My personal background spans a number of areas not limited to psychology — in my work I also incorporate my knowledge of philosophy and cybernetics to develop a multidimensional approach to the human mind. My main roles as an academic involve teaching and research in cognitive science. The main three values that underpin my work are: (a) The open exploration of mind (b) intellectual freedom and (c) collaborative self-growth.
1. Open consciousness exploration
William James' doctrine to pursue the broad spectrum of states of consciousness has somewhat been lost in modern psychology and counselling degrees. An open dialogue around the consciousness issue is inclusive of all facets of mind - such as anomalistic phenomena and altered states. For the most part studies into these aspects of consciousness has either been marginalised or ignored in research programs. However an open exploration of consciousness is essential to build a 'whole picture' of the human mind.
2. Academic freedom as a pillar of knowledge
We live in an age in which all information seems readily accessible within seconds of a web search. Higher knowledge and wisdom takes time to cultivate though. The time to think and reflect on the nature of truth is often substituted by the postmodern ideal of 'outcome' in the modern word. Conversely most of the meaningful discoveries that have come about over the past centuries have been developed via diligent exploration of knowledge rather than goals centred on financial or meritorious outcomes.
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3. Contributionism for human potential
At the risk of making this page more political than I intended: The third value I aim to bring to my work centres on the relational and transactional nature of knowledge. My perspective is that human potential is best cultivated in a collaborative rather than competitive context. To give examples – In our modern world major corporations hold 99% of the power and resources that inform critical decisions. This creates a disempowered human race where the majority of people have little impact in the world they are living in. Even protests and committees are often 'for show' rather than drivers of real tangible transformation towards our highest potentials. Many social and political systems value capitalising on one's individual rather than group strengths. This attitude dissuades co-creation and drawing upon our relationships rather than objective metrics for success. Yet it is indeed a genuine attitude of co-creation which allows us to authentically pave the world we wish to see in front of us tomorrow.
You can read more about this approach of learning through the 'relational field' on the Education page on this website.
Experience and mini resume
Academic posts held
Lecturer in cognitive and developmental psychology
Industry FellowRMIT University
Postdoctoral psychology fellow and associate lecturer
LecturerAustralian College of Applied Psychology
Academic teacher into undergraduate and postgraduate counselling degrees
Assistant Lecturer + TutorMonash University
Lecturer and tutor in undergraduate psychology programs and pathways education
- PhD in Psychology from Monash University in 2016 on factors associated with perceptual disruption in whole body illusions — available via Monash ePub repository
- Postgraduate diploma in psychological research at Monash University in 2011 — dissertation document available via Monash ePub repository
- Master in Counselling from Monash University in 2010 specialising in cognitive techniques
- Narrative Practice Level 1 — Dulwich Centre
- Grad Cert in Male Family Violence Counselling — Men's Referral Service
- Cert IV in Training and Assessment
- Mediation and Dispute Resolution Cert
- NLP Coach