Susan Straub

Susan Straub

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

School of Psychology

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences


Professor Helen Winefield and Dr. Peter Strelan are the supervisors of my PhD, the focus of which is on students aged 17-20 years in their first year of university, who have relocated to Adelaide. Most of such students come either from abroad or from regional and remote areas of Australia, and have just entered the 'Emerging Adult' period of their lives.

I am particularly interested in factors associated with the kind of accommodation in which they live during term-time and how those factors affect their academic success and mental health. This research builds on a study I completed for a Master degree in 1998, that is, before international students began studying in Adelaide in great number. Compared with those from regional and remote areas of Australia, international students face even greater challenges, especially those of language and culture.

In my current research, I am also investigating the effects on academic success and mental health of two personal characteristics these students may have, that is, external or internal locus of control and meaning-in-life.

Professor Helen Winefield and Dr. Peter Strelan are the supervisors of my PhD, the focus of which is on 17-20 years old students in their first year of university, who have relocated to Adelaide. Most of such students come either from abroad or from regional and remote areas of Australia, and have just entered the 'Emerging Adult' period of their lives.

I am particularly interested in factors associated with the kind of accommodation in which they live during term-time and how those factors affect their academic success and mental health. This research builds on a study I completed for a Master degree in 1998, that is, before international students began studying in Adelaide in great number. Compared with those from regional and remote areas of Australia, international students face even greater challenges, especially those of language and culture.

In my current research, I am also investigating the effects on academic success and mental health of two personal characteristics these students may have, that is, external or internal locus of control and meaning-in-life.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2017 Provisional PhD Candidate The University of Adelaide
    2016 - 2016 Locum Tenens Priest Anglican Parish of Broadview & Enfield
    2015 - 2015 Chaplain to the Archbishop of Adelaide Diocese of Adelaide
    2014 - 2014 Locum Tenens Priest St. Peter's Cathedral
    2010 - 2016 Senior Consultant Converge International/ResolutionsRTK
    2006 - 2010 Industrial Chaplain ITIM Port Lincoln
    2005 - 2010 Contractor ITIM
    2005 - 2010 Parish Priest Parish of Port Lincoln
    2003 - 2005 Rector Parish of Kangaroo Island
    1999 - 2005 Industrial Chaplain ITIM Kangaroo Island
    1998 Psychologist in Private Pactice S. F. Straub
    1998 - 2003 Priest-in-Charge Parish of Kangaroo Island
    1992 - 1998 Chaplain & Student Counsellor St. Mark's Residential University College
    1990 - 1991 Assistant Curate Parish of Warradale
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    French Can read and understand spoken
    German Can read, write, speak and understand spoken
    Swiss German; Alemannic; Alsatian Can read, speak and understand spoken
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    1998 The University of South Australia Australia Master of Clinical
    1991 Adelaide College of Divinity Australia Graduate Diploma in Pastoral Studies
    1990 Flinders University of South Australia Australia Bachelor of Arts (Hons., Psych.)
    1989 Flinders University of South Australia Australia Bachelor of Theology
  • Postgraduate Training

    Date Title Institution Country
    1996 - 1996 Accredited Supervisor of Field Experience Adelaide College of Divinity Australia
  • Research Interests

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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    1999 Straub, S. F. (1999). An Investigation into factors associated with success at university of students from rural and isolated areas studying in Adelaide. Journal of Tertiary Campus Ministry Association, 1(1), 84-95.
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  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    1993 - ongoing Member Australian Psychological Society Australia

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