Research

Paul Atkins

Background

Dr. Paul Atkins is an Associate Professor in Organisational Psychology at the Australian National University.  He works as an academic researcher, mindfulness teacher and executive coach. For the past 5 years he has been running regular eight week mindfulness and values courses for university staff as well as numerous ACT workshops.

CBS Research

Paul’s primary research interests are in understanding the effects of mindfulness and meditation training upon relationships, identity and cognition from the perspective of contextual behavioral science. He also has research interests in managerial awareness and cognition, motivation, work engagement, leadership and organisational behaviour.

Paul is currently working on a range of RFT/ACT related projects including a) developing a qualitative measure of self-discrimination behaviour (i.e. identity) based upon Relational Frame Theory and b) researching the long term impacts of an 8 week mindfulness course for university staff upon intrinsic motivation, work engagement, wellbeing and performance.

Where you can find more information about Paul’s research and resources

Atkins, P. W. B. 2012. Elemental realism and pragmatism in psychology: Making our assumptions clear. Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice  5: .

Atkins, P. W. B. (2013). Empathy, self-other differentiation and mindfulness. In K. Pavlovich & K. Krahnke (Eds.), Organizing Through Empathy (pp. 49-70). New York: Routledge.

Atkins, P. W. B., & Parker, S. K. 2012. Understanding individual compassion in organizations: the role of appraisals and psychological flexibility. Academy of Management Review, 37(3).

Atkins, P. W. B., & Styles, R. (in press). Mindfulness, Identity and Work: Mindfulness Training Creates a More Flexible Sense of Self. In J. Reb & P. W. B. Atkins (Eds.), Mindfulness in Organisations. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Atkins, P. W. B., & Styles, R. (submitted 2014). Measuring psychological flexibility in what people say: A behavioral measure of self-discrimination predicts wellbeing. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science.

Felicity Brown

Background

Dr Felicity Brown is a postdoctoral research fellow within the Research Program on Children and Global Adversity at the Harvard School of Public Health, as the 2015 Endeavour Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship recipient from the Australian government. Previously she worked as a clinical psychologist in research, private, and public settings in Brisbane, Australia, and as a consultant in the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Department of the World Health Organization in Geneva. Her current research interests are in the area of the mental health of children, families, and adults facing adversity. In particular she is interested in those who have experienced traumatic events, are living in low and middle income countries or conflict settings, or have a refugee background. Further, she is interested in broader questions in clinical psychology research including identifying the active mechanisms of evidence-based interventions, and in developing innovative methods to increase reach and scalability of evidence-based interventions in low-resource settings, such as low-intensity interventions, online interventions, and interventions delivered by non-specialists.

CBS Research

Felicity has clinical and research interests in the role of psychological flexibility in wellbeing, and the effectiveness of mindfulness and acceptance based therapies. Her doctoral research investigated the effects of an ACT-intervention combined with an evidence-based behavioural parenting programme for parents of children with an acquired brain injury. With other researchers at the University of Queensland, she conducted a pilot of an ACT intervention for Multiple Sclerosis through the MS Society of Queensland. She currently is a co-investigator on a large project developing and testing an ACT-based guided self-help intervention for people living in adversity, which is being trialled with refugee communities in northern Uganda.

Where can you find more information about Felicity’s research and resources

For more information about Felicity’s research interests/collaboration please email her at felicitylbrown@gmail.com

Or visit:  http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/felicity-brown/

Brown, F.L., Whittingham, K., Boyd, R., McKinlay, L., & Sofronoff, K., (2015). Does Stepping Stones Triple P plus Acceptance and Commitment Therapy improve parent, couple, and family adjustment following pediatric acquired brain injury? A randomised controlled trial. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 73, 58-66.

Brown, F.L., Whittingham, K., & Sofronoff, K., (2015). Parental experiential avoidance as a potential mechanism of change in a parenting intervention for parents of children with pediatric acquired brain injury. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 40, 464-474.

Kenardy, J., Cox, C.M., & Brown, F.L. (2015). A web-based early intervention can prevent long-term post-traumatic stress reactions in children with high initial distress following accidental injury: A treatment moderator analysis. Journal of Traumatic Stress. 28, 366-369

Brown, F.L., Whittingham, K., Boyd, R., McKinlay, L., & Sofronoff, K., (2014). Improving child and parenting outcomes following pediatric acquired brain injury: A randomised controlled trial of Stepping Stones Triple P plus Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 55, 1172-1183.

Olsson, K., Kenardy, J.A., Brown, E.A., Charlton, E., Brown, F.L., Lloyd, O., & McKinlay, L. (2014). Evaluation of parent and child psychoeducation resources for the prevention of paediatric post-concussion symptoms. Brain Impairment, 15, 177-189.

Joseph Ciarrochi

Background

Joseph is a Professor at the Institute of Positive Psychology and Education at Australian Catholic University. Joseph studies resilience, the set of skills that help you to deal flexibly with challenges and lead a healthy, productive, and fulfilling life. Joseph is also the editor of the Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science.

CBS Research

Joseph is currently doing ACT-related longitudinal and intervention research with adolescents. He is also involved in a large RCT weight loss trial that utilizes ACT. Specifically, Joseph is examining: 1) the role of hope, emotional flexibility, and self-compassion in adolescent development, and 2) the role of psychological flexibility in promoting positive health behaviour.

Where you can find more information about Joseph’s research and resources

Joseph’s research and application-based resources can be found at:

AcceptAndChange.com

TheWeightEscape.com

Trevor Mazzucchelli

Background

Trevor is a senior lecturer of clinical psychology at Curtin University’s School of Psychology and Speech Pathology in Perth, Western Australia. Trevor also maintains a close collaborative relationship with the Parenting and Family Support Centre within The University of Queensland’s School of Psychology where he is an honorary senior lecturer. Trevor has been a registered and practising clinical psychologist since 1994. He has worked in various public and private settings including Disability Services Commission, the Department of Health, Triple P International, and a private practice. He has developed programs to assist parents of children with disability prevent and manage commonly encountered behavioural and emotional problems, and trained practitioners in over 10 countries to support parents in using these programs. His doctoral research focused on behavioural interventions for adults with mood disorders and the promotion of wellbeing.

CBS Research

Trevor’s research interests are broad and include how individuals and families can achieve optimal levels of functioning under both stressful and normal circumstances.  Specific CBS research topics include: behavioural activation, mindfulness, psychological flexibility, functional analytic psychotherapy, self-control, and wellbeing.

Where you can find more information about Trevor’s research and resources

You can find more information about Trevor’s research at:

http://oasisapps.curtin.edu.au/staff/profile/view/Trevor.Mazzucchelli

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Trevor_Mazzucchelli

Chris Krageloh

Background

Chris has a PhD in behavioural psychology from the University of Auckland. During his post-doctoral research fellowship based at the Liggins Institute and funded by the National Research Centre for Growth and Development, he applied his knowledge in a multi-disciplinary research project that investigated the effects of nutrition on learning and lifestyle choices. At Auckland University of Technology, Chris has increasingly moved towards psychometrics research. He is a founding member of the New Zealand World Health Organisation Quality of Life (WHOQOL) Group, which is involved in a number of research projects in a wide range of health and educational settings. Chris is the principal investigator of a module of a large grant that investigates the mechanism by which mindfulness may exert health benefits. His work in mindfulness is not only empirical but also conceptual.

Further Info:

(https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Chris_Kraegeloh)

Eric Morris

Background

Eric moved back to Australia in April 2014 after 15 years  in the UK, where he had worked as a consultant clinical psychologist at the South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. He taught on the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London doctorate in clinical psychology, and postgraduate degrees in CBT for psychosis, and early intervention for psychosis.

Eric is now based at La Trobe University, Melbourne, working as a clinical psychologist, researcher and supervisor. He provides training in contextual approaches to mental health care.

CBS Research

Eric recently completed a PhD at King’s College London investigating psychological flexibility and auditory hallucinations. He has been researching ACT as an individual and group intervention for serious mental illness, for carers and family members of mental health consumers, and workplace resilience training for mental health workers. Eric has supervised doctoral studies in psychological flexibility, mindfulness-based inpatient interventions, stigma, early psychosis, ethnicity and diversity, and the evaluation of ACT training. He is collaborating on innovations of ACT for bipolar disorder, in acute inpatient mental health settings, and as a brief, crisis intervention.

Where can you find more information about Eric’s research and resources

For more information:  drericmorris.com

For research links, follow on Twitter:  @morriseric

Morris, E.M., Garety, P., & Peters, E. (2014). Psychological flexibility and nonjudgemental acceptance in voice hearers: relationships with omnipotence and distress. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. doi: 10.1

Morris, E. M., Johns, L. C., & Oliver, J. E. (Eds.). (2013). Acceptance and commitment therapy and mindfulness for psychosis. John Wiley & Sons. 177/0004867414535671

Bloy, S., Oliver, J. E., & Morris, E. (2011). Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy With People With Psychosis A Case Study. Clinical Case Studies, 10(5), 347-359.

Jacobsen, P., Morris, E., Johns, L., & Hodkinson, K. (2010). Mindfulness Groups for Psychosis; Key Issues for Implementation on an Inpatient Unit. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 1–5.

Kenneth Pakenham

Background

Kenneth is an Associate Professor in clinical and health psychology in the School of Psychology at The University of Queensland. He has been in an academic role for over 20 years and his career in clinical psychology practice and research spans over 30 years. He has worked as a senior practitioner in both public and private sectors. He has also fulfilled many professional service roles. Kenneth has served on the Psychologists Board of Queensland for over 10 years, and he has served as Director of The University of Queensland Psychology Clinic for 7 years and Honours Convenor for 3 years. He is a member of the Australian Psychological Society Colleges of Clinical Psychologists and Health Psychologists. He currently serves on the editorial boards of 5 international peer review journals. Kenneth coordinates a postgraduate course that provides training in ACT in the clinical psychology program at the University of Queensland. This course has provided a basis for research into the integration of training ACT competencies and self-care skills which was recognised by a University of Queensland Faculty of Social & Behavioural Sciences Award for The Enhancement of Student Learning (2012).

CBS Research

Kenneth’s extensive research background in clinical health psychology has been guided by stress and coping theory, meaning making theories and positive psychology, and more recently ACT. His recent research directions in ACT are enriched by prior expertise in these other well established psychology frameworks. His research interests in ACT are broad. Current research projects include the evaluation of an ACT-based resilience training program (READY), the application of the ACT framework for understanding the impacts of caregiving on youth, the use of ACT training to foster self-care, and the utility of ACT interventions for promoting adjustment to serious health conditions.

Where you can find more information about Kenneth’s research and resources

For more information contact Kenneth at kenp@psy.uq.edu.au or visit http://www.psy.uq.edu.au/directory/index.html?id=30

Sample CBS-related publications are as follows:

Hawkes AL, Chambers SK, Pakenham KI, Patrao TA, Baade, P, Lynch B, Aitken J, Meng X, Courneya, KS. (2013). Effects of a telephone-delivered multiple health behavior change intervention for colorectal cancer survivors (‘CanChange’) on quality of life, fatigue and health behaviors: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 31(18), 2313-2321.

Pakenham, K.I. & Stafford-Brown, J.  (2013). Postgraduate clinical psychology students’ perceptions of an ACT stress management intervention and clinical training. Clinical Psychologist, 17, 56-66.

Pakenham, K. I., & Samios, C. (2013). Couples coping with multiple sclerosis: a dyadic perspective on the roles of mindfulness and acceptance. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 36, 389-400.

Pakenham, K.I. & Stafford-Brown, J.  (2012). Stress in clinical psychology trainees: current research status and future directions. Australian Psychologist, 47, 147-155.

Stafford-Brown, J. & Pakenham, K.I. (2012). The effectiveness of an ACT informed intervention for managing stress and improving therapist qualities in clinical psychology trainees. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 68(6), 592-613.

Burton, N.W., Pakenham, K.I., & Brown, W.J. (2010). Feasibility and effectiveness of psychosocial resilience training: A pilot study of the READY program. Psychology, Health and Medicine, 15, 266-277.

Hawkes, A.L., Pakenham, K.I., Courneya, K., Gollschewski, S., Baade, P., Gordon, L., Lynch, B.M., Aitken, J., & Chambers, S. (2009). A randomised controlled trial of a lifestyle intervention for colorectal cancer survivors (CanChange): study protocol. BMC Cancer, 9, 286 doi:10.1186/1471-2407-9-286.

Burton, N.W., Pakenham, K.I., & Brown, W.J. (2009). Evaluating the effectiveness of psychosocial resilience training for heart health, and the added value of promoting physical activity: a cluster randomized trial of the READY program. BMC Public Health 9:427

Baljinder Sahdra

Background

Dr. Baljinder Sahdra is a Research Lecturer at the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education (IPPE) at the Australian Catholic University. She works in the following streams of research at IPPE: Mindfulness, Compassion and Action; Positive Psychological and Social Development; and Substantive-Methodological Synergy.

CBS Research

Baljinder has pioneered research on measurement of a mindfulness-related construct, nonattachment, defined as a flexible, balanced way of relating to one’s experiences without clinging to or suppressing them. She also conducts research on the efficacy of mindfulness-based interventions for adults and adolescents. She uses longitudinal designs, lab-based experiments, psychophysiological measures, self-reports and other-reported behaviours; and a variety of statistical approaches, including multilevel modelling, structural equation modelling, social network analysis and machine learning methods. She has recently published research on multidimensional aspects of experiential avoidance, a construct of great relevance to contextual behavioural science.

Where you can find more information about Kenneth’s research and resources

Institute for Positive Psychology and Education

https://ippe.acu.edu.au/research/research-programs/

Google Scholar:

https://scholar.google.com.au/citations?user=cotTCRIAAAAJ&hl=en

Selected publications:

Sahdra, B. K., Ciarrochi, J., Parker, P., & Scrucca, L. (2016). Using genetic algorithms in a large nationally representative American sample to abbreviate the Multidimensional Experiential Avoidance Questionnaire. Frontiers in Psychology. DOI:10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00189. http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00189/full

Sahdra, B. K., Ciarrochi, J., & Parker, P. D. (in press). Nonattachment and mindfulness: Related but distinct constructs. Psychological Assessment. http://www.acceptandchange.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Sahdra_Ciarrochi_Parker_2015_Psych_Assess.pdf

Sahdra, B. K., Ciarrochi, J., & Parker, P. D. (2015). High-frequency heart rate variability linked to affiliation with a new group. PLOS ONE, DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0129583. http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0129583

Sahdra, B. K., Ciarrochi, J., Parker, P., Marshall, S. & Heaven, P. (2015). Empathy and nonattachment independently predict peer nominations of prosocial behaviour of adolescents. Frontiers in Psychology, DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00263. http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00263/full

Sahdra, B. K., & Shaver, P. R., (2013). Comparing attachment theory and Buddhist psychology. International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 23, 282-293, DOI:10.1080/10508619.2013.795821. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/10508619.2013.795821

Sahdra, B. K., MacLean, K. A., Shaver, P. R., Ferrer, E., Jacobs, T. L., Rosenberg, E., Zanesco, A., Aichele, S., King, B., Saron, C. D., Bridwell, D., Lavy, S., & Wallace, B. A. (2011). Enhanced response inhibition enhanced by intensive meditation training predicts improved adaptive socio-emotional functioning. Emotion, 11, 299-312, DOI: 10.1037/a0022764. http://www.davidbridwell.info/papers/Sahdra_Enhanced_response_inhibition_during.pdf

Sahdra, B. K., Shaver, P. R., & Brown, K. W. (2010). A scale to measure nonattachment: A Buddhist complement to Western research on attachment and adaptive functioning. Journal of Personality Assessment, 92, 1–12, DOI: 10.1080/00223890903425960. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00223890903425960

Matt Smout

Background

I’m the Team Leader of the Centre for Treatment of Anxiety and Depression (a teaching clinic of the University of Adelaide see https://health.adelaide.edu.au/psychology/ctad/ ).  I provide individual psychological therapy, supervise provisional psychologists, provide guest lectures into M.Psych courses, conduct a small research program, and undertake management/administrative duties.  I’m a regular reviewer for the Journal of Contextual Behavioural Science and was the inaugural National Convenor of the ACT APS Interest group.

CBS research

My current research programs include: evaluating self-as-context interventions, ACT for addictions and interventions for treatment-resistant chronic anxiety and depression.  I’m seeking to investigate comparisons and combinations of ACT and schema therapy.

Previous CBS research/publications:

Smout, M., Davies, M., Burns, N., & Christie, A.  (2014).  Development of the valuing questionnaire.  Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, 3: 164-172.

Smout, M.F., Hayes, L., Atkins, P.W.B., Klausen, J., & Duguid, J.E.  (2012).  The empirically supported status of acceptance and commitment therapy: An update.  Clinical Psychologist, 16(3): 97-109. 

Smout, M. (2012).  Acceptance and commitment therapy: Pathways for General Practitioners.  Australian Family Physician, 41(9): 672-676.

Smout, M.F., Longo, M., Harrison, S., Minniti, R., Wickes, W., & White, J.M.  (2010).  Psychosocial treatment for methamphetamine use disorders: A preliminary randomized controlled trial of cognitive behaviour therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy.  Substance Abuse, 31(2): 98-107.

Fischer, T. (2014).  Early maladaptive schemas and psychopathology: The moderating effects of acceptance and commitment therapy skills.  Unpublished manuscript submitted for M.Psych(Clin) degree.

Hamman, D.  (2012).  Development of a brief acceptance-based intervention for reducing binge drinking in adults: A randomised controlled trial.  Unpublished manuscript submitted for M.Psych(Clin) degree.

Whitaker, N.  (2014).  Procrastination: Consideration of time preference and personal values.  Unpublished manuscript submitted for M.Psych(Clin) degree.

Harrington, K.  (2015).  Comparing a brief acceptance-based intervention with motivational interviewing for reducing binge drinking: a pilot study.  Unpublished manuscript submitted for M.Psych(Clin) degree.

Richards, H.  (2013).  Retelling your own story: Does this self-as-context ACT intervention work?  Unpublished manuscript submitted for M.Psych(Clin) degree.

Where you can find more information:

Ccontact me directly for further information: smout@sa.gov.au

Neil Thomas

Background

Dr Neil Thomas trained as a clinical psychologist in the UK and is now works as a research focused academic in the School of Health Sciences at Swinburne University in Melbourne. His main research interests are in psychological approaches to serious mental illness and in online and digital interventions. He runs a specialist Voices Clinic at Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre, is Principal Investigator on a $2m research program using digital interventions to promote recovery in serious mental illness, and is Director of Swinburne’s eTherapy Research Unit and the National eTherapy Centre.

CBS Research

CBS research includes the Lifengage randomized controlled trial of acceptance and commitment therapy for persisting psychosis; a collaboration with St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne on implementing an ACT course in an inpatient environment; and an international multicenter trial of an ACT-based intervention for bipolar disorder. Neil also supervises PhD projects on auditory hallucinations including examining the effects of mindfulness for voices, and the therapeutic application of ecological momentary assessment and intervention.

Where you can find more information about Neil’s research and resources

Selected publications include:

Thomas, N. (2015). A model for the development of acceptance and mindfulness based therapies: Preoccupation with psychotic experiences as a treatment target. In B. Gaudiano (Ed.), Incorporating acceptance and mindfulness into the treatment of psychosis: Current trends and future directions. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. [link]

Murray, G., Leitan, N., Berk, M., Thomas, N., Michalak, E. M., Berk, L., … Kyrios, M. (2015). Online mindfulness-based intervention for late-stage bipolar disorder: Pilot evidence for feasibility and effectiveness. Journal of Affective Disorders, 178, 48-51 [link]

Strauss, C., Thomas, N., & Hayward, M., (2015). Can we respond mindfully to distressing voices? A systematic review of the evidence. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, e1154 [link]

Thomas, N., Shawyer, F., Castle, D., Copolov, D., Hayes, S., & Farhall, J. (2014). A randomised controlled trial of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) for psychosis: Study protocol. BMC Psychiatry, 14, e198 [link].

Thomas, N., Ribaux, D., & Phillips, L. (2014). Rumination, depressive symptoms and awareness of illness in schizophrenia. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 42, 143–155. doi:10.1017/S1352465812000884 [link]

Thomas, N., Morris, E. M. J., Shawyer, F., & Farhall, J. (2013). Acceptance and commitment therapy for voices. In E. M. J. Morris, L. C. Johns, & J. E. Oliver (Eds.), Acceptance and commitment therapy and mindfulness for psychosis (pp. 95–111). Chichester, England: Wiley–Blackwell [link]

See also:

Swinburne staff profile

ResearchGate profile

Robert Styles

Background

Presently Robert works for ANU Enterprise, the commercial arm of the Australian National University, as Director of Organisational Leadership and Performance. His work focuses on developing pro-sociality and employs contemplative pedagogy and principles of behaviour change to improve attention, situational awareness, emotional intelligence, relationships in personal and work settings, and sustained value directed performance. Taking a contemplative approach means being able to allocate sustained, balanced attention to what is most important when working, leading, relating to others, or striving for adaptive change. This approach extends to establishing norms of trust and reciprocity that facilitates more sustainable and equitable group and inter-group behaviours. This work involves providing tailored services that are informed by long-term research and evidence-based approaches to improving work and the workplace. Through analysis and facilitation of organisational and cultural change initiatives, institutions experience improved team and individual effectiveness. Enhancing engagement, wellbeing and performance are key components of the work he does in collaboration with others. Organisation and leadership development is achieved by helping leaders and teams discoverer new solutions when challenged by change and complexity.

CBS Research

Robert’s research focus, using RFT, is on how words and speech influence covert and overt behaviour. He is interested in enhancing the capacity to take oneself, and what you are identifying with verbally, as the object of your own attention to reinforce valued living. The question is, “How is what we say, who we are?” and “How do we allocate attention to what is most important now, and in the long run?”

Atkins, PWB & Styles, RG 2012a, ‘A Behavioral Measure of the Construction of Self as Story, Process and Perspective’, paper presented to the Academy of Management, Boston, MA.

Atkins, PWB & Styles, RG 2012b, ‘Changes in self-construal as a result of a MBSR course: Application of a new behavioral measure’, paper presented to the Academy of Management, Boston, MA.

Atkins, PWB & Styles, RG 2015, ‘Mindfulness identity and work: Training creates a more flexible sense of self’, Mindfulness at Work, Cambridge University Press.

Atkins, PWB & Styles, RG submitted, ‘Measuring self and rules in what people say: An exploratory study of whether self-discrimination predicts long-term wellbeing’, JCBS.

Styles, RG 2015, How words and speech influence covert and overt behaviour: A functional self-discrimination measure of verbal behaviour, Doctor of Philosophy, Australian National University.

Where you can find more information about Robert’s research and resources:

Learn more at: http://anuenterprise.com.au/services/executive-education/

Carla Walton 

Background

Carla works primarily as a therapist at the Centre for Psychotherapy, a specialist service within public mental health for people with Borderline Personality Disorder and/or Eating Disorders. She also works part-time in private practice and as a conjoint lecturer at the University of Newcastle. She is involved in co-ordinating a number of research projects within Centre for Psychotherapy’s clinical service.

CBS Research

Recent evidence has shown deficits in perspective taking across a range of psychological conditions (Villatte et al, 2010; see attached). Some theories of the etiology of Borderline Personality Disorder suggest there are deficits in perspective taking that psychological treatment attempts to repair. However, to date, there has been no empirical research examining whether in fact patients with Borderline Personality Disorder do show deficits in perspective taking. The Deictic Relational Task (DRT; Vilardaga, 2008) is a behavioural measure, recently revised by Villatte (2011) to assess perspective taking. Data has been collected using the DRT with persons with BPD. Data is currently being collected at the University of Newcastle with a non-clinical sample to a) validate the revised DRT measure and b) compare whether there are indeed differences between the clinical sample and the non-clinical sample.

This research is a collaboration between Drs Matthieu Villatte, Jennifer Villatte and Roger Vilardaga in Seattle, USA and Drs Carla Walton and Rachel Rossiter in Newcastle, Australia.

Where you can find more information about Carla’s research and resources

For more information about Carla’s research please email her at: Carla.Walton@hnehealth.nsw.gov.au

Koa Whittingham

Background

Koa is a psychologist and research fellow at the Queensland Cerebral Palsy and Rehabilitation Research Centre and the Parenting and Family Support Centre, The University of Queensland.  Her research spans three key interests: parenting, neurodevelopmental disability and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

CBS Research

Koa is passionate about the application of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Contextual Behavioural Science more broadly, to parenting.  In particular, she is involved in: testing the additive benefits of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to existing behavioural family interventions, understanding parenting anew through a CBS lens, using CBS to better support women in the transition to motherhood and integrating CBS in multidisciplinary programs to support parents around infant sleeping, feeding and crying (Possums).

Koa’s NHMRC postdoctoral research fellowship was the first RCT to demonstrate an additive benefit of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (for families of children with Cerebral Palsy).  She is currently focused on the next step in that research: an online intervention, as well as testing multidisciplinary programs integrating CBS to support parents around infant sleeping, feeding and crying.

Where you can find more information about Koa’s research and resources

You can find more information about Koa’s research at:

www.koawhittingham.com

http://www.possumseducation.com.au/

 

Post Graduate Research

Robert Brockman

Background

Robert is a Clinical Psychologist in part-time private practice in Western Sydney. He is also a PhD Candidate with the Institute of Positive Psychology and Education (IPPE), Australian Catholic University (ACU) supervised by Professor Joseph Ciarrochi.

CBS Research

Robert has some studies currently in preparation and under review related to acceptance processes among voice hearers, self-compassion and psychological flexibility processes, schema modes and psychological flexibility processes, and emotion regulation in daily life. He is currently working on a paper for his PhD topic investigating the utility of emotion regulation strategies in daily life.

Where you can find more information about Robert Brockman’s research and resources

The best way to find out more about Robert’s current research activities is through the ACU website for the Institute of Positive Psychology and Education (IPPE) (http://www.acu.edu.au/research/research_institutes_and_programs)

Aaron Jarden

Background

Aaron is a Senior Lecture in Psychology at Auckland University of Technology (AUT), and Research Fellow at AUT’s Human Potential Centre. As a wellbeing scientist Aaron studies psychological wellbeing, resilience, personal values, post-traumatic growth, positive psychological assessment, positive psychology interventions, organisational wellbeing, cross-cultural wellbeing, positive education, national accounts of happiness, wellbeing policy, eHealth and eTherapy. Aaron is also co-editor of the International Journal of Wellbeing.

CBS research

For a full research profile, see: http://www.aaronjarden.com/aarons-professional-page.html

Where you can find more information (here you can link to your own pages for example)

www.aaronjarden.com

Stefan Lim

Background

Stefan Lim is a Masters student at the University of Waikato, New Zealand.

CBS research

I’m looking into manipulating words by Multiple-Exemplar Training (MET) to either make people more/less materialistic. Using the Implicit Relational Assessment Procedure (IRAP) and the Materials Value Scale (MVS) as tools of measurement.

Joseph Graddy

Background       

Joseph Graddy is a course coordinator and tutor at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand. He has completed his Masters of Applied Psychology in Applied Behaviour Analysis and is currently planning his PhD to start late 2016.

CBS Research

Joseph’s main focus is on RFT and he has completed research using the Implicit Relational Assessment Procedure (IRAP). Joseph has co-authored a paper on the effects of experimenter instructions on IRAP performance and his Masters investigated the relationships between performance on the IRAP, delay discounting, and the AAQ-II. In his PhD, he will be investigating the emergence of prejudice while exploring methods to reduce prejudice and discrimination.

Where you can find more information about Joseph Graddy’s research and resources

Presently, the best place to find out about my work and to contact me is at https://waikato.academia.edu/JosephGraddy

Bronwyn Thompson

Background
Occupational therapist since 1984, working primarily in chronic pain management. I completed MSc (Psych) in 1999, with a focus on methodology and theory development. In 2015 I graduated with a PhD in Health Sciences having completed a classical grounded theory study of people who live well with chronic pain. I have been teaching pain and pain management since 2002 in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery & Musculoskeletal Medicine, working part time both in this role and as a clinician with the Burwood Pain Management Centre, Canterbury District Health Board, New Zealand until 2014 when I resigned from my clinical role to complete my PhD.
CBS Research
I am hoping to set up a daily process study looking at contextual use of pacing as a pain management strategy, with the aim of understanding how pain intensity and fatigue interact with the selection of pacing in the context of valued activities in daily life. As a multi-level linear hierarchical modelling study, this will also consider avoidance and acceptance as variables. I am also looking at mixed methods studies of daily coping choices to understand some of the decision-making strategies individuals use.
For more information
I have been writing a blog on chronic pain management research for 8 years – http://healthskills.wordpress.com
For more information about the programme I teach in, and the Department, go to http://www.otago.ac.nz/christchurch/departments/orthomsm/musculoskeletal/
Supervision
I supervise MHealSc students, and as part of a team for PhD research into chronic pain.

Kathryn Williams

Background

Kate is currently a Research Fellow and PhD candidate at the University of Wollongong. Since 2004, Kate has worked as a health services researcher at the Centre for Health Service Development (now part of the Australian Health Services Research Institute), University of Wollongong. Her work involves evaluation of health and social programs, including data collection methods, qualitative and quantitative data analysis, report writing and providing evaluation support to project officers. Another of her strong interests is conducting reviews of evidence to promote translation of research into policy and practice.

CBS Research

Kate is also undertaking research towards a PhD at the University of Wollongong, supervised by Professors Joseph Ciarrochi, Patrick Heaven and Peter Caputi. Her project uses longitudinal data from a study of high school students to examine the development of values among adolescents and young adults. Her research aims to contribute to the empirical basis of ACT by providing a better understanding of relationships between valuing, committed action, values regulation and well-being and how parenting styles can contribute to the development of values and psychological flexibility. Her publications include a paper in Journal of Youth and Adolescence on parenting styles and adolescent psychological flexibility, and a manuscript under review for Journal of Positive Psychology on valuing, committed action and well-being.

Where you can find more information about Kate’s research and resources

Kate can be contacted at kathrynw@uow.edu.au.