

Catherine Browning
Macquarie University
Thesis title – The role of the Basic Orthographic Syllable Structure (BOSS) in letter position coding

Caroline Roberts
Monash University
Thesis title – The duration of posttraumatic amnesia on the Westmead PTA scale: Order of item recovery and comparison with retrospective reports

Jin Jiang (Theodore) Teow
Murdoch University
Thesis title – Effect of familiarity and hemisphere on metaphor comprehension

Nicholas Kerswell
Queensland University of Technology
Thesis title – Understanding gluten-free diet adherence for individuals with coeliac disease

Christopher Calleja
RMIT University
Thesis title – Academic cheating amongst Australian undergraduate students: Individual and contextual variables

Royce Willis
Southern Cross University
Thesis title – Fishing for attitudes: The development of tools to assess

Philip Sumner
Swinburne University of Technology
Thesis title – An investigation into the neuropsychology of Body Integrity Identity Disorder (BIID)

Rebecca Black
University of Adelaide
Thesis title – Bio-psychosocial risk and protective factors for resilience in multiple sclerosis

Gillian Cassar
University of Ballarat
Thesis title – The buffering effect of trait emotional self-efficacy on the association between perceived control of internal states and trait anxiety

Ben Kwan
University of Canberra
Thesis title – Perspective taking and its role in reducing prejudice towards asylum seekers

Carly Schrever
University of Melbourne
Thesis title – Focusing in the personality: A first attempt at reducing female sexual objectification

Mathew Marchant
University of Newcastle
Thesis title – Procedural accounts for cross-species differences in decision making: Practice and reward timing

Alice Hone
University of New England
Thesis title – Putting the pieces together: Exploring the relationships between childhood adversity, impulsivity, compulsivity and non suicidal self-injury

Gabrielle King
University of New South Wales
Thesis title – The "two-hit" effect is not observed in maternally separated juvenile rats: A resilient period of development?

Cooper Smout
University of Queensland
Thesis title – Attending to the unseen: The effects of spatial attention on neural responses to visible and invisible stimuli

Daniel Feuerriegel
University of South Australia
Thesis title – Neural adaption of the n170 is affected by adaptor stimulus duration and interstimulus interval

Theresa Bates
University of Southern Queensland
Thesis title – The experience of relocation to an area of high amenity in Australia

Anuja Ng
University of Sydney
Thesis title – Awareness facilitates, but is unnecessary for, classical conditioning of simple and differential goal-seeking responses

Miriam Rainsford
University of Tasmania
Thesis title – Unconscious plagiarism in music

Bryony Kitter
University of the Sunshine Coast
Thesis title – A qualitative study of caregivers’ support needs and factors promoting resiliency after brain injury: An analysis of perspectives from caregivers and service providers

Khan Collins
University of Western Australia
Thesis title – Beyond the interpersonal theory of suicide: Does zest for life moderate the effect of perceived burdensomeness and thwarted belongingness on ‘suicidal desire’ as measured by an experimental analogue task?

Amy Dryden
University of Western Sydney
Thesis title – Young women's construction and subjective experiences of their post-cancer fertility

Dylan Pickering
University of Wollongong
Thesis title – Investigating the mechanisms of mindfulness: Non-attachment and repetitive negative thinking

Daniella Zileski
Victoria University
Thesis title – Reaching for the stars: Investigating educational aspirations and expectations within a resilience framework.

InPsych February 2014


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