Simon Moss

PhD, Associate Professor

Registered to supervise postgraduate research


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Personal profile

Research interests

My research primarily revolves around how the policies and practices of organisations can enhance the innovation, performance, integrity, and wellbeing of individuals.  In particular, I investigate which practices inspire people to feel their life and activities now are vital to their future—a feeling that enhances motivation and resilience. For example, I have explored which leadership styles and workplace practices foster a sense of purpose in life. Furthermore, I have investigated with this sense of purpose improves health, wealth, mindfulness, openness to diversity, and openness to change.

Research topics I supervise

I would be willing to supervise a range of projects to answer questions such as  

  • Which features of workplaces—such as an egalitarian rather than hierarchical culture—enhance the wellbeing of people who experience various mental health problems?
  • Which characteristics of parents—such as their capacity to tolerate ambiguity—shape their interactions with their children?
  • Which words or phrases in speeches and articles are most likely to inspire and convince other people?
  • Which initiatives at university enable students to feel their activities now are vital to their future—ultimately enhancing their motivation, creativity, integrity, and wellbeing?

Initiatives that I want to explore include an opportunity to observe futuristic roles, a workshop that promotes compassion, a program that fosters critical thinking, an app that helps students manage skill development, and a community wall to collate ideas

Key skills

  • Social, personality, emotion, and work psychology
  • Multivariate statistics, such as mixed linear models and generalised estimating equations
  • Writing skills, such as the psychology of persuasion

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Research Output

Exploring the Accessibility of Child-Centered Play Therapy for Australian Muslim Children

Casey, S., Moss, S. A. & Wicks, J., May 2020, In : Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology. 51, 3-4, p. 241-259 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Somatic acupoint stimulation for cancer-related sleep disturbance: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials

    Liu, X-L., Cheng, H. L., Moss, S., Wang, C. C., Turner, C. & Tan, J-Y., 2020, In : Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 2020, p. 1-12 12 p., 2591320.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • The inclination to shun healthy behaviours that generate only transient benefits: the role of future clarity

    Moss, S. A., Skinner, T. C., Irons, M. & Alexi, N., Feb 2020, In : Health Promotion International. 35, 1, p. e32-e42 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Climate change–related heat stress and subjective well-being in Australia

    Zander, K. K., Moss, S. & Garnett, S. T., Jul 2019, In : Weather, Climate, and Society. 11, 3, p. 505-520 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Thesis

    Intensive child centred play therapy for children who have experienced adversity in Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities

    Author: Wicks, J. M., Aug 2019

    Supervisor: Moss, S. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - CDU