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Interested in a PhD exploring occupational resilience?
Our research group takes PhD students who are interested in studying occupational resilience. The PhD will be conducted with the Department of Psychology at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. We have several current projects that will suit PhD students interested in how to increase the resilience of employees and the development of effective resilience training. For more information about current research projects on offer please click the 'current projects' link below.
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IT IS OFTEN SAID 'WHAT EVER DOESN'T KILL US ONLY MAKE US STRONGER'. BUT HOW CAN WE ENSURE GROWTH AND RESILIENCE AFTER EXPOSURE TO STRESSORS AT WORK? While exposures to demands are normally considered to drain resources and threaten well-being, some people experience growth and development from stressful experiences and which foster adaptations in human functioning that help individuals cope better with subsequent bouts of adversity. Yet, what causes some people to experience positive growth as a consequence of adversity is a bit of a mystery. Our research seeks to investigate some of the factors that may help people to develop resilience and personal strength after exposure to adversity.Read More
LEARNING UNDER PRESSURE: THE ROLE OF RESILIENCE IN LEARNING. Psychological pressure is a common feature of the training environment. Psychological pressure refers to a person's belief that the situation has high stakes for performance. For example, a student studying for an exam or a soccer player attempting a penalty kick could both constitute high pressure situations. While mental ability is known to predict the ability to learn new things, in this study we were interested in whether aspects related to resilience could play a role in learning and acquisition of complex skills in high pressure training situations.Read More