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Dr Samia Toukhsati

Senior Lecturer, Psychology

School of Science, Psychology and Sport

Section/Portfolio:

Psychology

Location:

Berwick Campus, Online

Biography

Dr Samia Toukhsati is a Senior Lecturer in psychology at Federation University Australia. Dr Toukhsati has an international research profile in behavioural medicine.

Samia’s research explores the biopsychosocial drivers of health and disease, as well as adjuvant treatments to support wellbeing and selfcare behaviours. Her recent research includes primary and secondary risk assessment and prevention in cardiovascular disease, adjustment to illness, psychophysiological agents implicated in health and disease outcomes (such as heart rate variability), and clinical trials to evaluate adjuvant therapies in healthy and chronic disease populations.

Samia’s work is recognised by over 50 publications and through her success in attracting research funding and awards/scholarships. She has been awarded research fellowships by the Australian Government (Endeavour Executive Leadership Award 2019; Endeavour Research Fellowship 2008) and the Australian Academy of Science (Australia–India Strategic Research Fellowship 2016). She holds honorary positions at Austin Health and the University of Melbourne.

Anhedonia and anergia predict mortality in older Australians living in residential aged care

Objectives: Depression is common in older adults and is linked to morbidity and mortality. The...

Resting Heart Rate and Heart Rate Variability in the Year Following Acute Coronary Syndrome: How Do Women Fare?

Background: Women experience poorer health outcomes following acute coronary syndrome (ACS)....

Confirming a beneficial effect of the six-minute walk test on exercise confidence in patients with heart failure

Background: Low confidence to exercise is a barrier to engaging in exercise in heart failure...

Screening, Referral and Treatment of Depression by Australian Cardiologists

Background: Depression is common in cardiovascular disease (CVD). Clinical practice guidelines...

Sex-Specific Differences in Percutaneous Coronary Intervention Outcomes After a Cardiac Event: A Cohort Study Examining the Role of Depression, Worry and Autonomic Function

Background: To determine whether differential all-cause hospital readmission exists for men and...

Higher long-term adherence to statins in rural patients at high atherosclerotic risk

Background: Rural patients with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) experience greater...

Predicting the trajectory of depression following an acute coronary syndrome: the role of resilience

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Self-Care Interventions That Reduce Hospital Readmissions in Patients With Heart Failure; Towards the Identification of Change Agents

Unplanned hospital readmissions are the most important, preventable cost in heart failure (HF)...

Sex Specific Patterns of Heart Rate Variability Following Acute Coronary Syndrome Do Not Drive 2-Year Hospital Readmission Outcomes

Introduction: Women experience poorer clinical outcomes after Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS)....

The relationship between phobic anxiety and 2-year readmission after Acute Coronary Syndrome: What is the role of heart rate variability?

Objective: Phobic anxiety is a risk factor for poor prognosis following Acute Coronary Syndrome...

Association between the 6-minute walk test and exercise confidence in patients with heart failure: A prospective observational study

Background Exercise confidence predicts exercise adherence in heart failure (HF) patients. The...

Heart Failure and Exercise: A Narrative Review of the Role of Self-Efficacy

Chronic heart failure (CHF) is a common, debilitating condition associated with significant...

Hopelessness and cognitive impairment are risk markers for mortality in systolic heart failure patients

Objective: Depression exacerbates the burden of heart failure and independently predicts...

Public attitudes predict community behaviours relevant to the pork industry

Concerns about livestock animal welfare are well documented worldwide. Public attitudes are often...

Animal Extinctions

Extinctions refer to the death of a single or multiple species (or taxon) and are common in the...

Animals and Human Society

Animals and Human Society provides a solid, scientific, research-based background to advance...

Depression assessment: Spouses are poor proxies for cardiovascular disease patients

Background: Patients are frequently assisted by proxies, usually a spouse, to complete health and...

Low psychological resilience is associated with depression in patients with cardiovascular disease

Background: Psychological resilience is associated with an improved capacity to cope with chronic...

Parasites

Internal parasitic infections are caused by protozoa, nematodes (round worms), cestodes (tape...

Pests Animals

Pests are organisms that pose some threat to other animals and humans by interfering with their...

Psychometric assessment of the Cardiac Depression Scale Short Form in cardiac outpatients

Background: Depression is common in patients with cardiovascular disease and is a risk marker for...

The Benefits of a 6 Minute Walk Test on Exercise Confidence Are Not Sustained Long-Term in Chronic Heart Failure Patients

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An evaluation of patient-proxy concordance in depression assessments of cardiovascular patients

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A Review of the External Validity of Clinical Trials with Beta-Blockers in Heart Failure

Background: Beta-blockers (BBs) are the mainstay prognostic medication for all stages of chronic...

Electrophysiological profiling of depression in the elderly

Frontostriatal system functioning has been proposed to underpin performance on...

Self managing heart failure in remote Australia - Translating Concepts into Clinical Practice

Congestive heart failure (CHF) is an ambulatory health care condition characterized by episodes...

The 6 Minute Walk Test Improves Exercise Confidence in Chronic Heart Failure Patients

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Towards optimal heart failure care: Couples-oriented strategies to improve patient adherence and health outcomes

Psychosocial factors play an important role in the development and progression of cardiovascular...

Companion Animals in Thailand: Human Factors that Predict Sterilization of Cats and Dogs

The prevalence of companion animal caregiving was estimated, and demographic and psychosocial...

Evaluation of the predictive validity of the Behavioural Assessment for Re-homing K9's (B.A.R.K.) protocol and owner satisfaction with adopted dogs

It is common practice for animal shelters and rescue organisations to conduct behaviour...

Patient self-management in chronic heart failure: establishing concordance between guidelines and practice

Chronic heart failure (CHF) is a progressive and debilitating disease with a broad symptom...

Perceived restorativeness of children's school playground environments: Nature, playground features and play period experiences

With little research examining children's restorative environments, the design of environments...

Public attitudes in India and Australia toward elephants in zoos

We surveyed the attitudes of people toward captive elephants in australia, where importation into...

Public attitudes relevant to livestock animal welfare policy

Rising concerns for animal welfare standards from consumers have started to change the way we...

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Technology-assisted congestive heart failure care

The interface between eHealth technologies and disease management in chronic conditions such as...

Depression and Cardiovascular Disease: a Clinical Review

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) and depression are common. Patients with CVD have more depression...

Development of the behavioural assessment for re-homing K9's (B.A.R.K.) protocol

Globally, millions of dogs enter the welfare shelter system each year. Before being made...

Psychosocial functioning in the elderly: An assessment of selfconcept and depression

The aim of this study was to explore the relationship between self-concept and depression in...

A blended learning lecture delivery model for large and diverse undergraduate cohorts

A blended learning model was developed to enhance lecture delivery in a large, diverse...

Attitudes toward responsible pet ownership behaviors in Singaporean cat owners

Improving the welfare of companion cats requires that owners engage in responsible cat ownership...

Detecting and managing depression in patients with cardiac disease.

Depression is common in patients with cardiac disease, is associated with increased risk...

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Do dogs use a mirror to find hidden food?

Dog (Canis familiaris) cognition research that examines whether dogs are able to use a mirror as...

The Mozart effect: An opportunity to examine the cognitive neuroscience of music listening

Can music listening offer reliable cognitive benefits? If so, how is this achieved? These...

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The perceptions of dog intelligence and cognitive skills (PoDIaCS) survey

Dog cognition research is expanding, but few studies have examined people's perceptions of...

Auditory stimulus discrimination recorded in dogs, as indicated by mismatch negativity (MMN)

Dog cognition research tends to rely on behavioural response, which can be confounded by...

Beliefs underlying dog owners' health care behaviors: Results from a large, self-selected, internet sample

Various behaviors must be performed by owners to promote good health for their dogs. The aim in...

Semi-ownership and sterilisation of cats and dogs in Thailand

The aim of this study was to identify the prevalence of cat and dog semi-ownership in Thailand...

Wandering cats: Attitudes and behaviors towards cat containment in Australia

Cat containment is a prominent cat management issue in Australia that provokes strong, and...

What do current and potential Australian dog owners believe about shelter practices and shelter dogs?

Many displaced dogs are unable to find new homes in developed countries, including Australia,...

Development of a minimally-invasive protocol for recording mismatch negativity (MMN) in the dog (Canis familiaris) using electroencephalography (EEG)

Mismatch negativity (MMN), observed in event-related potentials (ERPs), constitutes a measurable...

A review of behavioral assessment protocols used by australian animal shelters to determine the adoption suitability of dogs

Shelter dogs typically undergo preadoption assessment for suitability as companions. Dogs who...

Benefits of a Classroom Based Instrumental Music Program on Verbal Memory of Primary School Children

Previous research has demonstrated a benefit of music training on a number of cognitive functions...

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Dog obesity: Can dog caregivers' (Owners') feeding and exercise intentions and behaviors be predicted from attitudes?

Dog obesity is a common nutritional disorder affecting up to 40% of the companion animal (pet)...

Why do even committed dog owners fail to comply with some responsible ownership practices?

Various dog management behaviors must be performed by owners to promote both the welfare of dogs...