Prior to graduate school, I was a public policy analyst at the Australian Department of the Treasury and Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
My research interests lie at the intersection of existential, clinical, and positive psychology. I am broadly interested in how people cope with and potentially grow from adverse life experiences. I am particularly interested in how people create meaning from their suffering, and my current research focuses on evaluating the feasibility and acceptability of a novel existential narrative therapy for adults recently separated from their ex-partners.
- Existential psychotherapy helped my students cope with chaos
- Interview with Ernest Becker Foundation
- Interview with International Society for the Science of Existential Psychology: Mindful Death Awareness and Values
- Helm, P. J., Chau, R. F., & Greenberg, J. (2022). Existential isolation: Theory, empirical findings, and clinical considerations. In R. G. Menzies, R. E. Menzies, & G. A. Dingle (Eds.), Existential concerns and cognitive-behavioral procedures: An integrative approach to mental health. New York: Springer.
- Chau, R. F., Sawyer, W. N., Greenberg, J., Mehl, M. R., & Sbarra, D. A. (2021). Emotional recovery following divorce: Will the real self-compassion please stand up? Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.
- Lawrence, A. V., Alkozei, A., Irgens, M. S., Acevedo-Molina, M. C., Brener, S. A., Chandler, A. B., Chau, R. F., Doyle, C. Y., McKinney, A. L., Price, S. N., Shanholtz, C. E., Van Etten, E. J., Ver Hoeve, E. S., Sbarra, D. A., & O’Connor, MF. (2020). Think again: Adaptive repetitive thought as a transdiagnostic treatment for individuals predisposed to repetitive thinking styles. Journal of Psychotherapy Integration.
- Helm, P. J., Lifshin, U., Chau, R. F., & Greenberg, J. (2019). Existential isolation and death thought accessibility. Journal of Research in Personality, 82, 103845.
- PSY 352 - Introduction to Personality Psychology (2022)
- PSY 360 - Social Psychology (2022)
- PSY 368 - Psychology of Terrorism (2020-2021)
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- B.A. & B.Ec. Philosophy/Political Science and International Relations/Economics/Quantitative Economics, University of Western Australia
- Graduate Diploma in Psychology, Australian National University
- B.A. (Honours) Psychology, University of Melbourne
- M.A. Psychology, University of Arizona