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Dr Stuart Ekberg

Faculty of Health,
School - Psychology and Counselling,
Research - Psychology and Counselling

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Name
Dr Stuart Ekberg
Position(s)
Senior Research Fellow (DECRA)
Faculty of Health,
School - Psychology and Counselling,
Research - Psychology and Counselling
IHBI Membership
Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
IHBI Health Projects,
IHBI Psych and Counc - HDHS
Discipline *
Psychology
Phone
+61 7 3138 6567
Fax
+61 7 3138 0486
Email
Location
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Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology) (University of Adelaide), Graduate Certificate in Science & Technology Communication (University of Adelaide), Bachelor of Psychology with First Class Honours (University of Adelaide)

Keywords

Social interaction, Conversation analysis, Health communication, Social psychology

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

With support from the Australian Research Council through the Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) scheme, my research explores social interaction across diverse settings:

  • Clinical interactions (psychotherapy, paediatric palliative care, paediatric speech-language pathology, community aged care)
  • Online interactions (videoconferencing, text-based ‘chat rooms’)
  • Mundane interactions (i.e. everyday conversations between family members and friends)
  • Educational interactions (e.g. in preschools)

Most of my research is within a field known as Conversation Analysis (CA), which analyses naturally occurring (‘real world’) social interactions. This allows for fascinating – and sometimes very surprising – insights into the way we interact with each other.

This information has been contributed by Dr Stuart Ekberg.

Teaching

The majority of my teaching focuses on research methods that are often labelled ‘qualitative’. This includes lectures offered within:

  • PYB110 Psychological Research Methods
  • PYB210 Research Design and Data Analysis
  • PYB350 Advanced Statistical Analysis
  • PYH401 Advanced Research Methods
  • HLN405 Qualitative Research
This information has been contributed by Dr Stuart Ekberg.

Experience

By working with recordings of real-world social interactions, my research is easily applied to ensure real-world impact. My experience of real-world engagement includes:

  • Development of an eLearning module to support effective communication with families of children with life-limiting conditions (developed for the Quality of Care Collaborative for Australia in Paediatric Palliative Care, funded by the Australian Government Department of Health).
  • Development and nationwide dissemination of a question prompt list that can be used by families of children with life-limiting conditions to enhance their consultations with healthcare professionals (funded by Gilead Sciences Europe Ltd.).
This information has been contributed by Dr Stuart Ekberg.

Publications

For publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Awards

Awards and recognition

Type
Recipient of a Nationally Competitive Research Fellowship
Reference year
2016
Details
Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (Reference: DE170100026)
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2017
Details
Competitively-awarded funding to support dissemination of research investigating communication in paediatric palliative care.
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2014
Details
Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Title
Extraordinary Yet Mundane Talk: Children Navigating Palliative Care
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DP180101941
Start year
2018
Keywords
Title
Talking about Troubles: A Comparison of Everyday and Therapeutic Talk
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DE170100026
Start year
2017
Keywords

Supervision

  • I am available to discuss supervision of student research projects that fall within my broad areas of expertise, particularly projects using conversation analytic methods to study social interactions in everyday, clinical, and educational settings.

Current supervisions

  • The Interactional Organisation of Telephone-Based Paediatric Palliative Care
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Susan Danby
  • Body image and social-emotional functioning of young adults with neurofibromatosis type 1
    MPhil, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Areana Eivers, Dr Melanie White
  • Integrated Palliative Care for Cancer Patients in Indonesia
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Associate Professor Carol Windsor
  • An investigation of maternal beliefs and maternal interactive style and their effects on language acquisition in preterm and typically developing children in Iran
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Areana Eivers, Dr Ameneh Shahaeian
  • The preparedness of novice cancer nurses in delivering end-of-life care in the acute oncology hospital setting
    Masters by Research, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Patsy Yates, Professor Ray Chan