Sonya Vandergoot

Ms Sonya Vandergoot

PhD Candidate

School of Psychology

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

I completed my PhD with the University of Adelaide, School of Psychology in 2019. I am interested in factors affecting the transfer of learning from training to the workplace (for example, training transfer climate and organisational support, such as that provided by managers, teams and organisational systems).

I am a Registered Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) with the endorsed specialisation of Organisational Psychologist. My background and experience in Organisational Psychology gives me both the theoretical and practical understanding of human behaviours in the workplace.

I currently work with ModMed (a division of GPEx) as a performance coach in support of general practitioners (GP) attaining their fellowship with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and/or the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM).

Aim: to examine factors that affect the transfer of training and maintenance of the knowledge, skills and attitudes from interpersonal skills training programs to the workplace. My research is examining specifically the interpersonal skills of conflict resolution and leadership.

Significance: This research will add to an area where there is a paucity of research into training transfer and maintenance of ‘soft’ or interpersonal skills such as those of conflict resolution and leadership/management training programs. It will be practically and economically significant to Organisations when implementing interpersonal skill training programs as it will inform their development and delivery,, as well as post-training support, to optimise their effectiveness and transference to the workplace, as well as the maintenance of these skills, ultimately to benefit new clients, organisations, and learners in the improvement of these types of training programs.

Expected Outcomes: This research will help to determine which factors affect the transfer of training and maintenance regarding Conflict Resolution and Leadership/Management training programs. For example, factors, including self-efficacy, motivation to learn, motivation to transfer skills to the workplace, organisational commitment, and Organisational Transfer Climate will be measured via an electronic survey, the link of which will be emailed to previous and prospective attendees of the Professional Management Program (PMP) on behalf of the researcher. Expected outcomes are that self-efficacy, motivation to learn and motivation to transfer skills will determine the extent Management training knowledge, skills and attitudes will be transferred to the workplace and maintained; that Organisational commitment will predict motivation to learn; and that Organisational Transfer Climate variables will influence both directly and indirectly (via motivation to learn, motivation to transfer skills and organisational commitment) training transfer and maintenance of Management skills over time.

Study 1: Factors effecting training transfer and maintenance in conflict resolution training programs for healthcare staff.

Study 2: Undergraduate medical and nursing students’ motivation and attitudes towards interprofessional learning and their impact on the transfer of conflict resolution skills.

Study 3: Factors affecting training transfer and maintenance in a management program: a retrospective study.

Study 4: Factors affecting training transfer and maintenance in leadership programs: A comparison of two training programs.

Study 5: Factors affecting training transfer and maintenance in a management program: Comparison of two delivery formats.

Research and PhD completed in 2019

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2018 - 2019 Lecturer University of Adelaide
    2018 - 2019 Placement Coordinator University of Adelaide
    2015 - 2016 Human Factors Lecturer and Researcher University of Adelaide
    2013 - 2014 Faciliator of Learning (Corporate) College for Learning and Development
    2011 - 2013 Senior Learning and Development Consultant SA Health
    2008 - 2011 Organisational Psychologist SA Health
    2007 - 2008 Research Psychologist Women's and Children's Hospital
    1994 - 2004 Registered Nurse, Level 1 Lyell McEwen Hospital, SA Health
    1984 Property Management and Development Self
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2017 Award SCAP Best Student Paper 2017 Singapore
    2006 Award Student Prize College of Organisational Psychology, Australian Psychological Society Australia
    2006 Achievement Outstanding Academic Achievement University of Adelaide Australia
    2002 Honour Academic Excellence Golden Key International Honour Society Australia
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    Italian Can speak and understand spoken
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2013 TAFE Australia Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
    2012 TAFE Australia Diploma of Project Management
    2011 University of South Australia Australia Master of Conflict Management
    2006 - 2007 University of Adelaide Australia Masters of
    2005 University of Adelaide Australia Honours Degree of Health Sciences,
    1997 - 2004 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Arts,
    1991 - 1993 University of South Australia Australia Bachelor of Nursing
  • Certifications

    Date Title Institution name Country
    2007 Registered Psychologist (endorsed in Organisational Psychology) Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency Australia
  • Research Interests

  • Position: PhD Candidate
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  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Hughes, floor 5
  • Room: 5 11
  • Org Unit: School of Psychology

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