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 a Professor I have developed a
comprehensive research program over the past 17 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 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, smaller advanced courses or supervising Honours and RHD students.
Ad hoc reviewer for Anthrozoos; Australian Psychologist; Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science; Clinical Psychology; International Journal of Environmental & Science Education.
Membership of the following professional bodies:Charter Scholar: Animals and Society Institute (USA)
Behaviorists for Social Responsibility (USA)
Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research (CQU)
Appleton Institute (CQU)
Deputy Dean Research; Professor in Psychology
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: Humane Education; Attitude to Animals; Domestic violence (attitudes to, bystander behaviour, willingness to report, links with animal harm); Mandatory reporting of animal harm
I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:
At the level of Mentor Supervisor
Psychology - Social and Community Psychology