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Dr Richard Fletcher

Senior Lecturer

School of Psychology

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 0 1
Team Member 0 1

Completed Projects

Project Title: Stress and wellbeing in vet students

The veterinary profession in NZ is concerned about levels of occupational stress. MURF funding supported research into the ways in which optimism, self-esteem, social networks and coping strategies were related to veterinary students' levels of stress and life satisfaction. Questionnaires were distributed to students in all 5 years of the BVSc in 2007, 2008 and 2009. Men and women did not differ on key study variables. Students with more optimism and self-esteem were less stressed, less likely to see problems as threats, more likely to see problems as challenges and used better coping strategies. Students in different years did not differ in their levels of optimism, social support, self-esteem, life satisfaction or stress. Recommendations included retaining initiatives to build well-being that are already in place, such as initiatives to build social skills and strong interpersonal networks which in turn may foster self-esteem and optimism.
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Date Range: 2007 - 2008

Funding Body: Massey University

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Research Outputs

Journal

Fletcher, RB., Wilkinson, H., Bladon, H., & Gargiulo, A. (2017). Developing a measure of collective efficacy for female netball using polytomous item response modeling and multilevel confirmatory analysis. Group Dynamics. 21(2), 61-76
[Journal article]Authored by: Fletcher, R.
Issartel, J., McGrane, B., Fletcher, RB., O'Brien, W., Powell, D., & Belton, S. (2017). A cross-validation study of the TGMD-2: The case of an adolescent population. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. 20(5), 475-479 Retrieved from http://www.elsevier.com/locate/jsams
[Journal article]Authored by: Fletcher, R.
Roberts, MH., Fletcher, RB., & Merrick, PL. (2016). Evaluation of the Factor Structure of the Adult Manifest Anxiety Scale - Elderly Version (AMAS-E) in Community Dwelling Older Adult New Zealanders. New Zealand Journal of Psychology. 45(3), 41-47
[Journal article]Authored by: Fletcher, R., Merrick, P.
O'Hagan, AD., Issartel, J., Fletcher, RB., & Warrington, G. (2016). Duty hours and incidents in flight among commercial airline pilots. International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics. , 156-172 Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10803548.2016.1146441
[Journal article]Authored by: Fletcher, R.Contributed to by: Fletcher, R.
Sachsenweger, MA., Fletcher, RB., & Clarke, D. (2015). Pessimism and Homework in CBT for Depression. Journal of Clinical Psychology. 71(12), 1153-1172
[Journal article]Authored by: Fletcher, R.
Fletcher, RB., & Crocker, P. (2014). A polytomous item response theory analysis of social physique anxiety scale. Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science. 18(3), 153-167
[Journal article]Authored by: Fletcher, R.
Roberts, MH., Fletcher, RB., & Merrick, PL. (2014). The validity and clinical utility of the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) with older adult New Zealanders. International Psychogeriatrics. 26(2), 325-333
[Journal article]Authored by: Fletcher, R.
Whitton, SM., & Fletcher, RB. (2014). The Group Environment Questionnaire: A Multilevel Confirmatory Factor Analysis. Small Group Research. 45(1), 68-88
[Journal article]Authored by: Fletcher, R.
Gardner, DH., Parkinson, T., & Fletcher, R. (2013). Wellbeing at work and psychological resources. Journal of Health, Safety and Environment. 29(4), 221-238 Retrieved from http://www.cch.com.au/
[Journal article]Authored by: Fletcher, R., Gardner, D., Parkinson, T.
Roberts, MH., Fletcher, RB., & Merrick, PL. (2013). The validity and clinical utility of the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) with older adult New Zealanders. International Psychogeriatrics. , 1-9
[Journal article]Authored by: Fletcher, R., Merrick, P.
Fletcher, RB., & Roberts, MH. (2013). Longitudinal stability of the leadership scale for sports. Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science. 17(2), 89-104
[Journal article]Authored by: Fletcher, R.
Fletcher, RB., Meyer, LH., Anderson, H., Johnston, P., & Rees, M. (2012). Faculty and Students Conceptions of Assessment in Higher Education. Higher Education. 64(1), 119-133
[Journal article]Authored by: Fletcher, R.

Book

Fletcher, RB., Meyer, LH., Anderson, H., Johnston, P., & Rees, M. (2016). Faculty and students conceptions of assessment in higher education. In M. Malloch, L. Cairns, & BN. O'Connor (Eds.) Learning and Teaching in Higher Education. (pp. 41 - 57). New Delhi, India: Sage Publications Ltd
[Chapter]Authored by: Fletcher, R.
Fletcher, RB., & Hattie, J.(2013). La inteligencia y pruebas para medirla / The intelligence and test to measure.
[Authored Book]Authored by: Fletcher, R.
Fletcher, RB., & Hattie, J.(2011). Intelligence and intelligence testing.
[Authored Book]Authored by: Fletcher, R.Edited by: Fletcher, R.
Meyer, LH., Davidson, S., Anderson, H., Fletcher, RB., Johnston, PM., & Rees, M. (Eds.) (2009). Tertiary assessment and higher education student outcomes: Policy, practice and research. Wellington, New Zealand: Ako Aotearoa
[Edited Book]Authored by: Fletcher, R.Edited by: Fletcher, R., Rees, M.

Conference

Cannon, PR., Fletcher, R., & Payne, S. (2017, January). Adolescents and violent video games: Does violent video game play influence moral decision-making and aggression? presented in the symposium “Negative psychological consequences of video game use?" Evidence that statistical, methodological and moderating factors influence typical post-game effects". Presented at Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition (SARMAC XII). Sydney, Australia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Cannon, P., Fletcher, R.
Fletcher, RB. (2012). Resistance training and the elderly: An investigation into wellbeing and life satisfaction. In GT. Papanikos (Ed.) Kinesiology & Exercise Sciences. (pp. 26 - 26). Athens, Greece: Annual International Conference on Kinesiology and Exercise Sciences
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Fletcher, R.Contributed to by: Fletcher, R.
Fletcher, RB., & Barker, K. (2012, June). Resistance training and the elderly: An investigation into wellbeing and life satisfaction. Presented at 8th Annual International Conference on Kinesiology and Exercise Sciences. Athens, Greece.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Fletcher, R.
Fletcher,, RB., Crocker, P., & Leeson, H. (2010). A Polytomous item response theory analysis of the Social Physique Anxiety scale. Appearance Matter 4 Conference, Bristol, UK. Poster session presented at the meeting of Appearance Matter 4 Conference, Bristol, UK
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Fletcher, R.
Williams, MM., Fletcher, RB., & Ronan, K. (2008). Is self-control sufficient as an explanation of crime?. Poster session presented at the meeting of The American Society of Criminology 60th Annual Meeting: Reinvigorating theory through diversity and inclusiveness. St Louis, MO, United States of America
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Fletcher, R., Williams, M.
Gardner, D., & Fletcher, RB. (2007). Wellbeing at work. Poster session presented at the meeting of 7th Industrial and Organisational Psychology Conference/1st Asia Pacific Congress on Work and Organisational Psychology. Adelaide, SA, Australia
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Fletcher, R., Gardner, D.
Kazantzis, N., Bjornholdt, A., Munro, M., Dobson, KS., Merrick, PL., Fletcher, RB., . . . James, YH. (2006). Development of the Homework Rating Scale: A measure of patients' beliefs about homework in cognitive therapy. Poster session presented at the meeting of Annual Convention of the Association for Cognitive and Behavior Therapies. Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Fletcher, R.
Carr, SC., Fletcher, RB., Atkins, SG., Stillman, JA., Clarke, S-J., & Buttle, H. (2008). From groups to teams: Assessing individual differences in preparedness for team work?. In J. Deller (Ed.) Readings in Applied Organizational Behavior from the Luneburg Symposium: Personality at Work. (pp. 1 - 32). Germany: International Symposium on Personality at Work
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Carr, S., Fletcher, R., Kempton, H.
Leeson, H., & Fletcher, RB. (2003). An investigation of fit: Comparison of the 1-, 2-, 3-parameter IRT models to the project asTTle data. NZARE/AARE Conference 2003 Proceedings. (pp. unpaged). Auckland, NZ: New Zealand Association for Research in Education and Australian Association for Research in Education Conference 2003
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Fletcher, R.
Carr, SC., Fletcher, RB., Atkins, SG., & Clarke, SJ. (2003). Are teams psychologically any different from groups?. 5th Australian Industrial and Organisational Psychology Conference. (pp. 41). Melbourne, VIC
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Fletcher, R.
Fletcher, RB., & Hattie, JA. (2002). Gender Differences in Physical Self-Concept: An Example Employing Multidimensional Differential Item Functioning. Self-Concept Research: Driving International Research Agendas. (pp. 40). Sydney Australia
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Fletcher, R.
Fletcher, RB., & Dalgleish, H. (2002). A multilevel analysis of the relationships between collective efficacy, teams meetings, task attractiveness and leadership in elite female athletes. 17th Anual (AAASP) Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology Conference. (pp. 33). Madison, WI
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Fletcher, R.
Fletcher, RB., & Hattie, JA. (2000). A polytomous item response analysis of the Physical Self-Description Questionnaire. In RG. Craven, & HW. Marsh (Eds.) Inaugural Self-Concept Enhancement and Learning Facilitation (SELF) Research Centre International Conference. (pp. 231 - 235). Sydney, NSW
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Fletcher, R.

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 4 4
CoSupervisor 0 7

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • Nicole Gifford - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    The Association Between Depression and Social Comparison on Instagram
  • Steven Langdon - PhD
    An investigation into organizational citizenship behaviours
  • Mindy Hung - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Psychological Changes after Cosmetic Surgery: A Longitudinal Study
  • Zara Godinovich - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Emotion Recognition and Intellectual Disability: Development of the Kinetic Emotion Recognition Assessment (KERA) and Enquiry into the Emotion Specificity Hypothesis

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • 2013 - Shelley Anika James - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Has Cutting Become Cool? Normalising, Social Influence and Socially-Motivated Deliberate Self-Harm in Adolescent Girls
  • 2011 - Margaret Helen Roberts - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    The Roberts anxiety scale for the elderly: Development and psychometric evaluation
  • 2010 - Michael Haig Easden - PhD
    The relationship between case conceptualization and homework in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for depression.
  • 2008 - Mei-Wah Marjorie Williams - PhD
    Testing and Extending Self-control Theory of Crime

CoSupervisor of:

  • 2015 - Shannon Leigh Martin - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    A Psychometric Evaluation of the Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Test (ImPACT) for Sports Concussion
  • 2012 - Nicole Anne Foster - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    An Investigation of Early Sudden Gains in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Depression:Client and Within Therapy Predictors of Change
  • 2010 - Mieke Anne Sachsenweger - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    The impact of attributional style and homework experiences in cognitive behaviour therapy for depression: A longitudinal investigation employing multilevel analysis
  • 2010 - Ms Kimberly Good - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Is the Black Dog really a dalmation? An investigation into whether stress impact and atrributional style lead to different outcomes for individuals receiving 20 Sessions of cognitive behavioural therapy for depression
  • 2010 - Sarah Jenay Calvert - PhD
    Attachment to God as a Source of Struggle and Strength: Exploring the Association Between Christians' Relationship with God and Their Emotional Wellbeing
  • 2005 - Ms Rachel Kathleen Morrison - PhD
    Do Friendships at Work Make a Difference to Job Satisfaction, Organisational Commitment and Turnover Intentions?
  • 2003 - Mr Donald McLaren Baken - PhD
    The Development of a Multidimensional Sense of Control Index and its use in Analysing the Role in the Relationship Between SES and Health.

Media and Links

Media

  • 25 May 2015 - Radio, Online, Newspaper
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    Sam Payne's postgraduate research on video game violence and aggression in teenagers was featured on Radio New Zealand Morning Report on 6 May 2014; The Herald on Sunday newspaper on 4 May 2014; the S

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