Dr James Lucas

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Lecturer in Social Work Field Education

Faculty

Faculty of Health

Department

School of Health & Soc. Dev.

Campus

Geelong Waterfront Campus

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy, Charles Darwin University, 2016
Bachelor of Behavioural Science with First Class Honours, Charles Darwin University, 2012
Graduate Diploma in Psychology, Charles Darwin University, 2011
Bachelor of Social Work with second class Honours, Division A, Charles Darwin University, 2009

Contact

james.lucas@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 522 78814

Research interests

Dr. James Lucas is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker who draws from the worlds of social work, psychology, and Buddhist spiritualities to better understand and support people through life's decision-making storms, or "stormy decisions". It is these decision-making storms that force us to consider in which direction we take our lives whether it be our health, work, family, or relationships across the lifespan and are often stressful and complex.

Through his research he seeks to understand the anatomy and dynamics of these decision-making storms in terms of the many decision appraisals made, people's experiences of decisional stress and conflict, as well the various decisional strategies utilised to cope with the stress and complexity involved and to maximise their satisfaction with the decision made. In this understanding, Dr. James Lucas works to develop ways to better support people in surviving, thriving, and creating meaning from the stormy decisions that arise in their lives. 

Affiliations

Accredited Mental Health Social Worker - Australian Association of Social Workers

Associate Member - Australian Psychological Society

Teaching interests

Decision-Making

Spirituality

Stress and Coping

Social Work Field Education

Publications

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2018

Decision-making: a century of theory-making and the synthesis of a contemporary model

J Lucas, K Moore

(2018), pp. 21-32, Stress and anxiety -- theories and realities, Berlin, Germany, B1

chapter
2017

Mindfulness for professional resilience

J Lucas

(2017), pp. 274-281, Routledge handbook of religion, spirituality and social work, Abingdon, Eng., B1

chapter

Funded Projects at Deakin

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Supervisions

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