Dr Rachel Dryer

Biography

Dr Rachel Dryer commenced at ACAP in 2018 as Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of Psychological Science. She is currently the course coordinator for the BSciPsych (Honours) degree.

Prior to being at ACAP, Rachel was in the School of Psychology at Charles Sturt University where she taught and developed undergraduate and postgraduate subjects in Psychological Testing and Assessment, Cognition, and Cognitive Neuroscience.

Rachel completed her PhD at University of Auckland (New Zealand) in 1997. Her PhD project evaluated a neuropsychological model and intervention program for specific reading disabilities (or Dyslexia). The outcome of this project has been published in a key peer-reviewed international journal on learning disabilities (i.e., Journal of Learning Disabilities) and has been widely cited by other researchers.

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Research Grants

  • Dryer, R. (2013). Special studies leave at Kinark Child and Family Services (Toronto, Canada). AU$5000 from the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.
  • Dryer, R. (2015). Piloting web-accessibility standards in the online learning environment. Charles Sturt University uImagine Digital Learning Innovation Laboratory AU$18,310
  • Dryer, R. (2015) Establishing the reliability and validity of the Interest in Science Questionnaire amongst Australian students. Charles Sturt University Faculty Compact Grant AU$11, 072.
  • Dryer, R., Tyson, G., & Shaw, R. (2013) Examining the relationship between motivation, quality of life and academic achievement amongst University students (with and without disability. Charles Sturt University Faculty Compact Grant $5000.)
  • Dryer, R., Quinton, S., & Hiramatsu, I. (2012): Cross-cultural differences in perfectionism, eating pathology, body dissatisfaction & muscularity in men. Charles Sturt University Faculty Compact Grant $19,947. 

Research Supervision

Rachel has supervised numerous research students at the Honours, Masters and PhD levels in the areas of health psychology, learning and developmental conditions/disorders (e.g., LD, ASD, ADHD), cross-cultural psychology, psychological scale development, and body image issues in males and females.

Research & Scholarships

Teaching

Rachel’s areas of teaching expertise are in developmental psychology, psychological testing and assessment, health psychology, intercultural psychology, and cognitive psychology. These areas can also be found in her research activities.

Awards

  • Charles Sturt University Vice Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence (2014)
  • Charles Sturt University Faculty of Arts Research Award (2014).

Books and Book Chapters

  • Henning, M. A., Krageloh, C. U., Dryer, R., Moir, F. D., Billington, R., & Hill, A. G. (Ed.).  (2018). Wellbeing in higher education setting: Faculty and student development. London & New York: Routledge.
  • Dryer, R. (2018). Equity Issues for students with disability in higher education: Implications for both students and academic staff. In M. Henning, C. Krägeloh, R. Dryer, F. Moir, R. Billington & A. G. Hill (Eds.), Wellbeing in higher education setting: Faculty and student development (pp. 174 – 186). London & New York: Routledge.
  • Henning, M., Krägeloh, C., Dryer, R., Moir, F., Bellington, R., & Hill, A.G. (2018). Introduction: Developing meaning and purpose. In M. Henning, C. Krägeloh, R. Dryer, F. Moir, R. Billington & A. G. Hill (Eds.), Wellbeing in higher education setting: Faculty and student development (pp. 1 – 4). London & New York: Routledge.
  • Henning, M., Krägeloh, C., Dryer, R., Moir, F., Bellington, R., & Hill, A.G. (2018). Conclusion: Synthesising wellbeing issues and higher education. In M. Henning, C. Krägeloh, R. Dryer, F. Moir, R. Billington & A. G. Hill (Eds.), Wellbeing in higher education setting: Faculty and student development (pp. 204 – 213). London & New York: Routledge.
  • Dryer, R. (2017). Ethical considerations in psychological testing and assessment within the Australian context. In Psychological Testing for Charles Sturt University (2nd ed). South Melbourne: Cengage Learning.
  • Dryer, R., Tyson, G., & Shaw, R. (2015). Motivation to learn and quality of life issues in higher education students with disability. In M. Henning, C. Krageloh, & G. Wong-Toi (Eds.) Student motivation and quality of life in higher education (pp. 128 – 136). London & New York: Routledge. No. of citations: 1
  • Dryer, R., Kiernan, M.J., & Tyson, G. A. (2013). Do professions differ in their beliefs about ADHD? In R. Thompson & N. J. Miller (Eds.). ADHD: Cognitive symptoms, genetics and treatment outcomes, (pp. 61-80). Nova Science Publishers, Inc.

Journal Publications

  • Mouti, A., Dryer, R., & Kohn, M. (in press). Differentiating Autism Spectrum Disorder from Attention Deficit /Hyperactivity Disorder using the Social Communication Questionnaire. Journal of Attention Disorders. Impact Factor: 3.384
  • Brunton, R., Dryer, R., Krageloh, C., Saliba, A., Kohlhoff, J., & Medvedev, O.  (in press). The Pregnancy-related Anxiety Scale: A validity examination using Rasch analysis. Journal of Affective Disorders. Impact Factor: 3.71.
  • Lambert, D. & Dryer, R. (2017). Quality of life of higher education students with learning disabilities studying online. International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, 27 December 2017, 1 – 15. Impact Factor: 0.576.https://doi.org/10.1080/1034912X.2017.1410876
  • McManus, D., Dryer, R., & Henning, M. A. (2017). Barriers to students with mental health disability in distance education. Distance Education. Published online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01587919.2017.1369348
  • Dryer, R., Manalo, E., Uesaka, Y., & Tyson. (2016). Cross-cultural comparison of beliefs about the treatment of Bulimia Nervosa held by Australian and Japanese female university students. International Journal of Psychology, 51 (Issue Supplement S1), 466. DOI: 10.1002/ijop.12298.
  • Dryer, R., Tanaka, E., Manalo, E., & Buckingham, R. (2016). The relationship between interest in science and personality dimensions of engagement. International Journal of Psychology, 51 (Issue Supplement S1), 466. DOI: 10.1002/ijop.12313.
  • Tanaka, E., Manalo, E., & Dryer, R. (2016). Structure and comparison of Australian and Japanese junior high school students' interest in science. International Journal of Psychology, 51 (Issue Supplement S1), 517. DOI: 10.1002/ijop.12313.
  • Dryer, R., Henning, M., Tyson, G., & Shaw, R. (2016). Academic achievement performance of university students with disability: Exploring the influence of non-academic factors. International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, 63(4), 419-430Impact Factor: 0.59. No. of citations: 3
  • Dryer, R., Farr, M., Hiramatsu, I., & Quinton, S. (2016). The role of sociocultural influences on symptoms of muscle dysmorphia and eating disorders in men, and the mediating effects of perfectionism. Behavioral Medicine, 42(3), 174-182. Impact Factor: 1.48. No. of citations: 8
  • Dryer, R., Uesaka, Y., Manalo, E., & Tyson, G. (2015). Cross-cultural examination of beliefs about the causes of Bulimia Nervosa among Australian and Japanese females.  International Journal of Eating Disorders, 48 (2), 176-186. Impact Factor of 2.87; Ranking 20/114 (Psychology Clinical), 22/75 (Psychology), 33/121 (Psychiatry [Social Science]), 49/135 (Psychiatry). No. of citations: 2
  • Brunton, R., Dryer, R., Saliba, A., & Kohlhoff, J. (2015a). Pregnancy anxiety: A systematic review of current scales. Journal of Affective Disorders, 176, 24-34. Impact Factor 3.71. No. of citations: 36.
  • Dryer, R., & Ware, N. (2014). Beliefs about causes of weight gain, effective weight gain prevention strategies, and barriers to weight management in the Australian population.  Health Psychology and Behavioural Medicine, 2; 66-81. Impact Factor: Evaluation Pending. No. of citations: 1
  • Dryer, R.,Tyson, G. A., & Kiernan, M.J. (2013). Bulimia nervosa: Professional and lay people’s belief about the causes.  Australian Psychologist, 48; 338-344. Impact Factor: 0.93; Ranking 64/126 (Psychology Multidisciplinary). No. of citations: 3.
  • Firth, I., & Dryer, R. (2013). The predictors of distress in parents of children with autism spectrum disorders.  Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 38; 163-171. Impact Factor: 1.057. No. of citations: 64
  • Dryer, R., Kiernan, M. J., & Tyson, G. A. (2012). Parental and professional beliefs on the treatment and management of ADHD.  Journal of Attention Disorders, 16 (5), 398 – 405. Impact Factor: 3.384; Ranking 8/68 (Psychology), 21/133 (Psychiatry [SSCI]), 34/140 (Psychiatry [SCI]). No. of citations: 8.
  • Dryer, R., Kiernan, M. J., & Tyson, G. A. (2006). The effects of diagnostic labelling on the implicit theories of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder held by health professionals.  Behaviour Change, 23 (3), 177-185. Impact Factor: 0.51; No. of citations: 6.
  • Dryer, R., Kiernan, M.J., & Tyson, G.A. (2006). Implicit theories of the characteristics and causal factors of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): Explanatory models used by parents and professionals in the educational, medical, mental health and allied health fields.  Australian Journal of Psychology, 58 (2), 79 -92. Impact Factor: 0.941; Ranking: 63/126 (Psychology Multidisciplinary); Number of citations: 27.
  • Kiernan, M., Betts, G., Dryer, R., Williamson, B., & Teng, A. (2005). Sensitivity of the sleep disturbance scale for children to the presence and treatment of sleep-disordered breathing in Australian children. Internal Medicine Journal, 35 (3): A28, ISSN: 1444-0903.
  • Dryer, R., Beale I. L., & Lambert, A. J. (1999). The balance model of dyslexia and remedial training:  An evaluative study.  Journal of Learning Disabilities, 32, 174-186. Impact Factor: 1.901; Ranking 8/36 (Education, Special), 13/66 (Rehabilitation); Number of citations: 29
  • Dryer, R. (1996). Effects of hemisphere-specific and hemisphere-alluding stimulation on reading performance of dyslexic subtypes.  Australian Journal of Psychology, 48, 38.
  • Corballis, M. C., & Manalo, R. (1993). Effects of spatial attention on mental rotation.  Neuropsychologia, 31, 199 – 205. Impact Factor: 3.451; Number of citations: 12.
  • Corballis, M. C., & Manalo, R. (1993). Effect of spatial attention on mental rotation.  Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 15 (1): 37-37 JAN. ISSN: 1380-3395.
  • Full-paper Publications in Refereed Conference Proceedings:
  • Ware, N., & Dryer, R., (2012). Implicit theories of the causes of weight gain in adults.  Proceedings of the 34th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Sapporo, Japan. Peer-reviewed conference proceedings ISBN 978-0-9768318-8-4.
  • Dryer, R., Tabone, M., & Kiernan, M. J. (2006). Examining the relationship between children’s language ability and performance on the Rey Auditory Verbal Learning Test (RAVLT). . In Mary Katsikitis (Ed.). Proceedings of the Joint Conference of the Australian Psychological Society and the New Zealand Psychological Society, (pp 100 - 104). Auckland, New Zealand: The Australian Psychological Society, Ltd. ISBN 0-909881-030-8.
  • Dryer, R, Kiernan, M.J., Mason, L.M., Teng, A, & Betts, G.A. (2004). Construct validity and reliability of the Conner’s Parent Rating Scale – Revised (CPRS-R) in an Australian sample. In M. Katsikitis (Ed.). Proceedings of the 39th APS Annual Conference, (pp. 84-88). Melbourne, Australia: The Australian Psychological Society, Ltd.
  • Dryer, R., Kiernan, M.J., & Tyson, G.A. (2003). The effects of diagnostic labelling on the implicit theories of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder held by health professionals. Proceedings of the Joint International Conference on Cognitive Science, (pp.105-110). Sydney, Australia: University of NSW.
  • Kiernan, M. J., Dryer, R., & Tyson, G. A (2005). Beliefs of the general public, female University students and professionals concerning the treatment of Bulimia Nervosa. Proceedings of the 40th APS Annual Conference. Melbourne, Australia: The Australian Psychological Society, Ltd.
  • Kiernan, M.J., Tyson, G.A., & Dryer, R. (2003). Implicit theories of ADHD amongst professionals and lay people: A structural model incorporating characteristics, causes and treatments.  In P. Slezak (Ed.). Proceedings of the Joint International Conference on Cognitive Science, (pp.286-291). Sydney, Australia: University of NSW.

Conference Presentations

  • Dryer, R., Tanaka, E., Manalo, E., Buckingham, R., & Ayabe, H. Is science more interesting if you are open-minded? The relationship between interest in science and personality dimensions. International Conference on Education and Psychology (ICEAP), November 6-9, 2017, Fukuoka, Japan. ISBN: 978-986-5654-03-0
  • Manalo, E., Dryer, R., & Tsuda, A. (2017). More efficacious representations? Examining the effect of diagrams in students’ written explanations. EARLI (European Association for Researchers on Learning and Instruction) Conference, August 29–September 2, University of Tampere, Tampere, Finland.
  • Dryer, R., Manalo, E., Uesaka, Y., & Tyson. (2017). Cross-cultural examination of Australian and Japanese female university students’ beliefs about the cause & treatment of Bulimia Nervosa. Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition (SARMAC XII), January 3-6, Sydney, Australia.
  • Dryer, R., Manalo, E., Uesaka, Y., & Tyson. (2016). Cross-cultural comparison of beliefs about the treatment of Bulimia Nervosa held by Australian and Japanese female university students. 31st International Congress of Psychology, July 24-29, Yokohama Japan.
  • Dryer, R., Tanaka, E., Manalo, E., & Buckingham, R. (2016). The relationship between interest in science and personality dimensions of engagement. 31st International Congress of Psychology, July 24-29, Yokohama Japan.
  • Tanaka, E., Manalo, E., & Dryer, R. (2016). Structure and comparison of Australian and Japanese junior high school students' interest in science. 31st International Congress of Psychology, July 24-29, Yokohama Japan.
  • Dryer, R., Manalo, E., Uesaka, Y., & Tyson, G. (2015). Australian and Japanese female university students’ beliefs about the treatment of Bulimia Nervosa. 50th Australian Psychological Society Annual Conference, Gold Coast, Australia.
  • Brunton, R., Dryer, R., Saliba, A., & Kolhoff, J. (2015b). Pregnancy anxiety: A systematic review of current scales. 50th Australian Psychological Society Annual Conference, Gold Coast, Australia.
  • Lonergan, A., & Dryer, R. (2015). The Role of interception on maladaptive eating behaviours, body image, and weight management among Australian women. The Australian and New Zealand Eating Disorders and Obesity Conference, Outrigger Surfers Paradise, Australia.
  • Dryer, R., Uesaka, Y., Manalo, E., & Tyson G. (2014): Cross-cultural examination of beliefs about the causes of Bulimia Nervosa amongst Australian and Japanese females. Eating Disorders & Obesity Conference, Gold Coast, Australia.
  • Firth, I., & Dryer, R. (2012). The predictors of distress in parents of children with autism spectrum disorder. 47th Australian Psychological Society Annual Conference, Perth, Australia.
  • Ware, N., & Dryer, R., (2012). Implicit theories of the causes of weight gain in adults.  Proceedings of the 34th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Sapporo, Japan.
  • Dryer, R., Tabone, M., & Kiernan, M. J. (2006). Examining the relationship between children’s language ability and performance on the Rey Auditory Verbal Learning Test (RAVLT). Joint Conference of the Australian Psychological Society and the New Zealand Psychological Society, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Dryer, R., Kiernan, M.J., & Tyson, G.A. (2004).  The effects of diagnostic labelling on health professionals’ beliefs about the cause and treatment of ADHD. 28th International Congress of Psychology, Beijing, China.
  • Hiramatsu, I., Dryer, R., & Kiernan, M.J. (2004).  The effect of the cues that are not present: A re-evaluation of the Rescorla-Wagner model. 28th International Congress of Psychology, Beijing, China.
  • Hiramatsu, I., Kiernan, M.J., & Dryer, R. (2004).  Independent occurrence of an outcome and its effect on causal judgments in retrospective re-evaluation. 28th International Congress of Psychology, Beijing, China.
  • Kiernan, M.J., Betts, G., Dryer, R., Williamson, B. & Teng, A.  (2004). Sensitivity of the Sleep Disturbance Scale for Children to the presence and treatment of sleep-disordered breathing in Australian children. 17th Annual Meeting of the Australasian Sleep Association, Sydney, Australia.
  • Kiernan, M.J., Tyson, G.A., & Dryer, R. (2004).  Can structural equation models be used to examine implicit theories?28th International Congress of Psychology, Beijing, China.
  • Teng, A., Betts, G., Kiernan, M.J., & Dryer, R. (2004).  The construct validity and the predictive validity of the Sleep Disturbance Scale for Children in an Australian sample. 39th Australian Psychological Society Annual Conference, Sydney, Australia.
  • Dryer, R., Kiernan, M. J., & Tyson, G. A.  (2003). The effects of diagnostic labelling on the implicit theories of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder held by health professionals.  International Conference on Cognitive Science, Sydney Australia.
  • Kiernan, M. J., Tyson, G. A., & Dryer, R.  (2003). Implicit theories of ADHD amongst professionals and lay people: A structural model incorporating characteristics, causes and treatments.  International Conference on Cognitive Science, Sydney, Australia.
  • Dryer, R., Kiernan, M.J., & Tyson, G.A. (2002). Implicit theories of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): Treatment and long-term outcomes.  Australian Association of Cognitive Behaviour Therapists Annual Conference, Brisbane, Australia.
  • Kiernan, M. J., Tyson, G. A., & Dryer, R. (2002). The relation between therapists’ beliefs about the causes and treatment of ADHD: The scientist-practitioner model under scrutiny.  Australian Association of Cognitive Behaviour Therapists Annual Conference, Brisbane, Australia.
  • Tyson, G.A., Dryer, R, Kiernan, M.J., & Waldron, C. (2002). Parents’ causal explanations of ADHD. The British Psychological Society Division of Educational and Child Psychology Annual Conference, Bournemouth.
  • Dryer, R., Kiernan, M.J., & Tyson, G.A. (2001). Implicit theories of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): Explanatory models used by parents and professionals in the educational, medical, mental health and allied health fields. Australian Association of Cognitive Behaviour Therapists Annual Conference, Sydney, Australia.
  • Healey, A. M., Dryer, R., Tyson, G., & Kiernan, M. (2001). Implicit theories of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder held by primary school teachers and allied health workers. 36th Annual Conference of the Australian Psychological Society, Adelaide, Australia.
  • Hiramatsu, I., Kiernan, M.J., & Dryer, R. (2001). A simple feed-forward network with lateral projections can simulate backward blocking.  2nd Australian Learning Group Conference, Magnetic Island, Queensland, Australia.
  • Tyson, G.A., Dryer, R., Kiernan, M.J., & Waldron, C. (2001). Implicit theories of ADHD - the parental perspective. 7th Annual Conference of the Society of Australian Social Psychologists, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Dryer, R.  (1996) Effects of hemisphere-specific and hemisphere-alluding stimulation on the reading performance of dyslexic subtypes. 23rd Annual Australian Experimental Psychology Conference, Perth, Australia.
  • Dryer, R. (1995) Balancing the brain. Annual Conference of the New Zealand Psychological Society, Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Invited Research and Professional Lectures/Presentations:
  • Dryer, R. (November 2017). Re-designing people’s beliefs and attitudes about weight gain and obesity: Implications for anti-obesity campaigns. Invited research presentation to the Graduate Program in Design (Design School) and Graduate School of Education, Kyoto University, Kyoto Japan. http://www.design.kyoto-u.ac.jp/event/forthcoming/9295/
  • Dryer, R. (January 2017). What effect does Theory of Mind ability and ‘unpacking’ information have on people’s ability to critically evaluate health-related information? Mini-Symposium on Critical Thinking and Evaluation of Scientific and Health-related Information. Graduate Program in Design (Design School) and Graduate School of Education, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan. http://www.design.kyoto-u.ac.jp/event/forthcoming/8767/
  • Dryer, R. (July 2016). Communication and explanatory frameworks. Invited research presentation and workshop to the Graduate Program in Design (Design School) and Graduate School of Education, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan http://www.design.kyoto-u.ac.jp/event/forthcoming/8198/
  • Dryer, R. (2012). Specific learning disabilities in university students: Implications for study and support services. Invited clinical presentation to the Centre for English Language Education in Science and Engineering, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan.
  • Dryer, R. (2012). Do professions differ in their beliefs about the causes & treatment of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder? Invited research presentation to Graduate School of Education, The University of Tokyo, Japan.
  • Dryer, R., Kiernan, M.J., & Tyson, G.A. (2001).  Implicit theories of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): Explanatory models used by parents and professionals in the educational, medical, mental health and allied health fields.  Invited research presentation to the Psychology Department in University of Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Dryer, R., Kiernan, M.J., & Tyson, G.A. (2001).  Implicit theories of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).  Invited research presentation to the Psychology Department in Canterbury University, Christchurch, New Zealand.
  • Dryer, R., Kiernan, M.J., & Tyson, G.A. (2001).  Understanding causal explanations of ADHD held by parents and professionals in the educational, medical, mental health and allied health fields.  Invited research presentation to the Child and Family Specialty Service, Canterbury District Health Board, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Professional Accreditation

Registered Psychologist (General) with the Psychology Board of Australia