Staff Research

Maureen Miner PhD

Research Profile

Maureen Miner (Bridges) is Director of Research at Excelsia College and a Director of the Lumen Research Institute. For over 20 years Maureen has taught and researched in the field of the psychology of religion/spirituality. She also consults as a clinical psychologist with clients having a religious worldview.  Current collaborative research projects include the antecedents and consequences of burnout and work engagement in church leaders; the impact of attachment to God on psychological health and well-being; and personal, professional and spiritual formation.  She has published in the Journal of Psychology & Theology, Mental Health, Religion and Culture, Review of Religious Research, Theology & Science, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, and Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology.

Books

Miner, M. & Stephens, M. (Eds.) (2018). Christian identity in the public arena. Proceedings of the conference of the Lumen Research Institute and Excelsia College, Sydney, Australia (10 August 2018). Sydney: CHILD.

Stevens, B., & Miner, M.  (2017).  Free to love: Schema therapy for Christians. Religion and Society Series. New York, NY: Nova Science.

Miner, M. & Dowson, M. (Eds.) (2017).  Creativity and Spirituality: A multidisciplinary perspective.  Charlotte, North Carolina: Information Age Publishing.

Miner, M. & Dowson, M. (Eds,) (2016). Spirituality, Culture and Well-Being, Proceedings of the Spirituality, Culture and Well-Being Conference of the Lumen Research Institute and Excelsia College, Sydney, Australia.  Sydney: CHILD

Book chapters

Miner, M. (2018).  Stronger Christian voices for the public arena through intentional identity formation. In Miner, M. & Stephens, M. (Eds.) (2018). Christian identity in the public arena. Proceedings of the conference of the Lumen Research Institute and Excelsia College, Sydney, Australia (10 August 2018). Sydney: CHILD.

Bickerton, G. & Miner, M. (2018). Antecedents and outcomes of a perceived calling to work among the religious.  In Miner, M. & Stephens, M. (Eds.) (2018). Christian identity in the public arena. Proceedings of the conference of the Lumen Research Institute and Excelsia College, Sydney, Australia (10 August 2018). Sydney: CHILD.

Miner, M. (2017).  Creativity and Spirituality: Psychological perspectives.  In Miner, M. & Dowson, M. (Eds.) Creativity and Spirituality: A multidisciplinary perspective.  Charlotte, North Carolina: Information Age Publishing.

Miner, M. (2017). Creativity & spirituality in higher education: The case for inclusion. In Miner, M. & Dowson, M. (Eds.) Creativity and Spirituality: A multidisciplinary perspective.  Charlotte, North Carolina: Information Age Publishing.

Miner, M. (2017).  Integrating creativity & spirituality in higher education. In Miner, M. & Dowson, M. (Eds.)  Creativity and Spirituality: A multidisciplinary perspective.  Charlotte, North Carolina: Information Age Publishing.

Comely, C. & Miner, M. (2016). Faith in Therapy: Utilising the client’s Christian or Jewish faith as a strength in cognitive behavioural therapy. In K.A. Moore, P. Buchwald, F.Nasser & M.Israelashvili (Eds), Stress and Anxiety, strategies, opportunities and adaptation (pp.29-36). Logos Verlag Berlin.

Miner, M., & Dowson, M. (2016).  Spirituality: Perspectives from psychology.  In De Souza, M., Bone, J., & Watson, J. (Eds). Spirituality across disciplines: Research and practice (pp.165-178). Switzerland: Springer.

Peer-reviewed journal articles

Miner, M. (2018). Psychological Contributions to Understanding Prejudice and the Evangelical Mind.  Christian Scholars Review, XLVII:4, 363-372.

Miner, M., Ghobary-Bonab, B., & Dowson, M. (2017).  Development of a measure of attachment to God for Muslims. Review of Religious Research, 59(2), 183-206. 

DOI: 10.1007/s13644-016-0281-2

Miner, M. (2015). A Christian attachment-based therapy can support psychological healing and spiritual growth.  Counselling Connections Across Australia, 6, 7-13.

Bickerton, G. R., Miner, M. H., Dowson, M., & Griffin, B. (2015). Spiritual resources as antecedents of clergy well-being: The importance of occupationally specific variables. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 87, 123-133. doi: 10.1016/j.jvb.2015.01.002

Miner, M., Bickerton, G., Dowson, M., & Sterland, S. (2015). Spirituality and work engagement amongst church leaders.  Mental Health, Religion and Culture,18(1), 57–71.

DOI: 10.1080/13674676.2014.1003168.

Dowson, M., & Miner, M. (2015). Interacting religious orientations and personal well-being.  Mental Health, Religion and Culture, 18(1), 72–84.

 DOI:10.1080/13674676.2014.1003167

Miner, M., Dowson, M., & Malone, K. (2014).  Attachment to God, psychological need satisfaction, and well-being among Christians.  Journal of Psychology & Theology, 42(4), 326-342.

Bickerton, G., Miner, M., Dowson, M., & Griffin, B. (2014).  Spiritual resources and work engagement among religious workers: A three-wave longitudinal study. Journal of Occupational & Organizational Psychology, 87(2), 370-391.

DOI: 10.1111/joop.12052

Bickerton, G., Miner, M., Dowson, M., & Griffin, B. (2014).  Spiritual resources in the job demands-resources model. Journal of Management, Spirituality & Religion, pp.1-24

DOI: 10.1080/14766086.2014.886517

Bickerton, G.R., Miner, M.H., Dowson, M. & Griffin, B. (2014). The incremental validity of spiritual resources in the job demands-resources model. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality. 7(2), 162-172. doi: 10.1037/rel0000012

Miner, M., Ghobary, B.B., Dowson, M., & Proctor,M.T. (2014).  Spiritual attachment in Islam and Christianity. Mental Health, Religion and Culture,17(1), 79-93.

DOI: 10.1080/13674676.2012.749452

Peer reviewed papers in published conference proceedings

Latukefu, L., Miner-Bridges, M., & Webb, L. (2018). Spiritual formation and community engagement in a Bachelor of Music Program. In A. Gibson and C. Chihota (Eds.) Proceedings of International Conference for Christian Educators (pp. 177-193) Tauranga New Zealand. Bethlehem Tertiary Institute.

Miner, M., Dowson, M., & Ghobary B. (2016). Spirituality and psychological well-being of Muslim Australians: A quantitative study of attachment to people and God.  In M.Miner & M.Dowson (Eds.) Proceedings of the Spirituality, Culture and Well-Being Conference of the Lumen Research Institute and Excelsia College, Sydney, Australia, on 5 October, 2016.

McLean Hawthorne, Martin Dowson, Maureen Miner & Marie-Thérèse Proctor (2016, October).  Re-development of a measure of attachment processes in Christian conversion and spiritual maturity using a cross-cultural sample.  In Spirituality, Culture and Well-Being, Conference of the Lumen Research Institute and Excelsia College, Sydney, Australia, on 5 October.

McLean Hawthorne, Martin Dowson, Maureen Miner & Marie-Thérèse Proctor (2016, October).  Attachment processes in Christian conversion and spiritual maturity in a cross-cultural sample.  In Spirituality, Culture and Well-Being, Conference of the Lumen Research Institute and Excelsia College, Sydney, Australia, on 5 October.

Miller, H. & Miner, M. (2016, October). The relational self in therapeutic encounter: Towards an understanding of therapeutic relationship through a lens of theological anthropology. In Spirituality, Culture and Well-Being, Conference of the Lumen Research Institute and Excelsia College, Sydney, Australia, on 5 October.

Clanfield, J., Dowson, M., & Miner, M. (2016, October). School ethos, religiosity & orthodoxy.  In Spirituality, Culture and Well-Being, Conference of the Lumen Research Institute and Excelsia College, Sydney, Australia, on 5 October.

Miner, M. (2014, November). A Christian approach to attachment can integrate psychological and spiritual perspectives in areas of forgiveness, hope and peace.  In Forgiveness, hope and peace: Psychological and spiritual perspective, Christianity and Psychology Interest Group of the Australian Psychological Society, Sydney, Australia on 21 November.

 

Lotte Latukefu PhD

Research Profile

Lotte holds a PhD in Music Education from the University of Wollongong, Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music (NY) and a Bachelor of Music from the ANU School of Music. Collaborative Learning in Music, in particularly singing, has been a particular research interest for Lotte for about seven years. In her PhD thesis she examined the work of Lev Vygotsky and socio-cultural theorists who have followed in order to address questions concerning the nature of learning singing in collaborative settings. Her thesis demonstrated that there is a rich resource of learning to be found in the way that students interact with each other and learn from each other. Forming a nexus to this research is her own creative practice as a mezzo-soprano. Lotte’s practice-led research is concerned firstly with developing a canon of Australian contemporary art song that is influenced by Asia and the Pacific and secondly, experimenting with different kinds of folk music such as Klezmer, Gypsy, Balkan and Italian in order to extend the genre known as Australian Folk Music. She is a member of The Con Artists Community Gypsy Orchestra and Zumpa (Italian folk band).

Peer-reviewed journal articles
Latukefu, L., & Ginsborg, J. (2018). Understanding what we mean by portfolio training in music. British Journal of Music Education, 1-16. doi:10.1017/S0265051718000207

Latukefu, L., Burns, S. G., O'Donnell, M. & Whelan, A. M. (2014). Enabling music and journalism students to respond positively to adversity in work after graduation: A reconsideration of conventional pedagogies. Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, 11(1).

Peer-reviewed Book Chapters
Latukefu, L., Verenikina, I., (In press). The role of play in developing self-regulated learning in singing at a tertiary level in J. Encarnao and D. Blom (Eds.) Giddy Up – Music Assessment. Routledge
Latukefu, L. & Verenikina, I. (2015). ‘The case studies: CHAT in use- Case study 13.1 Designing an effective undergraduate vocal pedagogy environment: a case of cultural-historical activity approach in a singing course’. In V. Bozalek, D.Ng’Ambi, D.Wood, J.Herrington, J. Hardman & A. Amory (Eds), Activity Theory, Authentic Learning and Emerging Technologies (pp.159-163). Abingdon, United Kingdom: Routledge

Peer reviewed papers in conference proceedings

Latukefu, L., Miner-Bridges, M., & Webb, L. (2018). Spiritual formation and community engagement in a Bachelor of Music Program. In A. Gibson and C. Chihota (Eds.) Proceedings of International Conference for Christian Educators (pp. 177-193) Tauranga New Zealand. Bethlehem Tertiary Institute.

Suaina Gowan

Dr Sunaina Gowan is a Senior Lecturer and Coordinator of Leadership and Management at Excelsia College. She has obtained a PhD in Management from Western Sydney University, a Master’s in Business Administration and a Master’s in Information Systems from the University of Ballarat. She has also competed a Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education and a Graduate Certificate in Research. Currently she is working on a collaborative research project titled “The Well-being of South Asian International Students in Sydney’ with scholars at Macquarie University. She is also Co-Founder and President of Lean In Incorporated - a not-for-profit, community based organisation. Her research interest is in the area Leadership, Management, Emotional Labour, Diversity and Culture. She has published in The International Journal of Organizational Diversity and International Journal of Social Science and Humanity.

Peer-reviewed journal articles

Gowan S & Teal G 2016, “Immigrant Indian Professional’s Experiences with Perceived Discrimination in the Australian Workplace”, International Journal of Social Science and Humanity, vol.6, no.5

Gowan S & Teal G 2013, “The Shifting Identity of the Professional Workforce in Australian Organisations: The Indian Migrant Experience”, The International Journal of Organizational Diversity, vol.19

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