Dr Sophia Xenos

Position

Senior Lecturer

School /
Work Unit

Health Sciences

Contact Details

+61 3 9925 1081

sophia.xenos@rmit.edu.au

Location

Building: 6
Level: 5
Room: 13

City Campus

College/Portfolio

Science, Engineering & Health

Memberships of professional organisations

  • Member, Australian Psychological Society
  • Member, Victorian Psychologists’ Registration Board
  • Member, International Association of Applied Psychology
  • Member, Australian Association of Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy
  • Member, FRIENDS Committee (Prevention of Anxiety and Depression in Youth)
  • Affiliate, Victorian Parenting Centre

Teaching experience

Lecturer in Psychology (P/T and F/T) since 1996

Courses Taught

  • Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology): Foundations of Psychology, Principles of Psychology, Psychopathology, Individual Differences, Cross Cultural Psychology, Psychological Assessment, Psychology of Stress, Forensic Psychology.
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology, Honours): Issues across the lifespan, Psychopathology.
  • Master of Psychology: Coursework, Thesis

Professional experience

  • Psychology Clinic Co-ordinator (RMIT University) for 7 years
  • Supervisor of probationary psychologists
  • Victorian Co-ordinator of FRIENDS (Prevention of Anxiety and Depression in Youth)
  • Psychologist for Department of Human Services
  • Presenter and co-presenter of numerous workshops for personnel in health services fields.
  • Reviewer for 2 International Psychology Journals
  • Psychologist in Private Practice

Research

Supervision

  • Supervision of 9 Honours, 10 Masters, and 2 Doctorate students.
  • Second Supervisor to 4 PhD students and 1 Masters student.

Current Research Projects

Student Wellbeing

  • Tara Quinlivan, Doctorate: Who Succeeds at University? A longitudinal study of undergraduate psychology students & the predictors of academic performance in university students
  • Laura Collins, Honours: Internet addiction and other behaviours in international and domestic students in Australia.

Interpersonal Difficulties, Sexual Assault & Rape

  • Celeste, Grant, Doctorate: Young Australians’ attitudes towards intimate partner abuse: The effectiveness of a brief educational program for students
  • Satvir Gill, Masters (second supervisor): Heterogeneity within university student mental health: Coping style, psychological symptoms, suicidal ideation, and attitudes towards seeking professional help
  • Laura Boscaglia, Masters: Puberty blues: the relationship between pubertal development, gender, coping, stress, and psychological adjustment
  • Emma Scarff, Honours: Young peoples attitudes to sexual assault and rape: A 10 year follow up

Parenting/Cross Cultural Psychology

  • Mila Cichello, PhD (second supervisor): Cultural and psychological predictors for positive ageing of older Filipinos living in urban and rural communities in Australia
  • Antonette Butler Wilks, Phd (second supervisor): Brides and Grandmothers: Challenges for older Filipinos in Australia
  • Tania Grunfeld, Masters: Emotional well being in children and adolescents and its relationship to perceived parental rearing styles and perceived self-control
  • Vicky Manikas, Masters: The use of the Fairy Tale Test with children in Australia
  • Helen Thomas, PhD (second supervisor): Resilience in Indigenous young Australians

Eating Disorder Symptomatology/Family Impact

  • Jocelyn Andrew, Masters: Emotion management and eating behaviour in Australian families
  • Guiseppina, Catania, Masters: The relationship of emotional inhibition, parenting styles and lack of spirituality as predictors for the development of dysfunctional eating behaviours.

Separation and Divorce/Family Stress

  • Kevin Peel, Honours: Parental Separation and Divorce: Perceptions of the fathering role

Grants

Five research/development grants (co- researcher), including ARC Linkage

  • 2007 - Learning and Teaching Investment Fund, RMIT University. Melissa Simpson, Marion Dobos, Andrea Chester, Richard Guy, John Milton, & Sophia Xenos. $54,037.29
  • 2006 - Action Research Teaching and Learning Grant, RMIT University. Andrea Chester, Marion Dobos, Richard Guy, John Milton, Melissa Simpson, & Sophia Xenos. $10,000
  • 2005-6 - Psychology Division Grant, RMIT University. Andrea Chester & Sophia Xenos. $5,000. “Who succeeds at university? A longitudinal investigation of the factors impacting on the transition to university.
  • 2005-6 - Psychology Division Grant, RMIT University. Sophia Xenos & Nicki Dowling. $5,000. “Gambling and Internet Use in international and domestic students in Australia.”
  • 2004-5 - Australian Research Council Linkage Grant. Trang Thomas & Sophia Xenos. $113,000. “Brides & Grandmothers: The wellbeing of older Filipino persons.

Publications, exhibitions or professional works

  • 6 Book Chapters
  • 17 Referred Journal/Conference Papers
  • 30 Conference presentations

Book Chapters

  • Xenos, S.(2006). Personality: Theory, Research, and Assessment. In T. Whelan (Ed, Cases in psychology. Australia: Thomson Learning.
  • Xenos, S. (2006). Psychological Disorders: Anorexia Nervosa. In T. Whelan (Ed.), Cases in psychology. Australia: Thomson Learning.
  • Xenos, S., & Hudson, A. (2003). Behavioral contracting. In T.H.Ollendick & C.Schroeder (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Pediatric and Clinical Child Psychology, New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Press.
  • Xenos, S., & Hudson, A. (2003). Extinction. In T.H.Ollendick & C.Schroeder (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Pediatric and Clinical Child Psychology, New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Press.
  • Xenos, S., & Hudson, A. (2003). Overcorrection. In T.H.Ollendick & C.Schroeder (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Pediatric and Clinical Child Psychology, New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Press.
  • Xenos, S., & Hudson, A. (2003). Problem solving training. In T.H.Ollendick & C.Schroeder (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Pediatric and Clinical Child Psychology, New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Press.

Refereed Conference Proceedings in 2006

  • Grant, C., Xenos, S., & Smith, D. (2006, July). Young Australians attitudes towards intimate partner abuse: A target for intervention? In Proceedings of the ‘Teaching Like It Is’ conference of the Department of Education, Employment, and Training, Adelaide, Australia.
  • Haykal, C., & Xenos, S. (2006, September). Can they walk both ways? The psychological adaptation of second-generation Lebanese Australian youth. In M. Katsikitis (Ed.), Proceedings of the joint conference of the Australian Psychological Society and the New Zealand Psychological Society, Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Cichello, M., Thomas, T., & Xenos, S. (2006, Sydney). Predictors of healthy ageing in older Filipinos in Australia. In M. Katsikitis (Ed.), Proceedings of the 39th Annual Conference of the Australian Association of Gerontology, Sydney, Australia.

Conference Presentations in 2006

  • Grant, C., Xenos, S., & Smith, D. (2006, July). Young Australians attitudes towards intimate partner abuse: A target for intervention? Paper presented at the ‘Teaching Like It Is’ conference of the Department of Education, Employment, and Training, Adelaide, Australia.
  • Xenos, S., Thomas, T., Cichello, M., & Wilks, T. (2006, July). Brides and Grandmothers: Health, psychosocial adjustment, and positive ageing among older women migrants in Australia. Paper presented at the 26th International Congress of Applied Psychology Conference, Athens, Greece.
  • Cichello, M., Thomas, T., & Xenos, S. (2006, September). Predictors of healthy ageing in older Filipinos living in Australia. Paper presented at the joint conference of the Australian Psychological Society and the New Zealand Psychological Society, Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Wilks,T., Thomas, T., & Xenos, S. (2006, September). Brides and Grandmothers: Challenges and resources of older Filipino women carers. Paper presented at the joint conference of the Australian Psychological Society and the New Zealand Psychological Society, Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Haykal, C., & Xenos, S. (2006, September). Can they walk both ways? The psychological adaptation of second-generation Lebanese-Australian youth. Paper presented at the joint conference of the Australian Psychological Society and the New Zealand Psychological Society, Auckland, New Zealand.