School of Psychology
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Alison trained as a theatre director at the Flinders University Drama centre, working in the industry for about 10 years as a director, assistant director, stage manager and theatre technician. During this time she worked for companies such as State Theatre South Australia, the Bakehouse, Junction Theatre and Vitalstatisix. Her work has sent her to the US as an assistant director and the UK to participate in industry workshops. Her community engagement as a theatre practitioner included participation in support groups for artists, such as Arts Anonymous and the Sophia Women Artists' Network.
Alison is currently in the final stages of training as a clinical psychologist. Clinical interests include: mindfulness, acceptance and commitment therapy and schema therapy, as well as clinician self-care. She is combining this professional study with a qualitative PhD to investigate factors impacting psychological well-being of actors. She hopes to establish targeted support services for actors and other members of the performing arts industry.
Date Institution name Country Title 2013 - 2017 The University of Adelaide Australia Combined Doctor of Philosophy/Master of Clinical Psychology 2011 - 2012 The University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) 2011 - 2011 The University of Adelaide Australia Graduate Diploma in Psychological Sciences 1996 - 1999 Flinders University Australia Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
Year Citation 2018 Robb, A., Due, C., & Venning, A. (2018). Exploring psychological wellbeing in a sample of Australian actors. Australian Psychologist, 53(1), 77-86.
DOI Scopus2 WoS1
2017 Robb, A., & Due, C. (2017). Exploring psychological wellbeing in acting training: an Australian interview study. Theatre, Dance and Performance Training, 8(3), 297-316.
2015 Robb, A., & Davies, M. (2015). 'Being inside the story': a phenomenology of onstage experience and the implications of flow. About Performance, 2015(13), 45-67.
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