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Dr Susan Abel

Dr Susan Abel
Name Susan Abel
Pronoun She/Her/Hers
Position Lecturer
Section Graduate Research School
Location Toowoomba Campus
Qualifications BEcon Qld , BSc(Hons) USQ , GDipFinMgt UNE , GDipPsychSt USQ , PhD USQ

Susan's research interests lie in digital technology use and impact across the lifespan. She has more recently focused on early career researchers through interdisciplinary research collaborations. In addition to her academic work, Susan is a board member for the Massim Cultural Foundation in PNG and supports the Massim Musem.

Research interests
social media, neurodiversity, social psychology, developmental psychology, researchers

Industry affiliations
Associate Member Australian Psychological Society
Member Australian Psychological Education Interest Group (AusPLAT)

Currently teaching courses/programs
RES9004 Research Design and Methodologies
RES9005 Qualitative Research Techniques
PSY2030 Developmental Psychology
PSY2010 Social Processes of Behaviour
PSY1030 Cross-Cultural and Indigenous Psychology

Teaching experience(Tertiary)
2 Years

Administrative responsibilities
Supervision: psychology honours students

Research most recent
Abel, S., Machin., T., Brown., S. (2022). Developmental psychology. In T. Machin, T. Machin, C. Jeffries, and N Hoare (Eds.). The Australian handbook for careers in psychological science.

Machin, T., Brownlow, C., Abel, S., & Gilmour., J. (Eds.), (2022) Social media and technology across the lifespan. Palgrave Macmillan

Abel, S., Machin, T., Brownlow, C. (2021). Social media, rituals, and long-distance family relationship maintenance: A mixed-methods systematic review. New Media & Society, 23(3), 632-654.

Research most notable
Abel, S., Machin, T., & Brownlow, C. (2019). Support, socialise and advocate: An exploration of the stated purposes of Facebook autism groups. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 61, 10-21.

Publications in ePrints

Machin, Tanya ORCID: and Abel, SusanORCID: (2022) Children and social media. Childhood Studies, 25 April 2022. pp. 1-2. ISSN 2379-934X

Davis, Ian ORCID: and Abel, SusanORCID: and Feldman, CourtneyORCID: and Bedford, AlisonORCID: (2022) Playing tertiary tetris: Valuing the voices of casual educators in higher education. In: 44th Annual Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA 2022), 27 June - 30 June 2022, Melbourne, Australia.

Machin, Tanya ORCID: and Brownlow, Charlotte and Abel, SusanORCID: and Gilmour, John (2022) Social Media and Technology Across the Lifespan. Palgrave Studies in Cyberpsychology. Palgrave MacMillan, Cham, Switzerland. ISBN 9783030990480

Machin, Tony ORCID: and Machin, TanyaORCID: and Jeffries, Carla and Hoare, NanceyORCID: and Abel, SusanORCID: (2022) The Australian Handbook for Careers in Psychological Science. University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Australia.

Abel, Susan ORCID: (2021) Making time online: exploring social media as a tool for family connection. [Thesis (PhD/Research)]

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