Dr. Liz Short
D.Psych (Clinical, Child, Adolescent and Family Psychology)
Membership of relevant professional associations
• Australian Psychological Society
• College of Clinical Psychologists, APS
• Child, Adolescent and Family Psychology Interest Group, APS
• Family Law and Psychology Interest Group, APS
• Women and Psychology Interest Group, APS
• Gay and Lesbian Issues and Psychology Interest Group, APS
• Registered psychologist with the Victorian Psychologists Registration Board (since 1992)
• Registered supervisor with the Victorian Psychologists Registration Board
• Registered supervisor of Higher Degree research students at Victoria University
Socio-political determinants of health and well-being (including the interface between law and psychology); mental health and mental health promotion; child and family psychology; family diversity; family violence; the effects of discrimination and stigma; families with a parent with a serious mental illness or difficulty; workplace culture and support as it relates to health and well-being; contemporary gender theory.
Areas of postgraduate research supervision
• The experiences of separated mothers of developing post-separation parenting plans and of living with these plans
• The support needs and experiences of mothers who have a serious mental health difficulty or illness
• The experiences and needs of adults who were sexually assaulted as a child or adolescent, and the experiences of mental health practitioners working in this area
• The promotion of health and well-being of young men in the building industry
• The support needs, resilience, community building and other experiences of people effected by the bushfires
• The lived experience of obesity-related stigma, and it's health and other effects
• The benefits of 'mindfulness' practices in the academic setting
Selected publications (last 4 years only)
Millbank, J., & Short, L. (2008). Keeping Mums; The legal move we have to make. The Age, Melbourne, p. 19. (Also in the Brisbane times and WA Today). www.theage.com.au/opinion/keeping-mums-the-legal-move-we-must-make-20081030-5emb.html
Short, E., Riggs, Perlesz, A, Brown, R. & Kane, G. (2008). Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) parented families: A Literature review. Melbourne: The Australian Psychological Society, Psychology in the Public Interest Division. www.psychology.org.au/publications/statements/lgbt_families/
Short, L. (2008). Being a mother, having an illness or diagnosis. Symposium on Motherhood and Mental Health: A mother for life: The impact of motherhood on mental illness. In the Abstracts of The 3rd International Congress on Women's Mental Health. The International Association for Women's Mental Health. p. 49.
Short, L. (2007). Lesbian mothers living well in the context of heterosexism and discrimination: Resources, strategies and legislative change. Feminism and Psychology, 17(1), 54 – 74.
Short, L. (2007). Group 'debriefing' following 'critical incidents: The controversies, lessons to be learnt and new directions in supporting the mental health of staff and others following 'critical incidents'. In Moore, K. (Ed), Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Australian Psychological Society Conference: Psychology Making an Impact. Melbourne: Australian Psychological Society, 366 – 371.
Short, L. (2007). Benefits of legal parentage recognition of non-birth mothers in families of lesbian couples. Women and Psychology Interest Group symposium: women's well-being symposium: Significant Issues for the well-being of women. In Moore, K. (Ed), Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Australian Psychological Society Conference: Psychology Making an Impact. Melbourne: Australian Psychological Society, 371 – 376.
Short, L., & Riggs, D. (Eds). (2007). Parenting, family issues and heteronormativity. Special edition of Gay and Lesbian Issues and Psychology Review, 3(1).
Short, L. (2007). "It makes the world of difference": Benefits for children of lesbian parents of having their parents legally recognised as their parents. Gay and Lesbian Issues and Psychology Review, 3(1), 5–15.
Short, E. (2005). Deconstructing 'co-dependence': Are women being penalised for 'doing gender'?: Women and Psychology Interest Group symposium: Past their use-by date: Ideas psychology (and women) could do without, and how we can move from pathologisation to empowerment. In The Abstracts of the 40th Annual Conference of the Australian Psychological Society: Past reflections, future directions. Melbourne: The Australian Psychological Society, p. 253.
Short, E. (2005). Decision making about conception method and family structure by lesbian women wanting to have children: Some effects of the current legal, public policy, social and discursive context: Gay and Lesbian Psychology Interest Group symposium: Reflections on the history of research in gay and lesbian psychology: The continuing challenge to the dominance of heterosexual models. In The Abstracts of the 40th Annual Conference of the Australian Psychological Society: Past reflections, future directions. Melbourne: The Australian Psychological Society, p. 253.
Short, E. (2005). Lesbian mothers, discrimination and psychosocial health: The current context and what needs to change. The 5th Australian Women's Health Conference: Reflecting on Gender, Confronting the Evidence.
The Women's Coalition Against Family Violence (1994). Blood on Whose Hands? The Killing of Women and Children in Domestic Homicides. Melbourne: The Federation Press.