PhD, Master’s, and Honour’s Degree Graduates



PhD Degrees Awarded 2005-2021

Katherine Ryan

2021 Dr. Kathy Ryan

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

2021 Dr. Owen Lloyd. Children’s psychological recovery from traumatic brain injury (PhD Psychology)

Sarah Clear

2021 Dr. Sarah Clear. Positive but rarely protective: Associations of adolescents’ mindfulness with emotional adjustment and responses to rejection by peers. (PhD Clinical Psychology)

Juliane Pariz

2020 Dr. Juliane Pariz. Antisocial behaviour in boys and girls: A review and two longitudinal studies of the developmental origins. (PhD Psychology)

Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck and Mitch Masters

2020 Dr. Mitchell Masters. Emotionality and emotion regulation as risk markers for social anxiety: Considering development, multiple dimensions, and social threat (PhD Clinical Psychology)

Jessica Kerin

2020 Dr. Jessica Kerin. Intersecting approaches to the study of eating: A focus on intuitive, mindful, emotional, and external eating (PhD Clinical Psychology)

Alex Gardner

2019 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

Laura Uhlmann

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)

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

Shawna Campbell

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

Julia Rudolph & Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck

2018 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

Robert Teese

2018 Dr. Robert Teese. Risk-taking and reckless behaviour in emerging adulthood (PhD Psychology)

Codi White

2018 Dr. Codi White. Interpersonal safety skills: Assessing and evaluating outcomes for children (PhD Clinical Psychology)

Kim Hurst

2017 Dr. Kim Hurst. Placing the focus on perfectionism in female adolescent anorexia nervosa: Augmented Maudsley family-based treatment (PhD Psychology)

Santosh Kumar Tadakamadla

2017 Dr. Santosh Kumar Tadakamadla. Parenting and dental hygiene (PhD Dental Science)

Ourania Antokis

2017 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)

Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck & Sam Ferguson

2016 Dr. Samantha Ferguson. Peer Group Status and Friendship Forms in Adolescence and Their Social and Emotional Consequences. (PhD Psychology)

Rhonda Stoertebecker

2016 Dr. Rhonda Stoertebecker. Differentiating anger and resentment: Implications for forgiveness, depression and anxiety. (PhD Clinical Psychology)

Brooke Mitchell

2016 Dr. Brooke Mitchell. Differential susceptibility to conduct problems among abused children (DPsych Clinical Psychology)

Susan Rowe

2015 Dr. Susan Rowe. Adolescents, families, neighbourhoods: An ecological approach to understanding resilience, competence, and vulnerability. (PhD Psychology)

Haley Webb

2013 Dr. Haley Webb. Body image and rejection sensitivity. (PhD Clinical Psychology)

Dian Sawitri and Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck

2013 Dr. Dian Sawitri. Vocational development and parenting. (PhD Psychology)

Clare Bell

2013 Dr. Clare Bell. Anxiety in mums and their children. (PhD Clinical Psychology)

Judith Warner and Rae Thomas

2013 Dr. Judith Warner. Biology and environment, mums and infants: Linking stress physiology and attachment. (PhD Clinical Psychology)

Jessica French-Spillane

2013 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)

Laurenne Eising

2013 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)

Vanessa Anseline

2013 Dr. Vanessa Anseline. Couple disagreements, forgiveness, and emotion-related parenting: Associations with preschoolers’ social-emotional competence (DPsych Clinical Psychology)

Nicola Sheeran

2012 Dr. Nicola Sheeran, Teen mothers of premature infants. (PhD Clinical Psychology)

2012 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)

Michelle Hanisch

2011 Dr. Michelle Hanisch. Mindful regulation of emotion and impulsivity: A controlled trial of mindfulness for bulimia nervosa. (PhD Clinical Psychology)

Karen Gallaty

2011 Dr. Karen Gallaty. A longitudinal investigation of the impact of romantic relationships on adolescent development and well-being. (PhD Clinical Psychology)

Leanne McGregor

2010 Dr. Leanne McGregor. The effects of parental divorce, the parent-child relationship, and inter-parental conflict on children’s relationship expectations. (PhD Psychology)

Michalle Wright

2010 Dr. Michalle Wright. Negative mood in adolescence: Testing the Competence-Contingency-Control Model and changes from a school-based intervention. (PhD Clinical Psychology)

2009 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

Jessica Joyce

2009 Dr. Jessica Joyce. A longitudinal investigation of the bidirectional associations between children’s eating behaviour and parental feeding styles. (PhD Clinical Psychology)

Rhiarne Pronk-Scholes

2009 Dr. Rhiarne Pronk-Scholes. Relational aggression, peer relationships and social-psychological functioning: A cross-gender examination amongst early adolescents. (PhD Clinical Psychology)

Tracy Ludlow

2008 Dr. Tracy Ludlow. Learned helplessness in children. (PhD Clinical Psychology)

2008 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)

Alison Bocquee

2007 Dr. Allison Bocquee. Conceptualising adolescent self-harm as a process of affect regulation, coping, attachment and stressful life circumstances. (PhD Clinical Psychology)

Danielle Stebbins

2007 Dr. Danielle Lees (Stebbins). An empirical investigation of the motivational theory of coping in middle and late childhood. (PhD Clinical Psychology)

Kate Owen

2006 Dr. Kate McCarthy (Owens). An observational study of high risk mothers and children with behavioural problems during a frustrating task. (DPsych Clinical Psychology)

Sharon Horne

2005 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)

Tracy Hunter

2005 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)

Angela Anthonysamy

2005 Dr. Angela Anthonysamy. The peer relations and social behaviours of maltreated children and their classmates: A multimethod study. (DPsych Clinical)2005 Dr. Mark Scholes. The effectiveness of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy with depressed caregivers. (DPsych Clinica Psychologyl)


Master’s Degree Graduates 2005-2021


Anna McKay

Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J., McKay, A., & Webb, H. J. (2019). Parents’ mindfulness, and child effortful control and negative affectivity are associated with food-related parenting Mindfulness. doi:10.1007/s12671-019-01219-2

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

Hewitt-Stubbs, G., Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J., Mastro, S., & Boislard, M.-A. (2016). Sexual subjectivity among young men and women. Behavioral Sciences, 6, 4. doi:10.3390/bs6010004

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

Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J., & Vickers, C. (2007). Romantic experiences and depressive symptoms: Testing the intensifying roles of rejection sensitivity and relationship commitment. In Pearce, Z. J. (Ed.), Proceedings of the 7th Annual Australian Psychological Society Relationships Interest Group and the International Association for Relationship Research Conference (pp. 112-117), Melbourne, Australia: Australian Psychological Society

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

Petherick, J., & Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J. (2006). Attachment patterns during year 12: Rejection sensitivity, loneliness, social competence, and support as correlates of stability and change, Australian Journal of Educational and Developmental Psychology, 23, 65-86.


Honour’s (4th Year) Degree Graduates 2002-2021

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

Nina Horan and Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck

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

Duncan, N., Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J., & Furman, W. (2019). Sexual harassment and appearance-based peer victimization: Unique associations with emotional adjustment by gender and age. Journal of Adolescence, 75, 12-21. doi:1016/j.adolescence.2019.06.016


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

Hambour, V. K., Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J., Clear, S., Rowe, S., & Avdagic, E. (2018). Emotion regulation and mindfulness in adolescents: Conceptual and empirical connection and associations with social anxiety symptoms. Personality and Individual Differences, 134, 7-12. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2018.05.037 

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

Densham, K., Webb, H. J., Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J., & Nesdale, D. (2017). Early adolescents’ body dysmorphic symptoms as compensatory responses to appearance-based rejection sensitivity: Testing a parental socialization model. Body Image, 23, 162-170. doi:10.1016/j.bodyim.2017.09.005


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

Clear, S. J., Gardner, A. A., Webb, H. J., Rowe, S. L., & Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J. (2019). Common and distinct correlates of depression, anxiety and aggression: Attachment and emotion regulation of sadness and anger. Journal of Adult Development. doi:10.1007/s10804-019-09333-0

Clear, S. J., & Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J. (2017). Associations between attachment and emotion-specific emotion regulation with and without relationship insecurity priming. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 41, 64-73. doi:10.1177/0165025415620057


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

Mastro, S., & Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J. (2016). Let’s talk openly about sex: Sexual communication, self-esteem and efficacy as correlates of sexual well-being. In van de Bongardt, D., Yu, R., Deković, M., & Meeus, W. (Eds.) Romantic relationships and sexuality in adolescence and young adulthood. Oxfordshire, U.K.: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Books (ISBN: 978-1-138-20991-6)

Mastro, S., & Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J. (2015). Let’s talk openly about sex: Sexual communication, self-estem and efficacy as correlates of sexual well-being. (2015). European Journal of Developmental Psychology, 12, 579-598. doi:10.1080/17405629.2015.1054373

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

Croft, C., & Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J. (2014). Friendship conflict, conflict responses, and instability: Unique links to anxious and angry forms of rejection sensitivity, Journal of Early Adolescence, 34, 1094-1119. doi: 10.1177/0272431613518972

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

Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J., Trevaskis, S, Nesdale, D, & Downey, G. (2014). Relational victimization, loneliness and depressive symptoms: Indirect associations via self and peer reports of rejection sensitivity, Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 43, 568-582. doi:10.1007/s10964-013-9993-6

2011 Mahsa Khatibi

Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J., Nesdale, D., Webb, H. J., Khatibi, M., & Downey, G. (2016). A longitudinal rejection sensitivity model of depression and aggression: Unique roles of anxiety, anger, blame, withdrawal, and retribution. (2016). Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 44, 1291-1307. doi:10.1007/s10802-016-0127-y


2011 Samantha Ferguson

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

 2011 Jade Fersterer

Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J., Nesdale, D., Fersterer, J, & Wilson, J. (2014). An experimental manipulation of rejection: Effects on children’s attitudes and mood depend on rejection sensitivity and relationship history, Australian Journal of Psychology, 66, 8-17. doi: 10.1111/ajpy.12029

 2011 Jasmine Wilson

Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J., Nesdale, D., Fersterer, J, & Wilson, J. (2014). An experimental manipulation of rejection: Effects on children’s attitudes and mood depend on rejection sensitivity and relationship history, Australian Journal of Psychology, 66, 8-17. doi: 10.1111/ajpy.12029

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

Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J, Arnhold, V., & Connolly, J. (2014). Intercorrelations of intimacy and identity dating goals with relationship behaviors and satisfaction among young heterosexual couples. Social Sciences: Special Issue on Social and Personal Relationships (edited by S. Duck), 3, 44-59. doi:10.3390/socsci3010044

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

Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J., Skinner, E. A., Morris, H., & Thomas, R. (2013). Anticipated coping with interpersonal problems: Links with the emotional reactions of sadness, anger, and fear, Journal of Early Adolescence, 33, 682-706

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

Kelly, M., Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J., & Boislard-P., M. (2012). Goals, behavior and satisfaction: The associations of sexual orientation and gender with identity, intimacy, status and sex. Adolescent Behaviour (pp. 71-94). New York: NOVA Science Publishers.

Kelly, M., Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J., & Boislard-P., M. (2012). Identity, intimacy, status and sex dating goals as correlates of goal-consistent behavior and satisfaction in Australian youth. Journal of Adolescence, 35, 1441-1454

Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J., Hughes, N., Kelly, M., & Connolly, J. (2012). Intimacy, identity, and status: Measuring dating goals in late adolescence and young adulthood, Motivation and Emotion, 36, 311-322

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

McLachlan, J., Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J., & McGregor, L. (2010). Rejection sensitivity in childhood and early adolescence: Peer rejection and protective effects of parents and friends. Journal of Relationships Research. 1, 31-40

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

Kopp, L., & Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J. (2011). Resisting the thin ideal and access to autonomy support: Women’s global self-determination, body dissatisfaction and eating, Eating Behaviors, 2, 222-224

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

Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J., Thomas, R., Hendrickson, K., Avdagic, E., Webb, H., & McGregor, L. (2013). Maternal emotional distress and children’s internalizing and externalizing in families at high risk of child abuse: Child gender moderates parenting sensitivity as a mediator, Infant and Child Development, 22, 480-500

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

Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J., Hughes, N., Kelly, M., & Connolly, J. (2012). Intimacy, identity, and status: Measuring dating goals in late adolescence and young adulthood, Motivation and Emotion, 36, 311-322


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.

Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J., Madsen, S. D., & Hanisch, M. (2011). Connecting the intrapersonal and the interpersonal: Autonomy, voice and relationships with parents and romantic partners during late adolescence. European Journal of Developmental Psychology, 8, 509-525

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.

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

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

Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J., & Wright, J. L. (2007). Rejection sensitivity and romantic attachment orientation are associated with parental psychological control. In R. S. Grenell (Ed.), Adolescent Behavior Research Studies (pp. 121-139). New York: NOVA Science Publishers, Inc.

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

Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J. & Petherick, J. (2006). Intimacy dating goals and relationship satisfaction during adolescence and emerging adulthood: Identity formation, age and sex as moderators, International Journal of Behavioral Development, 30, 189-199

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

Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J., & Locke, E. M. (2007). The socialization of adolescent coping: Relationships at home and school. Journal of Adolescence, 30, 1-16