How trauma shapes empathy and resilience in bipolar disorder

Research Opportunity
Honours students
Department / Centre
Royal Melbourne Hospital
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Dr Tamsyn Van Rheenen

Summary We are seeking an enthusiastic and academically high-performing student to be involved in an honours project investigating how subjective ratings of trauma relate to ones empathy and resilience in bipolar disorder.

Project Details

Bipolar disorder is a severe mental illness that typically emerges in adolescence and young adulthood. The aim of this project is to further investigate the relationship between the types of trauma experienced and the subjective intensity of trauma, and how that relates to empathy and resilience later in life.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to craft a thesis topic aligned to their interests utilising data collected from previous longitudinal or cross-sectional studies as well as on-going studies.

The successful applicant should have an undergraduate degree in a relevant field (science, psychology, psychophysiology and/or neuroscience) with excellent results. Whilst this project is designed to be suitable for an honours year, students who are at a masters or PhD level and are interested in this topic should enquire, as there is substantial room for expansion on this topic. Students with their own scholarship funding are welcomed.

Faculty Research Themes

School Research Themes

Neuroscience & Psychiatry

Research Opportunities

Honours students
Students who are interested in joining this project will need to consider their elegibility as well as other requirements before contacting the supervisor of this research

Graduate Research application

Honours application

Key Contact

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Department / Centre


Research Group / Unit / Centre

Research Node

Royal Melbourne Hospital

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