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No joke – male humour helps groups reach goals - 22 October 2021
Researchers have found robust humour has a role in helping men in support groups achieve their goals – but it has to be used carefully. James Dimmock is a Professor of Health Psychology at James Cook University. He was part of an international team – led by The University of Western Australia’s Dr Timothy Budden – that questioned men involved in a weight loss support group on the role of humour in their progress. >>more

The hidden social cost of wearing face masks - 18 October 2021
Senior Lecturer of Psychology at JCU Singapore, Dr Chan Kai Qin, explores how face masks inhibit social interactions by pondering what the Mona Lisa would look like during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Mona Lisa — arguably the most famous painting in the world — involved a combination of art, science, optics, and more for Leonardo da Vinci to create her iconic smile. Mona Lisa’s smile incorporates the science of how our eyes process detail and perceptions, resulting in an elusive smile rich with inner emotion.  >>more

Online book helps explain devastating dementia condition - 23 September 2021
A unique variant of dementia that affected the late comedian Robin Williams will be highlighted in a new interactive teaching resource produced by James Cook University, with contributions by College of Healthcare Sciences researchers Dr Michael Inskip, A/Prof David Lindsay and Marie Bodak . “A long goodbye: Ed and Mary’s Journey with Lewy body dementia” is centred around the touching journal of a husband, Ed, documenting his wife Mary’s rapid mental and physical decline after being diagnosed with Lewy body dementia (LBD). >>more

Music trumps video during lockdown - 22 September 2021
New research shows people who listen to music during lockdown are happier than those who depend on their screens for distraction. James Cook University psychology lecturer Dr Amanda Krause, along with colleagues from Central Queensland University and the  University of Western Australia, surveyed people about their media habits before and during pandemic lockdowns.  >>more

2021 News Archive

The complex nexus of life, beliefs and disease: how we achieve true balance - 27 August 2021
Congratulations to JCU Nursing & Midwifery Senior Lecturer, Vanessa Sparke, for taking out the College of Healthcare Sciences 3-Minute-Thesis competition. Vanessa will now be put forward as a finalist in the JCU 3MT competition.  >>more

Chilled vibes ease work stress - 27 August 2021
A James Cook University researcher has found many people use music to help deal with work and social stress – but less often to cope with life’s other unpleasantries. JCU psychology lecturer Dr Amanda Krause, along with colleagues from JCU, Curtin University and Edith Cowan University, surveyed more than 550 people in Australia, Malaysia and the USA about their use of music as a coping mechanism.  >>more

Dark tourism can lead to dark places - 26 August 2021
A James Cook University researcher has been studying ‘dark tourism’ – the phenomenon in which tourists visit sites of death and disaster – and is warning of its psychological dangers. Travel medicine specialist Dr Irmgard Bauer, from JCU’s College of Healthcare Sciences, said the term dark tourism covered a range of destinations of varying danger and horror, from historic dungeons and prisons to old and current battlegrounds, to sites of the Inquisition, Holocaust or Rwandan genocide.  >>more

Healing voices on the radio - Studying senior adults' radio use -  25 August 2021
Does listening to the radio make you happier and healthier? JCU Psychology lecturer Dr Amanda Krause researches the benefits of listening to the radio especially for older adults.  >>more

A dog's life - they're not all equal - 18 August 2021
New research from James Cook University has found people support the use of assistance dogs – such as those used by visually and hearing-impaired people – and believe the dogs are happy serving humans. JCU psychology lecturer Dr Jessica Oliva said public perceptions of working animal welfare are highly influential, as human attitudes can influence industry regulations and standards – as seen in greyhound and horse racing, live animal exports, and sheep and dairy farming - as well as the lives of the owners and their dogs. >>more

Brain structure differences unlikely to be a major source of sex differences in behaviour - 3 August 2021
New research suggests brain structure differences in men and women aren’t strongly linked to behavioural differences.  James Cook University psychology lecturer Dr Liza van Eijk was the lead author of the study, in collaboration with A/Prof Brendan Zietsch and A/Prof Margie Wright at the University of Queensland, among others.  >>more

Eating disorders: Discovering how it impacts our bodies and mental health - 19 July 2021
JCU in Singapore tackles eating disorders in its Master of Psychology (Clinical), as Dr Alla Demutska shares insights on the important issue.  >>more

Music listening habits give insight into human nature - 8 July 2021
New research has shown how important music is in people’s lives – and how it leads them to be their own personal DJs. JCU psychology lecturer Dr Amanda Krause conducted a study on people’s relationship to music with Dr Solange Glasser and Dr Margaret Osborne from the University of Melbourne.  >>more

New study shows dogs may be more beneficial than cats for mental health - 7NEWS - 7 July 2021
It's no surprise owning a pet can help improve mental health, but a new study by JCU Psychology lecturer Dr Jessica Oliva shows dogs may be more beneficial than cats. A survey of 400 Australians during lockdown found dogs chased away loneliness and encouraged their owners to be active. >>more

Dogs vs cats in lockdown - 7 July 2021
New research reveals there are differences in how dogs and cats help people deal with the loneliness of COVID lockdowns. Dr Jessica Oliva is a lecturer in psychology at James Cook University. She led a study that surveyed nearly four hundred people living alone in lockdown, with or without a dog or cat.  >>more

Congratulations to Tim McNabb on receiving a SERTA Grant Fellowship at TUH - 26 June 2021
Congratulations to Tim McNabb, and his HDR Supervisors Dr Kristin Wicking and Assistant Dean Trina Myers on receiving a Study Education Research Trust Account (SERTA) Grant Fellowship at the Townsville University Hospital.  The one-year fellowship allows time to complete Tim’s PhD in his multi-disciplinary field of research combining Healthcare Sciences, Computer Science and Architecture.  >>more

‘Be a sponge’: Tips to nail clinical placement - 24 June 2021
Registered nurse, Dr Tanya Langtree is a lecturer in Nursing and Midwifery at James Cook University, and Academic Lead: Practice Integration, providing on the ground support for students undertaking clinical placement in the Townsville region. Clinical placements give undergraduate nursing and midwifery students the opportunity to transfer theory into practice and consolidate their knowledge and skills. >>more

Congratulations to Dr Leesa Grier, recipient of the Dean's Awards for Excellence 2021 -  21 June 2021
Dr Grier Pearce studied the performance characteristics of Queensland Rugby League players within the talent development pathway. Significant differences were identified between the combined Under-18/Under-20 players, and those in the open-age level. Queensland Rugby League will use this evidence to support their talent development pathway and enhance young athlete transition.  >>more

New fathers: Under pressure and overlooked - 18 June 2021
JCU Psychology PhD candidate Dr Jasleen Chhabra has dedicated her research degree bringing light to an under-researched area of parenthood – the mental health of new fathers. Her findings highlight the unique challenges new fathers face, and how the right support can give their new family the best possible start.  >>more

More focus needed on female travellers’ needs - 17 June 2021
A James Cook University researcher has called for travel medicine organisations to focus more on the needs of women, who face a particular range of challenges when they travel. Travel medicine specialist Dr Irmgard Bauer is from JCU’s College of Healthcare Sciences. She said half of all travellers are women, but there is a distinct lack of detailed travel health knowledge on topics of unique relevance to women.  >>more

Is Autism linked to a more 'male' brain? - 16 June 2021
Researchers have been investigating an intriguing theory that links autism to having an ‘extreme male brain’ – but have found it is not that simple. James Cook University Psychology researcher Dr Liza van Eijk conducted the study, in collaboration with Associate Professor Brendan Zietsch at The University of Queensland. Dr van Eijk said autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is four times more common in males than females and has been linked to male-typical behaviour.  >>more

How the coronavirus pandemic impacts irritable bowel syndrome - 2 June 2021
New research studies the impact of COVID‐19 on respondents with self‐reported irritable bowel syndrome.  Dr Alla Demutska, Lecturer in Clinical Psychology at James Cook University in Singapore, collaborated with a team to investigate the impact of COVID-19 on the seriousness of symptoms in patients with IBS and on development of new IBS cases.  >>more

Tech can help with lockdown blues - 2 June 2021
JCU Psychology researchers, Professor James Dimmock and Dr Amanda Krause, have found technology such as video conferencing is effective in helping people cope psychologically with COVID-19 restrictions, but face-to-face meetings also have an important part to play.  >>more

Social Psychological and Cultural Factors in Maintaining Mental Health in the Time of the COVID-19 - 26 May 2021
Invited by the 14th AASP Biennial Conference, co-organized by the Asian Association of Social Psychology (AASP) and the Korean Social and Personality Psychological Association (KSPPA), JCU Psychology's AMHRG team present a featured symposium entitled “Social Psychological and Cultural Factors in Maintaining Mental Health in the Time of the COVID-19”. >>more

Why do we feel less lonely in loud environments? - 25 May 2021
New JCU Psychology research conducted by Dr Adam Wang explores how louder sounds make people feel closer and more connected to others, while quietness evokes a sense of loneliness.  >>more

Busting the Florence Nightingale myth - 25 May 2021
Contrary to popular belief, the fundamentals of professional nursing did not start with Florence Nightingale and its history is older than many realise, according to research from Dr Tanya Langtree, JCU Nursing and Midwifery Lecturer.  >>more

Nurses leading beyond times of crisis - 12 May 2021
Nurses have always played a vital role in our health systems. The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the importance of that role to our global societies. While the media heralds our nurses as heroes and angels for the work they have performed during the epidemic, JCU Academic Head of Nursing and Midwifery, Professor Caryn West, tells us why nurses are much more than we may think.  >>more

Investing in our midwives - 5 May 2021
Midwives play an incredibly important role in our societies, communities, and families. To our mothers and infants, the care and education that midwives bring is invaluable. JCU’s Head of Midwifery, Dr Marie McAuliffe, gives us insight into the difference that midwives make to the health of mothers and infants and how investing in the midwife can lead to healthier futures for our current and future generations.  >>more

Exploring the inner mind from the outer world - 4 May 2021
As an alumni, researcher, and lecturer in the discipline, Dr Hollie Baxter is an expert on what JCU Psychology is all about. From the importance of critical thinking to the interconnection of social theories and experiences, Hollie gives us a look into what it’s like to explore the inner mind from the outer world.  >>more

How to train your diet - 16 April 2021
Do you find it difficult to develop healthy eating habits? Is regular exercise hard for you to maintain? Many people face these struggles, but discoveries in health and psychological research may hold the answer to your fitness breakthrough. A PhD student at the University of Western Australia (UWA), under the supervision of JCU Psychology's Professor James Dimmock, sought to tackle this problem by answering a key question: can different exercises help us choose healthier foods?  >>more

Why can't I stop thinking about my ex? - 14 April 2021
When trying to stop thinking about an ex, individuals often engage in thought suppression. JCU Psychology researcher, Dr Adam Wang, explains that unfortunately, research has shown that thought suppression is often futile and can often make people ironically more preoccupied with the thought.  >>more

Everyday life during the COVID19 pandemic - 6 April 2021
This research project concerned how COVID-19 preparations (e.g., social distancing, quarantine) impact the everyday lives and well-being of adult students. The study was conducted by JCU Psychology's Dr Amanda Krause and Professor James Dimmock. A second phase of the research is currently being conducted by Psychology students as part of their 4th year course requirements at James Cook University.  >>more

How boredom affects bedtime procrastination and sleep quality - 3 April 2021
New research suggests that the inability to be mindfully attentive to the present plays a role in compromised sleep quality. “Bedtime procrastination is a relatively young area of study. It has started receiving the attention of psychology researchers, including myself, as it is an issue that bothers many people especially young adults,” said study author Dr Ai Ni Teoh, Senior Lecturer in Psychology at James Cook University Singapore.  >>more

Which cyclone prepper are you? - 11 March 2021
A JCU Psychology PhD student wants to use artificial intelligence to improve the way authorities communicate with people about disasters. Elizabeth Forest is investigating ways to simplify the process of grouping people according to their disaster preparation behaviour and beliefs, so that communications can be better targeted.  >>more

Sacking a football coach can yield short-term results - 8 March 2021
In what will be music to the ears of Cowboys supporters, research from JCU Sport and Exercise Science academic, Associate Professor Anthony Leicht, claims sacking the coach can produce a turnaround in results for a struggling football team – for a short time anyway.   >>more

International Women's Day 2021 - 8 March 2021
On 8 March, the world celebrates women for all that they are and all that they do. This year’s theme, #WomenLead, emphasises the diverse leadership positions of women across the globe. Discover the stories of seven researchers, including JCU Nursing and Midwifery Senior Lecturer, Dr Ylona Chun Tie, that showcase the difference that women lead research makes to communities on social, environmental and economic levels.  >>more

'Sack the manager' call supported by science - 26 February 2021
Firing the manager or coach when things go wrong is a common tactic for soccer teams looking to improve, and new research from James Cook University shows it works – for a while. Associate Professor Anthony Leicht from JCU’s Sport and Exercise Science said the aim of the study was to compare a team’s performance under the new and old coaches, and investigate the impact of a coaching change on a team’s performance, considering factors such as coach experience and team budget.  >>more

Slow lies: sincerity is in the timing - 17 February 2021 
When you ask someone a question, do you believe them more or less if they took a few seconds before replying? New research shows how we perceive someone’s sincerity – or insincerity – is influenced by response time. Study co-author Dr Adam Wang, Senior Lecturer in Psychology from James Cook University Singapore said people form impressions of others based on how many seconds it takes them to respond to a question.  >>more

How do top cricketers stay mentally sharp? - 31 January 2021
Tens of thousands of fans watching on. The weight of a country's hopes on your shoulders. And a leather ball speeding towards you at 140 kilometres per hour. Dr Jonathon Connor, Lecturer, JCU Sport and Exercise Science, tells us how cricket's top batsmen keep it together, mentally, under the weight of all this pressure.  >>more

Deep diving into mental health - 4 January 2021
James Cook University has been grooming a generation of psychologists to battle growing mental health issues in Singapore and the region. “There is no substitute for being taught by someone conducting cutting-edge research and pushing the boundaries of knowledge in that particular field,” says Dr Jonathan Ramsay, Associate Professor of Psychology at JCU’s Singapore campus.

2020 Award for Excellence - Leadership category - 2 January 2021
Congratulations to the JCU Nursing and Midwifery team, recipients of the 2020 Award for Excellence in the Leadership category, for their response to COVID-19.  Team members: Prof Melanie Birks, Dr Helena Harrison, Dr Tanya Langtree, Prof Caryn West, Vanessa Sparke, Dr Ylona Chun Tie, Dr Maude Chapman. >>more

2020 News Archive

Resilience in the face of disaster - 10 December 2020
Drawing upon her knowledge of disaster management, Professor Caryn West, Dean of Research, JCU Singapore, shared about the nature of various natural and man-made disasters, learning from lessons of past disasters, and much more.  >>more

Elite sport experience for JCU students - 7 December 2020
Fourteen James Cook University students have been getting the ultimate real-world experience working with elite basketballers as part of the JCU Recovery Hub established for the 2020 Chemist Warehouse WNBL season. The students from Sport and Exercise Science and Physiotherapy have been providing recovery massages, compression units and self-massaging resources for teams and referees competing in Townsville throughout the entire six weeks of the 2020 WNBL season. JCU Sport & Exercise Science's Associate Professor Anthony Leicht said the hub has been an amazing experience for the students.  >>more

Victoria's hotel quarantine overhaul is a step in the right direction, but issues remain - 4 December 2020
"From an infection prevention and control standpoint, the new system definitely has some improvements. But there are still issues yet to be resolved, and some unknowns that haven’t been made clear to the public." Vanessa Sparke from JCU Nursing and Midwifery discusses Victoria's new quarantine measures.  >>more

How to prepare for the next pandemic - 1 December 2020
JCU Singapore Psychology academics, Dr Denise Dillon and Dr Jonathan Ramsay, contribute to a book on pandemic preparedness for practitioners and policymakers. In a shockingly short span of time, the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the globe and introduced an unprecedented new way of life – as countries close their borders and implement strict quarantine orders to mitigate transmission of the virus.   >>more

Giving kids communication confidence - 22 November 2020
Communication is a key part of life. Teaching kids how to communicate effectively can support them to not only express themselves but to positively impact the world. JCU Speech Pathology Lecturer, Jacqueline Lim, explains how to give kids the confidence to communicate.  >>more

Mummy buddies beat baby blues - 19 November 2020
James Cook University researchers have trialled a new program in which experienced mothers mentor new mums – and have found it is an effective and economical way to avoid the pitfalls some new mothers face. JCU Psychology’s Professor James Dimmock said while motherhood is a joyous time, it can be stressful and the availability of professional postpartum support for mothers is often limited.  >>more

International nurses struggling to fit in -  12 November 2020 
Adjusting to life Down Under is not easy for everyone, as JCU Nursing and Midwifery's Dr Ylona Chun Tie discovered while doing her PhD on international nurses who are working in Australia. Dr Chun Tie has dedicated her PhD thesis to understanding how local and international nurses can work together to provide safe and appropriate health care.  >>more

Cultivating a deeper understanding of traumatic brain injury - 11 November 2020 
Professor Nigel V. Marsh, Professor of Clinical Psychology and Director of Professional Programs at James Cook University in Singapore, shared in his Professorial Lecture about his research and observations of patients who have suffered traumatic brain injury, noting that “For me, and for other rehabilitation professionals like me, it’s important that we work in these areas because we want to alleviate the suffering.”   >>more

Women's refs have it tough - 3 November 2020
James Cook University researchers have new data suggesting referees of women’s basketball have a harder time than when they officiate the men’s game. Associate Professor Anthony Leicht from JCU’s Sport and Exercise Science led a study that monitored referees of 25 basketball matches in the Queensland State League with microsensors to measure their physical output.  >>more

Want to improve your wellbeing? Give nature a chance - 20 October 2020
Being immersed in nature is a great way to improve your mood, and new research from James Cook University shows you don’t need to join an organised program to see the benefits. Bachelor of Psychological Science Honours graduate, Pei Yi Lim and Dr Denise Dillon compared the psychological and physiological benefits of guided and unguided nature immersion activities, such as going for a walk in a park, and found no difference in participants’ moods, heart rate, or feeling of being connected to nature between the two experiences.  >>more

Traumatic brain injury: Prediction of survival and patterns of recovery - 15 October 2020
In industrialised countries, traumatic brain injury is the most common cause of disability for young adults. JCU Psychology Professor Nigel V. Marsh shares his insights on the prediction of survival and patterns of recovery following significant traumatic brain injury – including the long term pattern of improvement in cognitive functioning over the first five years following injury, psychosocial outcome for the survivors, and the needs of family members who provide the majority of the long term care for survivors.  >>more

Drop the mic: could karaoke be bad for you? - 13 October 2020
Dr Christopher Plant, Lecturer of Speech Pathology at JCU is investigating if people who participate in karaoke notice changes to their voices, which could lead to long-term damage.  >>more

The eyes have it - 9 October 2020
In order to accurately estimate a stranger’s age, it helps to see their eyes, according to research from James Cook University. JCU Psychology Senior Lecturer, Dr Craig Thorley said accurately estimating age can be important for legal or public safety reasons.  “Accurately estimating age can be important for situations such as police investigations, where witnesses are asked to describe an offender and estimate their age,” he said. Dr Thorley said there are a number of cues people use to estimate a stranger’s age, whether consciously or unconsciously.  >>more

Exercise enjoyment linked to addiction recovery - 1 October 2020
Scientists have found exercise that is enjoyable helps steer young drug and alcohol abusers away from their addictions. The research was conducted by researchers from James Cook University, The University of Western Australia, Central Queensland University, Kids Rehab WA, and the Drug and Alcohol Youth Service - Mental Health Commission, in Perth. Professor of health psychology at JCU, James Dimmock, said drug and alcohol addictions are one of the most common health challenges experienced by people in the 15-24 age range.  >>more

Karaoke could be bad for your health - 9 September 2020
JCU Speech Pathology researcher, Dr Christopher Plant, is investigating what many people, who've had to listen to karaoke, already know - It could be bad for your health. They're looking for survey participates, to see how much damage it can cause to your vocal chords.  >>more

Someone call the midwife - 9 September 2020
Few people are fortunate enough to find what they are born to do. For JCU Nursing and Midwifery’s Dr Marie McAuliffe, supporting women before, during and after giving birth is her calling. Now she’s guiding future midwives to develop their skills and passion for the profession.  >>more

Loving outside the lines, Singapore’s interracial couples break down racism and division - 9 September 2020  
Open-minded individuals tell us how they deal with racism in multicultural Singapore. Dr Peter Chew, Senior Lecturer in Psychology at JCU Singapore, notes that couples may be treated differently in public; but communication offers opportunities to potentially dispel negative racial stereotypes. >>more

Is karaoke bad for you? - 9 September 2020
We know that karaoke can be hard on the ears, but could karaoke also be bad for your voice? A James Cook University researcher wants to learn more about what karaoke does to our vocal cords.  JCU Speech Pathology's Dr Christopher Plant is investigating if people who participate in karaoke notice changes to their voices, which could lead to long-term damage.  >>more

Cyclone preparations hinge on cost and effectiveness - 3 September 2020
Researchers have found north Queenslanders are more likely to prepare for a cyclone if they think their planning will make a difference, and it doesn’t cost too much money.  And older people who’ve previously experienced cyclones are better at making preparations. James Cook University Psychology PhD candidate Mitchell Scovell led a study that quizzed more than 350 people in north Queensland on their attitudes towards preparing for a cyclone.  >>more

Nurse, I'm being pecked on - 28 August 2020  
Congratulations to JCU Nursing & Midwifery Senior Lecturer, Peter Hartin on winning the JCU College of Healthcare Sciences Three Minute Thesis (3MT) 2020 competition with his entry "Nurse, I'm Being Pecked On". Peter will go on to represent the College at the JCU 3MT finals on Wed 9 Sept.  >>more

Exercise therapy for Parkinson's disease - 26 August 2020
Researchers at James Cook University and La Trobe University are working on making life better for people with Parkinson’s disease by developing a new exercise program. Moira Smith, Physiotherapy Lecturer at JCU, said Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological condition affecting the ability to control movement.  >>more

How do you prepare for a disaster? - 25 August 2020  
A JCU researcher wants to understand what motivates people to prepare for disasters, with the aim of improving public warning campaigns.  JCU Psychology Honours student Benjamin Rath is investigating how people physically and psychologically prepare for extreme weather events, such as cyclones.  >>more

A unified call to action from Australian Nursing and Midwifery leaders: ensuring that Black Lives Matter - 21 August 2020
Over 100 nursing and midwifery leaders are calling for reform in nursing and midwifery education and the dismantling of systems of oppression of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in the Australian healthcare system. The call is led by registered nurse and midwife Dr Lynore Geia, a proud Bwgcolman woman, and Academic Lead – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, in the College of Healthcare Sciences at James Cook University.  >>more

Football league targeting men's weight loss starts in Townsville - 18 August 2020
A football league that rewards players with bonus goals for weight loss launches in Townsville tonight. MAN v FAT Soccer has been running in Western Australia for two years and is open to men with a BMI of 27.5 or higher. Queensland co-ordinator, JCU Psychology's Professor James Dimmock said last year’s 400 participants lost a collective total of 3000kgs and reported improved mental health outcomes as well as weight loss.  >>more

Virtual reality distracts kids from pain - 12 August 2020  
Researchers believe Virtual Reality (VR) headsets may help reduce children’s anxiety and their experience of pain when they undergo injections in an emergency department (ED). JCU Nursing and Midwifery’s Professor Cate Nagle was one of a team of scientists who examined the emerging technology. They analysed four studies on the use of VR on patients 4 – 17 years old who were admitted to an ED for minor procedures.  >>more

Mental Health in the COVID-19 Pandemic - 7 August 2020  
Invited by the Department of Mental Health, Ministry of Public Health, Thailand as a featured speaker, JCU Psychology Associate Professor Wendy Li delivered two presentations at the 19th Annual International Mental Health Conference entitled “Mental Health in the COVID-19 Pandemic”.  >>more

Howzat! We can all learn from elite batsmen, and not just about cricket - 22 July 2020
While many people may enjoy a game of backyard cricket, only a few go on to become elite professional batsmen in Australia. To find out what gives elite cricketers the edge, JCU Sport and Exercise Science Lecturer, Dr Jonathan Connor, and a team of researchers interviewed eight expert high-performance international or state-level coaches, who themselves were batsmen at those levels.  >>more

How much exercise do we need? - 21 July 2020
‘Exercise is good for you’ – we hear this every day, but it is still difficult for many of us to turn well-intentioned advice into burnt calories. JCU Sport & Exercise Science Lecturer, Lisa Simmons is an expert in helping people improve their physical and mental health through exercise.  >>more

Porn is not a sexist trigger for most - 17 July 2020  
James Cook University researchers have found that pornography use is not associated with sexism among heterosexual men.  JCU Psychology Lecturer Dr Dan Miller led a study that surveyed more than 300 heterosexual men on their pornography use and attitudes towards women.  >>more

Post-workout binge a mind game - 10 July 2020  
New research suggests how and what people think about their workout can have a big impact on how well they eat afterwards. Professor James Dimmock from JCU Psychology was part of a research team that analysed scientific papers dealing with what people ate after various types of exercise and with different forms of motivation.  >>more

Howzat? Mental routines define top batsmen - 9 July 2020  
A James Cook University study has revealed the mental approach that gives great cricketers their edge – and it may well apply to other areas of expertise too. JCU Sport and Exercise Science Lecturer, Dr Jonathan Connor and a team of researchers interviewed eight elite batsmen who went on to become top coaches. The researchers asked the group for their insights into the secrets of high performance and then methodically coded their responses.  >>more

Racism in Singapore: Examining how racial discrimination impacts hiring decisions - 3 July 2020
A study conducted by James Cook University provides a potential explanation to the economic disparities between races in Singapore.  A study published in 2019 – led by Dr Peter Chew, Senior Lecturer in Psychology at James Cook University in Singapore – looked at the effects of race on hiring decisions in a simulated hiring decision task.  >>more

Baby blues hit men too - 25 June 2020  
A James Cook University study has found men have some unique risk factors for depression around the time a baby is born. Medical doctor and PhD Psychology candidate at JCU Dr Jasleen Chhabra said the phenomenon of paternal perinatal (from the first trimester of pregnancy to a year after the birth of a baby) depression is an under-researched phenomenon.  >>more

Antenatal screening unplugged - 23 June 2020
Join us as our experts - including featured panellist Professor Cate Nagle, Professor of Nursing and Midwifery, James Cook University - discuss the field of antenatal screening.  We’ll take a deep dive into the options available, and how best to manage patients through their decision making process around genetic and other pregnancy screening. >>more

Mystic drink investigated - 18 June 2020
A James Cook University researcher has revealed the truth behind the myth of the fabled green drink absinthe and explored the danger of the rising popularity of ‘absinthe trails’. Travel medicine specialist Dr Irmgard Bauer from JCU’s College of Healthcare Sciences said absinthe - consisting of wormwood, sweet fennel, aniseed, various herbs and high amounts of alcohol - has a long and chequered past.  >>more

Never too young to start: Free book for kids to stay safe and smiling amid COVID-19 - 15 June 2020  
Professor Caryn West, Dean of Research at James Cook University in Singapore, has provided consultation on COPE COVID-19 Stay Safe and Smiling. The book is available online for free, and is sponsored and supported by UNICEF (The United Nations Children's Fund). What’s more, it is the latest instalment in the COPE Disaster Series books for children, written by Martha Keswick and illustrated by Mariko Jesse.  >>more

The psychology of religion - 10 June 2020
Hear how James Cook University Singapore Psychology Researcher, Dr Jonathan Ramsay explores the psychology of religion and the relationships between personality, attitudes, and well being.  >>more

Older people may be more at risk from gaming addiction - 22 May 2020
A researcher from James Cook University has found teens and young adults are more at risk from computer gaming addiction than children. Dr Peter Chew is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at JCU. He was part of a team that looked at studies of Internet and gaming addictions in Southeast Asia. He said the World Health Organisation (WHO) has formally recognised Gaming Disorder as a mental health condition.  >>more

Jurors easily led astray - 20 May 2020
A James Cook University study has shown jurors can potentially be swayed by small amounts of misinformation presented during trials. Dr Craig Thorley, a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at JCU, said the study involved 124 volunteer jurors watching a video of a murder trial.  After the trial, the volunteer jurors reached a verdict and were asked whether the misinformation appeared in the trial itself or just in the deliberation transcript.  >>more

Help Crowdfund for postnatal research - 15 May 2020
Introducing Mummy Buddies! JCU Psychology Researcher, Professor James Dimmock, is crowdfunding to launch a virtual platform to support first-time mothers from across Australia by pairing them with experienced mothers, assisting in social support and self-care. Pledge your support to the all-or-nothing campaign here.  >>more

Celebrating International Nurses Day - 12 May 2020 
To celebrate International Nurses Day, JCU’s Head of Nursing and Midwifery, Professor Melanie Birks, recognises the significant contribution health professionals, especially nurses, are making around the world during the COVID-19 pandemic.  >>more

Keeping your home a coronavirus-free zone - 7 May 2020
As Queensland gets ready to send students back to school, JCU researchers say it’s time to remind ourselves about how we can keep our homes and families safe from COVID-19. College of Healthcare Sciences researcher Andrea Grimes said that with many people living, working, and learning at home, it can be easy to forget that outside our homes we need to behave more carefully.  >>more

COVID-19 myth busting: protecting your home and family - 7 May 2020
Do you want to know how to keep your home a Coronavirus-free zone? Join our expert panel - JCU College of Healthcare Sciences Vanessa Sparke and Andrea Grimes - as they bust COVID-19 myths and reveal how you can keep your family free of infection in isolation. Discussion will include tips for effective cleaning, how to ramp up your children’s hand and respiratory hygiene, caring for a sick person in your home and how to protect yourself when you are out and about.  >>more

JCU specialists work on new coronavirus clinics - 6 May 2020
Two JCU infection control experts Vanessa Sparke and Andrea Grimes from JCU College of Healthcare Sciences are collaborating with Aspen Medical to re-purpose buildings and procedures for new GP-led respiratory clinics. JCU Nursing and Midwifery lecturer Vanessa Sparke said the clinics, established by the Australian Government across Queensland will support patients presenting symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat and other respiratory problems.  >>more

How to protect your mental health when working from home amid the COVID-19 pandemic - 1 May 2020
As many of you work from home, our JCU Psychology lecturers - Davinder Gill and Dr Alla Demutska - weigh in on what you can do to get through this difficult time. In an effort to limit exposure and contain the spread of the coronavirus, many companies and employees – across both Singapore and the world – have been required to work from home. However, it is especially important to pay attention to your mental health while working remotely. If you feel extreme irritability and restlessness during this time, you might be experiencing cabin fever.  >>more

Shouting Townsville University Hospital healthcare heroes a coffee - 25 April 2020
Inspired by the social media campaign to buy healthcare workers a coffee during the COVID-19 pandemic, JCU Psychology's Associate Professor Wendy Li worked with the Townsville Chinese Club to initiate the “Shouting Townsville University Hospital Healthcare Heroes a Coffee” campaign.  >>more

JCU specialists work on new coronavirus clinics - 22 April 2020
Two James Cook University infection control experts are working with Aspen Medical to redesign buildings and procedures for new GP-led respiratory clinics. The clinics are being established by the Australian Government across Queensland in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Vanessa Sparke and Andrea Grimes are from JCU’s College of Healthcare Sciences. Miss Sparke said the respiratory clinics will support people suffering from fever, cough, sore throat, and other respiratory symptoms and will lessen the risk of spreading the virus throughout the community.  >>more

Dean's Awards for Excellence 2020 - 17 April 2020
Congratulations to JCU Nursing and Midwifery's, Dr Ylona Chun Tie, recipient of the Dean's Awards for Excellence 2020, recognising excellence in Higher Degree by Research. Recipients have been commended by the independent expert examiners as having made substantial contributions to their field of research. Thesis Title:  Playing the game: A grounded theory study of the integration of internationally qualified nurses in the Australian healthcare system.  >>more

Mental Health in COVID-19: Our patients and ourselves - 14 April 2020
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, JCU organised a COVID-19 Webinar Series in 2020. On 14 April 2020, Professor Brett McDermott and JCU Psychology Associate Professor Wendy Li were invited to present COVID-19 Webinar Series Episode 2 to discuss on lessons from mental health disaster research and if the recovery be worse than the pandemic.  >>more

JCU Physiotherapy Clinic offering telehealth services - 7 April 2020
JCU's Physiotherapy Clinic is offering its services via telehealth so patients can receive support without leaving their homes.  For physiotherapy students on placement, it means their studies won't be put on hold.  >>more

JCU Physio Clinic now offers telehealth - 7 April 2020
The JCU Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Clinic is now offering physiotherapy telehealth, allowing patients to receive assessment and advice without leaving their homes. The clinic provides final-year Bachelor of Physiotherapy students with the compulsory practical experience needed to attain registration as a physiotherapist, but the current pandemic means they’ve had to adapt their current services. Clinic manager Dr Helen Land said telehealth is a way of providing physiotherapy services to people who are in isolation, quarantine, or who are choosing to avoid leaving the house. >>more

Managing uncertainty during the COVID-19 crisis - 3 April 2020
We are ‘together’ in a sense of being united against COVID-19, but in our physical circumstances, we are perhaps more separate than we have ever been. Self-isolation is paramount to protecting ourselves and each other during this crisis, but the effects of prolonged isolation can be detrimental to mental health. JCU Professor of Psychology, Dr Wendy Li, shares her insight into the effects of self-isolation and the importance of protecting mental health as well as our physical health during these challenging times.  >>more

Soldiers pump iron - 2 April 2020
James Cook University researchers have been investigating new fitness programs to better prepare Australian soldiers for the battlefield – and pumping weights could be the answer. JCU PhD student and Army Reserve Lieutenant Brian Heilbronn enlisted 49 serving soldiers and subjected them to a new training regime over a 15-week period. He said traditional army training has often consisted of high-volume, low-intensity training focusing on aerobic endurance.  >>more

Exercise works for those beginning cancer treatment - 12 March 2020
A James Cook University researcher says scientists have found that exercise can be beneficial to patients as they begin treatment for prostate cancer. JCU Sport and Exercise Science's Associate Professor Anthony Leicht was part of an international group led by Professor John Saxton from Northumbria University and the University of East Anglia that studied how exercise might help prostate cancer sufferers who were about to start Androgen Deprivation Therapy (ADT).  >>more

'Empathy moments' in first year nursing and midwifery student curriculum - 16 February 2020
JCU Nursing and Midwifery Lecturer Julie Shepherd explains that as nurse and midwifery academics teaching communication and professional skills and development of attributes valuing the essence of caring with clinical requirements is of significant importance.  >>more

Let's talk about sex - 14 February 2020
Women’s attitudes to sexuality have changed over the past 50 years but society is yet to catch up, according to research from James Cook University. Psychology PhD student Hollie Baxter investigated how Australian women describe themselves as a sexual person and found when talking about the way women experience their sexuality we are still typically relying on outdated research.  >>more

Building community spirit in mining towns - 4 February 2020
New research shows people who live in mining towns feel more connected to their community if the mining company is locally owned, rather than operated by multinational corporations. James Cook University Psychology researcher Dr Katerina Kanakis found long-term residents identified with their mining community, but this was threatened when local companies were sold to large corporations.  >>more

Finding the right exercise balance for people with multiple sclerosis - 16 January 2020
A James Cook University researcher is looking for volunteers as she examines the beneficial effects of sport and exercise for people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). JCU Physiotherapy Lecturer Moira Smith has developed a 12-week flexible exercise program for people with MS - a condition that interferes with nerve impulses of the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves.  >>more