Amy Granberg

Doctor of Clinical Psychology, (Psychology)
Study Completed: 2018
College of Humanities & Social Sciences


Thesis Title
A randomised controlled trial of a mindfulness-based mobile app evaluating mindfulness, perceived stress, wellbeing and emotion reactivity

Mindfulness-based therapies have shown promise attenuating stress and improving psychological wellbeing. Using a novel approach to mindfulness training, Mrs Granberg investigated the effectiveness of a mindfulness-based phone app. While mindfulness apps are widely available, the viability of this format of delivery remains largely unknown. A randomised controlled design was used to test the feasibility of a low intensity mindfulness app intervention to improve stress and enhance wellbeing in a student population. Mindfulness is difficult to define and conceptualise given the many aspects it encompasses, making it challenging to measure. Mrs Granberg designed a study that captured both self-report measures of mindfulness and objective laboratory measures of theoretically relevant constructs to explore the active components of mindfulness that underlie positive health outcomes. While her research did not produce highly significant results, her thesis presents an original contribution to knowledge about the efficacy of mindfulness-based interventions.

Associate Professor Heather Kempton
Dr Peter Cannon