Philippa Specker is in her first year of a combined PhD / Masters of Clinical Psychology degree at the University of New South Wales, and is a recipient of the prestigious UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarship.
Philippa completed her Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) degree at the University of Sydney in 2016, and was awarded First Class Honours. Throughout 2017, Philippa worked alongside members of the Refugee Trauma and Recovery Program on the Refugee Adjustment Study, a longitudinal study of the psychological wellbeing and resettlement experience of refugees and asylum seekers living in Australia. Philippa is currently conducting her doctoral thesis under the supervision of A/Prof Angela Nickerson. Her research examines emotion regulation flexibility among refugees and asylum seekers with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Philippa aims to understand ways in which the provision of emotion regulation skills training can reduce the severity of PTSD symptoms and improve the psychological wellbeing for refugees and asylum seekers.