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Dr Ran Shi



Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) (USYD)
Master of Clin. Psych


Ran received her PhD, Master of Clinical Psychology and Bachelor of Psychology from the University of Sydney, where she received the Richard Champion Award for Best Empirical Thesis in Learning and Cognition in 2006 for her Honours thesis looking at how cigarette smoking affects decision making. Her PhD thesis was in Psycholinguistics, a field at the intersection between cognitive psychology and linguistics. Her Master’s thesis examined the role of attentional control in anxiety. She has presented her research in both national and international conferences. Ran comes to ACAP after working on research projects at the University of Western Sydney and Charles Sturt University. Ran currently works part-time, while continuing her clinical practice.


Ran’s research interests lie mainly in the field of cognitive psychology, and include areas such as comparative psycholinguistics, language development, second language acquisition, intercultural cognitive psychology, implicit and explicit learning, memory, decision making, and the effects of technology on language and cognition. More recently, Ran has investigated areas within clinical psychology that includes attention, executive functioning and anxiety.

Find out more at ResearchGate.


  • Cognitive psychology
  • Learning
  • Perception
  • Intercultural psychology
  • Psychopathology

Research Grants

ACAP grant scheme, 2012

Conference Presentations

  • Presentations at the ACAP School of Psychological Sciences Colloquium series 2013; ‘Cracking the Chinese Code: How adult novices learn complex lexical rules’
  • Presentation at the 17th Australian Language and Speech Conference 2009; ‘Using Masked Priming to Investigate the Role of Phonology in Chinese Compound Character Recognition’
  • Presentation at the 36th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference 2009: ‘Investigating the Role of Phonology in Reading Chinese: What Can Priming Tell Us?’
  • Presentation at the 49th Psychonomics Society Annual Meeting Pre-Conference Lexicality Workshop 2008: ’ What Role does Phonology Play in a ‘Logographic’ Writing System?’

Research Supervision

Honours students, 2013

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