ASBHM Peers Connect is a group that was developed through ASBHM, where the executive committee felt it was important to support, help and guide Early Career and Postgraduate contingent that are members of ASBHM.
Aims: The main aim of ASBHM Peers Connect is to promote research opportunities, mentoring and education for students and early career members, throughout Australasia, who have an interest in behavioural health and medicine, specifically by:
- Organising subsidised workshops on topics of interest at the ASBHM annual conference.
- Organising a free mentoring session with experienced researchers at the ASBHM annual conference.
- Organising a fun social activity at the ASBHM conference, which will give all ASBHM Peers Connect members an opportunity to meet others and identify common research interests.
- Notifying members of other workshops and events (outside of the ASBHM conference) that could be of value for their career development.
- Notifying members of job opportunities for early career researchers.
There are two ASBHM Peers Connect representatives on the ASBHM Executive Committee.
Australia: Chris Kilby New Zealand: Tamasin Taylor
If you are interested in becoming a member, please visit the membership join/renew page to join ASBHM, where you can also opt-in to join the ASBHM Peers Connect group. If you are already a current ASBHM member, you can still opt-in to join ASBHM Peers Connect by emailing Chris or Tamasin at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sources of information for students and early career members:
- CREATE (Collaborative Research and Training in the EHPS) is a subdivision of European Health Psychology Society: http://www.ehps.net/create
- American Psychological Association – Students: www.apa.org/students/
More about the ASBHM Peers Connect Representatives:
Mr Christopher Kilby
I am a current PhD student in the department of Psychology at Macquarie University, Sydney, under the supervision of A/Prof Kerry Sherman and A/Prof Viviana Wuthrich. Broadly, my research interests lie in understanding how our beliefs influence not only the way we perceive and interpret health and illness information, but also how we respond to that information. My PhD research builds on that of my Honours and Master of Research, revolving around understanding how our beliefs about stress influence the way we perceive and respond to stressful situations. My PhD has been the platform for me to develop and apply many new research skills to explore a budding area of research. I have been fortunate enough to be a part of the health psychology teaching staff at Macquarie University, serving as both a tutor and casual lecturer. I am also actively involved in tutoring statistics for the human sciences. Teaching has allowed me to not only consolidate my own knowledge, but to impart that knowledge onto the next generation – a truly rewarding experience. In addition, I have been part of a psycho-oncology research team based within the Westmead Breast Cancer Institute since 2014 in which I aid research projects as a research officer, and serve as a statistical consultant to other research teams within the institute. This role has not only allowed me to utilise my knowledge in applied research, but also to learn so much about health psychology, behavioral medicine, study design, and much more. More recently, I was provided the opportunity to join the International Society for Behavioral Medicine as their Executive Assistant, aiding with the running of meetings and managing the societies website. Being involved with such an active and passionate society has further strengthened my own passion for health psychology and behavioral medicine. I am now at the point of my academic career in which I am beginning to face the transition from student to post-doc, and all the adventures and lessons that will come with such a journey. I hope that I can use my own experience throughout not only this journey, but also my experience in teaching and research, as inspiration for ways that I might be able to contribute to both ASBHM Peers Connect and ASBHM.
Dr Tamasin Taylor
I graduated with a PhD in Health Psychology from the University of Auckland in 2015. I was fortunate to be offered a job as a research officer on a Muscular Dystrophy prevalence study at Auckland University of Technology (AUT). This meant that I could immediately put into practice the skills I had learned in managing a study during my student years. When this position ended I was picked up by another team at AUT to organise and run a Mindfulness study. This was another great opportunity to prove myself and learn from some excellent supervisors. I loved the team and research philosophy so much at AUT in terms of how they are extremely supportive and progressive. I am now in my first year (of three) of a Pacific post-doctoral fellowship that was awarded by the Health Research Council of New Zealand. This is investigating the high attrition rates in the bariatric surgery programme facing Pacific patients. It is a qualitative study which is different from my previous quantitative work and I have had to learn new skills. However, as an emerging researcher, I believe the focus of my early career period is to explore as many avenues as possible and to make connections both nationally and internationally and to learn as many new skills as I can.