Hi everyone, I am Chris and welcome to my small part of the website! My journey has been very much a case of taking every opportunity made available to me. While this has afforded me many experiences, I did later find myself needing to master the art of saying no, which, unintentionally became the art of saying “yes, but not right now”. I mean, the word ‘no’ is in that phrase, right? Below is an outline of my experience during my time as a student.
Anyway, I have completed a Bachelor in Psychology with First Class Honours, a Master of Research (with the university medal), and had my PhD accepted without revisions in mid-December 2019 (best Christmas present ever!). Throughout my Honours, Masters, and PhD I maintained the same personal interest research project: Stress beliefs. I am so curious about why people respond differently to the same situation. My general thesis is that our beliefs about stress (in the most general sense) influence how we interpret stressful situations, and this difference in interpretation leads to different responses toward stressful situations. I publish my work in peer-reviewed academic journals, so please check it out!
Outside of my own research, I have been a research assistant in a number of studies spanning online interventions for decisional conflict and body image in women with breast cancer, to studies looking at self-compassion in the context of hope and breast cancer, stress and eating, and resiliency and general wellbeing. I have also served as a statistician to the Westmead Breast Cancer Institute, which afforded me the opportunity to work on medical studies way beyond my area of expertise, but provided a unique insight into a very different realm of research.
I am a passionate teacher and have been involved with tutoring on statistics, health psychology, and personality units at Macquarie University across 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year. I have lectured in statistics and health psychology, and co-convened the 4th year Health Psychology unit in 2019. In 2019 I was nominated for two teaching awards, a staff-nominated award and a student-nominated award. I have also created lecture content based upon my own research area, allowing me to further disseminate my research findings.
Beyond research and teaching I am also involved in two professional societies. I am the Executive Assistant for the International Society of Behavioral Medicine. In this role, I work closely with the society’s secretary and head of communications to ensure that society meetings run smoothly, the society website is maintained, as well as other jobs as needed. I am also one of the representatives for the Australasian Society of Behavioural Health and Medicine’s Early Career Researcher group “Peers Connect”. In this role, I help to maintain a facebook page dedicated to disseminating information about grants, job opportunities, further training/workshops and more. I organise online workshops of relevance to our members. I am also involved in organising events at the annual society conference.
Outside of academia, I am a passionate dancer. Since the age of 14 I have done a number of styles including rock ‘n’ roll, slow swing, ballroom and international latin, and more recently salsa and bachata. I have been teaching salsa and bachata since mid-2019 and received the junior teacher of the year award in 2019. I am also interested in 2D and 3D graphic design (not that I am any good at it!), website development, and I am a self-taught piano enthusiast.