Higher Degree by Research Candidate
School of Psychology
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
I am a Combined PhD/Master of Clinical Psychology student in the School of Psychology. My primary area of research interest is the nature and experience of shame and other self-conscious emotions, especially in relation to healthcare and relationships.
My research is focused on better understanding the phenomenon of dispositional shame, which refers to a person's tendency to feel shame (or not) in situations that are generally regarded as shame-provoking. I am especially interested in how a generalised tendency towards shame may be related to behaviour in a healthcare setting.
My work in this area specifically examines the relationship of shame to working alliance, which refers to the functional, goal-oriented and collaborative relationship between a treatment provider and a patient. A strong working alliance facilitates high quality care across healthcare disciplines, and is also strongly related to patient satisfaction, whereas a weaker alliance predicts disengagement, dropout, and poor adherence to healthcare regimens.
Early results suggest that higher dispositional shame is related to a weaker working alliance, and lower patient satisfaction. My current project involves assessing the applicability of these findings in a clinical psychology setting, as well as searching for possible mechanisms to explain this relationship.
Posters & Presentations
This poster, entitled Shame & relationships in healthcare was presented at the 2019 Florey Postgraduate Research Conference, Adelaide, South Australia. It summarises the results of the pilot study for my research project, which was subsequently published as:
- Carabellese, D., Proeve, M., & Roberts, R. (2019). Relationship of patient shame to working alliance and satisfaction: a preliminary investigation. Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, 14(4), 251-263.
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2019 Award School of Psychology Prize 2019 Florey International Postgraduate Research Conference Australia — 2013 Award Violet de Mole Prize in French The University of Adelaide Australia — 2012 Award The Jefferis Memorial Medal The University of Adelaide Australia — 2012 Award Professor Sir William Mitchell Essay Prize The University of Adelaide Australia — 2011 Award M. Rees George Memorial Prize The University of Adelaide — —
Language Competency English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review French Can read, write, speak and understand spoken
Date Institution name Country Title 2017 University of Adelaide Australia Master of Psychology (Clinical) 2016 University of Adelaide Australia Ph.D. in Medicine (Psychology) 2009 - 2013 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) 2008 - 2013 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Arts
- English Teaching Assisant - Ministère de l'Éducation nationale (France) 2014 – 2015
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