Psychology of Relationships

Conference 2019

The 18th Australian Psychological Society Psychology of Relationships Interest Group (APS-PORIG) National Conference



7-8 November, 2019

Deakin Downtown

Level 12, Tower 2, 727 Collins St., Docklands



The APS-PORIG conference is in Melbourne for 2019 and will be hosted by the Science of Adult Relationships (SoAR) Laboratory at Deakin University. This national conference brings together relationship scholars and practitioners to hear about the latest research in relationship science and engage in lively discussions about practice and policy. Now in its 18th year, we invite researchers, practitioners and policy makers from all fields that have an interest in relationships to attend and present at this conference.


We are accepting presentations in the formats of individual oral presentations, and symposia. All topics related to the study of relationships are welcome, this includes but is not limited to: romantic relationships (spanning all sexual orientations), parent-child relationships (spanning all eras of the lifespan), peer relationships, client-therapist relationships, relationships in the workplace, and inter-group relationships.


Our keynote speakers for this conference are nationally renowned relationship scholars and practitioners. Collectively, their talks will tackle key issues relating to therapy and research.


You can download our conference flyer here


Professor Daryl Higgins

Director of the Institute of Child Protection Studies, Australian Catholic University


Professor Daryl Higgins commenced as the Director of the Institute of Child Protection Studies in February 2017. His research focuses on public health approaches to protecting children, and child-safe organisational strategies. A registered psychologist, Prof Higgins has been researching child abuse impacts and prevention, family violence and family functioning for 25 years.


Prior to joining ACU, Prof Higgins was the Deputy Director (Research) at the Australian Institute of Family Studies, where he had responsibility for the research program, knowledge translation and exchange functions focusing on issues affecting families in Australia.


Prof Higgins has contributed to over 200 publications and more than 400 presentations and media engagements. He has extensive experience in managing and supervising research, and has led projects looking at child abuse and neglect, child protection, children in out-of-home care, child-safe organisations, family law and allegations of child abuse, disability and family care, welfare reform, family and interpersonal violence, jobless families, past adoption and forced family separation practices, and community development approaches to child and family welfare issues. He has considerable experience in qualitative and quantitative evaluation methodology and frameworks, and a sound knowledge of state and territory policy and service delivery contexts across Australia. 



Dr Adam Gerace

Senior Lecturer, Central Queensland University


Dr Gerace, is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Health, Medical and Applied Science at Central Queensland University, where he is also the Head of Positive Psychology. Prior to his current role, he was a Senior Research Fellow in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Flinders University.


A past convener of the Australian Psychological Society Psychology of Relationships Interest Group, his research has been firmly grounded in the role of empathy and perspective-taking in relationships. His work has focused on relationships in diverse contexts including forensic and allied health settings, including, inpatient psychiatric hospitalisation and therapeutic relationships.


He has approximately 80 publications and has written for Psychology Today, the Conversation and InPsych. He has also made numerous radio appearances to discuss issues relating to empathy, masculinity, and relationships more generally.



Abstract Submission

The deadline for abstract submissions is the 2nd of September 2019. All submissions will be peer reviewed with presenters notified within a week of the submission closing date.


To submit an abstract for the conference, please click on the link below:



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