Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Dr Rachel Dryer

Dr Rachel Dryer

Bsc (Hons), PhD (Auckland University)

Rachel was awarded her PhD from University of Auckland (New Zealand) in 1997. Prior to her position at Charles Sturt University, she worked as a teaching assistant/tutor in the Psychology Department at Auckland University (1991-1996) and as a lecturer in the Department of Psychology at Canterbury University (1997), teaching undergraduate and postgraduate subjects in the areas of Cognition and Behavioural Neuroscience.

Since her appointment at Charles Sturt University in 1998, Rachel has been involved in both internal and external modes of teaching that have ranged from introductory psychology subjects to subjects taught in the Master of Psychology (Clinical) program. These subjects have been in the areas of Cognition, Human Neuropsychology, Psychological Testing & Assessment, and Developmental Conditions/Disorders in Childhood and Adolescence.

Rachel's research interests are in the areas of developmental conditions/disorders (i.e., Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Learning Disabilities); psychological testing and assessment; eating disorders; and body image issues/concerns in both males and females. She also has a research project in the area of teaching and learning in higher education. Rachel is actively involved in supervising research students in these areas of interests.

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Teaching

  • Psychological Testing
  • Problems Emerging in Childhood and Adolescence

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Research grants

Project: Autism Spectrum Disorder: Predictors of parental distress and cognitive gains in intensive behavioural intervention programs. Funding:  Academy of Social Sciences in Australia (2013-2014). Role: Principal Investigator (Co-Investigator: Dr Rebecca Godfrey, Kinark Child & Family Services, Markham, Canada).

Project: Examining the relationship between motivation, quality of life and academic achievement among university students (with and without disability). Funding: Charles Sturt University, Faculty of Arts Research Compact Grant (2013-2015). Role: Principal Investigator (Co-investigators: Assoc. Prof. Graham Tyson [CSU] & Ms Rosemary Shaw [CSU]).

Project: Cross-cultural differences in perfectionism, eating pathology, body dissatisfaction and muscularity in men. Funding: Charles Sturt University, Faculty of Arts Research Compact Grant (2011-2014). Role: Principal Investigator (Co-investigators: Dr Stephanie Quinton [CSU] & Dr Izumi Hiramatsu, [CSU]).

Project: Research Fellowship. Funding: Charles Sturt University, Faculty of Arts Research Compact Grant (2011-2012).

Project: A cross-cultural comparison of explanatory models of bulimia nervosa, endorsement of western beauty ideals and body dissatisfaction between Australian and Japanese women. Funding: Charles Sturt University, Faculty of Arts Research Compact Grant (2011-2012). Role: Principal Investigator (Co-investigators: Assoc. Prof. Graham Tyson [CSU], Prof. Emmanuel Manalo [Waseda University] & Dr Yuri Uesaka [Tokyo University]).

Project: Faculty Publication Grant. Funding: Charles Sturt University, Faculty of Arts Research Grant (2005).

Project: Implicit theories of Bulimia Nervosa: Explanatory models used by health professionals and university students. Funding: Charles Sturt University Competitive Grant (2003 – 2004). Role: Principal Investigator (Co-investigators: Assoc. Prof. Michael Kiernan [CSU] & Assoc. Prof. Graham Tyson [CSU]).

Project: Implicit theories of ADHD: Explanatory models used by health professionals, parents, teachers, children, and the general population. Funding: CSU Small Grant (2000 – 2001). Role: Principal Investigator (Co-investigators: Assoc. Prof. Michael Kiernan [CSU] & Assoc. Prof. Graham Tyson [CSU]).

Project: The effects of medication on executive functions and indices of frontal lobe and basal ganglia function in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children. Funding: ARC Small Grant (1999 – 2001). Role: Principal Investigator (Co-investigators: Assoc. Prof. Michael Kiernan [ CSU] & Dr Lynne Mason [Katoomba Hospital]).

Project: The influence of cognitive processing styles on the perception of odours and their mixtures. Funding: Olfactory Research Fund (1999-2000). Role: Co-investigator (Principal Investigator: Dr Andrew Livermore [CSU]).

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Dryer, R., Tyson, G., & Shaw, R. (in press). Motivation to learn and quality of life issues in higher education students with disability. In M. Henning, C. Krageloh, & G. Wong-Toi (Eds.) Student motivation and quality of life in higher education. Routledge.

Dryer, R., & Ware, N. (in press). Beliefs about causes of weight gain, effective weight gain prevention strategies, and barriers to weight management in the Australian population.  Health Psychology and Behavioural Medicine.

Dryer, R., Kiernan, M.J., & Tyson, G. A.  (2013).  Do professions differ in their beliefs about ADHD? In R. Thompson & N. J. Miller (Eds.).  ADHD: Cognitive symptoms, genetics and treatment outcomes, (pp. 61-80).  Nova Science Publishers, Inc.

Dryer, R., Kiernan, M. J., & Tyson, G. A.  (2013).  Bulimia nervosa: Professional and lay people's belief about the causes.  Australian Psychologist. Early View Online, 1-7.

Firth, I., & Dryer, R.  (2013).  The predictors of distress in parents of children with autism spectrum disorders.  Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Early View Online, 1-9.

Dryer, R., Kiernan, M. J., & Tyson, G. A.  (2012).  Parental and professional beliefs on the treatment and management of ADHD.  Journal of Attention Disorders, 16 (5), 398 – 405.

Ware, N., & Dryer, R., (2012).  Implicit theories of the causes of weight gain in adults.  Proceedings of the 34th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Sapporo, Japan. Peer-reviewed conference proceedings (ISBN 978-0-9768318-8-4).

Dryer, R., Kiernan, M. J., & Tyson, G. A.  (2006).  The effects of diagnostic labelling on the implicit theories of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder held by health professionals.  Behaviour Change, 23 (3), 177-185.

Dryer, R., Kiernan, M.J., & Tyson, G.A.  (2006). Implicit theories of the characteristics and causal factors of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): Explanatory models used by parents and professionals in the educational, medical, mental health and allied health fields.  Australian Journal of Psychology, 58 (2), 79 -92.

Dryer, R., Tabone, M., & Kiernan, M. (2006). Examining the relationship between children's language ability and performance on the Rey Auditory Verbal Learning Test (RAVLT).  In Michael Innes (Ed.). Proceedings of the Joint Conference of the Australian Psychological Society and the New Zealand Psychological Society. Auckland, New Zealand: The Australian Psychological Society, Ltd.  Peer-reviewed conference proceedings.

Kiernan, M. J., Dryer, R., & Tyson, G. A (2005).  Beliefs of the general public, female University students and professionals concerning the treatment of Bulimia Nervosa. Proceedings of the 40th APS Annual Conference. Melbourne, Australia: The Australian Psychological Society, Ltd.  Peer-reviewed conference proceedings.

Dryer, R., Kiernan, M.J., Mason, L.M., Teng, A, & Betts, G.A. (2004). Construct validity and reliability of the Conner's Parent Rating Scale – Revised (CPRS-R) in an Australian sample. In M. Katsikitis (Ed.). Proceedings of the 39th APS Annual Conference, Melbourne, Australia: The Australian Psychological Society, Ltd.  Peer-reviewed conference proceedings.

Dryer, R., Kiernan, M.J., & Tyson, G.A. (2003). The effects of diagnostic labelling on the implicit theories of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder held by health professionals.  In P.P. Slezak (Ed.). Proceedings of the Joint International Conference on Cognitive Science, Sydney, Australia: University of New South Wales.  Peer-reviewed conference proceedings.

Kiernan, M.J., Tyson, G.A., & Dryer, R. (2003).  Implicit theories of ADHD among professionals and lay people: A structural model incorporating characteristics, causes and treatments.  In P.P. Slezak (Ed.). Proceedings of the Joint International Conference on Cognitive Science, Sydney, Australia: University of New South Wales.  Peer-reviewed conference proceedings.

Dryer, R., Beale I. L., & Lambert, A. J.  (1999).  The balance model of dyslexia and remedial training:  An evaluative study.  Journal of Learning Disabilities, 32, 174-186.

Dryer, R.  (1996).  Effects of hemisphere-specific and hemisphere-alluding stimulation on reading performance of dyslexic subtypes.  Australian Journal of Psychology, 48, 38.

Conference Presentations:

Dryer, R., Kiernan, M.J., & Tyson, G.A. (2004).  The effects of diagnostic labelling on health professionals' beliefs about the cause and treatment of ADHD.  28th International Congress of Psychology, Beijing.

Dryer, R., Kiernan, M. J., & Tyson, G. A.  (2003).  The effects of diagnostic labelling on the implicit theories of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder held by health professionals.  International Conference on Cognitive Science, Sydney Australia.

Dryer, R., Kiernan, M.J., & Tyson, G.A.  (2002).  Implicit theories of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): Treatment and long-term outcomes.  Australian Association of Cognitive Behaviour Therapists Annual Conference, Brisbane, Australia.

Dryer, R., Kiernan, M.J., & Tyson, G.A. (2001).  Implicit theories of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): Explanatory models used by parents and professionals in the educational, medical, mental health and allied health fields. Australian Association of Cognitive Behaviour Therapists Annual Conference, Sydney, Australia.

Dryer, R.  (1996) Effects of hemisphere-specific and hemisphere-alluding stimulation on the reading performance of dyslexic subtypes.  Paper presented at the 23rd Annual Australian Experimental Psychology Conference, Perth, Australia.

Dryer, R. (1995)  Balancing the brain. Paper presented at the 1995 Annual Conference of the New Zealand Psychological Society, Auckland , New Zealand.

Healey, A. M., Dryer, R., Tyson, G., & Kiernan, M.  (2001).  Implicit theories of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder held by primary school teachers and allied health workers.  36th Annual Conference of the Australian Psychological Society, Adelaide, Australia.

Hiramatsu, I., Dryer, R., & Kiernan, M.J. (2004).  The effect of the cues that are not present: A re-evaluation of the Rescorla-Wagner model., 28th International Congress of Psychology, Beijing.

Hiramatsu, I., Kiernan, M.J., & Dryer, R.  (2001).  A simple feed-forward network with lateral projections can simulate backward blocking.  2nd Australian Learning Group Conference.  Magnetic Island, Queensland, Australia.

Hiramatsu, I., Kiernan, M.J., & Dryer, R. (2004).  Independent occurrence of an outcome and its effect on causal judgments in retrospective re-evaluation. 28th International Congress of Psychology, Beijing.

Kiernan, M. J., Tyson, G. A., & Dryer, R.  (2002).  The relation between therapists' beliefs about the causes and treatment of ADHD: The scientist-practitioner model under scrutiny.  Australian Association of Cognitive Behaviour Therapists Annual Conference, Brisbane, Australia.

Kiernan, M. J., Tyson, G. A., & Dryer, R.  (2003).  Implicit theories of ADHD among professionals and lay people: A structural model incorporating characteristics, causes and treatments.  International Conference on Cognitive Science, Sydney.

Kiernan, M.J., Betts, G., Dryer, R., Williamson, B. & Teng, A.  (2004). Sensitivity of the Sleep Disturbance Scale for Children to the presence and treatment of sleep-disordered breathing in Australian children. 17th Annual Meeting of the Australasian Sleep Association. Sydney.

Kiernan, M.J., Tyson, G.A., & Dryer, R. (2004).  Can structural equation models be used to examine implicit theories? 28th International Congress of Psychology, Beijing.

Teng, A., Betts, G., Kiernan, M.J., & Dryer, R. (2004).  The construct validity and the predictive validity of the Sleep Disturbance Scale for Children in an Australian sample. 39th APS Annual Conference, Sydney.

Tyson, G.A., Dryer, R, Kiernan, M.J., & Waldron, C.  (2002).  Parents' causal explanations of ADHD. The British Psychological Society Division of Educational and Child Psychology Annual Conference, Bournemouth.

Tyson, G.A., Dryer, R., Kiernan, M.J., & Waldron, C.  (2001).  Implicit theories of ADHD - the parental perspective. Seventh Annual Conference of the Society of Australian Social Psychologists. Melbourne.

Invited Research/Clinical Presentations:

Dryer, R. (2012). Specific learning disabilities in university students: Implications for study and support services. Invited clinical presentation to the Centre for English Language Education in Science and Engineering, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan.

Dryer, R., Kiernan, M.J., & Tyson, G.A. (2001).  Implicit theories of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): Explanatory models used by parents and professionals in the educational, medical, mental health and allied health fields.  Invited research presentation to the Psychology Department in University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Dryer, R., Kiernan, M.J., & Tyson, G.A. (2001).  Implicit theories of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).  Invited research presentation to the Psychology Department in Canterbury University, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Dryer, R., Kiernan, M.J., & Tyson, G.A. (2001).  Understanding causal explanations of ADHD held by parents and professionals in the educational, medical, mental health and allied health fields.  Invited research presentation to the Child and Family Specialty Service, Canterbury District Health Board, Christchurch, New Zealand.

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·         Registered Psychologist (General) with Psychology Board of Australia.

·         Cognitive Science Society

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