Awards

Rachel awarded the Faculty of Science Postgraduate Research Prize for Outstanding Academic Achievement

SUPIR Lab member Rachel Maunder has been awarded the Faculty of Science Postgraduate Research Prize for Outstanding Academic Achievement for her meta-analysis on the effectiveness of intergroup contact interventions for reducing stigma against people with mental illness. This is a highly competitive award, with only one recipient selected in the School of Psychology each year. Well done, Rachel!

Awards, Conference

Rachel awarded the SASP Outstanding Postgraduate Research Award and Margaret Foddy Travel Award

This year, the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists (SASP) annual conference, to be hosted in Auckland, New Zealand, was cancelled due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, disappointing Ruth Kuntzman and Rachel Maunder who were scheduled to present their research.

Rachel had been selected for the prestigious Outstanding Postgraduate Research Award session as one of only four candidates. In lieu of what would have been excellent presentations, the SASP OPRA committee elected to choose the winner and runner up from the applications submitted for the session.

The judges unanimously decided to award Rachel first place, an award that comes with a $500 prize.

Rachel was also separately awarded the Margaret Foddy Travel Award, $300, as sponsorship to attend the conference. This is the third time Rachel has been chosen for this award.

Congratulations, Rachel!

Conference

Fiona attends the State of the Science Meeting in Washington DC

Earlier this month, our lab director Professor Fiona White attended the State of the Science Meeting on “Improving intergroup attitudes and interactions among youth”. Fiona received a special invitation by the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) to contribute to this landmark meeting in Washington DC.

Front Row (L to R): Christia Brown and Chuck Kalish
Back Row (L to R): Colin Tredoux, Linda Juang, Christina Rucinski, Deborah Rivas-Drake, Melanie Killen, Fiona White
Conference

Advances in Intergroup Contact Research: Showcasing, Consolidating, Deconstructing and Innovating the Science of Social Integration

This time last week, Professor Fiona White, along with Rachel Maunder and Elise Boccanfuso, were presenting their research in Newcastle at the joint SASP-SPSSI group meeting entitled “Advances in Intergroup Contact Research: Showcasing, Consolidating, Deconstructing and Innovating the Science of Social Integration”.

The group meeting was attended by international experts on intergroup contact, including big names like Linda Tropp (pictured) and Miles Hewstone, as well as a cohort of up-and-coming early career researchers, and even a pod of dolphins. Together, we discussed current trends and issues in research, directions for the future, and how our expertise can be used to shape policy and create lasting social change across the globe.

Conference

The SUPIR Lab attends SASP 2019

SUPIR Lab members Rachel Maunder, Ruth Kuntzman, Lauren Harvey,
Peta O’Flynn and Elise Boccanfuso, alongside lab director Professor Fiona White presented their recent research at the annual conference of the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists last week at UNSW.

Our presentations spanned across the entire three day conference, and were featured in two symposiums, generating substantial discussion in the audience. Fiona was also granted the honor of introducing the keynote speaker, Professor Kerry Kawakami.

Conference

Society of Australasian Social Psychologists Conference: Sydney, 2019

This year’s Society of Australasian Social Psychologists‘ annual conference was held in Sydney, Australia. SUPIR Lab Manager Professor Fiona White will be presenting her research at the conference, along with SUPIR Lab members Stefano Verrelli, Ruth Kuntzman, and Rachel Maunder.

Register now to attend!

The SASP annual conference will be followed by a joint SASP-SPSSI small group meeting on intergroup contact, which will be held in Newcastle, Australia.