BA, BA (Honours 1st Class), PhD
Linda completed her undergraduate, honours and postgraduate studies at Charles Sturt University, based at the Wagga Wagga campus. From her honours degree she obtained an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) to complete a PhD. For Linda’s postgraduate research she investigated insight in problem solving (Aha! moment) with a focus on the types of people who regularly experience insights. She published several papers from this research including a self-report scale measuring dispositional insight.
After completing her PhD Linda was a Project Officer for the Murrumbidgee Mental Health Drug Alcohol Alliance. Her role included redesigning clinical pathways for mental health drug and alcohol consumers. She was also responsible for coordinating alliance partnerships between government and non-government mental health drug and alcohol organisations for the purpose of improving the referral process between these organisations.
Linda is currently researching the wellbeing of farmers, with a specific focus on how innovative problem solving in farming practice maybe a protective factor against mental health issues.
My research interests broadly cover Eureka moments, creative problem solving, creativity and innovation. My aim is to have a thorough understanding of the cognitive mechanisms and personality/dispositional factors that predict creative thinking. My research interests also include the link between innovation/effective problem solving and mental health, particularly in farmers.
I am currently collaborating with the AgriTech Incubator at CSU which supports new entrepreneurs in the Riverina to develop innovations that will lead to start-ups and SMEs. I assisted in developing a new entrepreneurial course for students wishing to develop their skills, from creating innovative products to pitching their ideas to industry.
I am also a member of the Soil CRC collaborating on grant funded projects with academics in the School of Agriculture and Wine Sciences, and the School of Management and Marketing. These projects focus on working with farmers to develop innovative ideas and practices in soil management.