Psychology Education Research Group
The Psychology Education Research Group aims to better inform the pedagogy of undergraduate and postgraduate education in psychology at local, national and international levels.
We conduct much of our evidence-based research and teaching around a biopsychosociocultural framework and we use qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods research designs to understand learning, teaching and assessment in psychology education.
Some questions we want to answer are:
- Do different assessment methods promote different outcomes in academic achievement? For example, does self-assessment using online tools increase knowledge, skills and abilities in undergraduate study?
- Can we predict which students will flourish in their university studies and which students might struggle, including with regards to mental health?
- Are there interventions to promote student success and how can these be evaluated?
- How can we assess competencies in postgraduate courses that lead to registration as a psychologist?
- What are the short-term and long-term career outcomes for students who study psychology—and can we find ways to improve these?
Our other research areas include:
- Curriculum design and development
- Retrospective and prospective predictors of academic success
- Evaluations of innovative teaching methodologies
- Teaching and learning of cross-cultural psychology
- Professional training and interprofessional education
- Mental and physical health of psychology students and graduates
- Graduate destinations and career paths for psychology graduates
Professor Anna Chur-Hansen
Professor Anna Chur-Hansen is a registered psychologist with endorsement in health psychology. She has a PhD in medical education from the University of Adelaide, where she teaches in the School of Psychology at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. Her research interests include best practice in education for health professionals at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Research team Role Professor Nick Burns Researcher Dr Matt Dry Researcher Dr Clemence Due Researcher Associate Professor Amanda LeCouteur Researcher Associate Professor Rachel Roberts Researcher Dr Rachel Searston Researcher Dr Carolyn Semmler Researcher Dr Peter Strelan Researcher Professor Deborah Turnbull Researcher
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We offer exciting opportunities for researchers at the honours, masters and PhD levels. Our research degrees are open to students from a broad range of backgrounds, and range from basic sciences to clinical research. If you are interested in human health, consider furthering your research career with us.