Watson, Shaun (Dr)

Phone: (03) 53279622
Email: shaun.watson@federation.edu.au
Room: H225
Position: Senior Lecturer
Discipline: Psychology


  • PhD
  • BSc(Hons)
  • Grad Dip Psych
  • BAppSc(Info Mgt)

Teaching areas

  • Research Methods and Statistics
  • Introductory Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Cross-Cultural Psychology

Research interests

Shaun’s recent research has been revolved around shame and guilt, including investigations of how personality factors predict shame- and guilt-proneness, and how they relate to psychopathology, primarily social anxiety. Investigations also look at the role of parenting and culture. He has an ongoing collaboration with Professor Rapson Gomez in psychometrics, and with Dr George Van Doorn in beer perception (seriously!).

Publications (last 5 years)

Refereed articles

Bilardi, J., Bellhouse, C., Temple-Smith, M., & Watson, S. (2017). Women's need for increased awareness and acknowledgement of the grief and loss associated with miscarriage. The Journal of Sexual Medicine, 14(5), e296-e297. doi:10.1016/j.jsxm.2017.04.426

Chesler, J., McLaren, S., Klein, B., & Watson, S. (2015). The effects of playing Nintendo Wii on depression, sense of belonging and social support in Australian aged care residents: a protocol study of a mixed methods intervention trial. BMC geriatrics, 15(1), 106-106. doi:10.1186/s12877-015-0107-z

Gomez, R., Van Doorn, G., Watson, S., Gomez, A., & Stavropoulos, V. (2017). Cloninger's personality dimensions and ADHD: A meta-analytic review. Personality and Individual Differences, 107, 219-227. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2016.11.054

Gomez, R., Vance, A., & Watson, S. (2017). Bifactor Model of WISC-IV: Applicability and Measurement Invariance in Low and Normal IQ Groups. Psychological Assessment, 29(7), 902-912. doi:10.1037/pas0000369. 10.1037/pas0000369.supp (Supplemental)

Gomez, R., Vance, A., & Watson, S. D. (2016). Structure of the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children - Fourth Edition in a Group of Children with ADHD. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, 737. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00737

Gomez, R., Watson, S., & Gomez, A. (2016). Interrelationships of the Rothbart's temperament model constructs with revised-reinforcement sensitivity theory constructs. Personality and Individual Differences, 99, 118-121. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2016.04.072

Gomez, R., & Watson, S. D. (2017). Confirmatory Factor Analysis of the Combined Social Phobia Scale and Social Interaction Anxiety Scale: Support for a Bifactor Model. Frontiers in Psychology, 8(70). doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00070

Lesniowska, R., Gent, A., & Watson, S. (2016). Maternal fatigue, parenting self-efficacy, and overreactive discipline during the early childhood years: A test of a mediation model. Clinical Psychologist, 20(3), 109-118. doi:10.1111/cp.12056

Mirabito, A., Oliphant, M., Van Doorn, G., Watson, S., & Spence, C. (2017). Glass shape influences the flavour of beer. Food Quality and Preference, 62, 257-261. doi:10.1016/j.foodqual.2017.05.009

Watson, S., Gomez, R., & Gullone, E. (2016). The Shame and Guilt Scales of the Test of Self-Conscious Affect-Adolescent (TOSCA-A): Psychometric Properties for Responses from Children, and Measurement Invariance Across Children and Adolescents. Frontiers in Psychology, 7. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00635

Watson, S., Gomez, R., & Gullone, E. (2017). The shame and guilt scales of the Test of Self-Conscious Affect - Adolescent (TOSCA-A): Factor structure, concurrent and discriminant validity, and measurement and structural invariance across ratings of males and females. Assessment, 24(4), Advance Online Publication. doi:10.1177/1073191115608942

Research higher degree completions (last 5 years)

Jessica Chesler, Master of Applied Science (Psychology), 2015: The Effects of Playing Nintendo Wii on Depression, Sense of Belonging, Social Support, and Mood among Australian Aged Care Residents: A Pilot Study. (Associate Supervisor)