Jasmine MacDonald

Adjunct Staff

Dr Jasmine MacDonald (nee Thomas)

Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor or Social Work (Hons), PhD

Adjunct Lecturer

Dr Jasmine B. MacDonald (BA/BSW(Hons), PhD) is an Adjunct Lecturer with the School of Psychology, Charles Sturt University and Methodological Consultant for the APS journal Australian Community Psychologist. Jasmine has held academic roles at Charles Sturt University, Australian College of Applied​ Psychology and RMIT University.

Jasmine's primary research interest is occupational stress and trauma. In particular, Jasmine is interested in exploring the nexus between journalism and psychology. Her research considers the kinds of traumatic events TV news workers are exposed to and the psychological implications of this work. Jasmine's research was the first of its kind to focus on the trauma experiences of TV news camera operators, how their experiences compare to those of other news workers, and the functional role of relationships amongst news workers of various roles.

Jasmine hosts the psychology podcast Psych Attack, having relaxed conversation with experts about the topics they are passionate about in psychological research and/or practice.

Jasmine's broader interests include: dogs, nature, sport, tea, and food.


Jasmine has experience teaching in to a broad range of undergraduate psychology units, including introductory first year units, child and adolescent psychology, developmental psychology, psychopathology, forensic psychology, biopsychology, personality, learning, and qualitative research methods. She also has experience teaching in the areas of food science and engineering, mental health nursing, social work, and social welfare.


  • Trauma exposure and reactions in television news camera operators
  • The psychological implications of journalistic work
  • Work-related trauma exposure and reactions
  • Substance use
  • Burnout
  • Consumer-sensory evaluation
  • Online learning and teaching


Expert Comment Topics:
  • Trauma exposure and reactions in TV news workers.
  • Designing and conducting systematic literature reviews.
  • Consumer-sensory evaluation

Professional Website: jasminebmacdonald.com.au

Research Gate URL: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Jasmine_Macdonald2

Twitter: @Jaz_MacDonald

Psych Attack Podcast: https://www.psychattack.com/

Research Supervision (Current and completed):

Jasmine is currently supervising students in the following research topics:

  • Physiotherapists operating near or on the boundary of their scope of practice with clients with mental health problems or psychological distress (Physiotherapy Ph.D.)
  • How do experiences of trauma exposure impact the substance use behaviours of TV news journalists? (Psychology Honours)

Jasmine has supervised the following topics to completion:

  • Relationship between Refugee or Asylum Seeker Background and Secondary Traumatic Stress, Burnout and Compassion Satisfaction among Interpreters: The Moderating Roles of Organisational and Colleague Support (Psychology Clinical Masters, 2020)
  • Navigating the ‘middle space’: Physiotherapists’ experiences with clients with suicidal thoughts and behaviours (Physiotherapy Honours, 2020)
  • The Effects of Acculturation, Perceived Social Support and Discrimination During COVID-19 Pandemic on Depression, Anxiety and Stress Levels of Asian Migrants (Psychology Honours, 2020)
  • Factors Contributing to Burnout in Climate Activist (Psychology Honours, 2020)
  • An Exploration of the Antecedents and Outcomes of Burnout, Work-Home Conflict and Patient Aggression on Aged Care Employees (Psychology Honours, 2019)
Professional Affiliations:
  • Australian Community Psychologist, Australian Psychological Society Journal, Methodological Consultant, 2019 – Present
  • Wagga Social Work Network, Wagga Wagga, 2018 – Present
  • Golden Key International Honour Society 2008 – present
  • Community Drug and Alcohol Team, Wagga Wagga, 2011 – 2018
  • Amnesty International, Wagga Wagga, 2010 – 2012