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.

  • PY3101: Psychological Research Methods and Interpretation (Level 3; CNS, SIN & TSV)
  • PY3102: Social Psychology in Everyday Life (Level 3; CNS, SIN & TSV)
  • PY4107: Group Project Part 2 of 2 (Level 4; CNS)
  • PY4115: Psychology: Now and the Future (Level 4; CNS)
  • •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
Research Disciplines
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 96+ research outputs authored by A/Prof Nerina Caltabiano from 1982 onwards.

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North Queensland Primary Health Network - Contract Research

Research Support for Suicide Prevention Planning and Implementation

Indicative Funding
This project requires support for community coalitions in north Queensland to develop capacities to prepare a suicide prevention plan for the region from Mackay to the Cape and Torres district in four Hospital and Health Service (HHS) areas: Mackay, Townsville, Cairns and Hinterland and the Torres and Cape HHSs.
Alan Clough, Nerina Caltabiano and Caryn West (College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences and College of Healthcare Sciences)
Evaluation; Suicide; Prevention; Capacity building

Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation - Research Award

Stress in Indigenous pregnant women: Health workers' perceptions and interventions.

Indicative Funding
Indigenous pregnant women from Cape York Communities are required to transfer to Cairns at 36 weeks gestation to receive intrapartum care. By assessing health workers' perception of perceived distress in Indigenous women and types of interventions used to reduce such stress will highlight possible discrepancies between perceived and actual stress (as reported in previous literature), and used interventions. The results of this research will add to the knowledge base in this area and may provide information that can assist health worker practices in providing services that better meet the needs of Indigenous pregnant women and their families regarding antenatal transfer.
Johanna Bayer and Nerina Caltabiano (College of Healthcare Sciences)
Health Worker's Perceptions; Indigenous pregnant women; Transfer to regional hospitals; Interventions; Stress

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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.

  • Etiology of Phobias: Acquisition Across Multiple Contexts Using Virtual Reality Technology (PhD , Secondary Advisor/AM)
  • Relationship Sabotage: An Attachment and Goal Orientation Perspective on Seeking Love but Failing to Maintain Intimate Relationships (PhD , Secondary Advisor/AM)
  • Measuring Emotional Dysregulation In Early Childhood (PhD , Advisor Mentor)
  • Fathers' perinatal mental health and the associated risk and protective factors: A multiple method study. (PhD , Advisor Mentor)
  • Determinants of an Effective Preventive Drug Education in the Local Context (PhD , Advisor Mentor)
  • The Perception of Damaged Structure in Lower Back Pain as a Primary Contributor to Maladaptive Responding and Chronic (PhD , Advisor Mentor)
  • Home from School Early: Preparatory Year School Suspensions in Queensland (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • I'll cry instead; The neural correlates of empathy (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Exploring perceptions of interreligious learning and religious identity: interplay of learning and teaching. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • The impact of personality on academic help seeking in tertiary education and its long-term effects on student retention. (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • How can we use Realist Evaluation to better inform research into Alcohol-related Assaults in Night-time Economies? A Case Study using CCTV. (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Successful Ageing of Australian Baby Boom Career Women: the Psychosocial Processes in Constructing Quality of Life Judgements (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Drawing Through Disaster; Young Children's Artwork Responses to Crises. (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Promoting adolescents' well-being through a gratitude intervention (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)

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