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Prof Rachel M. Msetfi

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Currently I am the Dean, Faculty of Education & Health Sciences, and the Director, Health Research Institute. I am also a member of the Centre for Social Issues Research which is a multi-disciplinary group that conducts research that addresses contemporary social issues relevant to health and wellbeing and shapes public policy.

I am a psychologist and my research examines the psychological processes that help people to be mentally healthy, and how those processes are different in people with states like depression and anxiety. A particular interest is human learning, the processes underlying agency and how people learn about their personal control over their lives and environment. This is interesting because psychologically healthy people tend to feel 'in control' of their lives and environment, whereas depression, anxiety and other psychopathologies are often associated with a sense of helpless and lack of control. In addition, I am interested in how this knowledge can support people in being mentally healthy in their everyday lives, in accessing effective psychological treatment when it is needed and in making effective use of technology to translate this knowledge into practice.

Projects

  • The Feelings of Control Project
  • Culture, control and wellbeing
  • Time perception and Depressed Mood
  • Depression, Serotonin and Learning
  • Technology enhanced research and intervention

Publications

Byrom, N.C., Msetfi, R.M. & Murphy, R.A. Psychon. (2018). Human latent inhibition: Problems with the stimulus exposure effect. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review. 25 (6): 2102-2118. https://doi.org/10.3758/s13423-018-1455-4

Michelle K., Muldoon, O.T., Msetfi, R.M., Surgenor, P.W.G. (2018). Identification Reduces Stigma of Mental Ill‐Health: A Community‐Based Study. American Journal of Community Psychology. 61 (1-2): 229-239. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajcp.12220

van de Ven, P., O’Brien, H., Henriques, R., Klein, M., Msetfi, R., Nelson, J., Rocha, A., Ruwaard, J.,  O’Sullivan, D., Riper, H. (2017). ULTEMAT: A mobile framework for smart ecological momentary assessments and interventions. Internet Interventions. 9: 74-81. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.invent.2017.07.001

Kearns, M., Muldoon, O.T., Msetfi, R.M., Surgenor, P.W.G. (2017). Darkness into light? Identification with the crowd at a suicide prevention fundraiser promotes well‐being amongst participants. European Journal of Social Psychology. 47 (7): 878-888. https://doi.org/10.1002/ejsp.2304

Msetfi, R.M., Byrom, N., Murphy, R.A. (2017). To neglect or integrate contingency information from outside the task frame, that is the question! Effects of depressed mood. Acta psychologica. 178: 1-11. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actpsy.2017.05.003