Dr Bert Oraison is a psychology lecturer with the First Year College. He also had an active role in the development and transformation of materials for VU's new Block Model.
Dr Oraison is a registered psychologist with experience in settings including government departments, prisons, refugee centres, rehabilitation centres and private practice.
In his academic role in the First Year College, he is involved in teaching of all psychology units as well as engaging in several research projects. This includes the preparation for publication of three articles resulting from his PhD Thesis: The Effect of Social Support with Chronic Back Pain Sufferers: Number of Treatment Sessions and reported Level of Disability: Psychological Indicators and their Impact on Chronic Back Pain Sufferers: Number of Treatment Sessions and reported Level of Disability, and Socio-economical Predictors of Chronic Back Pain Sufferers: Number of Treatment Sessions and reported Level of Disability.
Along with a group of external researchers, he has also conducted research on Smartphone Distraction-Addiction; examining the relationship between psychosocial variables and patterns of use. Additionally, he is currently working with Dr Laurie Chapin in a research project into the “First in Families” students at tertiary education.
Current co-supervision of one candidate.
Areas of expertise
- Chronic pain and psychological distress