Current PhD Students


Melanie’s “20 years since her PhD was done” party – the ones who stayed late!

Left-to-right: Erinn Munro-Lee, Melissa Harahan, Leah Henderson, Alex Gardner, Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck, Kathy Modecki, Shawna Mastro Campbell, Haley Webb, Victoria Hambour

Ph.D. Candidature (Primary Supervisor)

sarah  Sarah Clear – PhD Clinical Psychology, 2016-

Adolescent Dispositional Mindfulness: Does it Benefit Well-being, and Support Adaptive Coping with Peer Interpersonal Stress?


Narelle_Samira    Narelle Duncan, PhD Clinical Psychology, 2019-

Reactivity and Cognitive Control: Individual Differences in Coping Flexibility in Adolescence and Young Adults


Alex  Alex Gardner – PhD Clinical Psychology, 2017-

Testing a Longitudinal Model of Social and Emotional Adjustment in Emerging Adults: A Focus on Expectations, Schemas, and Coping with Interpersonal Stress


Gardner, A., & Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J. (2018). Rejection sensitivity and responses to rejection: Serial mediators linking parenting to emerging adults’ depression and trait anxiety. Journal of Relationships Research, 9. doi:10.1017/jrr.2018.8


SarahH  Sarah Howe – PhD Psychology, 2015-

Parents’ Socialization of Young Children’s Emotion Regulation and its Impact on Internalizing Symptom Patterns Over One Year


jess  Jess Kerin – PhD Clinical Psychology, 2017-

Mindful eating, emotional eating, and eating regulation: A new measure and test of associations


Kerin, J. L., Webb, H. J., & Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J. (2018). An empirical assessment of the structure of intuitive, mindful, emotional, and problem eating behaviors and beliefs. Appetite, 132, 139-146. doi:10.1016/j.appet.2018.10.011.

Kerin, J. L., Webb, H. J., Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J., & Mastro, S. (2017). Resisting the temptation of food: A new measure of regulating overeating and associations with emotion regulation and mindfulness. Australian Journal of Psychology. doi:10.1111/ajpy.12159


Mitch  Mitchell Masters – PhD Clinical Psychology, 2016-

Context, Fear Regulation and Risk of Internalising Symptoms in Early Adolescence


Masters, M., Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J., & Farrell, L. J. (2019). Transactional associations between adolescents’ emotion regulation and symptoms of social anxiety and depression: A longitudinal study. Journal of Early Adolescence. doi:1177/0272431618806053


Narelle_Samira    Samira Mera – PhD Psychology, 2019-

Building Mindful and Compassionate Relationships: The Roles of Parents’ Self-Compassion, Dispositional Mindfulness, and Mindful Parenting in Explaining Adolescents’ Peer Relationships and Emotional Well-being


Juliane  Juliane Pariz – PhD Psychology, 2017-

Trajectories and predictors of antisocial behavior from early childhood to adolescence: The role of emotion regulation, coping, callous-unemotional traits, impulsivity and cognitive deficits


IMG_2562     Henriette Steinvik – PhD Psychology, 2018-

Defending against bullying: Perceived costs and moderation by peer status and social norms 


Ph.D. Candidature (Associate Supervisor)

kate  Kate Greenhalgh – PhD Clinical Psychology

Mindfulness parenting for children with hearing loss


Victoria_Mel2  Victoria Hambour – PhD Clinical Psychology

Facing Multiple Sources of Discrimination: The Impact of Social Identity, Peer Support and Self-Stereotyping on the Wellbeing of Sexual Minorities

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.2018.05.03



Owen Lloyd – PhD Psychology

Children’s psychological recovery from traumatic brain injury


Lloyd, O., Ownsworth, T., Fleming, J., & Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J. (2017). Development and preliminary validation of the Paediatric Awareness Questionnaire for children and adolescents after traumatic brain injury. Child Neuropsychology, 23, 1-21. doi:10.1080/09297049.2017.1332173

Lloyd, O., Onsworth, T., Fleming, J., & Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J. (2015). Awareness deficits in children and adolescents following traumatic brain injury: A systematic review, Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 30, 311-323. doi:10.1097/HTR.0000000000000113


110111-107985      Sarah Luskin-Saxby – PhD Clinical Psychology

Training and Development in Evidence-Based Practice in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Early Intervention Centres



Kathy2  Kathy Ryan – PhD Psychology

Fear acquisition and extinction: Age differences

Ryan, K., Waters, A. M., Neumann, D. L., & Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J. (2019). The need for standards in the design of studies on fear conditioning and extinction in youth: A systematic review and recommendations for research on anxiety. Behavior Research and Therapy






Kellie Swan – PhD Psychology

Disseminating effective treatments for children with distruptive behaviours




110111-107985  Laura Ullmann – PhD Clinical Psychology

The Fit Ideal vs. the Beauty Ideal in Women


Uhlmann, L. R., Donovan, C. L., Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J., Bell, H. S., & Ramme, R. A. (2018). The fit beauty ideal: A healthy alternative to thinness or a wolf in sheep’s clothing? Body Image, 25, 23-30. doi:10.1016/j.bodyim.2018.01.005