Dr Daniel du Plooy
Daniel commenced at ACAP at the start of 2021. He completed undergraduate and postgraduate studies in both psychology and communication science at various universities. Daniel worked as a lecturer and later, senior lecturer at Helderberg College in South Africa for about seven years, teaching in both the psychology and communication science undergraduate programs. After moving to Australia, he started working as a research officer at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS) at La Trobe University where he also completed a PhD in Psychology. Daniel also taught, concurrently, in the Professional Year Program at Monash College for five years. Recently he enjoyed a short stint at Statistics New Zealand, working as a design analyst in their census development team.
Daniel’s interest is in Positive Psychology, with a specific focus on flourishing, well-being, social support, social capital and cross-cultural considerations.
Teaching / coordination responsibilities
In 2021 Daniel is responsible for some honours postgraduate courses and one undergraduate course:
PSYC4152 Research Project 2: Conducting Research Projects
PSYC4132 Applied Research Methods 3: Disseminating Research Projects
PSYC4212 Applications of Psychology: Applied Research
PSYC1042 Psychology History, Science & Application 1
Expert Comment Topics
- Cross-Cultural Psychology
- Positive Psychology
Research and scholarship
- du Plooy, D. R., Lyons, A., & Kashima, E. S. (2020). Links between well-being and communication with friends and family in one's country of origin amongst migrants in Australia. International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care. 16(4), 429-442. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJMHSC-02-2020-0013
- du Plooy, D. R., Lyons, A., & Kashima, E. S. (2020). Social capital and the well-being of migrants to Australia: Exploring the role of generalised trust and social network resources. International Journal of Intercultural Relations. 79, 1-12. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijintrel.2020.07.001
- du Plooy, D. R., Lyons, A., & Kashima, E. S. (2019). The effect of social support on psychological flourishing and distress among migrants in Australia. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. 21, 278-289. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10903-018-0745-2
- du Plooy, D. R., Lyons, A., & Kashima, E. S. (2019). Predictors of Flourishing and Psychological Distress Among Migrants to Australia. Journal of Happiness Studies. 20, 561-578. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10902-018-9961-7
- du Plooy, D. R., & Pretorius, C. (2014). The caregiver experience: A South African perspective on caring for people with Multiple Sclerosis. Journal of Psychology in Africa. 24(4):361-369. https://doi.org/10.1080/14330237.2014.980623
Book Chapter, Industry Report and Other Writing
- du Plooy, D. R. (2019). An Exploration of Migrant Well-Being in Australia: Identifying a Range of Social Factors Linked to Flourishing and Psychological Distress. (Doctoral Dissertation). Retrieved from La Trobe University database: (http://hdl.handle.net/1959.9/568948)
- Dowsett, G., Duncan, D., Waling, A., du Plooy, DR., & Prestage, G. (2018). The social dimension of prostate cancer in gay men’s sexuality. In Jane Ussher, Janette Perz, & Simon Rosser (Eds.) Gay and Bisexual Men Living with Prostate Cancer: From Diagnosis to Recovery. New York, NY: Harrington Park Press. Won the Benjamin Franklin Award – Gold Category.
- Dowsett, G., Prestage, G., Duncan, D., du Plooy, D. R., & Waling, A. (2015). Moving on: Mental health, resilience and sexual recovery among gay men living with prostate cancer. ARCSHS Monograph Series Number 106. Melbourne: The Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health & Society, La Trobe University. ISBN: 9781921915857
- du Plooy, D. R. (2015). Science fatigue keeps us clinging to bad health habits. The Conversation, 3 November. https://theconversation.com/science-fatigue-keeps-us-clinging-to-bad-health-habits-49892.
- du Plooy, D. R. (2008). Mediated identity construction across cultures: An analysis of reports on the Guguletu Seven. (Master’s thesis). Retrieved from Stellenbosch University. (http://scholar.sun.ac.za/handle/10019.1/1841).
- Intellectual Climate Fund Grant from La Trobe University. 2016
- Competitive Research Training Scheme Award from Monash University and La Trobe University for PhD study. 2015
Conferences and Other Presentations
- du Plooy, D. R. (2018). Migrant well-being, social support and social capital. Presentation to the Social Psychology Forum at La Trobe University.
- Dowsett, G., Duncan, D., du Plooy, D. R., Waling, A., & Prestage, G. (2017). Gay men, sexuality and mental health after prostate cancer. Proceedings of the 23rd Congress of the World Association for Sexual Medicine. The Journal of Sexual Medicine 14: e248. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsxm.2017.04.229.
- du Plooy, D. R. (2016). Online recruitment methods and a case study. Presentation to the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society.
- du Plooy, D. R. (2015). Science fatigue keeps us clinging to bad health habits. Radio interview on 891 ABC Adelaide talking to Sonya Feldhoff. 3 November 2015.
- du Plooy, D. R., Dowsett, G., Duncan, D., Prestage, G. (2015). Mental health, resilience and sexual recovery among gay men with prostate cancer. Health in Difference. 9th National LGBTI Conference. (Poster Presentation: Canberra, 13-15 August).
- Pretorius, C., & du Plooy, D. R. (2013). The caregiver experience: A South African perspective on caring for people with Multiple Sclerosis. 13th European Congress of Psychology (Stockholm, 9-12 July).
- du Plooy, D. R. (2007). Understanding cultural difference: Taxonomies that lead to competence. 1st Mission Congress. (South Africa, November).
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Professional Affiliations and Fellowships
Review Editor for the International Journal of Public Health since July 2020