Nerina Caltabiano is a social psychologist with research interests incorporating multidisciplinary perspectives from pathology, health, development and educational psychology.  She embraces both quantitative and qualitative methodologies in her research.

Her Honours thesis investigated symbolic hand gestures in children from different cultures which extended knowledge of non-verbal communication in 3-6 year-old children, and employed an innovative stroboscopic photographic technique to depict the gestures. Her PhD thesis combined aspects of pathology and social psychology in examining community reactions to compulsive casino gamblers who differed in terms of gender and ethnicity. More recently her focus has turned to understanding and preventing aggressive behaviours which undermine psychological wellbeing, including youth suicide, bullying and cyberbullying.

Nerina has teaching responsibilities at both the Cairns and Singapore campuses and is the Cairns Campus Fourth-Year Coordinator. She is also a member of both the Australian and the American Psychological Societies.

  • Social psychology (e.g. social cognition, attitudes, empathy and well-being)
  • Developmental social psychology (e.g. socio-emotional development, and ageing research)
  • Social Psychology
  • Research design and analysis
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2009 - Docemus Volunteer Supporter Award
  • 2012 to 2013 - Society for the Teaching of Psychology
  • 2011 to 2013 - Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency - General Registration
  • 2010 to 2013 - International Association of Applied Psychology
  • 2010 to 2013 - International Association for Suicide Prevention
  • 1995 to 2013 - Society of Australasian Social Psychologists
  • 1994 to 2013 - The Society for Personality and Social Psychology
  • 1990 to 2013 - American Psychological Society
  • 1980 to 2013 - Australian Federation of University Women
  • 1979 to 2013 - Australian Psychological Society
  • 1980 to 2010 - Registered Psychologist in Queensland

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 118+ research outputs authored by Prof Nerina Caltabiano from 1982 onwards.


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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Psychometric evaluation of the Ten-Item Internet Gaming Disorder Test (IGDT-10) among a Singaporean;;sample (PhD , Secondary Advisor/AM)
  • The Impact of Helicopter Parenting on Youths: A Multi-Method Approach (PhD , Advisor Mentor)
  • Promoting adolescents' well-being through a gratitude intervention (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Factors contributing to the post-traumatic growth of adult women survivors of intimate partner violence (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • High-profile persons narrating recovery trajectories post-mediagenic humiliation: A qualitative embedded single-case study (PhD , Secondary Advisor/AM)
  • Determinants of an Effective Preventive Drug Education in the Local Context (PhD , Secondary Advisor/AM)

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