Academic Training

Paul Atkins, Australia’s National University (ANU)

Paul currently has 5 PhD students exploring mindfulness and ACT related topics.  Topics include a comparison of MBSR with ACT approaches to training, a qualitative study of identity changes in response to mindfulness training, effects of mindfulness upon responses to failure, and the use of technology to support self-reflective training.

If you are interested in studying with him, please contact him at paul.atkins @ anu.edu.au

Joseph Ciarrochi, Australian Catholic University

Professor Joseph Ciarrochi advises students from honours to Ph.D. level. His research interests are: ACT, adolescent development, Psychological flexibility, mindfulness, self-compassion and related constructs.

If you are interested in studying with him, please contact him at ciarrochij@gmail.com

Kenneth Pakenham, The University of Queensland

Kenneth is an Associate Professor in clinical and health psychology in the School of Psychology at The University of Queensland.

He provides research supervision for students undertaking the following degrees in the School of Psychology at The University of Queensland: Honours, Masters, Professional Doctorate and PhD. He currently supervises a range of research projects testing theoretical elements of the ACT framework and evaluating the effectiveness of ACT-based interventions for various mental and physical health problems. A growing research direction is the evaluation of an ACT-based resilience training intervention developed by him and colleague called READY.

Kenneth coordinates a postgraduate course that provides training in ACT in the clinical psychology program at the University of Queensland. With respect to ACT training, he has a particular interest in integrating training in ACT competencies with the cultivation of self-care skills. Other ACT training includes conducting a 2-day workshop at the Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

If you are interested in studying or collaborating with Kenneth, please contact him at: kenp@psy.uq.edu.au.

For more information visit http://www.psy.uq.edu.au/directory/index.html?id=30

Matthew Smout, University of Adelaide

Centre for Treatment of Anxiety and Depression (CTAD) provides 24 M.Psych clinical placements per year, predominantly to the University of Adelaide.  ACT supervision is available at these placements.

Matt is available to co-supervise Honours, Masters and Ph.D psychology projects into ACT or more generally, on chronic anxiety or depression.  Students would need a primary supervisor employed as an academic staff member at a university.

Matt’s research programs include: evaluating self-as-context interventions, ACT for addictions and interventions for treatment-resistant chronic anxiety and depression.  Matt is currently seeking to investigate comparisons and combinations of ACT and schema therapy.

If you are interested in studying with him, please contact him at matthew.smout@health.sa.gov.au

Koa Whittingham, The University of Queensland

Koa is located at the Queensland Cerebral Palsy and Rehabilitation Research Centre and the Parenting and Family Support Centre The University of Queensland.

She advises honors, masters, professional doctorate and PhD students enrolled through the School of Psychology or the School of Medicine at UQ.

Koa’s research spans three key areas: (1) parenting and parenting intervention, (2) neurodevelopmental disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorders, Cerebral Palsy, Acquired Brain Injury and at-risk infancy due to prematurity, and (3) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, mindfulness, Contextual Behavioural Science.  She is particularly passionate about the application of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to parenting.

Koa is passionate about the application of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to parenting and would love to hear from any student with a research idea in that area.  Within her research program there are likely to be opportunities for student involvement in trialing an online Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for parents interventions with families of children with neurodevelopmental disabilities, as well as research on Possums, a multidisciplinary program incorporating Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to support parents of infants around sleeping, feeding and crying.

If you are interested in studying or collaborating with Koa, please contact her at: koawhittingham@uq.edu.au