Dr Romany McGuffog

Dr Romany McGuffog

Conjoint Fellow

School of Medicine and Public Health

Career Summary

Biography

Dr Romany McGuffog has recently completed her Doctor of Philosophy in social psychology at the University of Newcastle under the supervision of A/Prof Mark Rubin, A/Prof Stefania Paolini, and Dr Kylie McIntyre. Her PhD investigated sleep as a mediator of the relation between social class and health across four studies of university students around Australia (as well as students from an Irish university and students from TAFE). Romany's PhD highlighted that improving an individual's sleep could help reduce the impact that being from a lower social class can have on one's mental and physical health. However, it is important that the interventions to improve sleep should be appropriate for people from lower social classes. Obviously, the ultimate aim is to remove social inequality, however; improving sleep is a short term solution.

Romany is currently working on a number of projects, including:

  • The relations between social support, dreams, and health
  • A comprehensive measure of social class for university students
  • The relations between caffeine, sleep, and health

As a Research Officer at Everymind, Romany is also involved in a wide variety of projects concerning mental ill-health prevention and suicide prevention, such as:

  • The mental health of small business owners
  • Early career teacher attrition
  • Evaluation of the Department of Education's guidelines for responding to a student suicide

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology - Sciences, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Health psychology
  • Mental health
  • Physical health
  • Sleep
  • Social class
  • Social psychology

Languages

  • English (Mother)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
170113 Social and Community Psychology 50
111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified 50

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Casual Academic University of Newcastle
School of Psychology
Australia
Casual Academic University of Newcastle
School of Psychology
Australia
Casual Academic University of Newcastle
School of Psychology
Australia

Awards

Nomination

Year Award
2019 Outstanding Post-Graduate Research Award
Society of Australasian Social Psychologists

Recipient

Year Award
2018 Finalist in the 3-Minute Thesis University of Newcastle
The University of Newcastle
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Publications

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


Chapter (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Rubin J, Evans O, McGuffog R, 'Social Class Differences in Social Integration at University: Implications for Academic Outcomes and Mental Health', The Social Psychology of Inequality, Springer, Cham, Switzerland 87-102 (2019) [B1]
DOI 10.1007/978-3-030-28856-3_6
Co-authors Mark Rubin
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 2
Total funding $1,950

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20191 grants / $750

Centre for Brain and Mental Health Research Travel Support Grant$750

The funding from this grant was used to travel to the SMHR2019 conference.

Funding body: Priority Research Centre for Brain and Mental Health Research (CBMHR)

Funding body Priority Research Centre for Brain and Mental Health Research (CBMHR)
Project Team

Dr Romany McGuffog

Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2019
GNo
Type Of Funding CRC - Cooperative Research Centre
Category 4CRC
UON N

20151 grants / $1,200

NSW Institute for Educational Research – Student Research Grant$1,200

The funding was used to help reimburse participants for their participation in our project about social class, sleep, and university experiences.

Funding body: NSW Institute for Educational Research Inc

Funding body NSW Institute for Educational Research Inc
Project Team

Dr Romany McGuffog and A/Prof Mark Rubin

Scheme Student Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N
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Dr Romany McGuffog

Positions

Conjoint Fellow
School of Medicine and Public Health
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Casual Academic
School of Psychology
Faculty of Science

Casual Academic
School of Psychology
Faculty of Science

Casual Academic
School of Psychology
Faculty of Science

Contact Details

Email romany.mcguffog@newcastle.edu.au
Link Twitter
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