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17-Nov-2014

Psychology gets a boost
Psychology at Curtin has been given a major boost with the opening of new, state-of-the-art laboratories within the Faculty of Health Sciences.

22-Sep-2014

VIDEO: Curtin develops a world-first avatar for student training
Curtin University has developed a life-like computer simulated avatar of an elderly Australian gentleman with dementia, which has the potential to improve pre-clinical skills of healthcare students. Channel 9 news takes a look at the avatar and speaks with the project leader, Dr Janet Beilby.

1-Sep-2014

Dr Beilby wins competitive innovation award
Dr Janet Beilby, from the School of Psychology and Speech Pathology, has won the Innovation in Education Prize in the 2014 Curtin Commercial Innovation Awards for developing an innovative computer-simulated avatar.

25-Aug-2014

Alcohol warning labels gain momentum
Curtin University researchers have found the development of cancer warning labels for alcoholic drinks would be accepted by the Australian community and therefore recommend their application.

2-Jun-2014

The socioeconomic zeitgeist and musical taste
It has been reported that there is a strong correlation between the number of heavy metal bands in a particular country and various measures of quality of life, such as economic output per person, the number of people with a degree, and life satisfaction.

30-May-2014

Curtin’s positive thinking program to benefit kids across WA
Curtin University has received over $1 million in funding from the Mental Health Commission (MHC) to continue its successful Aussie Optimism program in Western Australia (WA) for the next five years.

7-Apr-2014

Could Nirvana really be about to replace Kurt Cobain?
If Nirvana was to replace Kurt Cobain, how would we react to live shows? According to music psychology theory, this lack of authenticity ought to reduce the audience’s enjoyment of the show. Research shows that people tend to instead prefer the prototypical version of any artistic object.

1-Apr-2014

Curtin Professor awarded European Honorary Fellowship
Curtin University’s Professor Martin Hagger from the School of Psychology and Speech Pathology, has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the European Health Psychology Society (EHPS).

17-Mar-2014

Curtin academic receives runner-up prize for best article in journal
We are delighted to announce that Dr Suze Leitao, from the School of Psychology and Speech Pathology, has been awarded the annual International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders runner-up prize, for her paper, “Effective intervention for expressive grammar in children with specific language impairment.

14-Mar-2014

Can music (literally) move you?
Professor Adrian North looks at ways that music has been used as an instrument for negative and positive purposes such as torture or raising funds for charities.

14-Mar-2014

Professor Martin Hagger receives John Curtin Distinguished Professor title
The achievement of one of our internationally regarded colleagues was recognised recently when Curtin University celebrated the newest recipients of the John Curtin Distinguished Professor title on Wednesday 5 March 2014.

11-Feb-2014

Scholarship supports Curtin speech graduate to head to America
A Curtin University Master of Speech Pathology graduate will head to America in August, to undertake a PhD that is seeking to uncover the genes behind stuttering, after being awarded a scholarship from a leading university.

5-Feb-2014

Dr Janet Beilby radio interview
Dr Janet Beilby from the School of Psychology and Speech Pathology talks about a collaborative research project, which aims to uncover the genes behind stuttering.

12-Dec-2013

Justin Bieber really might have brought cheer to typhoon-hit Philippines
Professor Adrian North explores people’s reactions to famous musicians.

10-Dec-2013

Curtin researcher honoured with Emeritus Professor title
Curtin University has recognised Professor Jan Piek’s long and accomplished career in developmental psychology by bestowing upon her the title of Emeritus Professor.

29-Oct-2013

Curtin develops online treatment for young people with OCD
Young people with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) now have access to online treatment to assist them overcome the anxiety disorder.

25-Oct-2013

Psychology colleagues win best poster at conference
A team of psychologists from the School of Psychology and Speech Pathology have won the best poster award at the Australian Psychological Society conference.

15-Oct-2013

Curtin speech pathology student wins mental health award
A speech pathology honours student is the youth winner of the annual Act-Belong-Commit Awards.

16-Aug-2013

Curtin speech pathology student helps Flora speak 
It’s estimated that one in five people will experience communication difficulties at some point in their lives says local Curtin University Master of Speech Pathology student Catherine Beck, who is raising awareness for Speech Pathology Week, 25-31 August, in the Gosnells community.

16-Aug-2013

Minister gets sneak preview of new OCD treatment 
Federal Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Jacinta Collins got a sneak preview of a new online treatment for young people with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), when she visited Curtin University this morning.

26-Jul-2013

Funding for app designed to improve students’ research skills 
A team of researchers from Curtin University has received funding for a project that will harness mobile technologies to help build students' statistical decision-making capacities.

11-Jun-2013

Curtin’s health sciences receives funding to change the face of teaching 
Curtin’s Faculty of Health Sciences teachers and researchers have been awarded grants in the 2013 Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT) funding round to help change the way universities teach.

3-Jun-2013

Research to determine effectiveness of brain-training games 
Curtin University researchers are seeking participants across Australia for a study examining the effectiveness of online computer brain-training games designed to improve cognitive function through regular use.

27-May-2013

Curtin research finds collaboration is the key to predicting dementia 
Curtin University researchers have determined that current methods used to predict the onset of early dementia are inadequate and should be extended.

17-May-2013

Curtin psychology graduate selected for United Nations leadership symposium 
A recent graduate of Curtin University’s Bachelor of Science (Psychology) degree has been selected out of 1000 outstanding individuals globally to participate in the 4th University Scholars Leadership Symposium.

15-May-2013

Animal Fun program featured in School Matters 
Our very own Animal Fun program has been featured in the 3rd edition of the School Matters publication.

8-May-2013

Psychology features in world’s elite subject rankings 
Psychology at Curtin University has been ranked amongst the 10 most popular psychology subjects in the whole of Australia in the 2013 QS World University Rankings published today.

22-Apr-2013

Live music in Australia: offensive noise or good vibrations? 
Professor Adrian North explores the the psychology behind why live music is so popular.

11-Apr-2013

Award encouraging research about women won by Curtin Adjunct Fellow 
The Australian Psychological Society’s Elaine Dignan Award, which encourages research about women, women’s studies in psychology, or professional work of a psychological nature involving women has been won by Curtin Adjunct Fellow Andrea Shoebridge.

09-Apr-2013

Curtin PhD student author of new and emerging drugs publication 
Stephen Bright, a PhD student at Curtin’s School of Psychology and Speech Pathology, is the author of a new publication produced by the Australian Drug Foundation (ADR), entitled new and emerging drugs.

07-Apr-2013

Does rock 'n' roll really make kids kill themselves? 
Professor Adrian North discusses the psychology behind metal music and if it really induces harm amongst fans.

04-Apr-2013

The tills are alive with the sound of Muzak 
Professor Adrian North looks at evidence which suggests that the type of music played can affect shoppers' buying habits.

20-Mar-2013

International stalking and harassment expert joins Curtin 
Dr Lorraine Sheridan, a chartered forensic psychologist and international expert on stalking and harassment has taken on an adjunct position with Curtin University’s School of Psychology and Speech Pathology.

22-Feb-2013

Curtin research highlights hoarders’ brains lack flexibility 
Research from Curtin University’s School of Psychology and Speech Pathology, recently published in the Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy journal, highlights hoarders struggle to throw out their many possessions because their brain lacks flexibility.

2012

6-Dec-2012

Professor excels in the research arena
Professor Jan Piek has been recognised for excellence in the research arena at the 2012 Curtin Research Awards Recognising Excellence.

28-Nov-2012

Stuttering treatment clinic wins quality service award
The School of Psychology and Speech Pathology’s stuttering treatment clinic has been recognised for providing quality service in the 2012 Curtin Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Awards.

28-Nov-2012

Curtin University’s award speaks volumes
Curtin University’s Faculty of Health Sciences has won the WA Health Award 2012 for Excellence in Clinical Training for the Gosnells Community Speech Pathology Clinic.

26-Nov-2012

Study to shed light on mental health issues for trans people
A Curtin University researcher has received funding from Beyondblue to investigate the prevalence of depression and anxiety disorders among transgender and transsexual (trans) people.

22-Nov-2012

Melissa recognised for excellence in teaching
Dr Melissa Davis, manager of the Faculty’s Assessment Review initiative, and academic coordinator for the Faculty’s interprofessional First Year Experience has won a Curtin Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Award.

14-Nov-2012

Curtin psychology graduate named WA Student Scientist of the Year
Mr David Erceg-Hurn, who completed a Bachelor of Psychology in 2006 at Curtin University, received the award for making a significant contribution to programs that aim to reduce drug and alcohol misuse.

14-Nov-2012

Newcastle University speech and language therapy expert to visit Curtin
A Professor at the University of Newcastle in the UK, will be visiting Curtin University in 2013 to develop a program of research in the treatment of developmental speech, language and literacy impairments.

8-Nov-2012

School successful in Australian Research Council grants
Curtin University’s School of Psychology and Speech Pathology has been successful in the Australian Research Council Discovery grant round, being awarded $95,000.

8-Nov-2012

Curtin speech pathology student-led clinic up for health award
The Gosnells Community Speech Pathology Clinic, a collaborative project between Curtin University and Bentley and Armadale Kelmscott hospitals has been named as a finalist in the 2012 WA Health Awards.

25-Oct-2012

Redefining stereotypes
An inspiring photographic exhibition exploring how adults with intellectual disabilities see themselves will be on show at the Bunbury Forum on Thursday, 25 October from 11am until 9pm.

22-Oct-2012

Curtin leads the way in stuttering research
A novel approach to the management of stuttering is achieving lasting positive results in the treatment of adults, adolescents and children with this often debilitating condition.

4-Oct-2012

The science of willpower
Do you find it difficult to resist the temptation of that extra slice of cake, that next glass of wine, or that cigarette when you’re trying to quit smoking? If so, a taste of sugar may be all you need to stay strong.

30-Jul-2012

Curtin road trauma research receives award
Curtin University’s research on a road trauma support service for Western Australia has been awarded one of two research awards for 2012 from the Injury Control Council of Western Australia (ICCWA).

12-Jul-2012

Cori receives speech pathology national honour
An academic from Curtin University has received national recognition through election as Fellow of Speech Pathology Australia.

30-May-2012

Graduates rank psychology course as number one in Australia
Graduates of the Master of Psychology degree at Curtin University have ranked the course as number one for overall student satisfaction in a recent Course Experience Questionnaire that forms part of the Australian Graduate Survey.

7-Jun-2012

Research spotlights parental trust issues for child stutterers
A study has found that children who stutter (CWS) show less attachment to their parents, particularly in relation to trust, than their fluent peers.

13-Apr-2012

Academic appointed to Interim Register of TEQSA
Josephine Hudson from the School of Psychology and Speech Pathology has been appointed to the Interim Register of the new Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA).