Faculty of Health

Susan Crebbin

Phone: (03) 5327 9600
Email: susan.crebbin@federation.edu.au
Room:  H213
Position: Lecturer
Discipline: Psychology 


BPsychSc (Hons)

Teaching areas

  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Introduction to Research Methods
  • Introduction to Psychology

Professional associations

  • MAPS
  • European Health Psychology Society
  • European Network of Positive Psychology

Research interests

My research interests are largely in the area of health psychology, coming from a positive psychology and posttraumatic growth approach. My PhD project explored positive change and posttraumatic growth (PTG) over a two year period in a group of heart attack survivors; qualitative and quantitative methods were used to investigate the relationships between impact of event, anxiety, depression, cognitive style and coping style, and PTG. I am also interested in the role/importance of sleep in maintaining mental and physical wellness.

Supervised projects

The relationship between cognitive style and posttraumatic growth and posttraumatic depreciation in adults living on the metropolitan fringe six months after a bushfire emergency.

Exploration of the mental separation of work and personal lives in female sex workers and the impact their work has on personal romantic relationships.


Refereed journal articles

Bellhouse, C., Crebbin, S., Fairley, C. K., & Bilardi, J. E. (2015). The impact of sex work on women's personal romantic relationships and the mental separation of their work and personal lives: A mixed methods study. PloS ONE, 10(10), e0141575 190-196. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0141575

Stapleton, P., Chatwin, H., Boucher, E., Crebbin, S., Scott, S., Smith, D., & Purkis, G. (2015). Use of complementary therapies by registered psychologists: An international study. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 46(3), 190-196. doi: 10.1037/pro0000015

Kokavec, A. & Crebbin, S. (2010). Sugar alters the level of serum insulin and plasma glucose and the serum cortisol: DHEAS ratio in female migraine sufferers, Appetite, 55 (2010)

Conference presentations

Predictors of psychological growth in cardiac patients, 7th European Conference on Positive Psychology, Amsterdam, 2014

Second chances: Perceived benefits after a cardiac event, 7th European Conference on Positive Psychology, Amsterdam, 2014

Acute coronary syndrome patients: Resilience and psychological Growth, European Health Psychologists Society 26th annual scientific conference, Prague, 2012

Second chances: Finding a benefit following a cardiac event, Victorian Cardiac Rehabilitation Association annual conference, Nov 2011

Benefit-finding and posttraumatic growth after acute coronary syndrome: Impact of event, anxiety and depression, European Health Psychologists Society 25th annual scientific conference, Crete, 2011

Lower DHEAS concentration in female migraine sufferers, compared to controls, following ingestion of refined sugar, Australasian Society for Behavioural Health and Medicine 7th annual scientific conference, Brisbane, 2010