I completed my Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Sociology majors) / Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) at Charles Sturt University. For my honours dissertation, I researched university students’ consumption of alcohol, their attitudes towards alcohol consumption, as well as their perceptions towards the use of social marketing campaigns aiming to reduce student alcohol consumption.
My primary research interest is the nexus between journalism and psychology. My PhD thesis explored the kinds of traumatic events TV news workers are exposed to and the psychological implications of this work. This research was the first of its kind to focus on the trauma experiences of TV news camera operators, how their experiences compare to those of other news workers, and the functional role of relationships amongst news workers of various roles.
My industry-based research experience includes: (1) a role with Riverina Bluebell, developing a comprehensive online resource for community members affected by mental health and related issues, and (2) working as the Sensory Panel Leader for the National Wine and Grape Industry Centre, Charles Sturt University, conducting consumer and sensory research.