Philippa Specker
Research Students

Philippa Specker

Postgraduate Research Student
School of Psychology

Supervisor: A/Prof Angela Nickerson
Co-supervisors: Scientia Professor Richard Bryant, A/Prof Jessica Grisham
Research Areas: Emotion regulation, trauma, PTSD, refugees, asylum-seekers

Matthews, Level 14


  • Journal articles | 2020
    Byrow Y; Pajak R; Specker P; Nickerson A, 2020, 'Perceptions of mental health and perceived barriers to mental health help-seeking amongst refugees: A systematic review', Clinical Psychology Review, vol. 75,
    Journal articles | 2019
    Specker P; Nickerson A, 2019, 'Investigating the relationship between distinctive patterns of emotion regulation, trauma exposure and psychopathology among refugees resettled in Australia: a latent class analysis', European Journal of Psychotraumatology, vol. 10,
    Journal articles | 2018
    Specker P; Liddell BJ; Byrow Y; Bryant RA; Nickerson A, 2018, 'A factor analytic investigation of DSM-5 PTSD symptoms in a culturally diverse sample of refugees resettled in Australia', Conflict and Health, vol. 12,


2020 UNSW Science Student Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity Award; The Royal Society of New South Wales (RSNSW) Scholarship; International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) Outstanding Student Achievement Award; Society of Mental Health Research (SMHR) Team Award for Impactful Mental Health Research, Joint-First Place

2019 Australasian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ASTSS) Student Research Award, Second Place

2018 International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) Student Poster Award, Honorable Mention; Australian Association of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (AACBT) Travel Award; UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarship

2017 Sydney University Alumni Award, Convocation Medal for Undergraduate Achievement and Community Contribution 

2016 Sydney University Honours Scholarship

2014 Sydney University Dean’s Merit List; Sydney University Helen Beh Award for Citizenship