HDR Conference 2019

Di Nayda and Victoria Bridgland spoke at the Flinders University College of Education, Psychology, and Social Work HDR conference, 2019. The conference was entitled Education, Recovery and Inclusion for a Better World, and aimed to unite students from each of the college disciplines to talk about their research. The conference also provided the opportunity for students to present towards a candidature milestone.

Students submitted abstracts, which put them in the running for the HDR Student Presentation Award. Students were shortlisted based on their Abstracts, and our lab’s own Victoria Bridgland was shortlisted for an award.

The conference included many speakers from Education, Psychology, and Social work, in sessions which explored:

  • Learning
  • Psychological Disorders
  • Teaching
  • International Education
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Improving Schools and Society

Di Nayda presented her talk in the session entitled Judgement and Decision Making, chaired by Associate Professor Emma Thomas. Di’s talk entitled Mind-wandering induction tasks may affect mood questioned whether mind wandering induction tasks typically used by researchers were actually affecting participants’ mood.

Victoria Bridgland presented her talk in the HDR Student Presentation Award Symposium, chaired by Dr Ryan Balzan, Lecturer in the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work. Victoria’s talk entitled Danger! Negative memories ahead questioned whether trigger warnings are actually helpful, or whether they could in fact be detrimental to people who have suffered from traumatic or negative experiences.

Victoria Bridgland and Melanie Takarangi celebrating the success of the CEPSW HDR conference

The conference also included Panel discussions. The purpose of these discussions was to have an open dialogue regarding issues that HDR students often face. Increasing your research impact, engagement and translation featured Professor Marika Tiggemann, Dr Sam Elliott, Professor Sarah Wendt, and Hannah Scott. HDR supervision in the context of complexity featured Associate Professor Nathan Weber, Henry Strudwicke, Dr Helen McLaren, and Jo Shearer. Both sessions allowed students to ask questions and hear diverse ideas from panel members at different levels of their research careers.

The last session of the day was the HDR Student Presentation Award Symposium, where Victoria Bridgland spoke alongside Asma Akther, Eliana Buonaiuto, and Lyza Helps, in competition for the HDR Student Presentation Award. It seems that the competition was too close to call however: Victoria Bridgland and Lyza Helps tied for first place, each walking away with a well-deserved $500 each to spend on research expenses or research-related travel.

Congratulations to the winners and to all the participants for a successful HDR conference 2019!