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Experts available: Psychology Week 2020

University of Southern Queensland experts are available for comment on the below topics:

#PSYCHWEEK: FINDING THE WAY FORWARD

It's Psychology Week 2020 - a chance to prove how psychology can help Australians lead healthier, happier and more meaningful lives. 

  • Head of Psychology and Counselling at the University of Southern Queensland Professor Lorelle Burton quite literally wrote the textbook used by a generation of first-year psychology students across Australia and New Zealand. As the world grapples with the Coronavirus pandemic, she says it has never been more important to study psychology.

OPENING OUR HEARTS & BORDERS

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas with just 45 days remaining until the jolliest time of the year. But after months of border closures and strict quarantine restrictions, not everyone is feeling the holiday cheer. 

  • Many families will remain apart, while others will be reunited for the first time all year - there's bound to be tension, tears and tantrums. So how do you deal with Christmas blues? Relationship expert and TEDx speaker Dr Raquel Peel has all the tips and tricks to help get you through.

THE POWER OF A MILLION MINDS 

2020 may have tested the mental strength of millions, but University of Southern Queensland-led research is helping support more than 50,000 young people experiencing mental health problems across Australia. 

  • With a new project set to help even more young people - and only in it’s first-year - psychologist and Professor Sonja March says she is proud that she is helping improve lives this Psychology Week – and is optimistic about what more her team can achieve THROUGHOUT the five-year project.

WERE YOU IN THE MOOD DURING COVID19? 

The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in more than half the world’s population being placed in lockdown. Now, a University of Southern Queensland study has investigated the wellbeing of those affected, both physically and psychologically. 

  • Co-researcher Dr Renée Parsons-Smith recorded the mood responses of over 1,000 participants during lockdown. Published to coincide with this years’ Psychology Week, her research has provided an introspect insight into the year that was.
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USQ has a variety of experts that can talk on psychology in relation to their field of research.