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Research Assistant

BA (Hons)

Sara holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours (First Class) in Psychology from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland.

Her research background is based in projects involving investigating social cognitive abilities across different age and cultural groups. In her honours thesis she studied whether fiction reading has positive implications for social cognitive functions, such as Theory of Mind, which naturally decline in healthy adult aging.

Her research interests are broadly based in improving mental health treatment outcomes for individuals across all age groups and backgrounds. In her clinical experience she has previously worked closely with individuals experiencing a variety of complex social and mental health needs in hospitals, aged care homes, and not-for-profit organisations. She feels that it is imperative that research focuses on finding ways to improve access to and the effectiveness of mental health services in an inclusive manner so that they cater to all individuals.