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Tania Signal

B .Soc.Sci (Waikato), M.Soc.Sci Hons 1st Class(Waikato) D.Phil (Waikato)
Deputy Dean - Research
School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences
Appleton Institute
(07) 4923 2303
Rockhampton North
Building 6 - Room 2/34
About Me

I come originally from New Zealand where I received my PhD in Psychology from Waikato University working within the Animal Behaviour and Welfare Research Centre, with A/Profs Foster & Temple. In 2003 I moved to Australia and took up a Lectureship at Central Queensland University, now an Associate Professor I have developed a comprehensive research program over the past 12 years broadly investigating Human-Animal Interaction, covering topics such as potential links between personality factors (especially empathy), interpersonal violence and the treatment of animals through to community attitudes regarding farm animal welfare and suitable penalties for individuals convicted of animal cruelty offenses. As well as publishing in academic outlets I am committed to delivering ‘real world’ outcomes from my research and regularly speak at community events for the RSPCA (Qld), am part of the ‘Voices of Influence’ campaign for WSPA (Aus) and assist non-profit community with program evaluations.

I am a member of the Australian Animal Studies Group, the Queensland Centre for Domestic & Family Violence, the Appleton Institute and a Charter Scholar Member of the Animals & Society Institute (USA).  I am on the editorial panel for the international journal, Society & Animals and regularly review for Anthrozoos, Journal of Applied Animal Welfare, Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin and a number of international journals in Psychology and Education.

My teaching philosophy, like my research, centers on engaged and inclusive practice - regardless of whether I am teaching a large introductory course (e.g., Biological Foundations of Psychology), smaller advanced (e.g., Learning & Behaviour Modification) courses or supervising Honours and RHD students.

Professional Memberships

Associate Editor Society & Animals

Member of Editorial Board Journal of Human-Animal Interactions

Ad hoc reviewer for Anthrozoos; Scandinavian Journal of Psychology; Australian Psychologist; Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science; Clinical Psychology; International Journal of Environmental & Science Education.

Member of committee: Animal Ethics Education Reference Group (Griffith University, QLD)

Membership of the following professional bodies:

          Charter Scholar: Animals and Society Institute (USA)                                                

Behaviorists for Social Responsibility (USA)

Institute for Health & Social Science Research (CQU)

Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research (CQU)


Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Professional Interests

Current Research Interests:  Links between interpersonal violence, animal abuse and child abuse;  Developmental impact of witnessing violence in the home; The role of empathy in interpersonal violence; Empathy as a mediating factor in disruptive youth; Behavioural principles underlying interpersonal violence.

Past Supervision Topics Include:  Homeless youth and empathy; Humane Education; Psychological underpinnings of Animal Hoarding; Behavioural principles underlying drug abuse, Verbal instructions and the control of human behaviour.

Research Supervision

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • Other Studies in Human Society
  • Psychology
  • Criminology

At the level of Mentor Supervisor

Current Capacity
I am currently unavailable to supervise more research candidates
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Research Interests
Psychology And Cognitive Sciences

Psychology - Social and Community Psychology

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