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Dr Emily Freeman

Associate Lecturer

School of Psychology

Career Summary

Biography

Emily has an Honours degree in Science (Psychology), a PhD in Cognitive Psychology, and a Postdoc in Cognitive Neuroscience. Her current research projects include examining the process(es) underlying the recognition memory decision, the influence of context on short- and long-term memory, and working memory in school-aged children.

Research Expertise
My central research focus is Human Memory. My main are of research expertise involves the study of Recognition Memory. I have examined such things as the effect of lexical characteristics of stimuli, study and test context effects, and the process(es) underlying the recognition memory decision. Although the majority of my research has focused on adult memory, I am also involved in studies looking at the relationship between working memory and achievement in children.

Teaching Expertise
I have taught a range of undergraduate and graduate level courses in Psychology. These have covered such topics as cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, research methods and statistics. 


Qualifications

  • PhD (Psychology), University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Science (Psychology)(Honours), University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • ERP
  • cognitive neuroscience
  • cognitive psychology
  • developmental psychology
  • experimental psychology
  • psychology
  • research methods
  • statistics

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing 20
170299 Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified 80

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Associate Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Psychology
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2012 - 1/12/2013 Research Associate University of Newcastle
Science & IT
Australia
1/07/2009 - 1/02/2012 Senior Researcher University of Newcastle
Family Action Centre
Australia
1/04/2009 - 1/06/2009 Research Associate The University of Adelaide
Faculty of Health Sciences
Australia
1/07/2008 - 1/04/2009 Research Associate The Ohio State University
Department of Psychology
United States
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (9 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 StGeorge J, Fletcher R, Freeman E, Paquette D, Dumont C, 'Father¿child interactions and children's risk of injury', Early Child Development and Care, (2015)

Unintentional injury is an important cause of infant and child hospitalisation and parents play a key role in reducing children's risk-taking behaviour. Studies show that maternal... [more]

Unintentional injury is an important cause of infant and child hospitalisation and parents play a key role in reducing children's risk-taking behaviour. Studies show that maternal and paternal parenting and supervision of children differ, but there is little research showing how fathers¿ parenting may influence children's tendency to engage in risk-taking behaviour. Recent theoretical developments suggest that father's parenting may be particularly effective in encouraging safe risk taking. In this study, we examine how well parenting practices typically undertaken by fathers predict rates of children's injury risk at three years. Questionnaire data were collected from 46 fathers. Results show that both duration of rough-and-tumble play and fathers¿ encouragement of perseverance predicted lower rates of injury behaviours, while their stimulation of risk taking predicted higher rates of injury behaviours. The results are discussed in the light of developmentally appropriate risk taking and fathering.

DOI 10.1080/03004430.2014.1000888
Co-authors Jennifer Stgeorge, Richard Fletcher
2013 Fletcher R, StGeorge J, Freeman E, 'Rough and tumble play quality: Theoretical foundations for a new measure of father-child interaction', Early Child Development and Care, 183 746-759 (2013) [C1]

Energetic, competitive, body-contact play (rough and tumble play (RTP)) is commonly observed among young children and is reported as an important feature of father-child relations... [more]

Energetic, competitive, body-contact play (rough and tumble play (RTP)) is commonly observed among young children and is reported as an important feature of father-child relationships. Animal studies have demonstrated positive developmental effects of peer-peer play-wrestling, influencing cognitive and social outcomes. The purpose of this paper is to discuss the nature of RTP between father and child and its relationship to child development and to describe a theoretically informed measure of the quality of father-child RTP. © 2013 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

DOI 10.1080/03004430.2012.723439
Citations Scopus - 4
Co-authors Jennifer Stgeorge, Richard Fletcher
2013 Freeman E, Ross NM, St George J, Fletcher R, 'A quantitative analysis of practitioners' knowledge of fathers and fathers' engagement in family relationship services', Australasian Dispute Resolution Journal, 24 270-277 (2013) [C1]
Co-authors Richard Fletcher, Jennifer Stgeorge, Nicola Ross
2012 Freeman EE, Fletcher R, Collins CE, Morgan PJ, Burrows TL, Callister R, 'Preventing and treating childhood obesity: Time to target fathers', International Journal of Obesity, 36 12-15 (2012) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 19Web of Science - 17
Co-authors Philip Morgan, Richard Fletcher, Robin Callister, Clare Collins
2011 Fletcher R, Freeman EE, Matthey S, 'The impact of behavioural parent training on fathers' parenting: A meta-analysis of the triple-p positive parenting program', Fathering: A Journal of Theory, Research, & Practice about Men as Fathers, 9 291-312 (2011) [C1]
Co-authors Richard Fletcher
2011 Fletcher R, Freeman EE, Garfield C, Vimpani GV, 'The effects of early paternal depression on children's development', Medical Journal of Australia, 195 685-689 (2011) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 15Web of Science - 14
Co-authors Richard Fletcher
2010 Freeman EE, Heathcote AJ, Chalmers KA, Hockley W, 'Item effects in recognition memory for words', Journal of Memory and Language, 62 1-18 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.jml.2009.09.004
Citations Scopus - 17Web of Science - 18
Co-authors Kerry Chalmers, Andrew Heathcote
2010 Heathcote AJ, Bora B, Freeman EE, 'Recollection and confidence in two-alternative forced choice episodic recognition', Journal of Memory and Language, 62 183-203 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.jml.2009.11.003
Citations Scopus - 8Web of Science - 7
Co-authors Andrew Heathcote
2009 Heathcote AJ, Freeman EE, Etherington JL, Tonkin J, Bora B, 'A dissociation between similarity effects in episodic face recognition', Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 16 824-831 (2009) [C1]
DOI 10.3758/pbr.16.5.824
Citations Scopus - 7Web of Science - 7
Co-authors Andrew Heathcote
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Conference (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2006 Bohlscheid EE, Chalmers KA, Heathcote AJ, Hockley WE, 'Reflections on the mirror effect: Comparisons of word frequency and nonword pronounceability', Australian Journal of Psychology V58, Suppl: Proceedings of the 33rd Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference, Brisbane (2006) [E3]
Co-authors Kerry Chalmers, Andrew Heathcote
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 3
Total funding $111,278

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20141 grants / $8,778

Are short and long term memory really different systems? A context-based alternative $8,778

Funding body: Keats Endowment Research Fund

Funding body Keats Endowment Research Fund
Project Team Doctor Emily Freeman, Professor Simon Dennis, Doctor Kerry Chalmers, Doctor Adam Osth
Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1400745
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

20131 grants / $12,500

Are two processes one too many? A state-trace analysis of recognition memory for familiar and unfamiliar words.$12,500

Funding body: Keats Endowment Research Fund

Funding body Keats Endowment Research Fund
Project Team Doctor Kerry Chalmers, Doctor Emily Freeman
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1201245
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

20111 grants / $90,000

Investigation of recognition memory in behavioural, electrophysiological, and functional neuroimaging domains using state trace analysis$90,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Professor John Dunn, Dr Greig De Zubicaray, Doctor Emily Freeman
Scheme Discovery Projects
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo G1100467
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y
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Dr Emily Freeman

Position

Associate Lecturer
Cognitive Research Group
School of Psychology
Faculty of Science and Information Technology

Contact Details

Email emily.freeman@newcastle.edu.au
Phone 4921 6115

Office

Room AVLG12
Building Psychology Building
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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