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Psycho-Social Student Hub

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Stuart Lokhee is a Provisional Psychologist and the founder of the Psycho-Social Student Hub. 

“I am happy to be part of a caring wonderful, knowledgeable, ethical and respectful team of people.”

The Hub arose out of Stuart’s personal experiences studying psychology, hearing the experiences of fellow students across many subject disciplines, and from the results of Stuart’s thesis investigation (stress, depressive symptoms and stigma to seeking psychological help – in veterinary and other university students).

“Studying psychology for me was so very interesting, but at times challenging”

This site is a place where students can seek help, find expertise, display their own research and kill time exploring our resource section.

“Help us build this student resource”

Our Story

“We are here because we want to help you to feel more confident and competent about your studies”. 

From students to professional academics, our story is about the same as yours. Our core team have academic backgrounds (PhD-candidates, Masters, Honours and Undergraduate degrees) in diverse areas including: psychology, counseling, education, law, politics, economics, policing and criminology. Many of the team have published their research.

When engaging with us, you can be confident that we also have extensive and relevant industry experience. This is important if you want an applied perspective to your assignments, reports and thesis.

We have worked in:

  • Psychological roles
  • Australian University Sectors
  • Australian Research Centres
  • Ethics Review Boards
  • Department of Juvenile Justice NSW
  • Department of Corrections NSW
  • The United Nations
  • The Department of Education and Training NSW
  • Commonwealth and State Public Services
  • In private mental health related industries
  • Relationships Australia
  • Australian Federal Police
  • NSW Police Service

 

Our Values & Beliefs

Expert Coaching and Tutoring

We strive to provide students with the best possible services by advertising only experienced, enthusiastic and ethical practitioners.

We aim to help increase self-efficiency

Our practitioners will use their teaching and learning practices and resources to enhance
students’ self-efficiency and confidence to study.

We will be affordable for students

Our hub is for students and prices will reflect this.

We value your privacy

Unless required by law, we will not disclose your use of any of our services, and your personal details and data will not be shared.

We believe in RESPECTFUL relationships, check out this fantastic video clip about respectful relationships.

Mr Stuart Lokhee

“I got through this relatively unscathed, I think…”

Credentials:

  • Master of Criminology
  • Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) (Hons Class 1)
  • Graduate Diploma in Psychology
  • Graduate Diploma in Education
  • Registered Tutor (Australian Tutoring Association)
  • Bachelor of Economics
  • Bachelor of Policing (Investigations)
  • Diploma of Government Investigations
  • Detective Police Designation (Retired)

Featured Publications:

In progress!

Invited Presentations:

Southern Cross University: Big Data and Policing

University of New South Wales: Restorative Justice

Macquarie University: Human Trafficking

Royal Thai Police: Human Trafficking an International Response

How Stuart Contributes To Our Hub:

Stuart’s ‘Hub’ specialty is interview preparation. He is also available to consult on criminal justice issues (e.g. Policing and Criminology assignment planning). His expertise is in education, social science, policing and restorative justice.

Mr Stuart Lokhee

Stuart is currently studying a Master of Clinical Psychology, with a research interest in the mental health of Australian university students. He is currently a registered provisional psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia.

Professionally, Stuart’s 25 year career includes working as a Blue Beret (Peacekeeper) with the United Nations in East Timor and as a Detective and a Federal Agent within the Australian Federal Police (AFP), with a focus on the investigation and prosecution of human trafficking and people smuggling offenders, narcotics investigations, family law, intelligence and security operations. Stuart held the role of mentor and welfare officer with the AFP.  With the NSW Police, Stuart worked in general policing, including the investigation of domestic violence, traffic offences, and victim-related crime.

Stuart’s experience spans to University teaching and assessment (CSU and WSU), high school teaching, Juvenile Justice (Youth Justice Convener) and NSW Corrections (Group Facilitator). Stuart is a group work facilitator with Relationships Australia. He has recently chaired multicultural events for dads and kids and facilitated gender-based domestic violence education sessions across Western Sydney.

Stuart was part of a panel for recruit selection with the AFP and NSW Police, and has been trained in cognitive interviewing, role play, and behavioural interviewing methods. Stuart has recent experiences as an interviewee himself, facing panel interviews that included participating in role plays, scenario training and self-reflection questions.

Stuart hopes that students can enjoy their studies more.

 

Ms Adele Bergin 

Kind, patient, loves applied research, and yes, she can sing”.

Credentials:

  • Master of Clinical Psychology 
  • Bachelor of Science (Psychology) (Honours Class 1)
  • Bachelor of Law

Publications

Click here to see all publications.

Invited Presentations:

Bergin, A. (February, 2014). Explaining psychological distress in the legal profession: Workplace demands, resources, time-billing targets, and the role of overcommitment. Presented at the 2014 National Wellness for Law Forum, Brisbane, Australia.

Bergin, A.(September, 2013). Managing stress and building psychological resilience in law school. Presented at the Allens & The University of Queensland Law Society Mental Health Forum, Brisbane, Australia.

Bergin, A. (September, 2012). Barrister wellbeing. Paper presented at the Western Australian Bar Association 2012 CPD Conference, Perth, Australia.

How Adele Contributes To Our Hub:

Adele’s speciality is Mentoring Honours Students, but she also loves to help undergraduate psychology students.

Ms Adele Bergin

Adele is currently a registered psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia. Adele has a strong research and publication history. She tutored the psychological research and methodology course at The University of Queensland and received high distinctions in all of her studies of this subject. She has conducted assessment, marking, and feedback for students in the university sector.

Her honour’s thesis: Stress and the legal profession: Explaining psychological distress, alcohol misuse and job dissatisfaction in lawyers, was published in three peer-reviewed journals, and her master’s thesis: Law student well-being: The stress-buffering role of mindfulness in the relationship between perceived stress and psychological adjustment, was published in two peer-reviewed journals (including the journal of Mindfulness).

Adele understands the challenges of completing an Honours degree in psychology and is particularly interested in helping honour’s students improve their research theses.

She has expertise in helping honour’s students with their research proposals; ethics applications; research design; power analysis; hypothesis development; conducting statistical analysis in SPSS Statistics (including data screening and assumption testing); SPSS output interpretation and reporting; and APA proofreading and editing.

Adele has particular skills in hierarchical multiple regression and moderation analysis, as well as scale development and psychometric evaluation, having developed, evaluated, and published a measure of university student stress.

Adele has provided brief psychological interventions and counselling services to employees as part of the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) services. Adele developed and facilitated workplace training programs related to positive psychology and stress management. She has conducted legal research and provided legal advice in relation to State, Commonwealth and International legislation, and held research positions within Universities, Government and non-profit organisations.

Adele works with you by telephone, email, Skype or Zoom.

Adele’s loves applied research and to help students achieve their best. She is happy to coach students through the Honour’s thesis process.

Mr Palesh Prasad

“No question is too hard, silly or too easy, a patient man”.

Credentials: 

  • PhD Candidate
  • Master of Science (MSc) in Geography and Environment
  • Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP)
  • Bachelor of Science (BSc) (Honours) in Geography and Environment

Featured Publications: 

Dey, S., & Basak, P. (2017). Out of the shadows: Women and wage struggle in the RMG industry of Bangladesh. Asian Journal of Women’s Studies, 23(2), 163-182. https://doi.org/10.1080/12259276.2017.1317702

Dey, S. & Basak, P. (2017).  Rana Plaza Disaster and Thereafter: Evaluating Efforts to Manage Safety and Social Security in the RMG Workers in Bangladesh. Perspective in Social Sciences, 12, 67-85, Dhaka: University of Dhaka.

Basak, P. (2013). Book Review: Kiron Wadhera and George Koreth, Empowering Rural Women: Micro-enterprise Through Achievement Motivation. Gender, Technology and Development 17(2), 229-232. https://doi.org/10.1177/0971852413488718

How Palash Contributes To Our Hub:

Palash’s “hub” speciality is statistical methods and is an experienced university tutor in statistics.

Mr Palesh Prasad

Palash Basak is a PhD Researcher at the School of Environmental and Life Sciences, University of Newcastle (UoN), Australia. He is involved in academia as a casual lecturer/tutor and worked at the University of New England (UNE) as a tutor in advanced statistics. Palesh has been a private statistics tutor for over five years.

With strong understanding and experience with statistical analysis and software packages such as SPSS, Stata, SAS, Minitab and Excel, Palash has helped Honours, Masters and PhD level students from areas of  Psychology, Public Health, Chemistry, Management, and other disciplines.

He has obtained two master’s degrees – one in Geography and Environment (University of Dhaka), and another in Urban and Regional Planning (Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology). Mr Basak has over 15 years of professional experience in positions such as Environmental Engineer and GIS Specialist.

Palesh can work with you in person or by email.

Palash enjoys the challenge of helping students to understand all aspects of Statistics for the social sciences.

Ms Megan Lee

Love life, love what I do!”.

Qualifications

  • B.Psyc.Sc.(HonsClass1)
  • PhD Candidate

Publications

Lee, M. F., Williams, S. L., & Burke, K. J. (2019). Striving for the thin ideal post-pregnancy: a cross-sectional study of intuitive eating in postpartum women. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 1–12. doi: 10.1080/02646838.2019.1607968

Rosic, N., Bradbury, J., Lee, M., Baltrotsky, K., and Grace, S. (2019). The impact of pesticides on local waterways: A scoping review and method for identifying pesticides in local usage. Environmental Science & Policy, 106, 12-21. doi:10.1016/j.envsci.2019.12.005

Contribution to our Hub

Megan’s hub specialty is helping undergraduate students to do their best work.

Ms Megan Lee

Megan is a current academic tutor and lecturer in psychology and statistics. She has a Bachelor of psychological science (honours) and is currently completing her PhD in nutritional psychiatry. This gives Megan expert knowledge in student experience, essay, report, thesis writing and applying statistics. Megan works with Zoom and Skype and Megan enjoys helping students increase their capabilities. 

Dr Susan Ellis

Credentials:

  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology, Philosophy)
  • Bachelor of Arts Honours 1 (Psychology)
  • Doctorate of Clinical Psychology and Clinical Gerospsychology, University of Queensland

Professional Memberships and Registrations:

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, Clinical Psychologist

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, Clinical Supervisor

The Australian Psychological Society, Member

The Australian Psychological Society, Clinical College, Fellow

The Health and Care Professions Council, Practitioner Psychologist

The British Psychological Society, Chartered Psychologist

The British Psychosocial Oncology Society, Member

The Psycho-Oncology Research Group Australia, Member

The Golden Key International Honours Society for Academic Excellence, Member

Publications:

Trait mindfulness, affective symptoms and quality of life in people with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Journal of Cancer Therapy, 5, 1114-1126.

Susan Ellis, Rhonda F. Brown, Einar B. Thorsteinsson, and Colin Perrott.

Quality of life and fear of cancer recurrence in patients with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Susan Ellis, Rhonda F. Brown, Einar B. Thorsteinsson, Ken Pakenham and Colin Perrott.

Manuscript under review.

Contribution to our hub:

Susie’s area of expertise is providing tutoring and supervision to postgraduate psychology students. She also provides tutoring to undergraduate psychology students.

Dr Susan Ellis

Susie is an experienced Clinical Psychologist and Geropsychologist with practice registrations in Australia and the United Kingdom, where she currently works in private practice. She has a broad range of experience in public mental health and private practice settings. She has worked in the areas of child and adult acute and chronic mental health and in health care settings, including Cancer Care, Cardiology, Sleep Medicine and Persistent Pain. Susie treats a range of conditions in private practice, including mood disorders, sleep disorders, dealing with chronic health conditions, and trauma. She conducts individual and group therapy, including delivery of workplace mental health programs. Susie works from a CBT based perspective with a focus on fostering insight and self-compassion.

Susie’s honours and doctoral theses were investigating psychological variables and outcomes in patients with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. She is a member of the Golden Key International Honours Society for Academic Excellence and has a range of experience in tutoring and supervision of undergraduate and post-graduate psychology students.

Susie understands the demands of clinical training and enjoys assisting students to gain a greater understanding and competence in their applied clinical and written work and is able to provide email, telephone, or video tutoring.

Ms Muriel Bergel

Evidence based psychological services with passion, kindness and respect.”

Credentials:

  • Master of Arts (Psychology)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)
  • Certificate IV Life Coaching
  • Registered Psychologist

How Murial Contributes To Our Hub:

She can provide psychological services for students. She knows what is like to study, work and be a parent.

 

 

Ms Muriel Bergel

Muriel is an experienced Psychologist with an interest in helping you to achieve your best. Her professional background includes:

  • Working with clients in a private practice setting on a range of issues and using focused psychological strategies such as CBT, ACT, mindfulness, relaxation techniques, psycho-education, coaching and positive psychology interventions as part of her therapeutic approach
  • Vocational Counselling to assist clients identify transferable skills, resume presentation, interview preparation and career options
  • Counselling clients through Employee Assistance Programs for work related issues such as stress, bullying, procrastination, time management, conflict management and personal issues.

Muriel can Provide brief intervention (2 – 6 sessions), goal-orientated (solution-focused) counselling to clients on a range workplace and personal issues that may adversely affect performance and well being such as

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Workplace Issues
  • Anger Management
  • Life Transitions
  • Relationship Issues
  • Stress Management
  • Grief and Loss
  • Perinatal Mental Health
  • Self-Esteem Issues
  • Managing overwhelm

She can help you to set goals to increase your emotional wellbeing, ensuring workplace/study productivity and satisfaction. 

Muriel enjoys her psychology practice, traveling the world  and renovating her home.

Murial can be contacted on

Phone: +61418413955

 

Mr Michael Riley

“My commitment to every client is to establish a relationship of safety, trust and empowerment.  A key aim is to create a mindset of emotional intelligence and resilience, balanced with an action focused approach to achieve a balanced and fulfilling lifestyle.  It is my privilege to partner people in their journey of individual growth and exploration, with a clear intention of enhancing our internal and external relationships.”

Credentials:

  • Registered Counselor
  • Bachelor’s Degree Adult Education
  • Graduate Diploma Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner/Mediator
  • Graduate Diploma Family Relationship Counselling (AISR)
  • Graduate Certificate Men’s Behavior Change Specialist & Group work Interventions
  • Graduate Certificate Management Communication (with Distinction)
  • Advanced Diploma Correctional Centre Administration
  • Diploma Counselling & ACA Approved Clinical/Professional Supervisor
  • Diploma Training and Assessment Systems
  • Certificate IV Training and Education (TAFE) (2000 & 2010)
  • Certificate IV Occupational Health & Safety 

How Michael Contributes To Our Hub:

Michael’s “hub” specialty is assisting clients by utilising a trauma-informed methodology and a solution-focused approach. This is aligned with Michael’s emphatic, creative, compassionate and systemic counselling skill set.

Mr Michael Riley

Michael is an experienced and registered counselor that has worked in the following areas including: Family and couples therapy, Family Law mediation, AOD counselling, FACS Supervision and coaching, Workplace mediation, Organisational induction, training and facilitation, Youth Suicide prevention (Black Dog Institute) and research, assessment and educational support/development. As a counselor, Michael works from a person-centred, supportive-based approach.

His approach is centred on compassion and understanding of life struggles and the longing for a more empowered life. Michael provides a safe and respectful environment to build people’s experiential reflective practice, in addition to being an advocate and fellow explorer of personal development.

He uses a structured approach in achieving emotional intelligence, personal integrity, interpersonal evolution and emotional growth. Michael is also an experienced Clinical Supervisor, Coach, Group work specialist, Youth Justice Convener, Men’s Behavior Change Specialist and Education Consultant.

Since 2001, it has been my absolute pleasure to assist clients achieve personal and professional break throughs, that have resulted in transformations of self-awareness and inner fulfillment.

One of the best gifts that we can do for a loved one, is to help them develop a greater capacity for kindness, generosity, resilience and self-awareness and this may require, that we take the first step in engaging a service intervention that they will appreciate for the ‘rest of their life’.

Life’s too short to be pessimistic, indecisive, or unsatisfied and I would love the opportunity to learn/grow and work with you or a family member…

Michael can be contacted on 

Phone: +61408530887

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