PhD (& other student) Training

During his tenure at Flinders University, Neil Brewer has supervised 16 PhD completions as principal supervisor, and another 5 as a (very) active co-supervisor. He currently supervises 2 PhD students as principal supervisor (Katie Logos & Marie Georgopoulos) and one as active co-supervisor (Alliyza Esther Qin Shi Lim).

These PhD graduates have transitioned to outstanding careers, either in academia, research positions or clinical practice. They include (most recent first):

Carmen Lucas: current postdoc, Flinders University
Rebecca Flower (co):current postdoc, La Trobe University
Yong Hwee-Nah (co): research scientist, Nanyang Techological University, Singapore
Adella Bhaskara (co): research scientist, Defence SA
Darren Hedley (co):research fellow, La Trobe University
Tick Zweck:senior lecturer, Tabor (S. Aust)
Anna McKinnon (co):clinical psychologist, Macquarie University
Paul Halford:retired
Matt Palmer:senior lecturer, University of Tasmania
Jim Sauer:senior lecturer, University of Tasmania
John Barnes:Universitetslektor, Örebro Universitet
Nathan Weber:Associate Professor, Flinders University
Carolyn Semmler:Associate Professor, University of Adelaide
Michelle Tuckey:Associate Professor, University of South Australia
Natalie Skinner: Research Fellow, University of South Australia
Helen Braithwaite:Researcher, University of California Irvine

Five doctoral graduates – Tomoko Nishizawa, Tiffany Lavis, Ambika Nagesh Vagadia and Amber Keast – with clinical qualifications work in clinical positions in Australia and overseas. Another – Nicole McCallum – works for the Government of Western Australia.

A number of these PhD graduates – Nathan Weber, Jim Sauer, Matt Palmer, Nicole McCallum, Carmen Lucas, plus Ruth Horry from the UK – also spent time working on Neil Brewer’s Australian Research Council projects as postdoctoral fellows and made amazing contributions to the success of those projects.

PhD Student awards

Between them these guys have deservedly accumulated many awards during their PhD, for their thesis or for publications that resulted from their thesis work. The awards include:

  • APA’s Division 21 Raymond Nickerson Best Paper Award for Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied (Matt Palmer)
  • APA’s Division of Experimental Psychology Young Investigator Award in Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied (Nathan Weber)
  • Australian Psychological Society (S. Aust.) College of Clinical Psychologists best overall student (Tomoko Nishizawa)
  •  Australian Society of Traumatic Stress Studies New Researcher Award (Anna McKinnon)
  • Maconochie Prize, College of Forensic Psychology of the Australian Psychological Society for best psychology-law PhD thesis (Nathan Weber)
  • Maconochie Prize runner-up, College of Forensic Psychology of the Australian Psychological Society for the best student thesis at doctoral, masters or honours level (Helen Braithwaite)
  • Maconochie Prize runner-up S. Aust section, College of Forensic Psychology of the Australian Psychological Society for the best student thesis at doctoral, masters or honours level (Carolyn Semmler)
  • SARMAC Conference postgraduate student paper award (Ambika Nagesh)
  • 15 PhD student International Conference Travel Awards from Flinders University

Other supervision

Neil Brewer has also supervised 8 Master theses and around 70 undergraduate 4th year honours theses at Flinders University.