Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Dr Bróna Nic Giolla Easpaig

Dr Bróna Nic Giolla Easpaig

BSc (Hons) (Stirling), PhD (Charles Sturt)

Profile

I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Honours) in 2008 from the University of Stirling in Scotland. In 2009 I moved to Australia to complete a Ph.D with Charles Sturt University. I have taught in a range of areas within psychology and counselling undergraduate and honours programs. I am delighted to have joined the psychology team as a lecturer at the Port Macquarie campus in 2016. 

I am interested in the areas of community, health and social psychology and I am a member of the APS College of Community Psychologists (academic). A central theme of my work is engaging with social identities, processes of marginalisation, socio-cultural factors and wellbeing. I am interested in building partnerships and working with community groups in these areas (kindly see research section for more about projects I am involved with). I also serve on the APS Women & Psychology and the APS Psychology of Diverse Bodies, Genders and Sexualities Interest Group Committees.

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Teaching

I contribute to the following subjects:

  • PSY111 Foundations of Psychology for Health and Human Services
  • PSY305 Psychology of Personality
  • PSY309 Qualitative Research Methods
  • Supervision of honours research projects

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Research

My research is located in the fields of community psychology and applied social psychology in examining topics such as gender, sexuality, wellbeing, healthcare access and digital identities. Below are projects I am currently involved with:

What does Psychology offer Community? Research-led Teaching Project

Our students learn about qualitative methods through working with real-world research. In this project Dr Rachael Fox and I explore the question "What does Psychology offer Community?" with key stakeholders, both from community and from psychology, across the globe. Students have the opportunity to; learn about psychology in community from key global experts, reflect on their future practice, and to understand the impact of culture and global issues on professional practice. 

 

Experiences of LGBTIQ young people in regional, rural and remote Australia:  A participatory approach to improving wellbeing and social connectedness

Society for Community Research and Action LogoCurrently undertaking a project with Headspace Wagga Wagga and Dr Rachael Fox, CSU which aims to work with young people to better understand their experiences and inform efforts to address the challenges negotiated.

Humphrey, R., Nic Giolla Easpaig, B. & Fox, R. (2018). Creating contexts for ethical research engagement: Reflecting on the challenges and opportunities for research with trans individuals. In D.L. Steinberg, L., Moon & R. Pearce (Eds.) The Emergence of Trans. London: Routledge. (Email me for copy)

Nic Giolla Easpaig, B., & Fox, R. (2016, May). Encounters with critical methodologies in multi-stakeholder community practice: Collaborating to promote wellbeing and address challenges negotiated by young people residing in rural communities in relation to issues of sexuality and gender. Paper session presented at the 6th International Conference on Community Psychology, Durban, South Africa.

 

Training for change- Improving the mental health outcomes for LGBTIQ youth

Worked with Headspace Wagga Wagga and Dr Rachael Fox, CSU on Headspace project which sought to inform and improve health care service provision to young people who identify as LGBTIQ. 

See CSU news article.

Nic Giolla Easpaig, B. & Fox, R. (2017). Young people's experiences of negotiating healthcare services in relation to sexual and gender identities: A community-based approach to service improvement [Special Issue]. Psychology of Sexualities Review, 8, 39-52. (Email me for copy)

Nic Giolla Easpaig, B. (2015). Communicating inclusive practice: Considering the role of language in service access. The Professional Therapist , 1, 35-38

 

An exploratory investigation of the issues impacting the inclusion and participation of women in online gaming communities

 A preliminary project investigating gender-based harassment in gaming in the context of digital identities and cultural communities. This has included a focus upon gamer identities and women's digital citizenship.

Nic Giolla Easpaig, B. & Humphrey, R. (2016). 'Pitching a virtual woo': Analysing discussion of sexism in online gaming. Feminism & Psychology [Advance online publication]. doi:10.1177/0959353516667400

Funding & Award

  • Academic-initiated project grant awarded by the Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences Innovation idea, Charles Sturt University Currently to undertake the project: "What does Psychology mean to Community?" with Dr Rachael Fox. (Jan 2017-Jan 2018)
  • Mini-grant awarded from the Society for Community Research and Action for the: "Experiences of LGBTIQ young people in regional, rural and remote Australia" project. This is being jointly undertaken with CSU and Headspace Wagga Wagga (Jan 2016- Jan 2017)

  • International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (Feb 2009- Feb-2012)

  • CSU Postgraduate Research Scholarship (Feb 2009- Feb-2012)

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Publications (Peer-reviewed)

Humphrey, R., Nic Giolla Easpaig, B. & Fox, R. (2018). Creating contexts for ethical research engagement: Reflecting on the challenges and opportunities for research with trans individuals. In D.L. Steinberg, L., Moon & R. Pearce (Eds.) The Emergence of Trans. London: Routledge (email me for a copy)

Nic Giolla Easpaig, B. & Fox, R. (2017). Young people's experiences of negotiating healthcare services in relation to sexual and gender identities: A community-based approach to service improvement [Special Issue]. Psychology of Sexualities Review, 8, 39-52 (email me for a copy)

Nic Giolla Easpaig, B. & Humphrey, R. (2016). 'Pitching a virtual woo': Analysing discussion of sexism in online gaming. Feminism & Psychology [Advance online publication]. doi:10.1177/0959353516667400

Nic Giolla Easpaig, B. (2015). Capturing collective processes of analysis in participatory research: An example from a memory work investigation into how gender and sexual identities are experienced. International Journal of Social Research Methodology. doi:10.1080/13645579.2015.1111585

Nic Giolla Easpaig, B., Fryer, D., Linn, S., & Humphrey, R. (2014). A queer-theoretical approach to community health psychology [Special issue]. Journal of Health Psychology, 19, 117-125.doi:10.1177/1359105313500259

Nic Giolla Easpaig, B. (2013). The problem of writing as a solution. In M. Vicars & T. McKenna (Eds.) Discourse, power and resistance down under: Vol II.(pp. 77-84) Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.

Fryer, D. & Nic Giolla Easpaig, B. (2013). Critical analysology:  the critical theorising of analysis. Journal of Critical Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy, 13, 67-72.

Duckett, P., Fryer, D., Lawthom , R., Nic Giolla Easpaig, B. & Radermacher, H. (2013). The good, the bad and the ugly: Searching for critical research in psychology.Qualitative Research Journal, 13, 145 – 153. do

Nic Giolla Easpaig, B. & Fryer, D. (2011). Dismantling dominant sexual violence research without using the master's toolsGay and Lesbian Issues and Psychology Review, 7, 168-175.

Nic Giolla Easpaig, B. & Fryer, David (2009). Review: Erica Burman (2008). Deconstructing Developmental Psychology (2nd ed.).  Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 11, Art. 12.

Nic Giolla Easpaig, B. & Fryer, D. (2008). Textbook Answers? The Australian Community Psychologist, 20(2), 87-93.

 

Research Report

Nic Giolla Easpaig, B. (2014). Phase 1 planning: Consultation with young people who identify as LGBTIQ - Report on online survey findings. Report prepared for Headspace Wagga Wagga, NSW.

 

Professional publication (not peer-reviewed)

Nic Giolla Easpaig, B. (2015). Communicating inclusive practice: Considering the role of language in service access. The Professional Therapist, 1, 35-38. 

 

Conference papers (peer-reviewed)

Bowman, S., Fox, R. & Nic Giolla Easpaig, B. (2017, April). Constructing connectedness and cohesion: Regional, rural and remote young people in Australia who identify with diverse sexualities and genders. 13th Trans-Tasman Community Psychology Conference, Melbourne, Australia.

Nic Giolla Easpaig, B., & Fox, R. (2016, May). Encounters with critical methodologies in multi-stakeholder community practice: Collaborating to promote wellbeing and address challenges negotiated by young people residing in rural communities in relation to issues of sexuality and gender. Paper session presented at the 6th International Conference on Community Psychology, Durban, South Africa.

Fox, R. & Nic Giolla Easpaig, B. (2016, May). Engaging critical methodologies in learning and teaching with psychology students. Paper session presented at the 6th International Conference on Community Psychology, Durban, South Africa.

Nic Giolla Easpaig, B. (2013, September). Tensions at the Intersection: Collectivity, Consensus and Carnival Politics. Paper session presented at the 5th Women in Psychology Trans-Tasman Conference and 22nd APS Women and Psychology Conference, Auckland, New Zealand.

Fryer, D. & Nic Giolla Easpaig, B. (2012, August). Some questions about the theorising of analysis. Paper session presented at the AQR / DPR Conference ' Embodying Good Research - What counts and Who decides?', Darwin, N.T., Australia.

Duckett, P., Fryer, D., Lawthom , R., Nic Giolla Easpaig, B. & Radermacher, H. (2012, August). 'The good, the bad and the ugly: searching for critical research in psychology and disability studies'. Symposium conducted at the AQR / DPR Conference ' Embodying Good Research - What counts and Who decides?' Darwin, N.T., Australia.

Fryer, D. & Nic Giolla Easpaig, B.  (2012, July). Critical Methodology. Paper session presented at the International Congress of Psychology, Cape Town, South Africa (co-written, presented by Fryer, D. solo).

Bradley, B., Fox, R., Fryer, D., Nic Giolla Easpaig B. & Stambe, R. (2010, November). Participation in Learning and Teaching: Putting Theory into practice. Paper session presented at the CSU Ed 2010 Conference, Educating for 2020 and beyond, Bathurst, NSW, Australia.

Fryer, D., Nic Giolla Easpaig, B., Fox, R., & McCormack, C., (2010, July). Applied Critique?: Community Critical Psychology in Action. Paper session presented at the 27th International Congress of Applied Psychology, Melbourne, Australia

Nic Giolla Easpaig, B. (2009, December) Praxis, Gendered Oppression and Sexual Violence. Paper session presented at the 20th APS Women and Psychology Conference-Re-engendering Psychology: Research and Practice With and About Women, Melbourne, Australia,

Nic Giolla Easpaig, B. & Fryer, D. (2009, October). Praxis, Gendered Oppression and Sexual Violence. Paper session presented at the 7th European Congress of Community Psychology, Paris, France.

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Memberships

  • Member, Australian Psychological Society (APS)
  • Academic Member, College of Community Psychologists
  • Treasurer, APS Psychology of Diverse Bodies, Genders, and Sexualities Interest Group
  • Committee Member, APS Women & Psychology Group

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