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Miller, Leonie M. Dr.

Senior Lecturer

  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • School of Psychology
  • Cognitive Bases of Atypical Behaviour Initiative

Overview


Leonie was awarded her PhD, The Frequency Effect in Short-term Serial Recall in 2010. Her thesis examined how a the familiarity of words influences what we immediately remember when they are sequenced in particular ways. Leonie continues to publish and supervise Honours and PhD students in this area.

Leonie has also been involved in a long-standing collaboration with social marketers focusing on the problem of attracting good foster carers into care. The same collaboration has secured ARC Linkage funding to examine the extent to which the NDIS delivers on its value proposition to consumers.

More recently, Leonie has joined up with fellow colleagues in Psychology to form the Cognitive Bases of Atypical Behaviour (CBAB) initiative within the Faculty of Social Sciences. This groups aims to investigate the links between social functioning and cognitive processing.

Top Publications


    Year Title
    2009 The interaction of word frequency and concreteness in immediate serial recall
    Published in   Memory and Cognition
    2008 A constrained Rasch model of trace redintegration in serial recall
    Published in   Memory and Cognition

Selected Publications


Impact Story


  • <p>Foster care agencies do not typically have the financial capacity to employ marketing specialists to develop sophisticated campaigns. Further, the topic of foster carer recruitment has received virtually no attention from the marketing academy so information available to help practitioners make marketing decisions has been almost non-existent. This interdisciplinary research has contributed to filling this gap in knowledge by conducting high quality research that not only adds scientific insight but also provides practical tools that enable social service agencies to attract foster carers more effectively.</p><p>The impact of this program of research is threefold. First, scholarly impact has been achieved through 18 academic publications including in some of the world’s leading journals. Second, public impact is evidenced through local and national media attention on the need for foster carers. Third, and potentially most importantly, the research project has resulted in significant increases in the number of foster carers for all industry partners involved. For example, since we began CareSouth has more than doubled its number of foster placements; William Campbell Foundation has increased its foster carers by more than 300%; and in some regions CatholicCare Wollongong has tripled the number of children placed with foster families.</p>

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Psychology (Clinical) The Influence of Attitudes, Stigma, and Perceived Function on Students' Help-Seeking Intentions for Others' Deliberate Self Harm. Dawson, Kristy
    Doctor of Philosophy the Role of Semantic Features in Immediate Serial Recall Lau, Mabel
    Doctor of Philosophy Serial Recognition Task and its Role in Explicating Short-Term Memory Josifovski, Natasha
    Doctor of Philosophy Auditory Vection: The Roles of Low and High-Level Psychoacoustic Properties in Auditory Illusions of Self-Motion. Mursic, Rebecca
    Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) Help Seeking in the Over 55s for Common Mental Health Symptoms and Cognitive Complaints Blanch, Sheree
    Doctor of Philosophy Cannabis-induced Psychotic-like Experiences in Schizotypy: Psychological and Contextual Factors. Wei, Maryann
    Doctor of Philosophy Topic in Short-Term/Working Memory Barrington, Maryann
    Doctor of Psychology (Clinical) Attention restoration effects on Autobiographical memory specificity for individuals with depression. Serrano, Anitta
    Doctor of Psychology (Clinical) Cognitive Factors Involved in Help Negation Following Suicidal Ideation Turner, Brie

Keywords


  • Foster care 
  • Short-term memory

Top Publications


    Year Title
    2009 The interaction of word frequency and concreteness in immediate serial recall
    Published in   Memory and Cognition
    2008 A constrained Rasch model of trace redintegration in serial recall
    Published in   Memory and Cognition

Selected Publications


Impact Story


  • <p>Foster care agencies do not typically have the financial capacity to employ marketing specialists to develop sophisticated campaigns. Further, the topic of foster carer recruitment has received virtually no attention from the marketing academy so information available to help practitioners make marketing decisions has been almost non-existent. This interdisciplinary research has contributed to filling this gap in knowledge by conducting high quality research that not only adds scientific insight but also provides practical tools that enable social service agencies to attract foster carers more effectively.</p><p>The impact of this program of research is threefold. First, scholarly impact has been achieved through 18 academic publications including in some of the world’s leading journals. Second, public impact is evidenced through local and national media attention on the need for foster carers. Third, and potentially most importantly, the research project has resulted in significant increases in the number of foster carers for all industry partners involved. For example, since we began CareSouth has more than doubled its number of foster placements; William Campbell Foundation has increased its foster carers by more than 300%; and in some regions CatholicCare Wollongong has tripled the number of children placed with foster families.</p>

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Psychology (Clinical) The Influence of Attitudes, Stigma, and Perceived Function on Students' Help-Seeking Intentions for Others' Deliberate Self Harm. Dawson, Kristy
    Doctor of Philosophy the Role of Semantic Features in Immediate Serial Recall Lau, Mabel
    Doctor of Philosophy Serial Recognition Task and its Role in Explicating Short-Term Memory Josifovski, Natasha
    Doctor of Philosophy Auditory Vection: The Roles of Low and High-Level Psychoacoustic Properties in Auditory Illusions of Self-Motion. Mursic, Rebecca
    Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) Help Seeking in the Over 55s for Common Mental Health Symptoms and Cognitive Complaints Blanch, Sheree
    Doctor of Philosophy Cannabis-induced Psychotic-like Experiences in Schizotypy: Psychological and Contextual Factors. Wei, Maryann
    Doctor of Philosophy Topic in Short-Term/Working Memory Barrington, Maryann
    Doctor of Psychology (Clinical) Attention restoration effects on Autobiographical memory specificity for individuals with depression. Serrano, Anitta
    Doctor of Psychology (Clinical) Cognitive Factors Involved in Help Negation Following Suicidal Ideation Turner, Brie

Keywords


  • Foster care 
  • Short-term memory
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