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Dr. Adam Gerace

BPsych(Hons), PhD
Senior Lecturer/HOC - Positive Psychology
School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences
Appleton Institute
Adelaide - 44 Greenhill Road, Wayville SA 5034
About Me

Adam is a Senior Lecturer in the College of Psychology, School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences. He is Head of Course for the Graduate Certificate in Positive Psychology, Graduate Diploma of Positive Psychology, and Master of Applied Positive Psychology.

Adam's background is in social psychology, and his research interests are in the areas of perspective taking and empathy, and inpatient psychiatric hospitalisation and therapeutic relationships.


Adam's research examines the strategies individuals use to understand another person’s point of view. His work sits within social psychology, with application of this work to mental health settings. Prior to starting with CQU in December 2017, Adam was a Senior Research Fellow in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Flinders University (2009-2017), where he investigated psychiatric inpatient unit practices and the perspectives of staff and consumers regarding care.

Universities Studied At

PhD, University of South Australia (2009).

BPsych(Hons), University of South Australia (2003).

Universities Worked At

Flinders University (2009-2017).

University of South Australia (2004-2009).


Cited in Stanford University's 2021 List of the Top Two Percent Most-Cited Researchers in the World.

CQU Student Voice Awards Commendations for Applied Positive Psychology (2018, 2019) and Building Wellbeing and Resilience: Interconnected Factors (2020).

Australian Psychological Society (APS) Psychology of Relationships Interest Group Thesis Award (2010).

Tony Winefield PhD Thesis Prize in Psychology, University of South Australia (2010).

Australian Postgraduate Award (APA).

Media Citations

2021-present: Regular segment on ABC Radio Queensland's Drive hosted by Annie Gaffney. Every fortnight on a Tuesday (5.45PM AEST), Adam presents key psychological theories and concepts and discusses the intriguing studies that led to their discoveries. He is also a regular contributor to other ABC radio programs across Australia.

Professional Memberships

Convener, Australian Psychological Society Psychology of Relationships Interest Group (2015-2018).

Editorial Board member, Journal of Relationships Research (Cambridge University Press) (2015-2020).

Research Supervision

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • 4205 Nursing
  • 5205 Social and personality psychology

At the level of Principal Supervisor

Current Capacity
I am currently available to supervise more research candidates
Current Supervision
Doctor of Philosophy
Positive psychology and wellbeing throughout the higher education student journey: awareness, utilisation and effects on student retention
Associate Supervisor
PhD (Offshore)
Motivation, mental skills and well-being: Bridging autonomy-supportive behaviours within sport to the classroom as a predictor of student-athlete well-being, academic motivation and educational outcomes.
Associate Supervisor
Master of Research
Exploring rehabilitative and reintegrative opportunities for male remanded prisoners in Queensland: Aphenomenological study exploring the relationship between lived experiences on remandand preparedness for release
Associate Supervisor
Doctor of Philosophy
The impact of rurality on anxiety in secondary school students
Associate Supervisor
Master of Research
A Study of the Relationship Between Self-Regulation, Social Supports and Habits of Participants Engaging in Criminal Behaviour.
Associate Supervisor
Doctor of Philosophy
How personal and workplace factors influence compassion fatigue and burnout in paediatric nurses: A longitudinal, mixed-methods study.
Associate Supervisor
Research Interests
Medical And Health Sciences

Nursing - Mental Health Nursing

Psychology And Cognitive Sciences

Psychology - Social and Community Psychology

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