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Biography

Dr Lynne McCormack has worked as a clinical, health and educational psychologist specialising in complex trauma for over 20 years. This has been in international humanitarian settings, hospitals, schools and private practice and for military and emergency services. She became particularly interested in the coexisting relationship between negative and positive effects of complex trauma from her own voluntary involvement in war-torn and disaster areas and the way in which many of her clients were able to redefine their lives positively following exposure to extreme adversity and posttrauma distress. Her Master’s research considers the long-term psychological effects of war on civilian women, and her PhD research is a phenomenological study in primary and vicarious psychological growth following exposure to war and genocide. Lynne has worked widely with other individuals exposed to traumatic incidents including emergency services personnel, children dislocated through refugee status, and individuals exposed to tragic death, health and personal trauma. From an earlier life career as a music teacher Lynne has come to appreciate the many ways in which individuals resource their own talents and skills for wellbeing. She has designed, developed and evaluated health and psychosocial programs in East Timor post war, and Aceh following the Tsunami and has developed a tool for assessing 'reintegration difficulties' following overseas deployment (PostAID/Q). Similarly she has facilitated training workshops following critical incident, chronic pain, relationship challenges, abuse, and war, incorporating individual creativity for mental wellbeing. Lynne recognises individuals as the expert in their own lives and the collaborative energy they can bring to their own mental health.

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Nottingham - UK, 08/12/2010
  • Registered Psychologist - Clinical Psychology, Psychology Board of Australia
  • Bachelor of Education, University of Warwick - England, 16/07/1982
  • Diploma of Teaching, University of Warwick - England, 01/08/1982
  • Master of Applied Psychology, University of Newcastle, 01/05/1998

Research

Research keywords

  • Altrustic identity
  • Combat trauma
  • Complex trauma
  • Disasters and emergencies
  • Humility, gratitude, altruism
  • Posttraumatic Growth
  • Posttraumatic Stress
  • Vicarious Trauma and Growth

Research expertise

Dr Lynne McCormack is particularly interested in the coexisting relationship between negative and positive effects of complex trauma. Her past research considers the long-term psychological effects of war on civilian women, and posttraumatic growth following exposure to the phenomenon of complex traumatic events e.g. war and genocide. Current research includes the development of a tool for assessing 'reintegration difficulties' following overseas deployment (PostAID/Q) for aid and military personnel; development of a therapeutic handbook in the area of trauma and growth; meaning making following threat of war, geneocide, disasters, policing, bushfires; professional derailment and impact of war on children of veterans.

Languages

  • English

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
170106Health, Clinical And Counselling Psychology40
170000Psychology And Cognitive Sciences30
170113Social And Community Psychology30

Collaboration

My primary research is in the construct of posttraumatic growth and distress. Most of my collaborative research in this area is with Professor Stephen Joseph through the Centre for Trauma, Resilience and Growth at the University of Nottingham. This collaboration has contributed to the development of an assessment tool for aid personnel reintegrating following overseas humanitarian deployment.

Administrative

Administrative expertise

Dr Lynne McCormack has worked in her own consultancy practice administering staff and business needs. She has developed and run a hospital psychology unit for providing staff and patients with psychological services and education. She has designed, monitored and fund raised for humanitarian projects in East Timor. She supervises clinicians and students in professional development. She currently coordinates modules on the Clinical/Doctoral postgraduate program.

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Clinical/Doctoral Postgraduate Psychology Program

Teaching expertise

Dr Lynne McCormack has a long teaching history beginning as a secondary teacher in drama and music. As a psychologist she has designed, developed and evaluated health and psychosocial programs following conflict and disaster. She has facilitated and conducted training workshops in leadership, workplace conflict, and educational and cognitive behavioural programs following critical incident, chronic pain, and combat stress for adults. Currently, she teaches and co-ordinates modules on the Clinical/Doctoral postgraduate program.

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Highlighted Publications

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YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2010McCormack LM, Doctoral Thesis: Primary and Vicarious Posttraumatic Growth following War, Genocide and Humanitarian Emergencies: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis., University of Nottingham, UK (2010) [T3]

Publications

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Chapter (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012McCormack LM, 'Encyclopaedia of Trauma: An Interdisciplinary Guide', Encyclopedia of Trauma: An Interdisciplinary Guide, SAGE, New York, US 20-904 (2012) [B1]

Journal article (12 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014McCormack L, Joseph S, 'Psychological growth in aging Vietnam veterans: Redefining shame and betrayal', Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 54 336-355 (2014) [C1]
2014McCormack L, Lewis V, Wells JR, 'Early Life Loss and Trauma: Eating Disorder Onset in a Middle- Aged Male- A Case Study', AMERICAN JOURNAL OF MENS HEALTH, 8 121-136 (2014) [C1]
2014Walmsley BD, McCormack L, 'The dance of communication: retaining family membership despite severe non-speech dementia.', Dementia (London), 13 626-641 (2014)
2013McCormack L, Sly R, 'Distress and Growth: The Subjective "Lived" Experiences of Being the Child of a Vietnam Veteran', Traumatology, 19 303-312 (2013) [C1]
2013McCormack L, Joseph S, 'Psychological growth in humanitarian aid personnel: Reintegrating with family and community following exposure to war and genocide', Community, Work and Family, 16 147-163 (2013) [C1]
2012McCormack LM, 'Postmission Altruistic Identity Disruption Questionnaire (PostAID/Q): Preliminary development of a measure of responses following adverse humanitarian aid work', Traumatology, 18 41-48 (2012) [C1]
2011Tischler V, Chopra A, Nixon N, McCormack LM, 'Loss and Tomorrow's Doctors: How the humanities can contribute to personal and professional development.', International Journal of Person-Centered Medicine, 1 547-552 (2011) [C1]
2011McCormack LM, Joseph S, Hagger M, 'Vicarious growth in wives of Vietnam veterans: A phenomenological investigation into decades of 'lived' experience.', Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 51 273-290 (2011) [C1]
2010McCormack LM, 'Using the 'Most Significant Change Technique' to evaluate a post-tsunami psychosocial programme.', Qualitative Methodology in Psychology Bulletin (QM, 19-24 (2010) [C1]
2009McCormack L, 'Civilian women at war: Psychological impact decades after the Vietnam war', Journal of Loss and Trauma, 14 447-458 (2009) [C1]
2009McCormack L, Joseph S, Hagger MS, 'Sustaining a positive altruistic identity in humanitarian aid work: A qualitative case study', Traumatology, 15 109-118 (2009) [C1]
2008McCormack L, 'Analysing ¿Hot¿ cognitions. A recent masterclass on Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA).', Qualitative Methodology in Psychology (QMiP), 28-30 (2008) [O1]
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Review (5 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012McCormack LM, 'Humanitarian missions', Encyclopaedia of Trauma (2012) [D2]
2012McCormack LM, 'Traumatized entertainers', Encyclopaedia of Trauma (2012) [D2]
2012McCormack LM, 'Genocide', Encyclopaedia of Trauma (2012) [D2]
2012McCormack LM, 'Nongovernmental organizations, governments and humanitarian aid', Encyclopaedia of Trauma (2012) [D2]
2008McCormack LM, 'Analysing 'Hot' Cognitions. A recent Masterclass on Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA)', Qualitative Methods in Psychology (QMiP) (2008) [D2]
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Conference (3 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2011McCormack LM, Joseph S, 'Posttraumatic growth through reparation with 'self': Redefining primary and secondary complex traumatic distress in humanitarian aid personnel.', 46th APS Annual Conference, Canberra (2011) [E3]
2011McCormack LM, Joseph S, 'Modern Global Conflicts and the Humanitarian Aid Worker: Making Sense of Moral Doubt, Guilt and Shame Following Exposure to War, Genocide and International Crises', European Journal of Psychotraumatology, Vienna (2011) [E3]
2010McCormack LM, 'Psychological Growth and The Value of the Phenomenological Narrative for Healthy Reintegration of Returnees and Their Families.', Being There When It Counts: The Proceedings of the 8th Rocky Mountain Region Disaster Mental Health Conference., Cheyenne, Wyoming (2010) [E1]

Thesis / Dissertation (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2010McCormack LM, Doctoral Thesis: Primary and Vicarious Posttraumatic Growth following War, Genocide and Humanitarian Emergencies: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis., University of Nottingham, UK (2010) [T3]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants5
Total funding$66,136

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2014 (4 grants)

Childhood Trauma and Growth: Efficacy of trauma interventions for promoting growth in adults exposed to childhood trauma$44,436
Funding Body: Heal for Life Foundation

Project Team
Doctor Lynne McCormack, Doctor Linda Campbell, Doctor Sean Halpin
SchemeRole
Postgraduate ScholarshipChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$44,43620142018
GNo:G1400837

Faculty Visiting Fellowship 2014$7,527
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Science & IT

Project Team
Doctor Lynne McCormack
SchemeRole
Visiting FellowshipChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$7,52720142014
GNo:G1401053

Testing the relationships between measures of intelligence, accuracy, confidence, personality and culture$7,216
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Dennis Rose, Doctor Lynne McCormack, Dr Heather Douglas
SchemeRole
Linkage Pilot Research GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$7,21620142014
GNo:G1400303

Faculty PVC Conference Assistance Grant 2014$2,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Science & IT

Project Team
Doctor Lynne McCormack
SchemeRole
PVC Conference Assistance GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,00020142014
GNo:G1401226

2012 (1 grants)

Collaboration re: the Development of Posttraumatic Growth Therapy and User Manual$4,957
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Lynne McCormack
SchemeRole
New Staff GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$4,95720122012
GNo:G1200743
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions9
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL2.7

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20142018PhD (Psychology - Science)Principal SupervisorAdult Survivors of Childhood Trauma: Intervention Study
20142018PhD (Psychology - Science)Co-SupervisorGrowth as a Moderator of Resilience Following Exposure to Stressful Life Events
20142018PhD (Psychology - Science)Co-SupervisorThe Design and Evaluation of Clinical Interventions to Increase the Occurrence of Stress-Related Growth
20132017PhD (Psychology - Science)Co-SupervisorResilience In Children With Chronic Illness
20122016PhD (Psychology - Science)Principal SupervisorCommunication Pathways in Dementia
2011 Masters Psychology
University of Canberra
Sole SupervisorDistress and Growth in the Adult Children of Vietnam War Veterans
20112012Masters Psychology
University of Canberra
Sole SupervisorPsychological Growth following Executive Derailment: An Interpretative Phenomenological Study
20112012Masters Psychology
University of Canberra
Principal SupervisorMaking meaning of multiple threats to family members and property following Australian bushfires
20102014PHD Psychology
Australian National University
Consultant SupervisorThe impact of stigma on influencing adversarial growth processes and outcome within an oncology population
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Dr Lynne McCormack

Work Phone4985 4543
Email
PositionSenior Lecturer
School of Psychology
Faculty of Science and Information Technology
The University of Newcastle, Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/lynne-mccormack