Dr Lauren Shaw is the coordinator of the external (online) 4th year psychology programs at James Cook University.  An enthusiastic educator, with a unique ability to synthesise and convey complex information in a simple, personable and straightforward manner, Lauren is passionate about providing a high-quality, transformative learning experience to students from all  walks of life.

Lauren has taught and managed 4th year psychology programs at several Australian universities and through her previous roles, has developed and taught  applied social and organisational psychology programs for a range of industry clients (e.g., Queensland Public Service Commission; Australian Army). Lauren adopts an experiential approach to education, where she crafts hands-on activities that provides students’ space to inquire and reflect on their own thought processes and behaviour. She has supervised over 70 4th year psychology research projects to completion since 2016.  

Lauren’s research sits at the intersection of social, forensic, organisational and educational psychology, exploring individual difference and social-psychological predictors of non-clinical aggression and antisocial behaviour. She completed her PhD on social-cognitive predictors of driver aggression at Queensland University of Technology’s Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety-Queensland (CARRS-Q) in 2016 and since then, has expanded her research to explore social-cognitive predictors of antisocial behaviour in workplaces, social media and in online learning. In doing so, she has paid particular attention to the role of narcissism and is interested in exploring differences in the manifestation of narcissistic aggression between grandiose and vulnerable narcissism. An accomplished public speaker, Lauren has presented her research findings on several media outlets, including The Project, Chanel 7 news, and local ABC radio stations throughout Australia.

  • PY4106: Group Project Part 1 of 2 (Level 4; TSV)
  • PY4107: Group Project Part 2 of 2 (Level 4; TSV)
  • PY4112: Ethics for Research and Professional and Evidence Based Practice (Level 4; TSV)
  • PY4113: Design and Analysis for Professional Psychology (Level 4; TSV)
  • Social cognition
  • Narcissism - Vulnerable and Grandiose
  • Aggression and antisocial behaviour
  • Workplace incivility
  • Organisational and Classroom Justice
  • Instructional Dissent
  • Best practice in online education
  • Ethics and self-reflection
  • Critical thinking and academic writing
  • Research methods and statistics
  • Social psychology
  • Organisational psychology
  • 2021 to 2022 - eLearning Advisor, Swinburne Online
  • 2017 to 2022 - Assistant Course Coordinator/Lecturer/Supervisor, Monash Online; Monash University
  • 2019 to 2021 - Lecturer & Corporate Educator, Graduate School of Business; Queensland University of Technology (Brisbane, Queensland)
  • 2016 to 2018 - Group Thesis Supervisor, University of Queensland (St Lucia, Brisbane, Queensland)
  • 2013 to 2017 - Sessional Academic, School of Psychology and Counselling; Queensland University of Technology (Brisbane, Queensland)
  • 2011 to 2017 - Research Assistant, Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety- Queensland; Queensland University of Technology (Brisbane, Queensland)
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