Student Achievements

The School congratulates the accomplishments of our PhD students who have recently completed course and those who recently presented at the Sleep Down Under Conference.

Sleep DownUnder Conference

PhD students from the Sleep Lab presented at the Australasian Sleep Association Annual (ASA) Conference in Sydney last week.

  • Candice Wen, PhD candidate (Supervised by A.Prof. Amy Jordan & Dr. Christian Nicholas): Oral Poster Presentation. – “Health risks and potential predictors of fatigue and sleepiness in airline cabin crew.”
  • Claire Jenkins, MPsych (Clinical) / PhD candidate (Supervised by Dr. Christian Nicholas, Prof. Andrew Chanen [Orygen] & Dr. Katherine Thompson [Orygen]): Oral Poster Presentation. – “Characterising sleep in young people with borderline personality disorder using actigraphy and self-report measures.

On a special note Claire Jenkins won an ASA award for her presentation and Candice was interviewed by ABC 774 radio's "Afternoons" program.

Candice & Claire

PhD Completions

James Allebone passed his Master of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology)/Doctor of Philosophy under the supervision of Prof Sarah Wilson and Dr Richard Kanaan. Thesis Title: “Characterising Changes in Brain Structure and Neuropsychological Function in the Psychoses of Epilepsy”.

Jessie Bendavid passed her Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology)/Doctor of Philosophy under the supervision of Assoc. Prof Christina Bryant and Dr Fiona Judd. Thesis Title: “Psychological Outcomes of Those Experiencing Early Pregnancy Loss”.

Laura Bird passed her Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology)/Doctor of Philosophy under the supervision of Prof Sarah Wilson and Prof Graeme Jackson. Thesis Title: “The Neuroprotective Effects of Music Training in Epilepsy”.

Clara Chavez Arana passed her PhD under the supervision of Prof Vicki Anderson and Assoc. Prof Agata Catroppa. Thesis Title: “Signposts for Building Better Behaviour. A study within a Mexican population of children with acquired brain injury”.

Carolina De Oliveira e Silva Borges passed her PhD under the supervision of Dr Katherine Greenaway and Assoc. Prof Jennifer Overbeck. Thesis Title: “Investigating the relationships between regulatory focus and needs satisfaction at work”.

Leonie Duehlmeyer passed her PhD under the supervision of Prof Robert Hester and Dr Charles Malpas. Thesis Title: “Effects of reward and punishment on learning from errors in smokers: Bold response and task-based functional connectivity”.

Maria Carolina Ferreira Garcia Correa Barbosa passed her Master of Psychology (Clinical)/Doctor of Philosophy under the supervision of Dr Paul Dudgeon, Dr Sarah Whittle and Dr Julian Simmons. Thesis Title: “Affective functional brain development from late childhood to early adolescence: interactive effects of adrenarcheal timing and parenting, and associations with internalising and externalising symptoms”.

Kari Gibson passed her Master of Psychology (Clinical psychology)/Doctor of Philosophy under the supervision of Prof Nicholas Haslam, Dr Ida Kaplan and Dr Jonathon Barnett. Thesis Title: “The relationship between climate change and psychological distress: A case study from Tuvalu”.

Anica Jansen van Vuuren passed her PhD under the supervision of Prof Michael Saling, Assoc. Prof Peter Anderson, Dr Sheryle Rogerson and Dr Jeanie Cheong. Thesis Title: “Cerebral arterial asymmetries in the neonate”.

Jennifer Kirsner completed her Master of Philosophy under the supervision of Dr Margaret Osborne and Prof Sarah Wilson. Thesis Title: “Early maladaptive schemas associated with performance anxiety aetiology and phenomenology in classically-trained musicians”.

Elizabeth Landau passed her PhD under the supervision of Prof John Trinder, Prof Nick Allen, Dr Julian Simmons and Dr Michelle Byrne. Thesis Title: “The role of biological stress and inflammation in sleep and mental health: A longitudinal perspective among at-risk adolescents”.

Dawn Merrett passed her Master of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology)/Doctor of Philosophy under the supervision of Prof Sarah Wilson, Dr Graeme Jackson and Dr Isabelle Peretz. Thesis Title: “The behavioural and neural correlates of learning to sing”

Nicholas Parsons passed his Master of Philosophy under the supervision of Prof Stephen Bowden, Dr Wendyl D’Souza and Dr Simon Vogrin. Thesis Title: “Using Single Subject Manual Independent Component Analysis on Resting-State fMRI Data”

Peng Pua passed his Master of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology)/Doctor of Philosophy under the supervision of Prof Stephen Bowden & Dr Marc Seal.

Thesis Title: “Quantifying variation in brain structure and function in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)”.

Monika Raniti passed her Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology)/Doctor of Philosophy under the supervision of Prof John Trinder, Assoc. Prof Amy Jordan, Dr Orli Schwartz, Prof Nick Allen and Dr Paul Dudgeon. Thesis Title: “The SENSE Study (Sleep and Education: learning New Skills Early): Long-term outcomes of a randomised controlled trial of a cognitive-behavioural and mindfulness-based group sleep intervention to prevent depression and improve anxiety in at-risk adolescents”.

Annie Richard passed her Master of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology)/Doctor of Philosophy under the supervision of Prof Sarah Wilson and Dr Ingrid Scheffer. Thesis Title: “Expression of the broader autism phenotype in epilepsy”.

Daniel Rosenblatt complete his PhD under the supervision of Assoc. Prof Stefan Bode, Prof Melanie Wakefield and Dr Helen Dixon. Thesis Title: “Investigating the efficacy of food product health warnings using survey, behavioural and neural evidence”.

Geoffrey Saw completed his PhD under the supervision of Assoc. Prof Daniel Little, Dr Paul Dudgeon and Dr Fiona Fidler. Thesis Title: “Applications and extensions of the Wisdom of Crowds effect”.

Michelle Stratemeyer passed her PhD under the supervision of Prof Nicholas Haslam. Thesis Title: “Masculine norms, intimate partner violence, and the mediating role of sexual objectification”.