School of Psychology and Exercise Science Research

Impact of mental health during pregnancy on infants examined

October 4th, 2016

Professor Megan Galbally

The impact of women’s mental health during pregnancy is the focus of a major collaborative study, examining whether maternal mental health has a detrimental impact on infant development and investigate factors that reduce the risk of harm.

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Opinion: Why we need to support Aboriginal women’s choice to give birth on country

June 15th, 2016

Professor Rhonda Marriott

In an article for The Conversation, Murdoch’s Professor of Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing Rhonda Marriott and her co-authors argue that getting maternity care right for Aboriginal women will be critical in improving health outcomes for Aboriginal babies.

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Improving perinatal outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families

June 13th, 2016

Three investigators from Murdoch University’s School of Psychology and Exercise Science, will pilot an early intervention program which aims to close the gap in perinatal care between Aboriginal people and non-Aboriginal people, improving the outcomes for future generations.

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Stimulating the brain to stop people falling

May 11th, 2016

Dr Ann-Maree Vallence

Researchers at Murdoch University are using magnetic brain stimulation to help prevent people from falling over when they get older. The University has been awarded $410,000 in research funding for the project, which will use the non-invasive technique to identify and stimulate weakening structural connections in the brain. Falls are a major cause of injury […]

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Study finds friends play vital role in teenage wellbeing

May 4th, 2016

A realtime survey with smart phones found that good friendships are the key to adolescent wellbeing.

Good friendships are the key to adolescent mental health, according to a new study published by Murdoch University. Supported by the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre, the study was conducted by the ‘How do you feel’ lab, which is part of a larger project examining how young people use technology. Results showed that adolescents […]

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Community to benefit from new multimillion dollar sporting facility

March 2nd, 2016

University and Government stakeholders at the site of the new sporting facility

Members of the Murdoch University community, City of Melville and surrounding areas are set to reap the benefits of new $3.75m sporting facility to be constructed at the University’s South Street Campus

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Social media at bedtime linked to poor sleep and poor mental health for teens

September 29th, 2015

Lynette Vernon

Teenagers with high social media use at bedtime suffer disturbed sleep, which in turn leads to depressed mood, according to new research from a Murdoch University PhD candidate.

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Mothering film highlights importance of culture in Aboriginal communities

August 7th, 2015

Professor Rhonda Marriott has been researching Aboriginal parenting in Roebourne

A film about Aboriginal parenting produced as a result of research funded by the Australian Research Council into the health and wellbeing of women and children in Roebourne will be screened at Murdoch University for the first time on August 7.

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Opinion: what psychology says about how you should respond to racist behaviour

August 6th, 2015

Dr Emma Thomas

In a piece for The Conversation, Murdoch academics Dr Emma Thomas and Associate Professor Anne Pedersen discuss the line between racism and benign on-field antics in relation to the booing of Adam Goodes.

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Indigenous researcher makes Western Australian of the Year shortlist

May 28th, 2015

Professor Rhonda Marriott

Aboriginal health researcher Professor Rhonda Marriott has been shortlisted in the Western Australian of the Year Awards.

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