World spotlight on UC ADHD micronutrient research
28 January 2016 UC psychology graduate Dr Heather Gordon's new research documents the findings of a study which treated 14 Canterbury children with ADHD with micronutrients. (read article)
Psychology 400-level Enrolment 2016
Please note that we will be accepting enrolments in 400-level Psychology courses right up until the beginning of lectures. If you are thinking of taking our limited entry courses, PSYC428 Forensic Psychology, PSYC433 Research in Behavioural Pharmacology & Teratology, PSYC452 Family Psychology, PSYC466 The Psychology of Intergroup Relations, PSYC470 Project, PSYC475 Directed Research in Psychology and PSYC477 Special Topic: Mental Health and Food, you need to apply for these courses no later than 1 February 2016. Decisions on places in these courses will be made as soon as possible after that date.
UoC Psychology Students' PSYC Conference
A very scucessful conference was held on 16th November showcasing our students' research. This will be come an annual event and we look forward to 2016.
Starting a Thesis in 2016 / 17
If you are anticipating starting a thesis in 2016 or in 2017 please contact Assoc. Prof. Roeline Kuijer, our PG PhD / Thesis Coordinator for advice about how to enrol, find a supervisor and to look at your possible options. 'Getting Started on a Thesis' - ppt pdf / 6 slides per page pdf - (20/10/15)
Recent Book Publications
Congratulations to Assoc. Prof. Chris Burt who has recently published a book entitled “New Employee Safety: Risk Factors and Management Strategies”. This book introduces an innovative new-employee safety risk model, keyed to a typical new worker becoming acclimated to a new job and workplace. It reviews risk factors, their root causes, and how they can be addressed and minimized through targeted strategies at each stage of a worker’s early months on the job. You can find out more about this book at http://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783319186832
Congratulations also to Professor Brian Haig who has co-authored a book entitled “Realist Inquiry in Social Science”. “The current replication crisis in psychology makes Professors’ Haig and Evers book as timely as it is erudite. Using philosophical realism as their organizing principle, they take the reader on a creative and insightful tour through validity, grounded theory, factor analysis and case studies in an effort to improve and advance psychological research” - James W. Grice, Professor of Psychology, Oklahoma State University. Find out more at https://au.sagepub.com/en-gb/oce/realist-inquiry-in-social-science/book239560 (Nov 2015)
College of Science Emerging Researcher Award 2015
Congratulations to Dr Kumar Yogeeswaran who has been awarded the College of Science Emerging Researcher Award for 2015. Kumar is an experimental social psychologist, with special expertise in the area of intergroup relations. Kumar carries out research on a range of issues associated with diversity, social identity and prejudice and is publishing in the top journals in these areas with collaborators from around the world. In 2015 he was identified as an ‘Admired Scholar’ by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Diversity Committee, the leading professional society in the area, and is receiving a wide range of invitations from around the world of various kinds. Kumar is bringing the benefits of his work to bear at UC through his work with the University’s Māori Development Team to find research-based interventions that support Māori student success. Personal website with further research information and postgraduate supervision (October 2015)
Why do so many experienced hunters shoot their mates?
Mistaken for Game Hunting Accidents - A Human Factors Review: the report's author is PhD student, Kyle Wilson. A Radio New Zealand interview given by Kyle and a colleague can also be downloaded. (October 2015)
Two UC professors Women of Influence finalists
Two University of Canterbury professors are among the finalists for the Women of Influence awards for 2015. UC academics Jennifer Hay, Professor of Linguistics, and Julia Rucklidge, Professor of Clinical Psychology, are among eight finalists in the Innovation category of the prestigious annual awards. (Sept. 2015)
NZPsS Ballin Award
Congratulations to Professor Julia Rucklidge who was awarded the NZPsS Ballin Award at the NZPsS Annual Conference held in Hamilton recently. This award honours Dame Ann Ballin, ONZ, DBE clinical psychologist and first woman President of the NZPsS who received the DBE for a lifelong contribution to advocacy on behalf of people with disabilities. The Ballin Award is awarded to a Member/Fellow of the Society who is deemed to have made a notably significant contribution to the development or enhancement of clinical psychology in the Aotearoa/New Zealand context through, original research; dissemination of research and/or best practice; the sustained exemplary or innovative practice of clinical psychology; or through professional development, organization, supervision and/or mentoring of others in the field of clinical psychology. (Sept. 2015)
Positive thoughts potentially dangerous (CTV 17 July 2015)
Positive images of the Christchurch recovery are a "time travel dream machine", but more distracting than negative ones, according to UC research findings. Postgraduate student Nicola Hancock, UC Psychologist Professor Deak Helton and colleagues from UC and industry partner Opus have been examining the effects of the Christchurch recovery on people, and have been surprised by the results. (read article) (July 2015)
The Mental Health and Nutrition Research Group was the cover story in the NZ Listener back in June. Check the article out the “Pills & Ills” (July 2015)
Computer Information Getting Closer
The university’s psychology experts are collaborating with their human interface technology colleagues to investigate how skills used in daily lives can be made easier or improved by using the in-development Google Glasses. Research is being carried out by Professor Deak Helton and Psychology PhD student Matt Ward, along with the university’s HIT Lab Professor Mark Billinghurst. (15 Jan 2015) more