Professor Trang Thomas

Position

Emeritus Professor

School /
Work Unit

School of Health and Biomedical Sciences

Contact Details

No Phone

Location

Bundoora West campus

College/Portfolio

Science, Engineering and Health

Qualifications

PhD LaTrobe, BA(Hons) NSW, MA (Hons) Macq, DipAICD, FAPS

Professor of Psychology

Awards and honours

  • 2005 Victorian Women Honours roll
  • 2003 Centenary Medal
  • 1998 Inaugural Distinguished Alumni Award of La Trobe University
  • 1997 Member of the Order of Australia
  • 1997 Victorian Police Annual Award
  • 1994 Alumni Achievement Award, University of New South Wales

Professional associations

  • Fellow, Australian Psychological Society
  • Member, Australian Association of Gerontology
  • Member, College of Counselling Psychologists
  • Member, Convocation of Macquarie University

Board and committee memberships

  • Director, Australian Psychological Society (2001 – 2005, 2006-current),
  • Board of Alzheimer’s Australia (Vic)
  • Council Member, NHMRC (2000 – 2006)
  • Member, Editorial Board of HealthInsite

Research Supervision

Professor Trang Thomas will supervise students who are interested in conducting
research in the following areas:

  • Cross-cultural research
  • Migrant settlement issues
  • Health
  • Women issues
  • Stress and coping
  • Gambling issues
  • Topics related to people of non-English speaking backgrounds
  • Any topic about older people.

Current PhD students' research projects

  • Catherine Hughes: Career Maturity among Adolescents in Thailand and Australia
  • Winnie Lau: The Role of Ethnic Identity in Mental Health of young refugees.
  • Richard Spence Thomas: The Psychology of Problem Gambling
  • Mila Cichello: Quality of Life of Older Filipinos in Australia
  • Antoinette ButlerWilks : Brides and grandmothers: Older Filipino women in Australia.

Current master by research students' research projects

  • David Delaney: Anxiety on older people.
  • Asma Akther: A comparative study of psychological well-being of women in Bangladesh and Australia. 

Sample of recent publications

Chapters in Books

  • Thomas, T. (2007). Migration and aging: Australian perspectives and research. In S. Carmel, C.A. Morse, & F. Torres-Gil (Eds).The Art of Ageing in a Global Community: lessons from three nations. New York: Baywood Publishers, pp 155- 167.

Articles In Refereed Journals

  • Dowling, N., Smith, D., & Thomas, T. (2006). Treatment of female pathological gambling: the efficacy of a cognitive behavioural approach. Journal of Gambling Studies, 1-18.
  • Hughes, C. & Thomas, T. (2006). Measurement of career maturity in Australia and Thailand: An adaptation of the Career Development Inventory – Australia. Journal of Vocational Behaviour, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10899-006-9027-3, 1-18.
  • Thomas, T. & Witenberg, R. (2005). Racial tolerance of young people: age and gender differences. International Journal of the Humanities, 1, 3, 1281-1289
  • Hughes, C. & Thomas, T. (2005). Individualism and Collectivism: A framework for examining carer programs through a cultural lens. Australian Journal of Career Development, 14, 41-49.
  • Dowling, N., Smith, D., & Thomas, T. (2005). Electronic gaming machines: are they the “crack-cocaine” of gambling”. Addiction, 100, 33-45.
  • Thomas, T. (2004). Psychology in a culturally diverse society. Australian Psychologist, 39, 103-106.
  • Thomas, T. (2003). Towards a happier old age: Psychological perspectives on successful ageing Australian Psychologist, 38, 11-13.
  • Thomas, T. (2003). Aged immigrants: The forgotten older adults . Clinical Psychologist, 7, 56-58.
  • Thomas, T (2003). Older migrants and their families, Family Matters, No 66, 40-44.
  • Hughes, C. & Thomas, T. (2003). The family’s influence on adolescent and young adult career development: Theory, research and practice. Australian Journal of Career Development, 12, 38-46.
  • Mckay, E., Thomas, T. & Martin, J (2003). “ An interactive job seeking system for vocational rehabilitation” Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 19, 396-398

Refereed conference proceedings

  • Heath, L.. & Thomas, T. (2006). An intergenerational examination of male gender role conflict and psychological distress. In M. Katsikitis (Ed.), Proceedings of the Joint conference of the Australian Psychological Society and the New Zealand Psychological Society (pp 175-179). Auckland: Australian Psychological Society.
  • Murgia, S. & Thomas, T. (2006). Effects of refugee camp experiences and arrival age on psychological functioning in young refugees and migrants. In M. Katsikitis (Ed.), Proceedings of the Joint conference of the Australian Psychological Societyand the New ZealandPsychological Society (pp 282-287). Auckland: Australian Psychological Society.
  • Thomas, N. & Thomas, T. (2006). influence of cultural background and cognitive distortions on the gambling behaviour of international students. In M. Katsikitis (Ed.), Proceedings of the Joint conference of the Australian Psychological Societyand the New ZealandPsychological Society (pp 435-439). Auckland: Australian Psychological Society.
  • Heaney, C.. & Thomas, T. (2005). Activity restriction due to fear of falling: An independent predictor of depression and decreased quality of life among older adults. In M. Katsikitis (Ed.), Proceedings of the 40th Annual conference of the Australian Psychological Society (pp (123-128). Sydney: Australian Psychological Society.
  • Summers, D. & Thomas, T. (2005). Coming to Australia: The adjustment of international students in universities. In M. Katsikitis (Ed.), Proceedings of the 40th Annual conference of the Australian Psychological Society (pp 328 - 333). Sydney: Australian Psychological Society.
  • Martin, J., McKay, E. & Thomas, T., (2005) Recovery from Mental Illness:Lifestyle and Employment Options', in Kellehear,K, Teesson,M et al. HarvestingHope: Across the Lifespan, Contemporary TheMHS in Mental Health Services, Proceedings of the 2004 TheMHS Conference, (pp193-197) Sydney.
  • Costa, A. & Thomas, T. (2004). Factors related to psychopathology amongst Greek-Cypriot refugees. In M. Katsikitis (Ed.), Proceedings of the 39th Annual conference of the Australian Psychological Society (pp57 – 61). Sydney: Australian Psychological Society.
  • Dowling, N, Smith, D., & Thomas, T. (2004). The efficacy of a cognitive behavioural approach in the treatment of female pathological electronic machine gambling. In M. Katsikitis (Ed.), Proceedings of the 39th Annual conference of the Australian Psychological Society (pp 79- 84). Sydney: Australian Psychological Society. ISBN 0-909881-25-1

Papers Presented at International Conferences

  • Xenos, S & Thomas, T. (2006). Brides and Grandmothers. International Congress of Applied Psychology, Athens, Greece.
  • Thomas, T & Heaney, C. (2004). Fear of falling among older persons. The 6th World Congress on Aging and Physical Activity. August, London, Canada.
  • Thomas, T. & Witenberg, R. (2003). Racial tolerance of young people: age and gender differences. International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities, July, Rhodes, Greece.
  • Xenos, S, Thomas, T. , Cicello, M. & Wilks, A. (2003). The mental health of displaced children. International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities, July, Rhodes, Greece.

Papers Presented at National Conferences

  • Cichello, M., Thomas, T., & Xenos, S. (2006). Predictors of healthy ageing in older Filipino living in Australia. Joint conference of the Australian Psychological Society and the New Zealand Psychological Society, Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Wilks,A., Thomas, T., & Xenos, S. (2006). Brides and Grandmothers: Challenges and resources of older Filipino women carers. Joint conference of the Australian Psychological Society and the New Zealand Psychological Society, Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Thomas, T. (2003). The human rights of asylum seeking children. Annual conference of The Royal College of Physicians, Chapter of Community Child Health, May, Hobart.

On-line publications

  • Thomas, T. & Lau, W. (2002). Psychological well being of child and adolescent refugees and asylum seekers: overview of major research findings of the past ten years. www.humanrights.gov.au
  • Hugo, G. & Thomas, T. (2002). Intergenerational issues and the impact of cultural change on the care needs of the elderly. 2002: A vision for aged care. Cranlana publications. www.myerfoundation.org.au

Research grants

  • 2001- 2002 Australian Research Council, Racial tolerance in young adolescents, (with R. Witenberg)
  • 2002VRI-RMIT . Enhancedthe job seeking tools: Vocational rehabilitation. (with E. Mckay and J. Martin)
  • 2004- 2007 Australian Research Council. Brides and Grandmothers. with S. Xenos
  • 2007 - 2011 Australian Research Council Linkage. Exploring the experience of security in the Australian Vietnamese community (with D. Meredyth; M. Gilding; N. Cherry and L. Weber).

Current research projects

  • Brides and Grandmothers: The well being of Filipino older persons (with Dr. Sophia Xenos) Funded by Australian Research Council and the Filipino Community Council of Australia