Psychology academic recognised for outstanding achievement

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Published on 16 May 2013

University of the Sunshine Coast Associate Lecturer Dr Michelle Curran, who also works at USC’s Psychology Clinic, has been recognised for her outstanding achievements since graduating from the University of Southern Queensland. 

She was named one of two Alumnus of the Year Finalists for the University of Southern Queensland’s Faculty of Sciences at its recent awards ceremony. 

The Palmwoods resident, who has an extensive academic history, said she was delighted to have reached her goals. 

“After 14 years of study I gained six degrees while raising three children who have Autism Spectrum Disorder, and I’ve received the USQ Alumnus recognition in the same month I earned my Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology,” she said. 

Dr Curran’s PhD examined the effects of synchronous music in sport and exercise, based on field studies of ultra-distance athletes and a review of a century of research on the subject. 

“Overall, my findings supported the judicious use of music in sport and exercise to improve performance, physically and psychologically,” she said. 

Dr Curran, who worked as a tutor for Indigenous students at USC in 2008, joined the University’s Master of Psychology Clinical Team last year. 

She now lectures in USC’s Master of Psychology (Clinical), supervises Honours students and works with Masters students. 

A keen advocate of disability services on the Coast, she helped establish the Asperger Australia Support Group for the Sunshine Coast which now meets regularly at USC’s Sippy Downs campus. 

She said the group was improving knowledge and understanding between parents of young people and adults on the spectrum and also provided an opportunity for USC Psychology Masters students to gain real-world experience. 

— Julie Schomberg

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