Dr Fiona Maccallum

Senior Lecturer (Clinical Psych)

School of Psychology
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
+61 7 336 56257


Fiona is a Lecturer in Clinical Psychology with research interests in grief & loss, trauma and anxiety. She undertakes experimental and clinical investigations of autobiographical memory, self-identity and future thinking, attachment, emotion regulation, and motivation. She has contributed to several randomised controlled trials for prolonged grief and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. She is also focused on understanding resilence and psychopathology more broadly including cognitive processes, social influences on mental health, and applying statistical modelling to understand heterogeneity in symptom onset, maintenance, and recovery/treatment response.

Fiona came to UQ in 2018. Prior to this she held an NHMRC Early Career Research Fellowship which was undertaken at Teachers College, Columbia University and the University of New South Wales. Fiona has worked for over a decade as a clinical psychologist in research, public, and private practice settings.

Research Interests

  • Autobiographical and self-identity process in clinical disorders
    Understanding the mechanism underlying clinical dysfunctions in autobiographical remembering and future-related imaginings. This line of research investigates how manipulating autobiographical recall, future imaginings, and self-identity constructs impact on mood, decision making and current functioning.
  • Grief and loss
    This line of research is focused on understanding the psychological mechanisms that underlie adaption and difficulties adapting to bereavement and other losses. This includes cognitive, emotional, and behavioural mechanisms such as appraisals, distress tolerance and approach-avoidance responses. Prolonged grief responses. Improving treatment outcomes and understanding mechanisms of change. Longitudinal predictors of adjustment following potentially traumatic events
  • Emotion regulation
    This line of research is focused on understanding the mechanisms that contribute to emotion regulation outcomes. This includes the role of attachment processes (in adults), context specificity in emotion regulation and emotion regulation in daily life: using experience sampling methodology to understand real time emotion regulation. .


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of New South Wales


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Book Chapter

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Barnier, Amanda J., Bryant, Richard A., Campbell, Leah, Cox, Rochelle, Harris, Celia, Hung, Lynette, Maccallum, Fiona and Sharman, Stefanie J. (2005). Memory on the beach: an Australian memory (and hypnosis) laboratory. Heidelberg, Germany: Springer. doi: 10.1007/s10339-005-0013-y

Other Outputs

  • Dingle, G., Williams, E., Alhadad, S. S. J., Beckman, E., Bentley, S., Fooken, J., Gomersall, S. R., Hides, L., Ludlow, T., Maccallum, F., McKimmie, B.M., Rossa, K., Smith, S. S., Walter, Z.C and Wright, O. (2023). Sharper Minds 2022 Report.

  • Dingle, G.A., Hodges, J., Hides, L., McKimmie, B., Gomersall, S., Beckman, E., Birch, S., Smith, S., Zurynski, Y., Maccallum, F., Bentley, S., Wright, O., Walter, Z. and Alhadad, S. (2021). Sharper Minds 2021 Pilot Report.

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision