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Dr Robert Ranzijn 

Position: Adjunct Senior Lecturer Dr Robert Ranzijn
Division/Portfolio: Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences
School/Unit: School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy
Campus: City East Campus
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Email: Rob_dot_Ranzijn_at_unisa_dot_edu_dot_au
URL for Business Card: http://people.unisa.edu.au/Rob.Ranzijn


Dr Rob Ranzijn is a senior lecturer in psychology at the University of South Australia.

He completed his PhD on 'Successful ageing: Paths to psychological well-being in older adults' in 1998. In that year, in association with Professor Gary Andrews from the Centre for Ageing Studies, he led a multi-disciplinary collaborative research project into aspects of the economics of ageing in South Australia for the Office for the Ageing (SA).

In 2000-2001 he undertook collaborative research into the expectations of mature job-seekers, fear of crime in older adults, and Aboriginal aged care. In 2002 he led a project called 'Bounded Choices', a university-wide collaborative research project into the limitations on decision-making in life transitions by older people. In 2002-2004 he led an ARC-funded Discovery project into the intellectual capital of older workers.

He was the project leader of an Australian Learning and Teaching Council grant (2007-2008) to fund the project ‘Towards cultural competence: Integrating Australian Indigenous content and pedagogies in psychology education.’ He was also a co-investigator in an ARC Indigenous Discovery grant (2007) led by Wendy Nolan to fund the project ‘Patterns of engagement: The contexts, frequency and characteristics of psychological practice with Indigenous clients’

The Psychology and Indigenous Australians project has resulted in numerous publications, including journal articles, edited conference proceedings, and a textbook 'Psychology and Indigenous Australians: Foundations of Cultural Competence'(Ranzijn, McConnochie and Nolan, 2009, Palgrave Macmillan). More information about the project, including downloadable conference papers, can be accessed from the project website www.unisa.edu.au/pia

Rob is a Fellow of the Australian Association of Gerontology and an International Affiliate of the American Psychological Association.


Links to other sites



Psychology and Indigenous Australians website


Australian Association of Gerontology


APS Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and Psychology Interest group


APS Psychology and Ageing Interest Group


APS Teaching, Learning and Psychology Interest Group


Teaching interests

  • Psychology and Indigenous Australians
  • Developmental psychology, especially adult development and ageing and cultural perspectives
  • Critical approaches to psychology, schools of thought in psychology

I teach the following courses

BEHL 3011Developmental Psychology
BEHL 4053Psychology Under the Microscope
BEHL 3015Psychology and Indigenous Australians
BEHL 4060Introduction to Psychological Practice


Professional associations

Australian Association of Gerontology

APS Interest Groups in: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and Psychology; Psychology and Ageing; and Teaching, Learning & Psychology

American Psychological Association


Qualifications

PhD (psychology), Flinders, 1998

BSc (Hons), Flinders, 1993


Research interests

  • Psychology and Indigenous Australians
  • Adult development and ageing in diverse and marginalised groups of people
  • Productive ageing, positive psychology of ageing, successful ageing

Research publications

Ranzijn, R., Keeves, J., Luszcz, M., & Feather, N. T. (1998). The role of self-perceived usefulness and competence in the self-esteem of elderly adults: Confirmatory factor analyses of the Bachman revision of Rosenberg’s Self-Esteem Scale. Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 53B (2), P96-P104.

Ranzijn, R., & Luszcz, M. (1999). Acceptance: A key to well-being in older adults? Australian Psychologist, 34(2),94-98.

Ranzijn, R., & Hall, S. (1999). More effective employment of older adults. Report of research commissioned by Department of Industry and Trade (SA).

Ranzijn, R., & Price, D. (1999). Recreational and sporting facilities and services for the aged. Report of research commissioned by Department of Industry and Trade (SA).

Ranzijn, R. (1999). Psychological barriers to work force participation of older adults. Proceedings of inaugural National Congress of Council on the Ageing, Adelaide, Nov 7-9.

Ranzijn, R., & Andrews, G. (1999). Ageing and the economy in South Australia: Social capital and productive ageing (Ageing Series No. 7). Adelaide: Department of Human Services, Government of South Australia.

Ranzijn, R., & Luszcz, M. (2000). The measurement of subjective quality of life of elders. International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 50(4), 19-34.

Ranzijn, R., & Grbich, C. (2001). Qualitative aspects of productive ageing. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 20(2), 62-66.

Ranzijn, R. (2001). The psychology of productive ageing in Australia. Hallym International Journal on Aging, 3(1), 95-113.

Bin-Sallik, M A., & Ranzijn, R. (2001). Report on a scoping study into the needs of Indigenous Aged Care in South Australia. [Prepared for Aged Care and Housing Group] Adelaide SA: College of Indigenous Education and Research, University of South Australia.

Ranzijn, R., & Bin-Sallik, M A. (2001). The health and well-being of Aboriginal Elders. Proceedings of 36th Annual Conference of the Australian Psychological Society. Australian Journal of Psychology, 53(Suppl.), 170.

Ranzijn, R. (2002). Towards a positive psychology of ageing: Potentials and barriers. Australian Psychologist, 37(2), 79-85.

Ranzijn, R., Howells, K., & Wagstaff, V. (2002). Fear of crime and protective behaviours in older and younger adults: Results of a community survey. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 21(2), 88-94.

Ranzijn, R., Harford, J., & Andrews, G. (2002). Ageing and the economy: Costs and benefits. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 21(3), 148-153.

Ranzijn, R. (2002). Enhancing community quality of life: Links between positive psychology and productive ageing. Ageing International, 27(2), 28-53. - Invited feature article

Ranzijn, R., & Bin-Sallik, M A. (2002). Gaps in meeting the home and community care needs of Aboriginal Elders. Proceedings of National Home and Community Care Conference. Adelaide, Feb 12.

Ranzijn, R., Carson, E., & Winefield, A. H. (2002). On the scrap-heap at 45: Report of mature aged unemployment research 2000-2002. Adelaide, SA: Department of Education, Arts, and Social Sciences, University of South Australia.

Ranzijn, R. (2002). Fear of crime in older adults: Results of three studies. Proceedings of XXV International Congress of Applied Psychology. Singapore, 7-12 July.

Ranzijn, R., Jones, J., Kerr, L., Patrickson, M., Carson, E., Ballantyne, A., Juniper, J., Mackinnon, M. & Le Sueur, E. (2003). Bounded choices: Limits to decision-making about life transitions by older adults [position paper]. Adelaide, SA: Hawke Research Institute.

Mackinnon, A., Ranzijn, R., & Le Sueur, E. (2003). Bounded choices: How much ‘choice’ is there in decision making for ageing populations? Applied Population and Policy, 1(1), 56-65. (invited article).

Patrickson, M., & Ranzijn, R. (2003). Employability of older workers. Equal Opportunities International, 22(5), 50-63.

Carson, E., Ranzijn, R., Winefield, A. H., & Marsden, H. (2004). Intellectual capital: Mapping employee and work group attributes. Journal of Intellectual Capital, 5(3), 443-463.

Ranzijn, R., Carson, E., & Winefield, A. (2004). Barriers to mature aged re-employment: Perceptions about desirable work-related attributes held by job seekers and employers. International Journal of Organisational Behaviour, 8(7), 559-570.

Patrickson, M., & Ranzijn, R. (2004). Bounded choices in work and retirement in Australia. Employee Relations, 26(4), 422-432.

Ranzijn, R., Patrickson, M., Carson, E., & Le Sueur, E. (2004). Independence and self-provision in old age: How realistic are these goals? Australasian Journal on Ageing, 23(3), 120-124.

Ranzijn, R. (2004). Role ambiguity: Older workers in the demographic transition. Ageing International, 29(3), 281-308.

Gannon, N., & Ranzijn, R. (2005). Does emotional intelligence predict unique variance in life satisfaction beyond IQ and personality? Personality and Individual Differences, 38, 1353-1364.

Patrickson, M., & Ranzijn, R. (2005). Older workers: The Challenges for 21st Century Management. International Journal of Organizational Behavior, 10(4), 729-739. (invited article).

Ranzijn, R., Carson, E., & Winefield, A. H. (2006). 'On the scrap-heap at 45': The human impact of mature aged unemployment. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 79, 467-479.

Ranzijn, R., McConnochie, K., Day, A., & Nolan, W. (2006). Benchmarking the teaching of Australian Indigenous content in undergraduate psychology. Australian Community Psychologist, 18(1), 23-27.

Tolley, C., & Ranzijn, R. (2006. Predictors of heteronormativity in Australian residential aged care facilities. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 25(4), 209-214.

Tolley, C., & Ranzijn, R. (2006). Heteronormativity in staff of residential aged care facilities. Gay and Lesbian Issues and Psychology Review, 2(2), 78-86.

Ranzijn, R., & Severino, G. (Eds.) (2006). Psychology and Indigenous Australians – Effective Teaching and Practice: Report on the Proceedings of a Workshop on Developing Curriculum Guidelines. University of South Australian, Adelaide: School of Psychology. ISBN 0 – 646 – 45978 – 3.

Patrickson, M., & Ranzijn, R. (2006). Older workers: The Challenges for 21st Century Management. In S. Reddy (Ed.), Managing mature-age workers: Perspectives and Cases. Hyderabad, India: ICFAI Books. (pp. 3-17)(Invited chapter)

Encel, S., & Ranzijn, R. (2007). Work in later life. In A. Borowski, S. Encel & E. Ozanne (Eds.), Ageing and the New Longevity. Sydney, NSW: University of New South Wales Press.

Williams, S., & Ranzijn, R. (2007). Hardiness in South Australia farmers: Moderator or mediator? International Journal of Rural Psychology.

Ranzijn, R., McConnochie, K., Clarke, C., & Nolan, W. (2007). ‘Just another white-ology’: psychology as a case study. Counselling, Psychotherapy and Health, 3(2), Indigenous Special Issue, 21-34.

Ranzijn, R., McConnochie, K., & Nolan, W. (2007). Towards the effective teaching of cultural competence: Working in partnership with Indigenous Australians. Paper presented at Action Learning, Action Research and Process Management Association Annual Conference, Adelaide, August 9-10.

Ranzijn, R., McConnochie, K., Nolan, W., & Day, A. (2007). Teaching cultural competence in relation to Indigenous Australians: Steps along a journey. InPsych, 29(1), 10-11.

Ranzijn, R., McConnochie, K., & Nolan, W. (2007). Towards the effective teaching of cultural competence: Working in partnershipwith Indigenous Australians. In D. Garvey (Ed.), Place, connection, relationship: Indigenous identity in contemporary psychology (pp. 122-126). South Melbourne, Victoria: Thomson.

Ranzijn, R., & Severino, G. (Eds.). Psychology and Indigenous Australians: Effective Teaching and Practice - Report on the proceedings of the second national workshop on developing curriculum guidelines. Adelaide, SA: University of South Australia.

Ranzijn, R. (2007). What is cultural competence, and why is it important? In Ranzijn, R., & Severino, G. (Eds.). (2007). Psychology and Indigenous Australians: Effective Teaching and Practice - Report on the proceedings of the second national workshop on developing curriculum guidelines (pp. 75-76). Adelaide, SA: University of South Australia.

Ranzijn, R., McConnochie, K., Day, A., & Nolan, W. (2008). Towards cultural competence: Australian Indigenous content in undergraduate psychology. Australian Psychologist, 43(2), 132-139.

Ranzijn, R., McConnochie, K., & Nolan, W. (Eds.). (2008). Psychology and Indigenous Australians: Effective Teaching and Practice. Newcastle on Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Ranzijn, R., McConnochie, K., & Nolan, W. (2008). Introduction and Overview. In R. Ranzijn, K. McConnochie & W. Nolan (Eds.), Psychology and Indigenous Australians: Effective Teaching and Practice (pp. 1-8). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Ranzijn, R., McConnochie, K., & Nolan, W. (2008). Steps Along a Journey – The Growth of Interest in the Relations between Psychology and Indigenous Australians. In R. Ranzijn, K. McConnochie & W. Nolan (Eds.), Psychology and Indigenous Australians: Effective Teaching and Practice (pp. 9-18). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Ranzijn, R., McConnochie, K., & Nolan, W. (2008). Systematising cultural competence training: Themes and Issues. In Ranzijn, R., & Hodgson, L. (Eds.). Psychology and Indigenous Australians: Teaching, Practice and Theory - Proceedings of the second national conference (pp. 110-115). Adelaide, SA: University of South Australia.

Ranzijn, R., McConnochie, K., & Nolan, W. (2009). Psychology and Indigenous Australians: Foundations of Cultural Competence. South Yarra, Victoria: Palgrave MacMillan.

Logan, C., & Ranzijn, R. (2009). The Bush is dying: A qualitative study of South Australian farm women living in the midst of prolonged drought. Journal of Rural Community Psychology, E12(2) (E-journal).

Ranzijn, R. (2010). Active ageing: Another way to oppress marginalised and disadvantaged elders? Journal of Health Psychology, 15(5), 716-723.

Sougleris, C., & Ranzijn, R. (2011). Proactive coping in community-dwelling older Australians. International Journal of Aging & Human Development, 72(2), 155-168.

Mitchell, M., Every, D., & Ranzijn, R. (2011). Everyday antiracism and interpersonal contexts: Constraining and facilitating factors for ‘speaking up’ against racism. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 21, 329-341.

McConnochie, K., Ranzijn, R., Hodgson, L., Nolan, W., & Samson, R. (2012). Working in Indigenous contexts: Perceptions of non-Indigenous psychologists. Australian Psychologist, 46(4), 204-212. doi:10.1111/j.1742-9544.2011.00042.x.

Bryan, J., Ranzijn, R., Balfour, C., Tuckey, M., Lushington, K., Hayward, R., Pearson, E', & Jackman, G. (2012). Increasing the work-readiness of Australian Psychology undergraduates through curriculum change. In S. McCarthy, J. Cranney, K. L. Dickson, A. Trapp and V. Karandashev (Eds.), Teaching Psychology around the World (Vol. 3) (pp. 166-181). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Hayward, R., Ranzijn, R., Bryan, J., & Pearson, E. (2012). Developing program learning objectives to enhance the work readiness of Australian psychology graduates. In S. McCarthy, J. Cranney, K. L. Dickson, A. Trapp and V. Karandashev (Eds.), Teaching Psychology around the World (Vol. 3) (pp. 87-104). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Pearson, E., Ranzijn, R., Goodwin-Smith, I., Campbell, A., & Hayward, R. (2012). Strengthening teaching and learning in psychology through looking beyond disciplinary boundaries: A case-study from the University of South Australia. In S. McCarthy, J. Cranney, K. L. Dickson, A. Trapp and V. Karandashev (Eds.), Teaching Psychology around the World (Vol. 3) (pp. 55-71). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Ranzijn, R., & McConnochie, K. (2012). Teaching ‘intercultural diversity and Indigenous psychology’: The Talking Stick as a strategy to manage student discomfort around difficult issues. In S. McCarthy, J. Cranney, K. L. Dickson, A. Trapp and V. Karandashev (Eds.), Teaching Psychology around the World (Vol. 3) (pp. 15-29). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

McConnochie, K., & Ranzijn, R. (2012). Preparing Students for Cross-Cultural Practice: Indigenous Australians as a Case Study. Psychology Learning and Teaching (Special Edition on Globalisation and the Teaching of Psychology), 11(3), 344-351.

Petrescu, I., MacFarlane, K., & Ranzijn, R. (2012). Psychological effects of poetry workshops with people with early stage dementia: An exploratory study. Dementia Published online Aug 17 2012. DOI: 10.1177/1471301212456279

Goodwin-Smith, I., Pearson, E., Ranzijn, R., Lushington, K., & Campbell, A. (in press). Interdisciplinarity and Undergraduate Psychology Education. Psychology Learning and Teaching.


Expertise for Media Contact

I am able to provide media comment in the following areas of expertise:

Discipline: Psychology, Gerontology

  • Social Gerontology
  • Psychology and Indigenous Australians

Research Degree Supervisor

I am available to supervise Honours, research Masters, and PhD students, and am particularly interested in supervising students who wish to undertake research into The relationship between psychology and Indigenous Australians, diversity in ageing, and lifespan developmental psychology.




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