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Psych Attack

Dr Jasmine B. MacDonald

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Psych Attack focuses on the diversity of the domain of psychology. Join us for a relaxed conversation with experts discussing the topics they are passionate about in psychological research and/or practice. The aim is to better understand the spectrum of human experience, the methods used in psychology, and the people attracted to working within it. The conversations will be of interest and accessible to novice and experienced psychology listeners alike. Hosted by Dr Jasmine B. MacDonald (jas ...
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Dr Jasmine B. MacDonald

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Good vibes only conversations with people from all over about their ‘go to’ places for a drink or food. The focus isn’t on what is fanciest or most impressive. It’s on what people genuinely enjoy and so go back for more. Have a listen and try out the places if you can. Jaz will also create bonus episodes to share positive food and drink experiences as she adventures through life. Don’t expect a formal review. Just descriptions of cool places with yummy food and drinks.
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In this episode, I catch up with my mate in Brisbane, Jess. Jess tells me about three of her favourite local places: A ribbery in South Brisbane called Big Roddy's Rippin Rib Shack A whisky bar in South Brisbane called Cobbler A bar in Mitchelton called The Woods Neighbourhood BarBy Dr Jasmine B. MacDonald
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About this episode In this episode, I catch up with Associate Professor Lindsay Malloy to hear about her research in developmental psychology and the law. In particular, ways to improve investigative interviewing with people who have experienced maltreatment and. In this discussion, Lindsay explains some developmental differences when interviewing …
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In this episode, I catch up with my mate in Sydney’s Inner West, Brendan. Brendan tells me about two of his favourite local places and throws in some honourable mentions as well. Brendan’s two favourite places: - Chinese restaurant in Ashfield called New Shanghai. - Middle Eastern restaurant in Stanmore called Emma’s Snack Bar. Honourable mentions:…
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In this episode, I catch up with my mate in Canberra, Thane. Thane tells me about two of his favourite local places. First up, Thane talks about a Scottish club in Kambah called Burns Club and in particular, The Star Buffet there. Thane likes this place because it has: · A magical variety of international cuisine to choose from · Something for ever…
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In this episode, I catch up with my mate Kelly from Boston. Kelly tells me about three Boston institutions steeped in history that are a must-eat when she is visiting her hometown. You can really hear the pride in this episode - Kelly sells Boston well! First up, Kelly talks about her favourite seafood restaurant called Union Oyster House. Kelly li…
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In this episode, I catch up with my mate Erica in Blackheath, the Blue Mountains. Erica tells me about two of her favourite places to go. The first is Erica’s favourite restaurant called Ates, which does Mediterranean cuisine. Erica and her partner Martin like this place because of the: · Sourdough bread from the wood fire oven · Slow-cooked meats …
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In this episode, I catch up with my mate Stew in Canberra. Stew tells me about three of his favourite places to go to. The first is Stew’s daily café choice called Brew Bar in Tuggeranong. Stew likes this place because it has: · Great coffee · Delicious muffins (raspberry and white chocolate / blueberry) · Good service · Managers that treat their s…
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In this episode, I team up again with Dr Rachael Fox (journal editor and academic). We reflect on our publication experiences to share insights that will be especially useful for listeners new to publishing. We discuss: · choosing a journal · the importance of scope, formatting, and proofing · what to consider when converting a dissertation or thes…
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In this episode, I am have an artificial conversation with a researcher I refer to as Dr Chat GPT. If you haven't already come across Chat GPT, it is open access software online where you can type anything in and it will use artificial intelligence to feed a response back to you. When you give it some context, it can give you some really cool respo…
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In this episode I catch up with Dr Rachael Fox, journal editor and academic, to discuss what publishing in psychology is and take a critical lens to highlight some issues and barriers to publishing. We discuss: · critical and community psychological approaches to research · why people publish in psychology · common ways quality is thought about in …
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This episode focuses on Dr Abigail Alfrey’s research and practice on the ways animals can be involved in mental health practice. We discuss: (1) the significance of pets for people experiencing psychosis, (2) including dogs in cognitive assessment to improve testing experiences and outcomes for child clients, and (3) reducing practitioner burnout b…
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This episode focuses on Dr Jasmine B. MacDonald’s research in trauma exposure and mental health in TV news workers. We discuss how camera operators and reporters have different kinds of trauma experiences, the importance of social support, substance use, and symptoms of PTSD, depression, anxiety, stress, and burnout. Dr Jasmine B. MacDonald is Seni…
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I catch up with my mate Claudia in Sydney. Claudia’s favourite café is called Pochito at 1021 Botany Rd, Mascot NSW 2020. Highlights include: Authentic Chilean food Friendly staff that speak Spanish and English Homely and cosy vibes Good mix of vegetarian and meat options Sweet and savoury options Claudia also gives a shout out to a bakery called T…
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I catch up with my mate Nahisha in Moonee Ponds, Melbourne. Nahisha’s favourite local café is Olivia Spring Café at 637 Mt Alexander Rd, Moonee Ponds, Vic. Highlights include: Vietnamese inspired food Everything is vegan Good breakfast and lunch options Family friendly Nahisha also gives a shout out to Strange Lovers Wine Bar at 577 Mt Alexander Rd…
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I catch up with my mate Tim in Northcote, Melbourne. Tim's favourite local cafe is South Crescent at 31a South Cres, Northcote VIC 3070. Highlights include: coffee shakshuka people bringing their doggos. Tim also gives a shout out to a local bar not far from South Crescent called Kelvin at 84 High St, Northcote VIC 3070. Highlights include: atmosph…
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This episode and the last one focus on Dr Evita March’s research in the area of cyber psychology. In this second part of our discussion, we consider how the dark tetrad of personality can help us understand cyber dating abuse. Along the way, we consider the role of attachment style and jealousy in intimate partner violence and coercive control onli…
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This episode and the next one focus on Dr Evita March’s research in the area of cyber psychology. In this first part of our discussion, we start by using mate selection as an example of evolutionary psychology. We then go on to see how the dark tetrad of personality can help us understand antisocial online behaviours like trolling. In the next epis…
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This episode focuses on Dr Will Dobud’s research in the area of outdoor and adventure therapies. We unpack the solution-focused therapeutic work he does on expeditions with young people experiencing poor mental health and/or substance use. Dr Will Dobud is a Lecturer in social work in the School of Social Work and Arts, Charles Sturt University. Wi…
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This episode focuses on Dr Erica McIntyres’ transdisciplinary research in the area of environmental psychology. We discuss the impact of environmental contaminants and urban design on human and planetary health and wellbeing. Dr Erica McIntyre is a Research Consultant in the Institute for Sustainable Futures and a Visiting Fellow in the School of P…
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In this episode, Dr Tanya Hanstock and I discuss key issues in mental health for children and young people, using bipolar disorder as an example. Tanya also offers practical tips for how to balance research and practice. Dr Tanya Hanstock is a Senior Lecturer with the School of Psychological Sciences, University of Newcastle, Australia. If you want…
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This episode focuses on Dr Nicole Sugden’s research using neuropsychological assessment tools and uses this work as the basis for a discussion of the importance of psychometric evaluation of assessment tools in general. In particular, we discuss Dr Sugden’s fascinating findings in the areas of premorbid functioning and prospective memory. Dr Nicole…
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This episode focuses on Dr Averil Cook’s work in the area of political psychology. We discuss examples of how to apply systemic therapeutic approaches with the intention of challenging mainstream assumptions in psychology and developing research and practice that is driven by social justice and cultural awareness. Dr Averil Cook is Director and ​Cl…
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This episode focuses on Dr Robyn Brunton’s research unpacking the connection between women’s adverse childhood experiences, such as various kinds of abuse, and subsequent pregnancy-related anxiety. Dr Robyn Brunton is a Lecturer with the School of Psychology, Charles Sturt University based in Bathurst, Australia. If you want to keep up to date with…
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This episode explores the intersection between physiotherapy and psychology with Ryan McGrath. Ryan describes his research unpacking encounters between physiotherapists and clients experiencing psychological distress. Ryan McGrath is a practicing physiotherapist and also a PhD candidate with the School of Community Health at Charles Sturt Universit…
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This episode explores mathematical models of how people make decisions with Dr Gabriel Tillman. Gabriel describes his research into why people are worse at driving when someone is talking to them, as well as the parts of speech sounds people use to understand what they are hearing. Dr Gabriel Tillman is a Lecturer in psychology at Federation Univer…
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This episode explores the education and training of future psychologists with Dr Elly Quinlan. Elly describes her research unpacking tolerance of uncertainty in psychologists working with complex clients or clients who might be at risk, as well as the potential for discomfort to lead psychologists to avoid asking clients about their sexual abuse hi…
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