Women and Psychology

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Call for Papers


Special Issue on Violence and Gender

Editorial Board: Heather Gridley (Victoria University, Australia), Carmel O’Brien (Doncare, Australia), Dr Nicole Allen (University of Illinois, USA), Dr Liz Short (Victoria University, Australia), Dr Peter Streker, Director, Community Stars).

The second issue of 2015 will be a special issue devoted to violence and gender. Contributions by practitioners and community activists as well as academics and researchers are invited. Contributions which draw on theoretical frameworks relating to feminist and/or community psychology are especially welcome. It is expected that a major focus will be male violence against women in intimate relationships; however submission on other aspects of gender and violence will be considered.

If you are thinking about submitting a paper, you need to be mindful of the following points:

• Our definition of Feminist Psychology is the same as that of the journal Feminism & Psychology: that which acknowledges gender and other social inequalities (e.g. race, class, disability, or sexuality) and considers their psychological effects.
• All submitting authors are asked to read and abide by the APS Ethical Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Women and Girls which are attached, and available online.

Papers should be submitted electronically as an email attachment in Microsoft Word. Please refer to the Australian Community Psychologist guide for detailed information on the preparation, submission and publication of manuscripts. 

The deadline for submissions is Friday 17th July 2015. It is anticipated the issue will be published in November 2015.

Early discussion of possible contributions is encouraged by contacting:
Heather Gridley e: heather.gridley@vu.edu.au; ph: +61 (0)419 113731


Commitee Minutes

The Committee met on 3rd March 2015. Amongst other topics, the Committee discussed the possibility of holding a one day Conference with a theme related to ‘mothering’, such as mother blaming, feminism in mothering, post-separation mothering, grandmothering, fertility practices, infertility, ‘compulsory’ mothering.  This is proposed to be held in late November either out of town or at the Darebin Arts Centre. Carmel will forward an email to members seeking interest and a call out for papers will be sent in a few months time. It was also proposed that the half-day workshop on Domestic Violence: Best Practice which was so successful in Nov 2014 in Melbourne be repeated in Brisbane in August. Watch the Events page for more updates.

Submissions to APS conferences

As part of our aim to maintain an Women and Psychology profile at APS National and College conferences the APS Public Interest team conducted a symposium on the social determinants of health at the Forensic Psychology Conference on April 18th 2015. 

The Forensic Psych Conference Symposium offered an overview of the SDoH approach and two papers applying the SDoH to ‘invigorate justice’ for two groups: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander juvenile offenders and women experiencing family violence.

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The team is now working on submissions to other conferences including the College of Counselling Psychology, the Health Psychology Conference and the College of Organisational Psychology Conference in July. 

View the symposium submission to the Industrial and Organisational Psychology Conference July 2015.


Submissions to the Senate

The Women and Psychology Interest Group contributed to the preparation of an APS submission to the Senate Finance and Public Administration References Committee Inquiry into Domestic Violence in Australia in August 2014.


Remembering Una Gault

As most members will know by now, Women and Psychology's much loved founding member Una Gault died on Friday 30 November 2012 in Sydney. Una edited the Blue Newsletter that was members' main link to the group in the days prior to email and the internet. She received the inaugural Elaine Dignan Award in 1993, but refused other honours such as APS Fellowship, which she richly deserved.  She was a Life Member of APS, and generations of psychology graduates have many stories to tell about Dr Gault.

The Women & Psychology Interest Group committee in both Sydney and Melbourne, as well as nationally, has been giving some thought to how we can best remember Una and what she gave to us all.

In Sydney on Wednesday 15 May, the Jessie Street National Women’s Library, APS Women and Psychology Interest Group and NSW Women’s Electoral Lobby will co-host a celebration of Una Gault’s life to which all members are invited. Please see attached invitation.

Anyone who is unable to attend is welcome to send a photo or brief comment on their favourite memory of Una for possible inclusion in the slide show Dori is preparing, or in the next issue of the W & P Newsletter, which will be dedicated to Una.

Please RSVP by Friday 10th May to Dori Wisniewski - dori.w@bigpond.com
Phone 9534 4434 or Mobile: 0411 353 434