I am the first supervisor of the following PhD students:

 

 

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My research interests centre on romantic relationships, specifically within an intercultural context. Currently, I am focusing on the dynamics of both dating and marital relationships, particularly how cultural factors, parental influence, and the strength of familial ties can impact our choices for mates. The extent to which one’s parents internalize and ascribe importance to various cultural methods of mate selection and the value they assign to certain mate attributes can have varying degrees of influence on an individual’s mate selection. Based on this understanding, I am presently exploring the dichotomy between our preferences in choosing dating versus marital partners, the degree to which we ascribe significance to commonly-held romantic beliefs, and the level of passion and commitment we experience in our varying romantic relationships.

 

 

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Dr. Miriam Park completed her PhD in cross-cultural psychology at Brunel in 2011. She is currently a lecturer at Monash University, Sunway Campus, in Malaysia.

I am the second supervisor of the following PhD students:

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My research interests include the conceptualisation of nations as symbolic attachment figures and the association of the relationship that individuals construct with their heritage country with acculturation strategies. I am also interested in migrants’ experiences of marginalisation, particularly, whether marginalisation can be deconstructed into two distinct constructs: dismissive and anxious marginalisation, which parallel attachment styles. I am also looking to investigate experiences of marginalisation and exclusion from one’s heritage culture due to integrating in ways that are deemed inappropriate by that culture.

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Virtually everyone will come into contact with a mental illness, either by developing a disorder themselves or by interacting with someone who has. Yet the public is not very good at recognising and distinguishing between different mental disorders. I am interested in variations in mental health literacy (knowledge and beliefs about mental disorders which aid their recognition, management or prevention), specifically focusing on the disorders of depression, schizophrenia and generalised anxiety disorder. Currently I am comparing mental health literacy between mainstream and immigrant populations in the UK, and looking at its relationship with variables such as acculturation style, individualism-collectivism, English language ability, education, and prior experience with mental illness.

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Despite most of the attempts by politicians to incorporate diverse cultural groups into a harmonious socio-cultural framework, true multiculturalism seems to have failed. Hence, my research will focus on the impacts of cultural dimensions, state ideologies and social representations of multiculturalism on locals (i.e. members of the host society) acculturation preferences and potential cultural identity change in association with their subjective well-being in response to an emerging multicultural environment in their own homeland. I am particularly interested in the compatibility of social representations of multiculturalism and host communities' belief and value systems as well as how it can be optimized (e.g. policies, campaigns, corporate philosophies) to promote locals' successful adaptation to a multicultural context, their SWB and group-performances.