Ruth Billany

CPsychol AFBPsS, BSc Psychology and Zoology (Joint Honours), MA Psychology: Health Psychology (First Class Honours)

Research Active Academic: Psychology

Awards

Research Interests

  • Scholarship of teaching and learning, including professional identity formation.
  • Psychological aspects of human:non-human animal relationships.
  • Qualitative research methods. 

Current Research Projects

  • Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association [EAGALA]
  • Principal Research Investigator: The evaluation of equine assisted psychotherapy in collaboration with EAGALA Pacific Research Convener.
  • Centre for Compassionate Conservation [@UTS]
  • Associate Academic Member: Expertise - psychosocial value of native fauna, including macropods.

Emotional Intelligence and Academic Success
Principal Research Investigator: Applying a strength based approach to determine emotional intelligence profiles of students succeeding in higher education.  
Evaluating Assessment Practices-Report Writing Tutorials
Principal Research Investigator: In collaboration with colleagues we are investigating student attitudinal evaluation, both affective and cognitive, of re-designed report writing tutorials.
Northern Territory Medical Program: Flinders University
Principal Research Investigator: Basic science knowledge and learning processes during problem-based learning sessions in first year students of the NT medical program.
Recently Completed or Current Research Students
Puch-Bouwman, J current. Navigating by the stars? Non-Indigenous researchers and Indigenous related academic practices.

Davies, N. (2011). The theory of planned behaviour and willingness to pay applied to pro-environmental behaviours.

Shaw, T. (2011). Emotional intelligence, wellbeing and discipline related academic performance.

Thiele, M. (2010). Pet guardian wellbeing.

Clarke, C. (2009). Identification of bullying behaviour in the workplace: Influences of gender and discipline on identification of bullying behaviours.
Hackett, C. (2008). Canine companions: Can your relationship with your dog affect your emotional wellbeing. Awarded 2008 Australian Psychological Society Prize for Excellence.

Hewitt, M. (2008). The impact of positive affect on mindfulness, acceptance and cognitive flexibility.

Pope, R. (2008). Does drought affect attitudes and behaviours towards water? A comparison of climatically opposing populations in Australia.

Ward, J. (2008) An exploratory study of the wellbeing of gardeners in the Top End, Australia.

Griffin, C. (2007). Effect on counsellors’ of clients presenting with domestic violence issues.

Recent Publications

In Press
Billany, R in press. Dog at my feet: A moment of identity construction within dissertation acknowledgements. Society and Animals.
Billany, T., & Billany, R. in press. Retrofitting teaching spaces: Did our dreams come true? In Proceedings Australian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ascilite): Sydney 2013. Electric Dreams.

2013

Billany, R. (2013). Chiasmatic interpretative communities: An innovative methodology. Qualitative Research Journal, 13(2), 196-213.
Billany, R. (2013). Women, horses and others: A salutogenic approach. The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society, 2(3), 53-64.

2012

Billany, R., Royal, B., & Lys, I. (2012). Learning for the future: Online student evaluation
of generic and context-specific library skills tutorials. In Proceedings Australian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ascilite): Wellington 2012. Future Challenges: Sustainable Futures.

2010

Moore, K., Billany, R. (2010). Psychology and ageing. In P. Brown’s (Ed.). Health care of the older adult: An Australian and New Zealand nursing perspective. Warriewood, N.S.W. : Woodslane Press.

2009

Billany, R., & Billany, T. (2009). A wikied student experience: a collaborative project, in The
Student Experience, Proceedings of the 32nd Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia [HERDSA] Annual Conference, Darwin, 6-9th
July 2009: pp 33-42.

Recent Conference Presentations

2013

Billany, T., & Billany, R. (in press). Retrofitting teaching spaces: Did our dreams come true? Annual conference of the Australian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ascilite), 2013, Sydney. In Proceedings Australian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ascilite): Sydney 2013.
Billany, R. (2013). Equine Assisted Psychotherapy: The horse from ancient sage to therapeutic adjunct. Paper presented at the 44th International Conference of the Society for Psychotherapy Research, 10-13th July 2013, Queensland University of Technology, QLD, Australia.

2012

Billany, R. (2012). New scientific evidence for equine-assisted psychotherapy (EAP) and equine-assisted learning (EAL): Six scales of psychological wellbeing. Paper presented at the 1st Equine Assisted Growth and Learning (EAGALA) Annual Pacific Conference, 3-6th December, 2012, Paterson, NSW, Australia.
Billany, R., Royal, B.,  & Lys, I. (2012). Learning for the future: Online student
evaluation of generic and context-specific library skills tutorials. Annual conference
of the Australian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ascilite),
25-28th November, 2012, Wellington, New Zealand.
Billany, R. (2012). Using collaboration tools in Blackboard Learn to promote a community
of learning in blended delivery. Blackboard Teaching & Learning Conference
Australasia, 27-29th August, 2012, Bond University, Gold Coast, Australia.
Billany, R. (2012). The chiasmatic interpretative community: An innovative methodology to
enhance rigour in qualitative health research. Association for Qualitative Research
(AQR)/Australian Discourse, Power, Resistance (DPR) conference. Embodying Good
Research - What counts and Who decides? 23-25th August, Darwin, NT, Australia.
Billany, R. (2012). Professional identity formation in medical students: A moment in time. Association for Qualitative Research (AQR)/Australian Discourse, Power, Resistance (DPR) conference. Embodying Good Research - What counts and Who decides? 23-25th August 2012, Darwin, NT, Australia.
Billany, R. (2012). Women, horses and others: A salutogenic approach. Virtual presentation at the 2nd International Conference on Health, Wellness and Society.10-11th March 2012, University Centre, Chicago, USA.

2011

Billany, R. (2011). Psychology, women and horses: An environmental connection. Paper presented at the 4th Biennial Australian Animal Studies Group Conference: Animals - People, a Shared Environment, 10-13th July, 2011 at the Environmental Futures Centre - Griffith University, Brisbane, QLD, Australia.
Billany, R. (2011). Horse as performer in an athletic duo: Preliminary findings from a global survey of horsewomen. Paper presented at the Global Animal: An Animal Studies Conference, 7-8th July, 2011 at the University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia.
2010
Billany, R. (2010). The human-animal relationship: A place in Asian psychology. Poster presented at the 4th Annual Convention of the Asian Psychological Association, 4-7th July, 2010 at Charles Darwin University, Darwin, NT, Australia.
Billany, R. (2010). The human-animal relationship: A place in health psychology. Paper presented at the 12th Triennial International Conference ‘People & Animals’ of the International Association of Human-Animal Interaction Organizations, 1-4th July, 2010, Stockholm, Sweden.

2009

Billany, R. (2009). Massification and graduate attributes: Two drivers to a wikied solution.
Paper presented at the 44th Australian Psychological Society, 30 September - 4th October, 2009 at Darwin, NT, Australia.
Billany, R., & Billany., T. (2009). A wikied student experience: A collaborative project. Paper
presented at the 32nd Annual Conference ‘The Student Experience’ of the Higher
Education Research and Development Society of Australasia [HERDSA], 6-9th July, 2009 at Charles Darwin University, Darwin, NT, Australia.

Contacts

T: 8946 6290
E: ruth.billany@cdu.edu.au

Charles Darwin University
Casuarina campus
Darwin NT 0909