Dr Romany McGuffog

Dr Romany McGuffog

Conjoint Fellow

School of Medicine and Public Health

Career Summary


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


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


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


  • English (Mother)



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


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


For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.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

Grants and Funding


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
Type Of Funding CRC - Cooperative Research Centre
Category 4CRC

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
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE

Dr Romany McGuffog


Conjoint Fellow
School of Medicine and Public Health
College of Health, Medicine and Wellbeing

Contact Details

Email romany.mcguffog@newcastle.edu.au
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