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Dr Madeleine Fraser Name: Dr Madeleine Fraser
Senior Lecturer
Organisational Area
Faculty of Health Sciences
School of Behavioural and Health Sciences (NSW)
Biographical Information

I have lectured at ACU (Strathfield campus) since 2015. I currently co-ordinate the Master of Clinical Psychology program on Strathfield campus and supervise Honours and Masters research projects. I have previously been the lecturer in charge for units such as Abnormal Psychology in undergraduate psychology, and Ethics in post-graduate psychology. I was the recipient of the 2017 APS Sydney Branch Outstanding Lecturer in Psychology award and was awarded the 2019 APS Early Career Teaching Award. I also run the Clinical Psychology Research Lab (CPR lab) with Assoc Prof. Keong Yap, see website.

I am a registered psychologist with clinical endorsement, a PsyBA accredited supervisor and a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). My qualifications include a Doctor of Clinical Psychology and Masters of Philosophy at Macquarie University in 2015, and a PhD focused on the clinical application of self-compassion at the University of Sydney in 2021.

My research focuses on self-compassion and cultivating a healthy and supportive way of relating to oneself, as opposed to harsh self-criticism. My research goal is to promote psychological wellbeing through the scientific study and clinical application of self-compassion and healthy ways of self-relating. My approach is characterised by enthusiasm, curiosity, and a commitment to evidence.

To achieve this mission, I
(1) Develop research questions grounded in real-world clinical practice and genuine community need,
(2) Conduct quality self-compassion research through collaboration with leading researchers and providing research supervision for honours and masters self-compassion projects and
(3) Disseminate findings to the scientific and general community. I seek to pass on knowledge through teaching future practicing clinical psychologists, engaging in evidence-based clinical practice and imrpoving accessibility of research findings. 

NOTE. prior to 2023, I published under Madeleine Ferrari

  • The Conversation: Self-compassion is the superpower year 12 students need for exams &hellip and life beyond school
  • The Conversation: Dissapointed by your year 12 result?
  • Fraser, M. I., Ciarrochi, J., Sahdra, B. K., & Hunt, C. (2023). To Be Compassionate and Feel Worthy: The Bidirectional Relationship Between Self-Compassion and Self-Esteem. In Handbook of Self-Compassion (pp. 33-51). Cham: Springer International Publishing.
  • Ferrari, M., Allan, S., Arnold, C., Eleftheriadis, D., Alvarez-Jimenez, M., Gumley, A., & Gleeson, J. F. (2022). Digital Interventions for Psychological Well-being in University Students: Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 24(9), e39686.
  • Laving, M., Foroni, F., Ferrari, M., Turner, C., & Yap, K. (2022). The association between OCD and Shame: A systematic review and meta?analysis. British Journal of Clinical Psychology.
  • Ferrari, M., Beath, A., Einstein, D. A., Yap, K., & Hunt, C. (2022). Gender differences in self-compassion: a latent profile analysis of compassionate and uncompassionate self-relating in a large adolescent sample. Current Psychology, 1-16
  • Ferrari, M., Ciarrochi, J., Yap, K., Sahdra, B., & Hayes, S. C. (2022). Embracing the Complexity of our Inner Worlds: Understanding the Dynamics of Self-Compassion and Self-Criticism. Mindfulness, 1-10
  • Ferrari, M., Speight, J., Beath, A., Browne, J. L., & Mosely, K. (2020). The information-motivation-behavioral skills model explains physical activity levels for adults with type 2 diabetes across all weight classes. Psychology, Health & Medicine, 1-14. 10.1080/13548506.2020.1749292
  • Ferrari, M., Hunt, C., Harrysunker, A., Abbott, M.J., Beath, A.P, & Einstein, D.A. (2019) Self-Compassion Interventions and Psychosocial Outcomes: A Meta-Analysis of RCTs. Mindfulness.
  • Ferrari, M., Yap, K., Scott, N., Einstein, D. A., & Ciarrochi, J. (2018). Self-compassion moderates the perfectionism and depression link in both adolescence and adulthood. PloS one, 13(2),
  • Inwood, E., & Ferrari, M. (2018). Mechanisms of Change in the Relationship between Self?Compassion, Emotion Regulation, and Mental Health: A Systematic Review. Applied Psychology Health and Wellbeing.
  • Ferrari, M., Dal Cin, M., & Steele, M. (2017). Self-compassion is associated with optimum self-care behaviour, medical outcomes and psychological well-being in a cross-sectional sample of adults with diabetes. Diabetic Medicine, 34(11), 1546-1553.
  • Rogers J.M., Ferrari M., Mosely K., Lang C.P., & Brennan L. (2017) Mindfulness-based interventions for adults who are overweight or obese: a meta-analysis of physical and psychological health outcomes. Obesity Review. 18(1):51-67.
  • Ferrari, M., & Whillier, S. (2017). Mental health knowledge and common misconceptions in a master of chiropractic final year cohort. The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, 12(3), 150-160.
  • Ferrari, M., McIlwain, D. & Ambler, G. (2016) A qualitative comparison of needles and insulin pump use in children with type-1 diabetes , Journal of Health Psychology, p. 1-11,l DOI: 1359105316653999.
  • Dobie, A., Tucker, A., Ferrari, M., & Rogers, J.M., (2015), Preliminary Evaluation of a Brief Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Intervention for Mental Health Professionals, Australian Psychiatry, 24(1), 42-45, DOI: 1039856215618524.
  • Fraser, M., MacKenzie, J., Wiesbrot, D. & Tan, W. (2013) Transition from Legal Education to Practice: Competitions Fulfil the Missing Link, Legal Education Review 23(1&2), 131-153.
  • Fraser, M. & Boag, S. 2011 The Excitation Transfer Paradigm and Emotional Intelligence: Predicting Interpersonal Attraction. In Boag, S. & Tiliopoulos, N. (Eds) Personality and Individual Differences: Theory, Assessment, and Application. New York: Nova.
Professional Memberships

·        Registered Psychologist with Clinical Endorsement in NSW with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) 



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