Associate Professor Trish Obst

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Phd (Queensland University of Technology), Bachelor (Honours) (Queensland University of Technology), Bachelor of Social Science (Queensland University of Technology)

Associate Professor Patricia Obst has been an active researcher for almost 20 years and has over 70 publications in a variety of areas including:

  • volunteering
  • aging
  • wellbeing
  • sense of community
  • contectedness and social support
  • alcohol use in specific populations
  • community engagement

Patricia completed a PhD by publication in the area of Community Psychology at QUT in 2005. Patricia is currently an Associate Professor with the School of Psychology and Counselling at QUT and is the Course Coordinator of the Honours Program. Her research activities have focused on the influence of social connectivity factors such as identification, sense of community and availability of social support on well being. She has also examined the dimensionality and valid measurement of these important constructs. Patricia has worked with a variety of groups and communities:

  • neighbourhoods
  • religious groups
  • university students
  • internet-based interest and support groups
  • carers

During her time as a postdoctoral fellow at CARRS-Q, she also developed her research interests into the development of educational material to change behaviour in a number of areas including:

  • women’s drinking behaviour
  • road safety issues pertinent to 'grey nomads': those older Australians spending extensive periods of time touring the country.

Patricia also was a successful recipient of an ARC linkage grant examined motivations of retired professional’s to undertake episodic volunteering in rural areas. Research interests

  • sense of community
  • social support
  • social identity theory
  • applied social psychology
  • behaviour change models
  • women and alcohol
  • volunteerism.

Research grants: ARC Linkage.Industry partner, Qld Department of Communitie (2009-2013).

  • 'Responding to the rural skills crisis: Modelling volunteer motivations and incentives to attract retired/semi-retired professionals to volunteer in rural areas'  Dr Patricia Obst, Dr Katy White, Aspro Jenifer Warburton (la Trobe) and Dr Nancy Spencer.

For Full Details Please see Patricia’s Curriculum Vitae

Additional information

Patricia has worked closely with a number of state government departments and community agencies as a part of both her research and teaching. These include the Department of Communities, Qld Health, The Public Service Commission, Volunteering Qld, and Carers Qld. Patricia has partnered with Volunteering Qld to present forums to bring researchers and practitioners together to discuss volunteering issues. Patricia has close contacts with a number of community organisations,  through her research and work integrated learning activities.

Advisor/Consultant for Industry
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Consultant for Evaluation of Mentoring Beginner Teacher Program. Data Analysis and interpretation included in Qld Department of Education Briefing Document and Report
Editorial Role for an Academic Journal
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Associate Editor Role for SCImago Rated Q2 Australian Psychologist, the official applied practice and public policy journal of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). The journal aims to keep Australian psychologists informed about current issues in psychology, the science and practice of psychology, and psychology┬┐s contribution to public policy, with particular emphasis on the Australian context.
Developing Female Specific Intervention Strategies to Reduce the Alarming Levels of Risky Alcohol Consumption by Young Women
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CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
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Alcohol; Culture; Women
Responding to the Rural Skills Crisis: Modelling Volunteer Motivations and Incentives to Attract Retired/semi-retired Professionals to Volunteer in Rural Areas
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year
Volunteer Motivations; Older Volunteers; Rural Sustainability; Productive Ageing; Rural Skills Shortages