Honours, Masters, PhD in Psychological Studies at SAMSS
Psychological Studies staff are keen to supervise Honours, Masters or PhD topics in a range of fields. We have built strong collaborative links across Monash and with other institutions within Australia and internationally and are always eager to co-supervise with staff from outside Psychological Studies – whether that’s within or outside Monash.
We prefer to supervise as a team and have regular round-table discussions involving all our staff and research students to broaden interests and provide alternative points of view. We also strongly encourage our research students to publish at conferences and in journals as we find it strengthens both the student’s thesis and their future career prospects.
You can get an idea of our ongoing research interests from our research pages, our publications page, and our grants and consultancies page. We have any number of potential topics ready to go at any one time in a variety of areas and of course are interested in your ideas too.
Areas of potential interest include but are not limited to:
- Sensory systems: psychophysics of touch, illusions, the blind, cross-sensory comparisons, active versus passive touch, sensory conflict
- Virtual reality: integrating touch as a VR interface, augmented reality, using simulation as a training tool, remote control interfaces
- Medical applications: bionic eye, traumatic brain injury, ataxia, MS
- Road safety: driver behaviour, ecodriving, motorcycle safety, heavy vehicles, fleets, crash statistics, risk taking, cycling
- Sports psychology: nature deficit disorder, risk taking, fitness training, activity levels and obesity
- Teaching: pathways through life and education, success prediction, technologies for delivery and interaction and engagement
Current PhD supervisions
All Monash higher degree candidates have at least two supervisors. Psychological Studies academics are involved in the following PhD supervisions:
- Jacqui Howell. The Horizontal-Vertical Illusion in vision, haptics and audition
- Matthew Hardy. Collaborative learning and teaching in international relations: an examination of Wikis in Australian university teaching practices
- Karen Sutherland. Australia’s not-for-profit social media engagement: why is it proving challenging?
- Evelyn Lindsay. Cerebellar disease: Exploring the application, reliability and validity of a diagnostic instrument for quantifying ataxia of the upper limbs
- Alexander De Foe. Evaluation of the level of immersion reported during out-of-body experiences
- Ruth McFarlane. Exploring the memes of religious belief
- Kwan Choi. A comparative analysis of voluntary community policing in the UK and South Korea
- Modi Almoteri. Monitoring of deterioration: Gaining insight into observational attention-related error
- Cecilia Castanon. Impacts of celebrity and mass media on body image
- Paul Kremer. “Malpractice” and regulation in the Australian counselling profession
Current and recently completed PhD and honours supervisions
- George Van Doorn. Reciprocity of visual and haptic influences on perception of bimodal stimulus size. (Now academic)
- William Schmidt: Neural networks for processing ataxia data
- John Baybutt: Implicit racism in violent computer games
- Megan Pump: Mass participation sporting events
- Michael Notaras: Haptic working memory (Now PhD candidate)
- Alex De Foe: Factors contributing to out of body experiences (Now PhD candidate)
- Cecilia Castanon: Body image correlates of young adults (Now PhD candidate)
- Shannon Driscoll: Stochastic resonance and schizophrenia (Now PhD candidate)