Dr Jessica Sharp
Dr Jessica Sharp is a Lecturer in Statistics and Psychology at Swinburne University’s Department of Psychological Sciences. Her research focuses on the psychosocial wellbeing of at-risk populations, with the aim of identifying support needs and improving mental health outcomes among these populations.
Her recent trauma focused research has explored post traumatic growth and wellbeing among young adults with a history of child maltreatment and pathways to post traumatic symptoms among women with a history of interpersonal violence.
Current projects investigating psychological distress and wellbeing among university students explore students’ motives and goals, emotional reactions to success and failure, self-defeating achievement behaviours, and their coping strategies such as self-compassion and social support. A particular focus includes identifying the benefits and challenges of higher education for students who are also juggling the demands of parenting.
Recent collaborative research in personalised health care includes identifying challenges and support needs of mothers who are breast cancer survivors; identifying the psychosocial characteristics and information needs of patients with Cancer of Unknown Primary as part of the SUPER study; and gaining user insight to improve the efficacy of Navigate - an online treatment decision aid for men diagnosed with low-risk prostate cancer.
Clinical Psychology; Psychological Measurement; Clinical Psychology; Psychological Measurement; Educational psychology; Psycho-oncology
PhD candidate and honours supervision
Higher degrees by research
Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.
Available to supervise honours students.
Honours topics and outlines
Implicit fear of failure and hope of success and academic emotions: This study will investigate how implicit fear of failure and hope of success relate to university students’ academic emotions (e.g., boredom, hope, pride, relief). Data for this project has already been collected.
Implicit fear of failure and hope of success and achievement behaviours: This study will investigate how implicit fear of failure and hope of success relate to university students’ self-reported achievement behaviours (e.g., procrastination/self-handicapping/self-worth protection). Data for this project has already been collected.
Stress, coping and psychological distress among university students during COVID-19. : This study will investigate university students’ COVID related stress, coping and psychological distress during COVID-19. Data for this project was collected during 2020.
University students' affective responses to failure and achievement behaviours: This study will investigate how achievement shame and guilt relate to university students’ self-reported achievement behaviours (e.g., procrastination/perfectionism/self-worth protection). Data for this project has already been collected
University students' affective responses to failure and achievement goals: This study will investigate how achievement shame and guilt relate to university students’ self-reported achievement goals (e.g., performance/mastery and approach/avoidance). Data for this project has already been collected.
Fields of Research
- Educational Psychology - 520102
- Personality And Individual Differences - 520503
- Health Psychology - 520304
- Clinical Psychology - 520302
- Counselling Psychology - 520303
Cognitive Psychology;Sport Psychology;Statistics;Research methods
Also published as: Sharp, Jessica; Sharp, J.; Sharp, J. L.; Sharp, Jessica L.
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