PhD and DPsych Graduates

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Child Sexual Abuse Prevention
Opportunities: Parenting, Programs,
and the Reduction of Risk

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2017 Dr. Kim Hurst  – PhD Psychology (Supervisors Professor Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck and Dr. Caroline Donovan)

Placing the focus on perfectionism in female adolescent anorexia nervosa: Augmented Maudsley family-based treatment

See:

Hurst, K., & Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J. (2015). Placing the focus on perfectionism in female adolescent anorexia nervosa: Three cases of the use of augmented Maudsley Family Based Treatment, International Journal of Eating Disorders, 48, 936-941. doi:10.1002/eat.22417.

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2017 Dr. Santosh Kumar  – PhD Dentistry (Supervisors Professor Newell Johnson, Dr. Jereon Kroon, Dr. Rati Lalloo, Professor Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck)

Parenting practices and children’s oral health

See:

Kumar, S., Tadakamadla, J., Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J., Kroon, J., Lalloo, R., & Johnson, N. W. (2017). Parenting practices and children’s oral health: A structural equation modelling approach. Community Dentistry & Oral Epidemiology. doi:10.1111/cdoe.12321.

Kumar, S., Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J., Kroon, J., Lalloo, R., & Johnson, N. W. (in press). The role of parenting practices and family demographics on oral health related quality of life in children. Quality of Life Research, 26, 2229-2236. doi:10.1007/s11136-017-1568-7

Kumar, S., Tadakamadla, J., Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J., Lalloo, R., Kroon, J., & Johnson, N. (in press). The effect of parenting practices on the severity of gingival bleeding in children. Journal of Clinical Periodontology, 88, 744-751. doi:0.1902/jop.2017.160817

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2017 Dr. Ourania Merlo – DPsych (Supervisor: Professor Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck)

Children’s Regulation: Definition and Associations with Temperament and Parenting

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2016 Dr. Samantha Ferguson – PhD Psychology (Supervisors: Professor Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck and Dr. Amanda Duffy)

Peer Group Status and Friendship Forms in Adolescence and Their Social and Emotional Consequences

See:

Ferguson, S., Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J., & Duffy, A. (2016). A longitudinal study of aggression and victimization in early adolescence: Testing gender differences in the moderating effects of social status. Journal of Relationships Research, 7, 1-11. doi:10.1017/jrr.2016.9

Ferguson, S., & Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J. (2014). Associations of parental and peer rejection with preadolescents’ loneliness: Emotional sensitivities as mediators, Journal of Relationships Research, 5, 1-11

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2016 Dr. Rhonda Stoertebecker – PhD Psychology (Supervisors: Professor Penny Davis and Professor Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck)

Differentiating Anger and Resentment: Implications for Forgiveness and Psychological Distress

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2016 Dr. Brooke Mitchell – DPsych (Supervisor: Professor Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck)

Project SPIT: Susceptibility to Parenting Problems in Teenagers with a History of Externalising Behaviour Problems

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2015 Dr. Susan Rowe – PhD Psychology (Supervisors: Professor Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck and Dr. Michelle Hood)

Adolescents, Families, Neighbourhoods: An Ecological Approach to Understanding Vulnerability, Competence, and Resilience

See:

Rowe, S. D., Dunbar, M., & Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J. (2016). Development across the lifespan: Resilience, coping, and optimal functioning. In J. Fitzgerald & G. Byrne (Eds.), Psychosocial dimensions in medicine (Chapter 6). Melbourne: IP Communications.

Rowe, S., Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J., & Hood, M. (2016). From the child to the neighbourhood: Longitudinal ecological correlates of young adolescents’ emotional, social, conduct, and academic difficulties. Journal of Adolescence, 49, 218-231. doi:10.1016/j.adolescence.2016.4.001.

Rowe, S. L., Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J., & Hood, M. (2016). Community, family, and individual factors associated with adolescents’ resilience and vulnerability, daily stress, and well-being following family separation. Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 57, 87-111. doi:10.1080/10502556.2015.1127875

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2013 Dr. Clare Bell – PhD Clinical Psychology (Supervisors: Professor Allison Waters and Professor Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck)

Anxiety in mums and their children

See:

Bell, C., Waters, A. M., & Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J. (2015). The impact of mothers’ trait anxiety on their expectations of approach-avoidance behavior in anxious and non-anxious children. Australian Journal of Psychology, 67, 55-64. doi:10.1111/ajpy.12060

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2013 Dr. Haley Webb – PhD Clinical Psychology (Supervisors: Professor Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck and Dr. Caroline Donovan)

Appearance-based Rejection Sensitivity and Adolescent FriendshipsIMG_1507

See:

Webb, H., & Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J. (2015). Body image attitudes and body change strategies within best friend dyads and friendship groups: Implications for adolescent appearance-rejection sensitivity, Social Development, 24, 1-19.

Webb, H., & Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J. (2014). The role of friends and peers in adolescent body dissatisfaction: A review and critique of 15 years of research, Journal of Research on Adolescence, 24, 564-590. doi:10.1111/jora.1208.

Webb, H. J., Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J., & Donovan, C. L. (2014). The appearance culture between friends and adolescent appearance-based rejection sensitivity, Journal of Adolescence, 37, 347-358.

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2013 Dr. Judith Warner – PhD Clinical Psychology (Supervisors: Professor Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck and Professor Tony Perkins)

Biology and Environment, Mothers and Infants: Linking Stress Physiology, Depression, Anxiety and Attachment

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2013 Dr. Dian Sawitri – PhD Psychology (Supervisors: Professor Peter Creed and Professor Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck)

Effects of Parental Contextual Influences on Adolescent Career Aspirations and Career Actions in a Collectivist Cultural Setting

See:

Sawitri, D., Creed, P., & Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J. (2015). Longitudinal relations of parental influences and adolescent aspirations and actions in a collectivist society. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 25, 551-563. doi:10.1111/jora.12145

Sawitri, D., Creed, P., & Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J. (2015). A longitudinal examination of parental influences and adolescent aspirations and actions in a collectivist society. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 25, 551-563. doi:10.1111/jora.12145

Sawitri, D., Creed, P. A., & Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J. (2014). Parental influences and adolescent career behaviours in a collectivist cultural setting. International Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance, 14, 161-180. doi:10.1007/s10775-013-9247-x

Sawitri, D. R., Creed, P. A., & Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J. (2013). The adolescent-parent career congruence scale: Development and initial validation. Journal of Career Assessment, 21, 210-226. doi:10.1177/1069072712466723

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2013 Dr. Vanessa Anseline – DPsych (Supervisor: Professor Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck)

Couple Disagreements, Forgiveness, and Emotion-related Parenting: Associations with Preschoolers’ Social-emotional Competence

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2013 Dr. Jessica French – DPsych (Supervisor: Professor Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck)

Sexual Self-Conceptions among Young Men: A New Measure of Sexual Subjectivity, Well-being, and Comparison to Women

See:

Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J., & French, J. (2016). Associations of sexual subjectivity with global and sexual well-being: A new measure for young males and comparison to females, Archives of Sexual Behavior, 45, 315-327. doi:10.1007/s10508-014-0387-y

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Dr. Laurenne See – DPsych (Supervisor: Professor Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck)

An Examination of Females’ Sexual History and Sex-Related Communication as Correlates of Sexual Subjectivity, Efficacy and Health Behaviour

See:

Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J., See, L., & O’Sullivan, L. (2015). Young women’s satisfaction with sex and romance, and emotional reactions to sex: Associations with sexual entitlement, efficacy, and situational factors, Emerging Adulthood, 3, 113-122. doi:10.1177/2167696814548060

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2012 Dr. Nicola Sheeran – PhD Clinical Psychology (Supervisors: Professor Liz Jones and Professor Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck)

Young maternal age and preterm birth: Specific challenges during the transition to motherhood.

See:

Sheeran, N., Jones, L., Rowe, J., & Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J. (2013). Young maternal age and preterm birth: Specific challenges during the transition to motherhood. Parenting: Challenges, practices and cultural influences (pp. 1-30). New York: NOVA Science Publishers.

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2012 Dr. Claire Cooper – DPsych (Supervisor: Professor Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck)

Cyber and Non-Cyber Aggression and Victimisation: Associations with Depression and Anxiety Symptoms, and the Roles of Behavioural Reactions and Friendship

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2012 Dr. Michelle Hanisch – PhD Clinical Psychology (Supervisors: Professor Analise O’Donovan and Professor Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck)

Emotion Dysregulation, Impulsivity, Mindfulness, and Attachment Orientation in Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder.

See:

Pepping, C. A., O’Donovan, A., Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J., & Hanisch, M. (2015). Individual differences in attachment eating pathology: The mediating role of mindfulness, Personality and Individual Differences, 75, 24-29.

Pepping, C. A., O’Donovan, A., & Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J., & Hanisch, M. (2014). Is emotion regulation the process underlying the relationship between low mindfulness and psychosocial distress? Australian Journal of Psychology, 66, 130-138. doi: 10.1111/ajpy.12050

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2012 Dr. Karen Gallaty – PhD Clinical Psychology (Supervisors: Professor Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck and A/Professor Graham Bradley)

Dating and Psychological Maltreatment: Daily and Prospective Associations with Late Adolescents’ Emotional Well-Being, Self-Esteem and Romantic Competence

See:

Gallaty, K., & Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J. (2008). The daily social and emotional worlds of adolescents who are psychologically maltreated by their partners, Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 37, 310-323

Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J., & Gallaty, K. J. (2006). Hanging out or hanging in? Young females’ socioemotional functioning and the changing motives for dating and romance. In A. M. Columbus (Ed.). Advances in psychology research (Vol. 44, pp. 81-112), New York: NOVA Science Publishers, Inc.

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2012 Dr. Leanne McGregor – PhD Psychology (Supervisors: Professor Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck and Professor Peter Creed)

Children’s Optimistic and Pessimistic Relationships Expectations: Associations with Family Structure and Processes.

See:

McGregor, L., Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J., & Creed, P. A. (2012) Family structure, interparental conflict and parenting as correlates of children’s relationship expectations. Journal of Relationships Research, 3, 44-56.

McGregor, L., Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J., & Creed, P. A. (2012). Development and validation of the Children’s Optimistic and Pessimistic Expectations of Relationships Scale. Australian Psychologist, 47, 58-66.

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2012 Dr. Michalle Wright – PhD Clinical Psychology (Supervisors: Professor Peter Creed and Professor Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck)

Negative Mood in Adolescence: Testing the Competence-Contengency-Control Model and Changes from a School-Based Intervention

See:

Wright, M., Creed, P. A., & Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J. (2010). The development and initial validation of a brief daily hassles scale suitable for use with adolescents, European Journal of Psychological Assessment, 26, 217-223.

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2009 Dr. Wendy Ducat – PhD Clinical Psychology (Supervisor: Professor Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck)

Self and Partner Qualities in Emerging Adults’ Heterosexual Romantic Relationships: A Self-Determination Approach to Individual Well-Being

See:

Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J., Ducat, W., & Boislard-P., M. (2011). A prospective study of young females’ sexual subjectivity: Associations with age, sexual behavior, and dating. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 40, 927-938.

Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J., & Ducat, W. (2010). Positive and negative romantic relationship quality: Age, familiarity, attachment and well-being as correlates of couple agreement and projection. Journal of Adolescence, 33, 879-890.

Ducat, W. H., & Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J. (2010). Romantic partner behaviours as social context: Measuring six dimensions of relationships, Journal of Relationships Research, 1, 1-16.

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2009 Dr. Jessica Joyce – PhD Clinical Psychology (Supervisors: Professor Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck and Professor Shirley Morrisey)

A Longitudinal Investigation of Bidirectional Associations between Children’s Disinhibited Eating Behaviour and Parenting

See:

Joyce, J., & Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J. (2009). Parent feeding restriction and child weight: The mediating role of child disinhibited eating and the moderating role of parenting style. Appetite, 52, 726-734.

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2009 Dr. Rhiarne Pronk – PhD Clinical Psychology (Supervisors: Professor Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck and Professor Allison Waters)

Relational Aggression and Victimisation: Perspectives of Boys and Girls, and Associations with Depression and Anxiety

See:

Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J., Pronk, R. E., Goodwin, B., Mastro, S, & Crick, N. R. (2013). Connected and isolated victims of relational aggression: Associations with peer group status and differences between girls and boys. Sex Roles, 68, 363-377.

Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J., & Pronk, R. E. (2012), Relation of depression and anxiety to self- and peer-reported relational aggression. Aggressive Behavior, 38, 16-30. doi: 10.1002/ab.20416.

Pronk, R., & Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J. (2010). It’s “mean”, but what does it mean to adolescents?: Aggressors’ and victims’ understanding of relational aggression. Journal of Adolescent Research, 25, 175-204.

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2008 Dr. Rae Thomas – PhD Psychology (Supervisors: Professor Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck and A/Professor Liz Conlon)

Parenting Research to Guide Policy: Evidence from a Comparative Meta-Analysis and Trial of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy with Families at Child Maltreatment Risk

See:

Thomas, R., & Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J. (2012). Parent-Child Interaction Therapy: An evidence-based treatment for child abuse, Child Maltreatment, 17, 253-266.

Thomas, R., & Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J. (2011). Accumulating evidence for best practice: The case of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy and child maltreatment. Child Development, 82, 177-192.

Thomas, R., & Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J. (2007). Behavioral outcomes of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy and Triple P – Positive Parenting Program: A review and meta-analysis, Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 35, 475-495.

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2008 – Dr. Tracy Ludlow (Supervisors: A/Professor Liz Conlon and Professor Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck)

Learned helplessness in children

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2007 – Dr. Alison Bocquee – PhD Clinical Psychology (Supervisors: Professor Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck and Professor Shirley Morrissey)

Testing a Process Model of Self-Injury: Stress, Affect Regulation, and Coping

Bocquee, A. L., Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J., & Morrissey, S. (2012). Deficits in affect regulation and coping among adolescents with self-injurious behavior and ideation. Adolescent Behaviour (141-166). New York: NOVA Science Publishers.

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2007 – Dr. Danielle Sutton – PhD Clinical Psychology (Supervisors: Professor Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck and Professor Graham Bradley)

An Empirical Investigation of the Motivational Theory of Coping in Middle and Late Childhood

Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J., Lees (Sutton), D, & Skinner, E. A. (2011). Children’s emotions and coping with interpersonal stress as correlates of social competence, Australian Journal of Psychology, 63, 131-141.

Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J., Lees (Sutton), D., Bradley, G., & Skinner, E. A. (2009). Use of an analogue method to examine children’s appraisals of threat and emotion in response to stressful events. Motivation and Emotion, 33, 136-149.

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2006 – Dr. Kate McCarthy – DPsych (Supervisor: Professor Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck)

An Observational Study of High-Risk Mothers and Children during a Frustrating Task

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2005 Dr. Tracy Hunter – PhD Clinical Psychology (Supervisors: Professor Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck and Professor Allison Waters)

A Longitudinal Path Model of Children’s Depression and Externalising Problems as Outcomes of Behaviours, Peer Rejection, and Peer-Related Attributions and Perceptions.

See:

Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J., Hunter, T. A., Waters, A. M., & Pronk, R. (2009). Depression as a longitudinal outcome and antecedent of young adolescents’ peer relationships and peer-relevant cognition. Development and Psychopathology, 21, 555-577.

Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J., Hunter, T. A., & Pronk, R. (2007). A model of behaviors, peer relations and depression: Perceived social acceptance as a mediator and the divergence of perceptions, Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 26, 273-283.

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2005 Dr. Angela Anthonysamy – DPsych (Supervisor: Professor Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck)

The Peer Relationships and Social Behaviors of Maltreated Children and Their Classmates: A Multi-method Study

See:

Anthonysamy, A., & Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J. (2007). Peer status and the behaviors of maltreated children and their classmates in the early years of school, Child Abuse & Neglect, 31, 971-991.

Anthonysamy, A., & Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J. (2004). Behaviour problems and peer rejection in pre-school and early elementary school children. Australian Journal of Psychology, 56, 2-3.

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2005 Dr. Sharon Horne – PhD Psychology (Supervisors: Professor Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck and A/Professor Graham Bradley)

Female Adolescent Healthy Sexuality: A Five Element Psychosocial Model

See:

Horne, S., & Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J. (2006). The Female Sexual Subjectivity Inventory: Development and validation of an instrument for late adolescents and emerging adults. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 30, 125-138.

Horne, S., & Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J. (2005). Female sexual subjectivity and well-being: Comparing late adolescents with different sexual experiences. Sexuality Research & Social Policy: Journal of the NSRC, 2, 25-40.

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2005 Dr. Mark Scholes – DPsych (Supervisor: Professor Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck)

Female Caregiver Depression in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy: Identification, Change, and Moderation of Treatment Outcomes

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Scholes, M., Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J., & Thomas, R. (2011). Can caregiver depression keep a good parenting intervention down? The case of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy. In H. D. Friedman & P. K. Revera (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Abnormal Psychology (chapter 5), New York: NOVA Science Publishers, Inc.