17 episodes

Psych Attack focuses on the diversity of the domain of psychology. Join us for a relaxed conversation with experts discussing the topics they are passionate about in psychological research and/or practice. The aim is to better understand the spectrum of human experience, the methods used in psychology, and the people attracted to working within it. The conversations will be of interest and accessible to novice and experienced psychology listeners alike.

Hosted by Dr Jasmine B. MacDonald (jasminebmacdonald.com.au).

Psych Attack Dr Jasmine B. MacDonald

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Psych Attack focuses on the diversity of the domain of psychology. Join us for a relaxed conversation with experts discussing the topics they are passionate about in psychological research and/or practice. The aim is to better understand the spectrum of human experience, the methods used in psychology, and the people attracted to working within it. The conversations will be of interest and accessible to novice and experienced psychology listeners alike.

Hosted by Dr Jasmine B. MacDonald (jasminebmacdonald.com.au).

    Developmental insights for investigative interviewing about maltreatment with Associate Professor Lindsay Malloy

    Developmental insights for investigative interviewing about maltreatment with Associate Professor Lindsay Malloy

    About this episodeIn this episode, I catch up with Associate Professor Lindsay Malloy to hear about her research in developmental psychology and the law. In particular, ways to improve investigative interviewing with people who have experienced maltreatment and. In this discussion, Lindsay explains some developmental differences when interviewing children, adolescents and older adults. Much of the conversation focuses on reasons why children might recant disclosures of maltreatment.
    Dr Lindsay Malloy is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, Ontario Tech University, Canada. You can follow Lindsay's work, you can visit the Development, Context, and Communication Lab website or reach out on Twitter (@LMalloy).
    Research papers discussed in this episodeMalloy, L. C. & Mugno, A. P. (2016). Children’s recantation of adult wrongdoing: An experimental investigation. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 145, 11-21.
    Wyman, J. & Malloy, L. C. (2023). Increasing disclosures of older adult maltreatment: A review of best practices for interviewing older adult eyewitnesses and victims. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, DOI: 10.1080/13218719.2023.2192260
    Sensitive content warningThis episode refers to maltreatment experienced by children, adolescents and older adults. The episode focuses predominantly on barriers to disclosure and issues in investigative interviewing. Specific case examples and lived experience are not discussed. Please take care while listening and if you are feeling discomfort and think you would benefit from some support, please reach out to your GP or contact a service like Lifeline.
    Cite this episodeMacDonald, J. B. (Host). (2024, March 2). Developmental insights for investigative interviewing about maltreatment with Associate Professor Lindsay Malloy (No. 17) [Audio podcast episode]. In Psych Attack. www.psychattack.com
    TranscriptThere is a transcript available for this episode. The transcript has not yet been reviewed for accuracy.

    • 45 min
    Tips and tricks for publishing in psychology with Dr Rachael Fox

    Tips and tricks for publishing in psychology with Dr Rachael Fox

    In this episode, I team up again with Dr Rachael Fox (journal editor and academic). We reflect on our publication experiences to share insights that will be especially useful for listeners new to publishing.
     
    We discuss:
    ·      choosing a journal
    ·      the importance of scope, formatting, and proofing
    ·      what to consider when converting a dissertation or thesis into a publication
    ·      getting support from colleagues
    ·      communicating with journal editors
    ·      the mechanics of submission portals
    ·      receiving and responding to reviewer feedback.
     
    Dr Rachael Fox is Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology, Charles Sturt University, Australia. Rachael is Editor of the Australian Community Psychologist, an open access peer-reviewed journal. If you want to keep up to date with Rachael, you can reach out via her university profile page.
     
    Resources mentioned in this episode
    The following two tools may be useful in findings suitable journals for your work:
    Master Journal List (Clarivate)
    Jane (Biosemantics)
     
    Cite this episode
    MacDonald, J. B (Host). (2023, August 3). Tips and tricks for publishing in psychology with Dr Rachael Fox (No. 16) [Audio podcast episode]. In Psych Attack. www.psychattack.com
    Audio edit
    The audio edit for this episode was completed by Amy Edwards. Dr Jasmine B. MacDonald did a final edit for content.
     
    Transcript The transcript for this episode is under development. The version currently available has not been reviewed or edited yet.

    • 57 min
    Psychological research and collaboration with Dr Chat GPT (An AI experiment)

    Psychological research and collaboration with Dr Chat GPT (An AI experiment)

    In this episode, I am have an artificial conversation with a researcher I refer to as Dr Chat GPT. If you haven't already come across Chat GPT, it is open access software online where you can type anything in and it will use artificial intelligence to feed a response back to you. When you give it some context, it can give you some really cool responses.
     
    I have given Dr Chat GPT the context of being an Australian psychology researcher, working at a university, who I want to interview for my podcast. What you hear in this episode is a weird experiment where the conversation is based on the text-based interview I had with Dr Chat GPT, voiced by myself and my better half, Tim.
     
    I ask Dr Chat GPT:
    ·      What is Chat GPT?
    ·      What first made you interested in psychology?
    ·      What makes a good psychology researcher?
    ·      What are some tips for successful and enjoyable collaborations with other researchers?
    ·      What kind of psychological research do you do?
    ·      If you had limitless budget, what study would you conduct and why?
     
    Cite this episode
    MacDonald, J. B (Host). (2023, April 28). Psychological research and collaboration with Dr Chat GPT (An AI experiment) (No. 15) [Audio podcast episode]. In Psych Attack. www.psychattack.com
    Audio edit
    The audio edit for this episode was completed by Dr Jasmine B. MacDonald.
     
    Transcript The transcript for this episode is under development. The version currently available has not been reviewed or edited yet.

    • 14 min
    A critical look at publishing in psychology with Dr Rachael Fox

    A critical look at publishing in psychology with Dr Rachael Fox

    In this episode I catch up with Dr Rachael Fox, journal editor and academic, to discuss what publishing in psychology is and take a critical lens to highlight some issues and barriers to publishing. 
     
    We discuss:
    ·      critical and community psychological approaches to research
    ·      why people publish in psychology
    ·      common ways quality is thought about in psychological research and publishing
    ·      kinds of journals and how they are ranked
    ·      how research either about or conducted by certain groups of people can be excluded through mainstream publishing practices.
     
    Dr Rachael Fox is Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology, Charles Sturt University, Australia. Rachael is Editor of the Australian Community Psychologist, an open access peer-reviewed journal. If you want to keep up to date with Rachael, you can reach out via her university profile page.
     
    More info about the ideas covered in this episode
    Contesi, F. & Terrone, E. (2018). Introduction. Philosophical Papers, 47(1), 1-20.
    Fox, R,  Nic Giolla Easpaig, B.  (2021). Engaging critical methodologies in qualitative research methods with undergraduate psychology students. Journal of Community Psychology, 49(1), 228– 240.
    Hagve, M. (2020). The money behind academic publishing. Tidsskrift for Den norske legeforening.
    Tracy, S. J. (2012). The toxic and mythical combination of a deductive writing logic for inductive qualitative research. Qualitative Communication Research, 1(1), 109-141. 
    Van Noorden, R. (2013). Open access: The true cost of science publishing. Nature, 495, 426–429. 
     
    Cite this episode
    MacDonald, J. B (Host). (2023, March 13). A critical look at publishing in psychology with Dr Rachael Fox (No. 14) [Audio podcast episode]. In Psych Attack. www.psychattack.com
    Audio edit
    The audio edit for this episode was completed by Amy Edwards. Dr Jasmine B. MacDonald did a final edit for content.
     
    Transcript The transcript for this episode is under development. The version currently available has not been reviewed or edited yet. 

    • 1 hr 11 min
    The role of animals in mental health practice with Dr Abigail Alfrey

    The role of animals in mental health practice with Dr Abigail Alfrey

    This episode focuses on Dr Abigail Alfrey’s research and practice on the ways animals can be involved in mental health practice. We discuss: (1) the significance of pets for people experiencing psychosis, (2) including dogs in cognitive assessment to improve testing experiences and outcomes for child clients, and (3) reducing practitioner burnout by promoting animals in the workplace. We touch super briefly on other creative methods, like poetry, in therapy.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Trauma and TV news workers with Dr Jasmine B. MacDonald

    Trauma and TV news workers with Dr Jasmine B. MacDonald

    This episode focuses on Dr Jasmine B. MacDonald’s research in trauma exposure and mental health in TV news workers. We discuss how camera operators and reporters have different kinds of trauma experiences, the importance of social support, substance use, and symptoms of PTSD, depression, anxiety, stress, and burnout.

    • 59 min

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