Thesis award for ACAP Psychology graduate

Posted by Virginia on 3 August 2017

ACAP graduate, Carey Little MAPS, was honoured by the Australian Psychological Society in July, for her thesis, “It kind of sort of crept up”. Australian lesbians talk intimate partner violence.

“I was very surprised and really thrilled to win the APS award for my research,” said Carey. Carey topped the field in the category Psychology of Diverse Bodies, Genders and Sexualities, an APS interest group that promotes excellence in research into psychological issues of same-sex attraction.

Carey’s longstanding advocacy for women’s rights led her to explore the topic in her final-year paper for her Master of Psychology (Clinical).

“I'm interested in the way social constructs, often with limited or questionable modern application, shape the way women understand and live in the world,” she said.

“The issue of domestic or intimate partner violence is a difficult and often unspoken topic, particularly in minority groups. I was privileged to have a group of women in same-sex relationships talk to me about their experiences, adding to the body of research and de-mystifying some of the issue for clinicians.”

In their review of her work, the APS selection committee noted, “that Carey’s thesis captured the complexity of the issue well, contained good quality analysis, and made a contribution to the existing literature.” 

Carey was grateful for the support of ACAP faculty members Dr Fiona Ann Papps, Associate Professor Katherine Nicholson Perry, Lynne Harris and Professor Mike Innes during her studies.

“I returned to study psychology unsure of where it would lead me. Receiving the award is a fabulous way of bringing this period of my study to a close,” said Carey.