SASP2019 Postgraduate Workshops


THURSDAY 09:00 – 10:20


Professor Kerry Kawakami (SASP2019’s Keynote Speaker) will be speaking about the publication process and forging collaborations with other researchers in the Tyree room on Thursday at 9am. Kerry is the current editor of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (JPSP): Interpersonal Relations and Group Processes, and she has also worked on the editorial board of numerous other psychology journals. Her research has been supported by grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the Canadian Foundation for Innovation Fund (CFI), and the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). She is the recipient of the Premiers Research Excellence Award and has twice been awarded the Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Prize (2000 and 2018) from Division 9 of the American Psychological Association.

— Morning Tea will be served in the Scientia Foyer from 10:20 – 10:40. Registration for the main conference will be available during this time. —


THURSDAY 10:40 – 12:00


Join your fellow postgraduates in the Tyree room at 10:40am on Thursday for an interactive Q&A session about careers in psychology and research outside of academia. Our panel will be attended by Dr Dominic Lees, Dr Alexander “Zan” Saeri, and Dr Megan Weier. You are invited to submit your questions here:

Dr Dominic Lees currently works as a trainee biostatistician with NSW Health. He completed a Bachelor of Psychology with Honours at the University of Western Sydney in 2010, followed by a PhD in Psychology at UWS in 2016. Dominic then completed a Master’s degree in Biostatistics at the University of Sydney. Dominic also has experience working inside academia, as a course coordinator at UWS, and outside academia as a Research and Evaluation Officer at the Cancer Institute NSW as well as in his current role with NSW Health.

Dr Alexander “Zan” Saeri is a Research Fellow at BehaviourWorks Australia (BWA), the largest applied behaviour change research unit in Australia. Zan completed a Bachelor of Psychological Science with Honours at the University of Queensland in 2010, followed by his PhD at UQ in 2015.  He has worked in a wide range of teaching and research roles, including as a unit coordinator, lecturer, researcher, and supervisor, and has been with BWA since 2018.

Dr Megan Weier is a Research Associate at the Centre for Social Impact at the University of New South Wales. In 2011, Megan completed a Bachelor of Psychological Science with Honours at the University of Queensland, then completed her PhD in 2016. Now, her role involves identifying and applying statistical analysis to measures of impact, and interpreting and applying these findings to broader cultural and social contexts.