Personal details

Associate Professor Trish Obst
Associate Professor
Faculty of Health,
School of Psychology & Counselling
IHBI Membership
Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
IHBI Health Projects,
IHBI Psych and Counc - HDHS
Discipline *
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Identifiers and profiles

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 (Non practicing)
  • Member –  Society for Australasian Social Psychologists

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


Associate Professor Patricia Obst has been an active researcher for almost 20 years and has over 60 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 an Associate Professor 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 Associate Professor Trish Obst.


Teaching interests

  • statistics
  • research methodology
  • social psychology
  • general psychology
  • cross-cultural and community psychology
  • Work Integrated Learning

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 Associate Professor Trish Obst.


Patricia has worked closely with a number of state government departments and community agencies as a part of her research and teaching. These include the Department of Communities, Qld Health, The Public Service Commission, Volunteering Qld, and Carers Qld. Patricia has partnered with Volunteering Qld to present forums to bring researchers and practitioners together to discuss volunteering issues. Patricia has close contacts with a number of community organisations,  through her research and work integrated learning activities.

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Trish Obst.


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)

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
Start year
Volunteer Motivations;Older Volunteers;Rural Sustainability;Productive Ageing;Rural Skills Shortages
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
Start year


Current supervisions

  • Perceptions and knowledge of obesity among Saudi women
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Margo Sendall
  • Biopsychosocial factors associated with stress exposure in University students
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Associate Professor Divya Mehta, Professor Ian Shochet
  • Development and validation of a nonverbal pictorial measure of the migrants' acculturation process
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Nigar Khawaja
  • Pathways to Power: Group Physical Activity and Well-being in Women Impacted by Domestic or Family Violence
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Jane Shakespeare-Finch

Completed supervisions (Doctorate)