Jessica recently joined the crew at MHR Cast to discuss her career and her research into hoarding disorder. The MHR podcast explores the latest research in mental health and provides new researchers with insight into careers in research.
There are many people who are inclined to keep stuff they don't need, in the hope it might be useful one day. But for people with hoarding disorder, the stuff in the house can become part of who they are.
Listen as Jessica talks to Richard Fidler on ABC Radio National about how she helps people with hoarding disorder find ways to clear the stuff out of their lives.
Jessica was back on Richard Fidler's Conversations talking about OCD.
Jessica was recently appointed to the position of Associate Professor by the UNSW School of Psychology.
Jessica was awarded an ARC Future Fellowship for research into the role that cognitive biases play in obsessional thought. Her research project aims to employ a novel, computerised experimental methodology to directly manipulate the cognitive processes behind obsessional thinking. This methodology will be used to alter key biases proposed to drive obsessional thinking, thus shedding light on core psychological mechanisms.
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Melissa Black was awarded Best Empirical Presentation at this year's Sydney Postgraduate Psychology Conference. A panel of academic researchers from University of NSW, University of Sydney, Macquarie University and University of Western Sydney voted Melissa's presentation on memory distrust and cognitive bias modification in OCD the best presentation of its kind.
On Friday December 6th, Jessica will present a Clinical Focus Seminar as part of the Anxiety Practitioner Network's 2013 seminar series: Tackling Common Challenges in OCD Treatment.
About the Seminar
This seminar will provide an overview of recent research findings examining some of these psychological processes in OCD, with a focus on treatment implications. I will also briefly introduce a few novel clinical approaches, such as cognitive bias modification and imagery rescripting, which may be eventually incorporated into OCD treatment. Attendees will leave with a greater understanding of the complex issues that may arise in treating OCD and novel clinical perspectives that they can apply to their own clients.
Register for the Seminar
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If you are unable to attend but would like more information, please contact Jessica.
Jessica has been awarded a 2013 NSW Young Tall Poppy Science Award. Young Tall Poppy Science Awards are given in recognition of an individual's scientific excellence, and to encourage younger Australians to follow in the footsteps of outstanding scientists.
Part of Jessica's role as an award recipient will be to engage with school students and the wider community in order to foster an interest in science and inspire the next generation of tall poppies.