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PhD Graduates from the ZLab

Graduate student success is a Priority in the Zlab. Since the first PhD graduate in 2005, see below for a full list of those professionals who have received their PhDs in Psychology or Clinical Psychology while affiliated with the School of Applied Psychology Zlab at Griffith University.

You can also find the many master's students and honour's graduates from the Zlab below. Many honour's graduates have gone on to complete their PhDs affiliated with the Zlab.

PhD Graduates

Under assessment

Sarah Howe

Supervisors Professor Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck, Professor David Neumann

Parents’ socialization of young children’s emotion regulation and its impact on internalizing symptom patterns over one year


Dr. Kellie Swan

Supervisors Professor Dianne Shanley, Professor Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck

Disseminating effective treatments for children with disruptive behaviours


Dr. Henriette Steinvik

Why do youth intend to defend against bullying?: The roles of compassion, empathic distress and anger, and social costs (PhD Psychology)


Dr. Kathy Ryan

Methodological differences in Pavlovian fear learning, extinction and return of fear (PhD Psychology)

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Dr. Owen Lloyd. Children’s psychological recovery from traumatic brain injury (PhD Psychology)

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Dr. Sarah Clear. Positive but rarely protective: Associations of adolescents’ mindfulness with emotional adjustment and responses to rejection by peers. (PhD Clinical Psychology)


Dr. Juliane Pariz. Antisocial behaviour in boys and girls: A review and two longitudinal studies of the developmental origins. (PhD Psychology)

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Dr. Mitchell Masters. Emotionality and emotion regulation as risk markers for social anxiety: Considering development, multiple dimensions, and social threat (PhD Clinical Psychology)

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Dr. Jessica Kerin. Intersecting approaches to the study of eating: A focus on intuitive, mindful, emotional, and external eating (PhD Clinical Psychology)

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Dr. Alex Gardner. Rejection sensitivity and internalising symptoms in youth: A focus on parenting and self-regulation (PhD Clinical Psychology) WINNER 2020 VC Medal for Excellence in a PhD Thesis

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Dr. Laura Uhlmann. Unpacking the fitness fallacy: An examination of the cognitions, affect and behaviour related to the belief that a fit female body aesthetic is ideal (PhD Clinical Psychology)

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Dr. Carly Roberts. Body dysmorphic disorder in adolescents: A new multidimensional measure and associations with social risk, mindfulness and self-compassion (PhD Clinical Psychology) VC Medal for Excellence in a PhD Thesis Nominated

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Dr. Shawna Mastro Campbell. At the junction of developmental and clinical science: Youth identity processes and disturbance as related to emotional, behavioural and borderline symptoms (PhD Clinical Psychology) VC Medal for Excellence in a PhD Thesis Nominated

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Dr. Julia Rudolph. Parents as protectors: Reviewing the focus of child sexual abuse prevention to include parenting (PhD Psychology) VC Medal for Excellence in a PhD Thesis Nominated

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Dr. Robert Teese. Risk-taking and reckless behaviour in emerging adulthood (PhD Psychology)

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Dr. Codi White. Interpersonal safety skills: Assessing and evaluating outcomes for children (PhD Clinical Psychology)

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Dr. Kim Hurst. Placing the focus on perfectionism in female adolescent anorexia nervosa: Augmented Maudsley family-based treatment (PhD Psychology)

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Dr. Santosh Kumar Tadakamadla. Parenting and dental hygiene (PhD Dental Science)

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Dr. Ourania Antokis. Toddlers’ behaviour regulation during a separation task: How does it relate to parenting, temperament, and externalising and internalising problems? (DPsych Clinical Psychology)

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Dr. Samantha Ferguson. Peer Group Status and Friendship Forms in Adolescence and Their Social and Emotional Consequences. (PhD Psychology)

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Dr. Rhonda Stoertebecker. Differentiating anger and resentment: Implications for forgiveness, depression and anxiety. (PhD Clinical Psychology)


Dr. Brooke Mitchell. Differential susceptibility to conduct problems among abused children (DPsych Clinical Psychology)



Dr. Susan Rowe. Adolescents, families, neighbourhoods: An ecological approach to understanding resilience, competence, and vulnerability. (PhD Psychology)

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Dr. Haley Webb. Body image and rejection sensitivity. (PhD Clinical Psychology)

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Dr. Dian Sawitri. Vocational development and parenting. (PhD Psychology)

Congratulations Professor Sawitri for your 2023 International Alumni Award!  Click here for more information on Prof Sawitri.

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Dr. Clare Bell. Anxiety in mums and their children. (PhD Clinical Psychology)

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Dr. Judith Warner. Biology and environment, mums and infants: Linking stress physiology and attachment. (PhD Clinical Psychology)


Dr. Jessica French-Spillane. Sexual Self-Conceptions among Young Men: A New Measure of Sexual Subjectivity, Well-being, and Comparison to Women. (DPsych Clinical Psychology)

Dr. Laurenne See (Eising). An Examination of Females’ Sexual History and Sex-Related Communication as Correlates of Sexual Subjectivity, Efficacy and Health Behaviour. (DPsych Clinical Psychology)

Dr. Vanessa Anseline. Couple disagreements, forgiveness, and emotion-related parenting: Associations with preschoolers’ social-emotional competence (DPsych Clinical Psychology)



Dr. Nicola Sheeran, Teen mothers of premature infants. (PhD Clinical Psychology)

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Dr. Claire Cooper. Cyber and non-cyber aggression and victimisation: Associations with depression and anxiety symptoms, and the roles of behavioural reactions and friendship. (DPsych Clinical Psychology)


Dr. Michelle Hanisch. Mindful regulation of emotion and impulsivity: A controlled trial of mindfulness for bulimia nervosa. (PhD Clinical Psychology)


Dr. Karen Gallaty. A longitudinal investigation of the impact of romantic relationships on adolescent development and well-being. (PhD Clinical Psychology)



Dr. Leanne McGregor. The effects of parental divorce, the parent-child relationship, and inter-parental conflict on children’s relationship expectations. (PhD Psychology)


Dr. Michalle Wright. Negative mood in adolescence: Testing the Competence-Contingency-Control Model and changes from a school-based intervention. (PhD Clinical Psychology)



Dr. Wendy Ducat. Self and partner qualities in romantic relationships of emerging adulthood: A self-determination approach to individual well-being. (PhD Clinical Psychology) Winner APS Relationships Interest Group Thesis Award


Dr. Jessica Joyce. A longitudinal investigation of the bidirectional associations between children’s eating behaviour and parental feeding styles. (PhD Clinical Psychology)


Dr. Rhiarne Pronk-Scholes. Relational aggression, peer relationships and social-psychological functioning: A cross-gender examination amongst early adolescents. (PhD Clinical Psychology)



Dr. Tracy Ludlow. Learned helplessness in children. (PhD Clinical Psychology)


Dr. Rae Thomas. Parenting research to guide policy: Evidence from a comparative meta-analysis and trial of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy with families at child maltreatment risk. (PhD Psychology)



Dr. Allison Bocquee. Conceptualising adolescent self-harm as a process of affect regulation, coping, attachment and stressful life circumstances. (PhD Clinical Psychology)


Dr. Danielle Lees (Stebbins). An empirical investigation of the motivational theory of coping in middle and late childhood. (PhD Clinical Psychology)



Dr. Kate McCarthy (Owens). An observational study of high risk mothers and children with behavioural problems during a frustrating task. (DPsych Clinical Psychology)



Dr. Sharon Horne. Female sexual health: The definition and development of sexual subjectivity, and linkages with sexual agency, sexual experience and well-being in late adolescents and emerging adults. (PhD Psychology)


Dr. Tracey Hunter. A longitudinal path model of children’s depression and externalising problems as outcomes of behaviours, peer rejection, and peer-related attributions and perceptions. (PhD Clinical Psychology)


Dr. Angela Anthonysamy. The peer relations and social behaviours of maltreated children and their classmates: A multimethod study. (DPsych Clinical)


Dr. Mark Scholes. The effectiveness of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy with depressed caregivers. (DPsych Clinical)




2017 Anna McKay: Parental mindfulness and young children’s temperament as correlates of food-related parenting


2016 Monique Sharrad: Dating goals and sexual subjectivity as correlates of relationship satisfaction


2016 Katie Waller: Rejection sensitivity and conflict in romantic relationships


2016 Gillian Hewitt-Stubbs: The development of sexual subjectivity in young women and men


2015 Sorcha Healy: Rejection sensitivity, appearance-concerns, and valuing of appearance


2008 Elizabeth Locke: Executive Functioning, Temperament and Parental Coping Behaviors as Correlates of Early Adolescents’ Coping and Regulatory Outcomes


2006 Karen White: Well-being, Internalised Homonegativity, Stress, and Coping among Men who Have Sex with Men attending a Health Clinic


2005 Carolyn Vickers: A Longitudinal Study of Depressive Symptoms, Rejection Sensitivity and Relationship Satisfaction in Late Adolescent Romantic Relationships


2005 Jillian Petherick: Change and stability in attachment style during Year 12: Associations with life events, psychological health, and representations of self and others


Honour’s (4th Year) Degree Graduates 2002-2022


2022 Bethany Melloy: Unique and interactive effects of social anxiety, prosocial behaviour, and likeability: A multi-reporter study of early adolescents’ dyadic and group peer relationships


2021 Lisa Porritt: Eating when Sad: Exploring the Psychosocial Risk Factors of Emotional and Binge Eating Among Adolescents


2020 Nina Horan: Children’s Fussy Eating and Mealtime Aggression: Testing Direct and Interactive Associations with Parenting, Internalising and Externalising Symptoms, and Child Sex


2018 Narelle Duncan: Emotional Maladjustment as a Correlate of Sexual Harassment and In-person and Cyber Teasing in High School and University Students


2016 Tanya Hawes: Relational Victimisation and Adolescent Social Anxiety: The Role of Emotion Dysregulation in a Stress Generation Model

2016 Victoria Hambour: The Role of Dispositional Mindfulness and Emotional Regulation in Explaining Adolescent Social Anxiety

2016 Kelly Densham: Parent Factors as Correlates of Body Dysmorphic Symptoms in Young Adolescents

2015 Kathy Ryan: Attachment Relationships and Adolescent Regulation of Sadness, Worry and Anger: A Comparison of Interpersonal and Academic Stressful Events


2014 Sarah Clear: Regulating Specific Emotions and Symptoms of Psychopathology: Associations with Attachment Patterns in Emerging Adults


2014 Mitchell Masters: Adolescents’ Appearance-Based Rejection Sensitivity and Emotional Eating: Sociocultural Correlates and Moderation by Physical Competence and Coping


2014 Shawna Mastro: Let’s Talk (Openly) About Sex: Testing a Mediational Model Linking Communication, with Romantic and Sexual Well-being via Sexual Esteem and Efficacy

2012 Carissa Croft: The Conflict Resolution Tactics and Friendship Correlates of Anxious and Angry Rejection Sensitivity

2012 Sarah Trevaskis Adolescent Loneliness and Depressive Symptoms: Associations with Self and Peer-Reports of Rejection Sensitivity and Peer Relationship Problems

2011 Mahsa Khatibi

2011 Samantha Ferguson

 2011 Jade Fersterer

 2011 Jasmine Wilson

2010 Vanessa Arnold: Social Dating Goals Among Young Couples: The implications for Relationship Satisfaction and Romantic Partner Behaviour

2009 Annie Bundall: Probing the Aging Paradox: Can Personal Goals, Motives, and Coping Skills Account for Well-being in Later Life?


2009 Helen Goldsmith (Morris): Children’s Threat Appraisals and Emotional Reactions to Interpersonal and Academic Stressors

2009 Marguerite Kelly: Dating goals as Correlates of Behaviour and Satisfaction among Same-sex and Other-sex Attracted Young People


2008 Julie McLachlan: Features of Parent and Peer Relationships as Covariates of Preadolescents’ Rejection Sensitivity

2008 Lyndall Kopp: Autonomy Support and the Thin Ideal: Applying Self-Determination Theory to Explain Women’s Body Dissatisfaction and Regulation of Eating


2007 Kym Hendricksen: Observing Parents’ Behaviours to Identify Mechanisms Linking Parents’ Socioemotional Functioning to Young Children’s Symptomatology

2007 Nicole Hughes: Measuring Intimacy and Self-focused Identity Dating Goals in Late Adolescence: A Revision of the Social Dating Goals Scale


2007 Natasha Ward: Mental Health among Adolescents: Associations with Disclosure and Secrecy from Parents and Best Friends

 2006 Hanne Samson (Graduate Diploma): Contingencies of Self-Esteem as Correlates of Reckless and Unlawful Behaviour in Emerging Adults

2006 Rachel Johnson


2005 Michelle Hanisch Parents and Partners: Emotional Autonomy, and Context Specificity of Voice and Relationship Quality.

2005 Tammie Wilkinson: Attachment Style, Parental Psychological Control and Adolescent Adjustment

2005 Melissa Williams: A Multiinformant, Multimeasure Study of Young Children’s Social Behaviours, Peer Relationships, and Psychosocial Adjustment


2003 Rhiarne Pronk: The Peer Group Environment and Children’s Psychological Functioning: Investigation of an Extended Social-cognitive Mediation Model.

2003  June Wright: The Influence of Parental Psychological Control and Rejection Sensitivity: Expectations and Behaviors in Adolescent Romantic Relationships

2002 Jillian Petherick:  Dating as a Context for the Late Adolescent Life Tasks of Identity and Intimacy and the Role of Gender

2002 Elizabeth Locke: The Context of Coping: Connection, Regulation and Autonomy Support Within the Family and School

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