Dr Lynn Ward

Lynn Ward
Senior Lecturer
School of Psychology
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Dr Lynn Ward
Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology
Positive Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Health Psychology

I am interested in factors that influence adult development and ageing. I have used both qualitative and quantitative methods to study psychosocial development in midlife and older adults. Specific interests include:
◾Age-related changes in cognitive functioning, both normal and dementia related;
◾The impact of lifestyle choices and health habits on cognitive functioning and psychosocial well-being in older adults;
◾Resilience, emotional functioning in parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
◾Resilience and successful ageing;
◾Cross-cultural issues in ageing.

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Dr Lynn Ward

Dr Lynn Ward
Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology
Positive Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Health Psychology

I am interested in factors that influence adult development and ageing. I have used both qualitative and quantitative methods to study psychosocial development in midlife and older adults. Specific interests include:
◾Age-related changes in cognitive functioning, both normal and dementia related;
◾The impact of lifestyle choices and health habits on cognitive functioning and psychosocial well-being in older adults;
◾Resilience, emotional functioning in parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
◾Resilience and successful ageing;
◾Cross-cultural issues in ageing.

I am interested in factors that influence adult development and ageing. I have used both qualitative and quantitative methods to study psychosocial development in midlife and older adults. Specific interests include:

  • Age-related changes in cognitive functioning, both normal and dementia related;
  • The impact of lifestyle choices and health habits on cognitive functioning and psychosocial well-being in older adults;
  • Resilience, emotional functioning in parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Resilience and successful ageing;
  • Cross-cultural issues in ageing.

Research Interests

Developmental Psychology and Ageing, Neuroscience, Behaviour and Brain Health, Ageing, Frailty and Mobility

Journals

Year Citation
2017 Ma, M., Dorstyn, D., Ward, L. & Prentice, S. (2017). Alzheimers' disease and caregiving: a meta-analytic review comparing the mental health of primary carers to controls.. Aging & mental health, 1-11.
10.1080/13607863.2017.1370689
2016 Burns, K., Burns, N. & Ward, L. (2016). Confidence - more a personality or ability trait? It depends on how it is measured: a comparison of young and older adults. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, APR, 518-1-518-14.
10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00518
2016 Leone, E., Dorstyn, D. & Ward, L. (2016). Defining Resilience in Families Living with Neurodevelopmental Disorder: A Preliminary Examination of Walsh’s Framework. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 28, 4, 595-608.
10.1007/s10882-016-9497-x
2016 Nilova, V., Ward, L. & Hall, P. (2016). Women's experiences of parenting toddlers following postnatal depression. Australian Journal of Psychology, 69, 3, -.
10.1111/ajpy.12138
2015 Whitehead, K., Dorstyn, D. & Ward, L. (2015). Erratum to: Psychological Adjustment in Families Affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (J Dev Phys Disabil, 10.1007/s10882-015-9446-0). Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 27, 5, 719-.
10.1007/s10882-015-9450-4
2015 Vincent, N., Ward, L. & Denson, L. (2015). Promoting post-conventional consciousness in leaders: Australian community leadership programs. Leadership Quarterly, 26, 2, 238-253.
10.1016/j.leaqua.2014.11.007
2015 Whitehead, K., Dorstyn, D. & Ward, L. (2015). Psychological adjustment in families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 27, 5, 703-717.
10.1007/s10882-015-9446-0
2015 Vincent, N., Denson, L. & Ward, L. (2015). Triggers, timing and type: exploring developmental readiness and the experience of consciousness transformation in graduates of Australian community leadership programs. Journal of Adult Development, 22, 4, 183-205.
10.1007/s10804-015-9211-8
2015 Bastian, P., Adeleen, E., Denson, L. & Ward, L. (2015). Consent, capacity and the right to say no. Medical Journal of Australia, 202, 8, i-ii.
10.5694/mja14.01750
2013 Vincent, N., Ward, L. & Denson, L. (2013). Personality preferences and their relationship to ego development in Australian leadership program participants. Journal of Adult Development, 20, 4, 197-211.
10.1007/s10804-013-9171-9
2013 Beer, M., Ward, L. & Moar, K. (2013). The relationship between mindful parenting and distress in parents of children with an autism spectrum disorder. Mindfulness, 4, 2, 102-112.
10.1007/s12671-012-0192-4
2012 Hunter, C., Ward, L. & Camp, C. (2012). Transitioning spaced retrieval training to care staff in an Australian residential aged care setting for older adults with dementia: a case study approach. Clinical Gerontologist, 35, 1, 1-14.
10.1080/07317115.2011.626513
2011 Soosai, J., Ward, L. & Ziaian, T. (2011). Comparing definitions of successful ageing: the case of Anglo- and Chinese- Australians. E-Journal of Applied Psychology, 7, 1, 15-21.
10.7790/ejap.v7i1.227
2011 Bastian, P., Denson, L. & Ward, L. (2011). Assessment of patients' decision-making capacity: A response to a paper by Professor Dārzinņš. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 58, 5, 392-393.
10.1111/j.1440-1630.2011.00950.x
2011 Warwick, J., Nettelbeck, T. & Ward, L. (2011). A response to Antonakis and Dietz: Looking for validity or testing it?. Personality and Individual Differences, 50, 3, 416-417.
10.1016/j.paid.2010.09.025
2010 Soosai, J., Ward, L. & Ziaian, T. (2010). Experiences of Chinese immigrants and Anglo-Australians ageing in Australia: A cross-cultural perspective on successful ageing. Journal of Health Psychology, 15, 5 Sp Iss, 697-706.
10.1177/1359105310368183
2010 Warwick, J., Nettelbeck, T. & Ward, L. (2010). AEIM: A new measure and method of scoring abilities-based emotional intelligence. Personality and Individual Differences, 48, 1, 66-71.
10.1016/j.paid.2009.08.018
2010 Warwick, J., Nettelbeck, T. & Ward, L. (2010). Erratum to AEIM: A new measure and method of scoring abilities-based emotional intelligence [Personality and Individual Differences 48, 1, (2010), 66-71. Personality and Individual Differences, 49, 2, 152-.
10.1016/j.paid.2010.03.020
2009 Collins, J., Winefield, H., Ward, L. & Turnbull, D. (2009). Understanding help seeking for mental health in rural South Australia: thematic analytical study. Australian Journal of Primary Health, 15, 2, 159-165.
10.1071/PY09019
2009 Crisp, G., Palmer, E., Turnbull, D., Nettelbeck, T., Ward, L., Le Couteur, A. ... Schneider, L. (2009). First year student expectations: Results from a university-wide student survey. Journal of University of Teaching & Learning Practice, 6, 1, 1-18.
2008 Ward, L. & Mathias, J. (2008). Changes in cognitive functioning following bereavement. Gerontology, 54, 2, 129-129.
10.1159/000121948
2008 McCann Mortimer, P., Ward, L. & Winefield, H. (2008). Successful ageing by whose definition? Views of older, spiritually affiliated women. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 27, 4, 200-204.
10.1111/j.1741-6612.2008.00305.x
2007 Ward, L., Mathias, J. & Hitchings, S. (2007). Relationships between bereavement and cognitive functioning in older adults. Gerontology, 53, 6, 362-372.
10.1159/000104787
2006 Tan, J., Ward, L. & Ziaian, T. (2006). Future care expectations and preferences of Chinese- and Anglo-Australians in relation to filial piety and acculturation. AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY, 58, 196-196.
2005 Ward, L. & Collins, J. (2005). Vulnerability to victimisation in early adolescents: predictors and protective effects of peer relationships. AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY, 57, 173-173.
2003 Warwick, J., Nettelbeck, T. & Ward, L. (2003). Emotional Intelligence: A validation study. AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY, 55, 220-220.
2003 Gething, L., Gridley, H., Browning, C., Helmes, E., Luszcz, M., Turner, J. ... Wells, Y. (2003). The role of psychologists in fostering the wellbeing of older Australians. Australian Psychologist, 38, 1, 1-10.
10.1080/00050060310001706957
2002 Bryan, J. & Ward, L. (2002). Smoking, alcohol use and engagement in exercise and cognitive performance among older adults. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 21, 2, 67-73.
10.1111/j.1741-6612.2002.tb00420.x
2000 Bryan, J. & Ward, L. (2000). Health habits and cognitive performance among older adults. AUSTRALASIAN JOURNAL ON AGEING, 19, 1, 60-60.
1995 Tsourtos, G., Rawson, V., Ward, L. & Stough, C. (1995). Inspection time as a measure of information processing speed in psychiatric disorders. Asian Journal of Psychology, 1, 76-78.
1995 Brebner, J., Donaldson, J., Kirby, N. & Ward, L. (1995). Relationships between happiness and personality. Personality and Individual Differences, 19, 2, 251-258.
10.1016/0191-8869(95)00022-X

Books

Year Citation
2013 Hoffnung, M., Hoffnung, R. J., Seifert, K., Smith, R. B., Hine, A., Ward, L. ... Swabey, K. (2013). Lifespan Development: a chronological approach. Wiley.
2012 Hoffnung, M., Hoffnung, R., Seifert, K., Smith, R., Hine, A., Ward, L. ... Swabey, K. (2012). Lifespan development: a topical approach. Wiley.

Book Chapters

Year Citation
2004 Ward, L. (2004). Risk factors for Alzheimer's Disease in Down Syndrome. In L. M. Glidden (Ed.), International review of research in mental retardation (pp. 159-196). 525 B St, Suite 1900, San Diego, California 92101-4495, USA: Elsevier Academic Press.
10.1016/S0074-7750(04)29005-X

Conference Papers

Year Citation
2016 Young, C., Roberts, R. & Ward, L. (2016). Mapping perinatal research: A scoping review of resilience theory in the transition to parenthood.. Frontiers in perinatal mental health - looking to the future.. Melbourne.
2002 Greenwood, T., Burns, N. & Ward, L. (2002). Speed of processing on an auditory comprehension task is impaired after sustained computer game play.

Conference Items

Year Citation
2016 Young, C., Roberts, R. & Ward, L. (2016). Mapping perinatal research: A scoping review of resilience theory in the transition to parenthood (Poster).. Frontiers in perinatal mental health - Looking to the future.. Melbourne.
10.13140/RG.2.2.28786.71368
2008 Collins, J., Winefield, H., Ward, L. & Turnbull, D. (2008). Barriers to seeking help for mental health problems in rural Australia. 29th International Congress of Psychology. Berlin, Germany.
10.1080/00207594.2008.10108486
  • Barbara Kidman Fellowship 2014 (University of Adelaide)
  • Luszcz, M., Anstey, K., Cobiac, L., Walker, R, Miller, M., Giles, L., Ward, L. & Hayles, C. (2008-12) ARC  ($681,352). How individual and societal resources contribute to ageing well through the fourth age: The Australian Longitudinal Study of Ageing. Australian Research Council. 

Program Coordinator:  Bachelor of Psychological Science

My area of expertise is Developmental Psychology, predominantly adult development and ageing.

Position
Senior Lecturer
Phone
83133182
Fax
8313 3770
Campus
North Terrace
Building
Hughes Building
Room Number
5 17
Org Unit
Psychology

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