Helena Bean completed her Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) in Psychology at the University of Melbourne in 2016. She commenced her Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Psychology) in 2017 with supervisors Dr Joshua Wiley and Dr Bei Bei from Monash University, and collaborating with Ms Justine Diggens (Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre) and Dr Lesley Stafford (The Royal Women’s Hospital. Helena is running the SleepWell Trial, a clinical trial at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre aiming to improve sleep and well-being in women with breast cancer undergoing chemotherapy. The trial utilizes a combination of cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) and light therapy to target symptoms of sleep disturbance and fatigue. Throughout her clinical training, Helena has completed placements at a number of public hospitals and community mental health services, working with both high and low prevalence psychiatric presentations in adults, children and infants. She is currently a psychology intern at the Royal Children’s Hospital.
Jordan Maccora completed his Bachelor of Psychology (with Honours) in 2016 at Monash University. He has gained experience working within both community-based residential and outreach mental health programs. Jordan previously worked at the Monash Be Active Sleep Eat facility and was involved in the development, co-ordination and publication of findings regarding the comparative analysis of alertness detection devices within a sleep deprivation protocol. Jordan commenced his PhD (Clinical Psychology) at Monash University in 2019 and was awarded a Monash Graduate Excellence Scholarship for outstanding marks. Under the supervision of Dr Joshua Wiley, Dr. Sheila Garland (Memorial University), and Justine Diggens (Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre), his research will explore the utility of CBT-I and bright light exposure therapy with respect to sleep disturbance within oncology populations. He leads the SleepCare Trial.
Linda Shen completed her Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) and Honours in Psychology at Monash University, before commencing her PhD in 2017. Under the supervision of Dr. Bei Bei and Dr. Joshua F. Wiley, her research examines the daily relationships between adolescents’ sleep-wake cycle, with wellbeing and functioning outcomes (e.g., affect, cognitive performance). She has received recognition for her research internationally through a citation poster award from the American Psychosomatic Society and nationally through a travel award from the Australasian Sleep Association to present her work at Sleep Down Under.
Isabelle Smith completed her Bachelor of Psychology in 2018, where she was awarded the Australian Psychological Society Prize for academic excellence in her final Honours year. During her undergraduate degree, Isabelle worked as a research assistant in areas of mother-infant attachment and maternal depression, anxiety and sleep. She commenced her PhD in clinical psychology at Monash University in 2019 and is supervised by Dr Joshua Wiley and Prof Karen Weihs (University of Arizona). Her research now is focused on trialling a transdiagnostic emotion-focused intervention that targets the emotional responses associated with a cancer diagnosis and treatment. She leads The CanCope Study.
David completed his Bachelor of Behavioural Studies (clinical psychology) with a co-minor in advanced psychology at Swinburne University in 2014. Since then he has combined his personal and professional interests by volunteering as a snowboarding guide with Disabled Wintersports Australia, and an assistant music therapist at Frankston Young Veterans and Families Wellbeing Centre. David completed the Graduate Diploma of Psychology Advanced at Monash University in 2017 whilst working concurrently as a research assistant with Dr Joshua Wiley. David’s research interests lay in preventative mental health and interdisciplinary investigations. His Graduate Diploma thesis investigated the relationship between posttraumatic growth and emotional intelligence. David began his PhD at Monash in 2019, investigating the factors that promote resilience to potentially traumatic events. His research supervisors are Dr Emily Berger, Dr Joshua Wiley, and Dr Lefteris Patlmazaglou.
Natasha Tung completed her Bachelor of Arts and Honours in Psychology at the University of Melbourne in 2016. Since then, she worked as a Research Assistant on a project to help Internet browsing among visually-impaired populations, as a teaching associate at Monash University and as a personal development program coach with young individuals aged 7 to 17 years old. Natasha commenced her PhD (Clinical Psychology) in the Monash Behavioural Medicine Lab under the supervision of Dr Joshua Wiley and Dr Linda Luecken (Arizona State University) in 2018. She is currently looking at the impact of early family environment, parental upbringing and resilience on how emerging adults cope with stress in everyday life during a transition period and leads the Stress and Health Study (SHS). Natasha is also currently working with adults in a clinical setting, parents with teens experiencing anxiety and depression and young individuals seeking cognitive assessments.
Yang Yap completed his Bachelor of Psychology (with Honours) in 2017 at Monash University. For his Honours project, Yang was supervised by Dr Joshua Wiley and conducted daily research examining the bi-directional relations between psychosocial stress and sleep and the moderating role of coping strategies. For this research, he received a travel award from the Australasian Sleep Association and the 2018 Best Poster Presentation Award at Sleep DownUnder. Yang commenced his PhD in 2018 at the Behavioural Medicine Lab under the supervision of Dr Joshua Wiley, Dr Andrew Phillips, and Dr Jorja Collins and was awarded a Faculty Postgraduate Excellence Award for outstanding academic merit and research potential. Yang is one of the lead PhD student researchers of the Stress and Health Study (SHS), and his research explores how psychological stress, cortisol levels, EEG-assessed sleep, dietary intake, and eating behaviours interact on a day-to-day basis using intensive, longitudinal designs.
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