Dr Jade SheenClinical Team Win Metro Educator Award

23 May 2014

Dr Jade Sheen, Dr Clint Gurtman, and Associate Professor Jane McGillivray have been awarded the inaugural  Metropolitan Educator Award, in recognition of an outstanding contribution to the education and training of current and/or future health workers. The award was presented at the Melbourne Museum as a part of the People in Health Awards (Victorian Government).
During 2013, Dr Sheen, Dr Gurtman and Associate Professor McGillivray from the School of Psychology, Deakin University, undertook an ambitious program to develop a suite of simulation training materials. Their Deakin Psychiatric Simulation Program (DPSP) includes over forty filmed interviews with simulated  patients; case studies to support class role plays; an interactive student website, complete with patient interviews, quizzes and interviews with experts; and, Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs)  focusing on the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders.

Thinkers In ResidenceProfessors Russell and Cutrona

21 May 2014

The School of Psychology is pleased to welcome Professor Carolyn Cutrona and Professor Daniel Russell who are Thinkers in Residence working with the School of Psychology and the Strategic Research Centre on Mental Health and Wellbeing. Professor Cutrona and Professor Russell are leading experts in the areas of relationship research and mental health. They are widely known for their research in social support and loneliness and their extensive work with African American families. Both Professors have significant editorial experience in many of the leading journals in the field of personality and social psychology, and have received multiple grants by the National Institutes of Health (United States). Professor Russell is a world renowned expert in research methods and data analysis.

Psychology Improves Ranking In Latest QS World University Rankings

26 February 2014

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After last year being featured for the first time in the top 200 psychology departments worldwide, The School is pleased to announce that we have further improved our ranking this year, to now be ranked in the top 101-150 of psychology departments.

The QS World University Rankings are an annual university ranking, and are one of the most influential and widely observed international university rankings. For this latest edition of the QS World University Rankings by Subject, 3002 universities were evaluated and 689 institutions in total were ranked.

Knockout ResearchPeter Miller

22 January 2014

Associate Professor Peter Miller can deservedly claim some credit for the new alcohol laws set to be introduced in NSW. Associate Professor Miller has been a passionate advocate for the new laws and has been unflinching in delivering his message, including many media appearances over the past few weeks. He has devoted many years to the issue of alcohol and violence, and his research has led him to one very strong conclusion. “What really works in improving things is State and Federal government policy,” he said. “The evidence repeatedly shows that what reduces alcohol-related violence is reducing pub trading hours, restricting advertising to our kids and raising the price of alcohol.”

NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell announced the suite of new measures on January 21, in response to mounting community pressure. Once the new laws are passed, hotels and clubs in Sydney’s CBD will be required to lock out new customers from 1.30 am and cease alcohol trading by 3 am. Bottle shops will be required to close at 10 pm and there will be mandatory minimum sentences for alcohol and drug-fuelled offences, including eight years in jail for fatal one-punch attacks involving alcohol and drugs.

Before beginning his research career many years ago, Associate Professor Miller spent 12 years as a bouncer, so he knows intimately the damage that alcohol can inflict, and he has a strong drive to “make a difference.” “While the alcohol lobby is very well connected, the time is right in NSW, and hopefully, other states will follow,” he said. “This move deserves a big tick,” he added. “We must acknowledge that the Premier has made a brave and landmark move. He is now providing a key message to the public that ‘the Government will act.’”

Peter Miller’s reputation as a leader in his field was cemented in 2013 when he was awarded the Excellence in Research Award at the National Drug and Alcohol Awards ceremony in Canberra. As Principal Research Fellow and Co-Director of the Violence Prevention Group within Deakin’s School of Psychology, he has overseen Australia’s largest study in patron behaviour, Patron Offending and Intoxication in the Night Time Entertainment Districts, or POINTED. This collaboration between law enforcement organisations and six universities involved 7,000 interviews and 900 observations across five sites.

While obviously delighted with the new laws in NSW, Associate Professor Miller sees his work as only just beginning, with the call for new laws in other states, and a whole-of-government national strategy to prevent and reduce violence, some of the issues he has his sights on.

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