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Scholarships and Awards

Before applying for any of these Doctoral Scholarships, you must contact the Department of Psychology. If you are interested in the possibility of completing a doctorate in the Department of Psychology, and would like more information, please contact Associate Professor Roeline Kuijer

Doctoral and Masters Scholarships

A snapshot of recent achievements by Psychology staff and students

Psychology Postgraduate Prizes and Scholarships

Psychology Undergraduate Prizes

Recent Erskine visitors to the Department

Erskine leave / study leave / recent conference attendance

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Doctoral and Masters Scholarships

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UC Doctoral Scholarships
Closing dates are 15th May and 15 October every year ($20,000 per annum)

UC Masters Scholarships
Closing dates are 15 May and 15 October every year ($12,000 per annum)

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Achievements

A snapshot of recent achievements by Psychology staff and students

Assoc. Prof. Chris Burt 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 (Nov 2015)

Professor Brian Haig 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)

Congratulations to Samantha Epling (PhD student) who has her first paper from her PhD published in the Journal of Experimental Brain Research (August 2015)

Congratulations to Phillipa Newton and Kyla Wood (both PhD students) who were placed 1st equal at the Scientific Meetings of the Health Research Society of Canterbury 2015. Philippa’s presentation was entitled “Vitamin-mineral treatment for assisting with smoking cessation: A pilot double-blind randomized placebo-controlled trial”. Kyla’s presentation was entitled “Progression to dementia in Parkinson’s disease over four-years: Risk with alternative MCI criteria.” (August 2015)

Kyla Wood (PhD student) presented a paper at the Health Research Society of Canterbury 2015 Grand Rounds Series on 29 May at the Rolleston Lecture Theatre, Christchurch Hospital. The paper was entitled “Progression to dementia in Parkinson’s
disease over four-years: Risk with alternative MCI criteria’.
The co-authors for the research Kyla presented, along with
Daniel Myall, Leslie Livingston, Tracy Melzer, Toni Pitcher, Michael MacAskill, Gert Geurtsen (an international collaborator
from the Department of Medical Psychology, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam), Tim Anderson and Prof,
John Dalrymple-Alford.
The abstract submitted for this presentation will be published in the New Zealand Medical
Journal. (June 2015)

Professor Richard Jones (Adjunct staff member) has been awarded a Lottery Health Research grant of $45,650 to extend CMRF-funded project “Can early treatment prevent sleep apnoearelated brain damage?”. Cocollaborators in this project are Carrie
Innes, Richard Jones, Paul Kelly, Michael Hlavac, Russ Buckley. (May 2015)

Phillipa Newton (PhD student) presented an invited talk “Vitamin-Mineral treatment for assisting with smoking cessation: A pilot double -blind randomized placebo-controlled trial” at the Health Research Society talks hosted by the Canterbury Grand Round in May 2015. Phillipa has also been successful in securing a grant for her PhD research from the Turanga - The grand challenge: Innovative research to halve smoking cessation prevalence in Aotearoa New Zealand supported by the Health Research Council of New Zealand funding agency. (May 2015)

Dr James Perry (recent PhD student) has been appointed to a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Cardiff with Dr Seralynne Vann. James is looking to start in Wales in September. (May 2015)

Michelle Downs-Woolley (PhD student) was one of the only two recipients of the David Caul Graduate Research Award from the International Society for the study of Trauma and Dissociation. Michelle won the grant to support her PhD research on overgeneral memory and dissociation. (April 2015)

A former student of ours Dr Alice Boyes recently published a book; "The Anxiety your Mind and Moving Past Your Stuck
Points”
was released in the US on 3 March and to Commonwealth Countries on 26 March. It was published by Penguin
in the US. More information about this book is also available through the following linkshttp://theanxietytoolkit.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/The-Anxiety-Toolkit_Press-Kit.pdf and available from Amazon here - http://www.amazon.com/ Anxiety-Toolkit-Strategies-Fine-Tuning- Moving/dp/0399169253/ref=asap_bc? ie=UTF8. (April 2015)

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Recently awarded Postgraduate Prizes and Scholarships

Fleur Pawsey and Nicola Hancock awarded a UC Doctoral Scholarship
Hahna Retallick-Brown, recipient of the UC Matariki Doctoral Scholarship
Kathryn Darling received a Doctoral Scholarship from Gravida (National Centre for Growth & Development)
(July 2015)
Henrieta Hamilton Skurak - PhD Scholarship for tuition fees and stipend under the supervision of Dr Joana Kuntz and Assoc. Prof. Katharina Naswall, funded by the Earthquake Commission to work on a project titled “Developing resilient employees to build resilient communities”.
Alexis Keeman - APSY Masters Scholarship for tuition fees and stipend under the supervision of Assoc.
Prof. Katharina Naswall,
Dr Joana Kuntz and Dr Sanna Malinen, and funded by the Mental Health Foundation to work on a project titled “Well-being game evaluation”.
Geoff Sutton - PhD Scholarship for tuition fees and travel under the supervision of by Dr Joana Kuntz and Assoc. Prof. Katharina
Naswall,
funded by SBS Bank for a project looking at “Leadership Development”.
Karen Tonkin - Masters Scholarship for tuition fees and stipend under the supervision of Drs Sanna Malinen,
Dr Joana Kuntz and Assoc. Prof. Katharina Naswall, funded by IBM New Zealand to work on a project titled "Building employee resilience through wellbeing in organisations”.
Signe Uldall Wiingaard (PhD student) was awarded the student prize for best presentation at the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists (NZCCP) Conference held recently in Auckland. The title of her presentation was “Intervideo therapy and common therapeutic factors”.
(April 2015)

Larry Kokkinidis 400-level Psychology Prize - 2015
The 2015 Larry Kokkinidis 400-level Psychology prize for outstanding achievement has been awarded to Sophie Barnett.

MSc in Applied Psychology Part 1 Prize - 2015
The MSc in Applied Psychology (APSY) Part 1 Department prize for 2015 has been awarded to Mary Abbott. It is awarded to the top achieving student/s in Part 1 APSY Papers by the Director of MSc in Applied Psychology.

Department of Psychology Prizes for 2015 Undergraduate Students

Top Stage 1 Student (PSYC105/106) - Jade Mein

Stage 1 Prize (PSYC105/106) - Jessie Hansen, Danielle Rolle, Victoria-Rose Tucker

Stage 2 Prize - Caitlin Ruddle, Hannah Stone, Elisabeth Tanner

Stage 3 Prize - Michael Howell, Michelle Pope, Nadia Williamson

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Professor Kevin Bennett from the Department of Psychology at Wright State University in Ohio and also Co-Director of the Joint Cognitive Systems Laboratory. Kevin arrived in early July and will be with us until mid-October. During his stay here he will be teaching PSYC451 Human Factors—Ergonomics. Kevin’s specialization is in human factors and his primary research interests are in ecological display and interface design. (July 2015)

Professor Edward Morris from the Department of Applied Behavioral Science (formerly Human Development and Family Life)
at the University of Kansas. Ed joined us for the month of July and during his stay taught into PSYC 472 History of Psychology. His teaching includes the historical and conceptual foundations of psychology, with an emphasis on the science and system of behavior analysis. Ed’s research and scholarship are in the same areas, lately on complementarities between psychology and behavior analysis. (July 2015)

Assoc.Professor Dan Chiaburu from the Mays Business School, Texas A&M University, College Station, visited the department in May 2014. He collaborated with the APSY staff and students and taught the course "Employee Development". His research topics of interest include; lateral (coworker-directed) ex-changes; employee prosocial (e.g. citizenship) and proactive (e.g., initiative) behaviours, and training transfer.(July 2014)

Professor Rosemary Tannock returned to UC for another Erskine Visit earlier this year. She was here during our Earthquake on 22 February 2011 and wasn’t deterred by that, returning to resume her Erskine in 2012. She is a Senior Scientist at
The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and the University of Toronto. During her stay this time round she was very involved in teaching into the Clinical Programme, also into PSYC207 Developmental Psychology and presented a Department Seminar, entitled “What colour is this dress?” (April 2015)

Joseph (Joe) Wallace, was also here in March 2013. Joe is an emeritus faculty member of the Department of Personnel
and Employment Relations at the University of Limerick, Ireland. This year he presented a Special Topic in our
MSc In Applied Psychology Programme and presented a Department seminar entitled “The reality of industrial discipline:
The persistence of class bias in the absence of collective responses.” (April 2015)

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Erskine leave / study leave / recent conference attendance

Dr Jacki Henderson recently attended the Scientific Meeting of the Australasian Sleep Association held in Melbourne. She presented two papers entitled “Sleep quality and psychological well-being in emerging adults: A survey of first year University students”, and “Sleep development over the first year of life: Does feeding method matter?” (Oct. 2015)

Professor Randolph Grace attended the Countdown to 2025 Tobacco Control Mini-Conference & Festschrift in Glenorchy early in September where he presented a paper entitled “E-cigarettes and the economics of smoking” (Oct 2015)

Dr Kumar Yogeeswaran spoke at the Third Annual Conference on Migration and Diversity “National Identity in Motion” held in Berlin from 28 August to 4 September. Kumar’s talk was entitled “The importance of national identity for intergroup relations in culturally diverse nations: A social Psychological perspective”. (Oct 2015)

Professors’ Neville Blampied and Randolph Grace recently attended the Corrections Psychologists National Training event held in Rotorua. Neville’s presentation was entitled “Being/becoming a local clinical scientist: The why and a bit of the how”. Randy presented a two-part workshop entitled “Statistics for Risk Prediction” and “Development and the Use of the ASRS-R (Automated Sexual Recidivism Scale—Revised)”. (Sept. 2015)

Professor Rob Hughes attended the Joint European Behavioural Pharmacology Society Conference and European Brain Behaviour Society Conference recently held in Verona, Italy. He presented a poster entitled "Strain– and response-dependent effects of caffeine on anxiety-related behaviour in rats". (Sept. 2015)

Brook Perry (PhD student) attended the Joint European Behavioural Pharmacology Society Conference and European Brain Behaviour Society Conference recently held in Verona, Italy. He presented a poster entitled “Comparison of anterior thalamic nuclei and mammillothalamic tract lesions”. (Sept. 2015)

The New Zealand Association for Behaviour Analysis Conference was held in Christchurch, 21-23 August. Associate Professor Anthony McLean was the organizer of this event and several member of our department were presenters:
Professor Neville Blampied presented a paper entitled “To average or not to average? - That is the question”
Dr John Church (Adjunct) presented a paper entitled “An analysis of the contingencies operating during teacher education programmes”.
Professor Randolph Grace presented a paper entitled “Evidence of a magnitude effect in probability discounting with pigeons.”
Associate Professor Anthony McLean presented a paper entitled “Do they stay or do they go?”
Professor Edward K. Morris (Visiting Erskine Fellow) & Katheryn M. Bigelow presented a paper entitled “Childrearing as the behaviorist viewed it: John B. Watson’s advice in perspective” (Sept 2015)

The Annual Australasian Winter Conference on Brain Research (AWCBR) was held in Queenstown from 28 August to 2 September 2015. We had staff and students presenting at this conference:
Sophie Barnett (Psyc Hons student) presented a poster entitled “Anterior thalamic nuclei lesions, environmental enrichment and histone H3 acetylation in the extended hippocampal system”
Professor John Dalrymple-Alford presented a paper entitled “Maintaining independence in Parkinson’s disease: A RCT of a combined physical and cognitive activity”
Jennifer Hamilton (PhD student) presented a poster entitled “Thalamic brain lesions, theta and memory”
Brooke Perry (PhD student) presented a poster entitled “Unequal effects of anterior thalamic nuclei and mammillothalamic
tract lesions”

Kyla Wood (PhD student) presented a paper entitled “Neuropsychiatric status and different MCI criteria in Parkinson’s Disease” (Sept 2015)

Assoc. Prof. Roeline Kuijer recently attended the International Association for Relationship Research (IARR) in Amsterdam. She presented a paper entitled “Spouses’ involvement in their partners’ diabetes management: Associations with patient well-being”. (July 2015)

Five members of the CCDRG (Canterbury Child Development Research Group) attended the Australasian Human Development Association (AHDA) Conference held in Wellington in July. Dr Jacki Henderson presented a paper entitled “Sleep patterns in breast and bottle fed infants”. She also attended a whole day workshop on “Bullying: Identifying effective prevention and intervention strategies”. Melissa Laird (PhD) presented a paper “Effortful control in methadone-exposed pre-schoolers: Performance on a delay of gratification task”. Co-authored by Laird, M.K., Henderson, J.M.T., Pritchard, V.E.,& Woodward, L.J. Sam Lee (PhD) presented a paper entitled “The school of readiness of children born to mothers maintained on methadone”. Co-authored by Lee, S., Austin, N.C., Henderson, J.M.T., & Woodward, L.J. (July 2015)

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Dr Joana Kuntz recently attended the Annual Academy of Management Conference in Vancouver, Canada. She presented a paper entitled “Worker collective resilience: Advancing theories, methods, and applications of resilience research." (July 2015)

Dr Joana Kuntz attended the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology (EAWOP) Congress held in Oslo in May. She presented a paper entitled “Resilience in the workplace: Leading through change and challenges”. (May 2015)

Professor Richard Jones (Adjunct) attended two conferences recently. In March he attended the 9th International Conference
on Managing Fatigue held in Freemantle, Australia where he presented two presentations. The first one was a
Key Note Address entitled “Lapses of responsiveness: A focus on the characteristics, dangers, underlying mechanisms, and detection of microsleeps”. The other presentation was entitled “Obstructive sleep apnoea causes decreased cerebral perfusion during wakefulness”. He then attended the 1st International Conference on Stroke Rehabilitation: From no-tech to go-tech, in May, held here in Christchurch. He was co-author on three papers presented at this conference. (May 2015)

Professor Randolph Grace attended the Society for the Quantitative Analyses of Behavior (SQAB) Conference in San Antonio, Texas. He presented an invited paper entitled “An expectancy-based decision model for choice in concurrent chains”. (May 2015)

Professor Julia Rucklidge attended two conferences in May; she presented a paper entitled “Mineral-vitamin combinations as primary treatment of psychiatric symptoms” at the American Psychiatric Association Conference in Toronto Canada and also presented the same paper at the American Psychological Society Conference in New York (May 2015)

Professor Rob Hughes will attend the Joint Conference of the European Behavioural Pharmacology Society and the European
Brain and Behaviour Society in Verona, Italy in September. He will be presenting a poster entitled “Strain– and response-
dependent effects of caffeine on anxiety-related behaviour in rats”.

Brooke Perry (PhD) will also be attending the European Brain Behaviour Society: Joint meeting with European Behavioural
Pharmacology Society conference in Verona, Italy in early September. He will be presenting a poster entitled “Comparison of anterior thalamic nuclei and mammillothalamic tract lesions”. (April 2015)

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Assoc. Prof. Katharina Naswall commenced her Study Leave on 1 January. She has taken this opportunity to concentrate
on her research and is currently away at two conferences. She will be presenting a platform paper entitled “Change from the inside: Researchinformed but organization-driven intervention to promote worker well-being”, at the 2015 Work, Stress, and Health Conference in Atlanta at the beginning of May. She will also be chairing a symposium and presenting a paper entitled
“Resilience in the workplace: Leading through change and challenges”, at the European Association of Work and Organizational
Psychology (EAWOP) Congress in Oslo later in May. (April) 2015

Professor Simon Kemp started his leave on 1 January and after spending the first couple of months here in Christchurch
he left to continue his research collaborations in Hong Kong and China in March, then went on to The University of Cologne for the bulk of his leave collaborating with colleagues and researching how laypeople think about the economy, among other research opportunities. He will finish his Study Leave off by attending the International Association for Research in Economic Psychology Conference in Sibiu, Romania. Simon returns to UC for the commencement of Semester 2. (April 2015)

Professor Martin Dorahy attended the International Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation (ISSTD) Annual Conference held in Orlandol, Florida. He presented a paper entitled “Auditory hallucinations in dissociative identity disorder with and without ongoing abuse and schizophrenia”. (April 2015)

Professor Brian Haig attended the International Convention of Psychological Science held in Amsterdam. He chaired a symposium on “Advancing the Construction of Psychological Theory” and presented a paper as well. (March 2015)

Ann Huggett attended the NZ Mindfulness Facilitators and Teachers Meeting in Dunedin. (March 2015)

Liz Waugh attended the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists (NZCCP) Conference held in Auckland. (March 2015)

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