Jane Cocks

Dr Jane Cocks

Visiting Research Fellow

School of Psychology

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences


My research has broadly focused on positive psychology and health behaviour change, as well as the use of interactive media and technologies to promote mental health and wellbeing. I have recently contributed to research focussed on developing a mental health and wellbeing framework, and have led the design of practical resources and a digital toolkit to promote mental health and wellbeing in young adult fire and emergency service volunteers. I am passionate about conducting research and creating new technologies which foster resilience and positive health outcomes.

I completed my PhD as part of the Engage Research Lab at the University of the Sunshine Coast in June 2020. I used a multidisciplinary mixed methods approach to integrate psychology theory with game design practice, to develop a framework for designing games which foster positive health behaviour change.

Previously I have contributed to research at the Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies at the University of Adelaide including projects examining: the mental health and wellbeing of the Australian Defence Force, the long term impacts of childhood exposure to bushfires, and the predictors of resilience following the Eyre Peninsula bushfires.

I have previously taught into the online Graduate Diploma of Psychology course within the School of Psychology at the University of Adelaide. Subjects taught include: Learning and Behaviour, Social Psychology, and Research Methods, Design and Analysis. 

  • Board Memberships

    Date Role Board name Institution name Country
    2018 - 2021 Board Member Digital Games Research Association Australia (DiGRAA) DiGRAA Australia
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2020 - ongoing Member Associate Member Australian Psychological Society (APS) Australia
  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2019 - ongoing Consulting Editor Journal of Games, Self, & Society Carnegie Mellon University, ETC Press United States

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