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Featured Researcher - Stacey Parker

Dr Stacey Parker investigates the limitations of work control as a tool for stress-reduction

Stacey Parker

How did you get into psychology?

I fell in love with psychology during my undergraduate studies at UQ. The psychology courses were so interesting and challenging. We were encouraged to question what we were learning and to think deeply about how complex human behaviour is. It dawned on me that it would be really awesome if this could be my job, to try to explain such complex phenomenon.

What do you think makes a good psychology researcher?

Passion, persistence, and panache! Joking. Mostly, (1) a genuine interest in what makes people tick, and (2) a tenacity for using the scientific method to comprehend the complexity of human behaviour. I think the combination of these two things fuels the passion and persistence needed to unravel the mechanisms behind what makes people do the amazing things that they do.

What are you researching at the moment?

My general interests include job design and occupational health. In particular, I am interested in the limitations of work control as a tool for stress-reduction (i.e., does having work control still protect employees from strain when the individual's control capability is considered). New interests include: 

  • stress and coping implications for different types of rewards/incentives,
  • general health and well-being of music professionals,
  • implications of volunteering for general health and well-being,
  • inter-relationships of self-regulation and heart rate variability, and
  • efficacy of positive reappraisal as an emotion regulation strategy during stressful work.

Tell us something that people might be interested to know about you?

I recently took up knitting, which means for the first time ever I have a hobby! Although some might think knitting is daggy, I really enjoy it because I think it is quite a mindful activity and really good for psychologically detaching from work in the evenings. Plus, I get to wear (or give as gifts) the things I create! So, it’s ‘win win’.

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