Dr Lillian Smyth

BA, BSc(Hons), PhD
Lecturer in Medical Education
College of Health & Medicine

Areas of expertise

  • Educational Psychology 170103
  • Social And Community Psychology 170113
  • Psychological Methodology, Design And Analysis 170110
  • Curriculum And Pedagogy 1302

Research interests

Dr Smyth's research interests focus on social and educational psychology, working mainly on self-structure, social influence, perceived norms and applications of social psychological theory to teaching and learning.

Current student projects


  • Katrina Rivera (PhD candidate). Performance anxiety in music: a necessary evil?

MChD Research Projects:

  • Brendan Brew. Emotional regulation and perspective taking in training the clinical approach
  • James Li. Cultural influences on self-structure: the influence of cultural norms
  • Lara Ollis.  Engagement, e-learning and student wellbeing during COVID-19
  • Riley Attard. Engagement, e-learning and academic performance during COVID-19

Past student projects


  • Self-structure and discrimination: implications for coping and wellbeing, Dora Sharpe-Davidson, Clinical PhD (Cosupervised with Ken Mavor & Kate Reynolds)


  • Social Identification, Social Norms, and Helping Behaviour, Jia Chean Ooi (2019), RSP
  • Effects of Vulnerable Narcissism Trait on Perception andAdherence to Prosocial Norms, Ken Kit Ong (2019), RSP
  • Practice in art and science: bridging the gap with creativity. Bethany Lincoln (2019), RSB (Cosupervised with Krisztina Valter, Alex Webb and Elisa Crossing)
  • A cross-cultural examination of first-date scripts. Jeong In Kim (2018), RSP
  • The impact of norm-conflict on academic dishonesty and cheating behaviour, Ariana Grafton (2018), RSP
  • Information and discussion: unpacking the effects of small group interaction on norm formation, Kate Wilson Woolley (2018), RSP.
  • Self, social identity and well-being in transition: The moderating role for perceived social resources, Joane JS Chong (2017), RSP
  • Norm conflict & work-life balance in tertiary students, Brendan Dwyer (2016), RSP
  • The Role Of Social Influence On Motivation And Perseverance In Tertiary Education, Kaushini Samarjeewa (2015), RSP
  • Discipline Social Identification and Normative Conflict in Higher Education: Student versus Teacher Learning Approach Norms, Vritika Chandra (2015), RSP

MChD Research Projects:

  • Hazreana Jaya (2019)
  • Nazurah Haji Awang Mahli (2018)
  • Salwa Haji Abdul Rahman (2018)


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