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Dr Trish Obst

Faculty of Health,
School - Psychology and Counselling

Personal

Name
Dr Trish Obst
Position(s)
Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Health,
School - 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 4931
Fax
+61 7 3138 0486
Email
Location
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Identifiers and profiles
ORCID iD
Qualifications

Phd (Queensland University of Technology), Bachelor (Honours) (Queensland University of Technology), Bachelor of Social Science (Queensland University of Technology)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • Senior Fellow UK Higher Education Academy
  • MAPS (Member Australian Psychological Society)
  • General Registration AHPRA – Psychology Board of Australia
  • Member -  Society for Australasian Social Psychologists
Keywords

Psychological Sense of Community, Applied Psychology, Belonging and Connectivity, Social Support, Volunteering, Social Identity, Well-Being, Behaviour Change, Older Drivers, Alcohol Use

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

Biography

Dr Patricia Obst has been an active researcher for almost 20 years and has over 50 publications in a variety of areas including:

  • volunteering
  • aging
  • wellbeing
  • sense of community
  • contectedness and social support
  • alcohol use in specific populations
  • community engagement

Patricia completed a PhD by publication in the area of Community Psychology at QUT in 2005. Patricia is currently a Senior Lecturer with the School of Psychology and Counselling at QUT and is the Course Coordinator of the Honours Program. Her research activities have focused on the influence of social connectivity factors such as identification, sense of community and availability of social support on well being. She has also examined the dimensionality and valid measurement of these important constructs. Patricia has worked with a variety of groups and communities:

  • neighbourhoods
  • church groups
  • students
  • internet-based interest and support groups
  • carers

During her time as a postdoctoral fellow at CARRS-Q, she also developed her research interests into the development of educational material to change behaviour in a number of areas including:

  • women’s drinking behaviour
  • road safety issues pertinent to ‘grey nomads’: those older Australians spending extensive periods of time touring the country.

Patricia also was a successful recipient of an ARC linkage grant examined motivations of retired professional’s to undertake episodic volunteering in rural areas. Research interests

  • sense of community
  • social support
  • social identity theory
  • applied social psychology
  • behaviour change models
  • women and alcohol
  • volunteerism.

Research grants: ARC Linkage.Industry partner, Qld Department of Communitie (2009-2013).

  • ‘Responding to the rural skills crisis: Modelling volunteer motivations and incentives to attract retired/semi-retired professionals to volunteer in rural areas’  Dr Patricia Obst, Dr Katy White, Aspro Jenifer Warburton (la Trobe) and Dr Nancy Spencer.

 

For Full Details Please see Patricia’s Curriculum Vitae

This information has been contributed by Dr Trish Obst.

Teaching

Teaching interests

  • statistics
  • research methodology
  • social psychology
  • general psychology
  • cross-cultural and community psychology.

Patricia is a Senior Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy and the Course Coordinator of the School of Psychology and Counselling Honours Program.

This information has been contributed by Dr Trish Obst.

Experience

Patricia has worked closely with a number of state government departments and services as a part of her research. These include the Department of Communities, The Public Service Commission and Volunteering Qld. Patricia has partnered with Volunteering Qld to present forums to bring researchers and practitioners together to discuss volunteering issues. Patricia also has close contacts with a number of community organisations, such as Karuna Hospice Service, both through her research and in an advisory capacity.

This information has been contributed by Dr Trish Obst.

Publications


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

Research projects

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

Title
Responding to the Rural Skills Crisis: Modelling Volunteer Motivations and Incentives to Attract Retired/semi-retired Professionals to Volunteer in Rural Areas
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP0990304
Start year
2009
Keywords
Volunteer Motivations; Older Volunteers; Rural Sustainability; Productive Ageing; Rural Skills Shortages;
Title
Developing Female Specific Intervention Strategies to Reduce the Alarming Levels of Risky Alcohol Consumption by Young Women
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
G1661/D2170
Start year
2010
Keywords
Alcohol; Culture; Women

Supervision