Norman Munn Distinguished Visiting Scholar Award

The University of Roehampton is delighted to announce that Professor Cecilia A. Essau has been awarded the Norman Munn Distinguished Visiting Scholar Award by Flinders University, Australia.

Posted: 21 October 2013

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Professor Essau

While at Flinders University, Professor Essau will be conducting a series of research in various areas of youth mental health with Dr Junwen Chen, including a cross-cultural comparison of young adults with social anxiety and excessive worry across Australia, England and Japan.

This project will focus on investigating the mechanism underlying the development and maintenance of the social anxiety disorder and excessive worry across the three countries in order to provide an integrative perspective for these two disorders.

Professor Essau said: “I feel very honoured to be awarded the Norman Munn Distinguished Visiting Scholar Award. This award will strengthen my research links within the School of Psychology at Flinders and to work with their high profile researchers in the area of anxiety prevention, well-being of child refugees and migrants, mental health literacy, adolescent depression, posttraumatic stress disorders, and autism spectrum disorder. I see this as the first step towards a collaborative research between Roehampton and Flinders."

Professor Essau and Dr Chen have previously worked on a joint project (“Social Anxiety and Taijin Kyofusho symptoms in England and Japan: A cross-cultural comparison”), funded by The British Academy and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science from 2005 to 2006. Some of the results of this project were published in 2012 (Essau, C.A., Sasagawa, S., Chen, J., & Sakano, Y. (2012). Taijin kyofusho and social phobia symptoms in young adults in England and in Japan. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 43, 219-232).

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