Dr. Ma Regina de Gracia

Phone: (03) 51226017
Email: r.degracia@federation.edu.au
Gippsland 2W-279
Position: Lecturer
Discipline: Psychology


  • PhD
  • MA
  • BA

Teaching areas

  • Abnormal psychology
  • Counselling psychology/Professional practice
  • Lifespan development
  • Psychological testing and assessment

Professional associations

    Member, Australian Psychological Society (APS)

    Fellow, British Higher Education Academy

    Lifetime member, Psi Chi - National Honor Society of Psychology

    International affiliate, American Psychological Association

Research interests

Ria’s main research interests are within the broad field of developmental psychology. She is particularly interested in investigating the development of social cognitive understanding among typically developing and deaf children and adolescents. Within the domain of social cognition, she has researched the development of theory of mind and emotion understanding and examining the links with social functioning in the classroom.

Publications (last 5 years)

Valencia, M.N., & de Gracia, M.R.L. (2022). The moderating role of organizational identification in the relationship between job demands and burnout. Journal of Stress, Trauma, Anxiety, & Resilience, 1 (2). https://journal.star-society.org/index.php/j-star/article/view/17

Van Doorn, G., Dye, J., & de Gracia, M. R. (2021). Daddy issues: Friends rather than fathers influence adult men's hegemonic masculinity. Personality and Individual Differences, 171, 110467. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2020.110467

de Gracia, M. R. L., de Rosnay, M., Hawes, D. J., & Perez, M. V. T. (2021). Differences in emotion knowledge among Filipino deaf children, adolescents, and young adults. Personality and Individual Differences, 180, 110967. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2021.110967

de Gracia, M. R. L., de Rosnay, M., Hawes, D., & Perez, M.V.T. (2020).   Deafness and theory of mind performance: Associations among Filipino Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults. Journal of Cognition and Development,  1-22. https://doi.org/10.1080/15248372.2020.1741364


2019 Travel grant, Sydney Southeast Asia Centre

2016 Conference grant, Sydney Southeast Asia Centre

2016 First place, 3-minute thesis competition organised by the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre

2015 Best presentation, Psychology Postgraduate Conference, Sydney