Higher Degree by Research Candidate
School of Psychology
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
I am currently pursuing a Combined Ph.D. and Master of Psychology (Clinical). I am under the supervision of Dr. Michael Proeve and Assoc Prof Rachel Roberts, with external consultation from Dr. Matthew Smout.
Research in Psychology
My primary areas of research interest in Psychology are therapeutic/working alliance, shame, addiction and sexuality, as well as behavioural coding methods in observational studies.
My specific research deals with the influence of working alliance on mental health outcomes, especially in populations affected by methamphetamine dependence. Working alliance refers to a functional, goal-oriented component of the relationship between a client and a clinician. As Hatcher and Barends (2006) put it, “[a]lliance describes the degree to which the therapy dyad is engaged in collaborative, purposive work.”
Empirical research in Psychology and other disciplines has previously linked working alliance to client satisfaction, behavioural change, symptom improvement, retention rates, and relapse likelihood. My aim is to contribute to this body of knowledge, and help to inform good clinical practice for mental health professionals.
I have a strong interest in European languages and culture. I've spent a short time living and working in France (2014-2015) and am a big fan of all things French. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in French Studies, and also study beginner Italian.
I'm very interested in insects and arachnids - most especially bees and beekeeping.
Please contact me if you feel like having a conversation about any of these topics - or any other topic - which catches your interest.
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2016 Scholarship Australian Postgraduate Award The University of Adelaide 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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