Research Interests

  • University student mental health
  • Adolescent mental health
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Self-Care in psychology students
  • Mental health promotion and well-being

Research Projects

Evaluation fo YOLO as a mental health tool for LGBTQI+ individuals:

  • University of Queensland PhD student
  • Trial of existing YOLO program together with feedback and possible redesign for this population
  • Commencing 2021

Evaluation of YOLO with Individuals with Sub Clinical Obsessive Compulsive Disorder:

  • Monash University PhD student
  • Two active treatments
  • Beginning 2021

Evaluation of YOLO with Year 10, 11, and 12 Students:

  • University of South Australia PhD student
  • Evaluation of YOLO with high school students across 5 Adelaide schools
  • Beginning 2021

Translation of YOLO into Italian and evaluated with young adult carers:

  • Post-doctoral research at the University of Bologna
  • Translation of YOLO into Italian and evaluation with young adults (18-25 years) caring for a parent with a significant illness
  • Commencing 2021

Randomised Controlled Trial of a Mental Health Promotion Program (YOLO) using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy with university students:

  • Pre-, post- and 12-week follow-up intervention assessments with treatment and control conditions (N = 1,200)
  • Outcomes: Participants in the treatment group improved on depression, anxiety, stress, well-being, life satisfaction, self-compassion, academic performance, education values, valued living, mindfulness, defusion, and psychological flexibility
  • Mediation:  ACT process measures were found to mediate changes in the outcome measures
  • For more information, please see the publication

Pilot Study of a Mental Health Promotion Program (YOLO) using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy with university students:

  • Skills-based YOLO program developed by Shelley Viskovich and Professor Ken Pakenham
  • Single arm study with pre- and post-intervention assessments (N = 130)
  • Outcomes: Participants improved on depression, anxiety, stress, well-being, life satisfaction, self-compassion, education values, valued living, mindfulness, and defusion
  • Mediation: ACT processes were found to mediate some of the changes in the outcomes
  • For more information, please see publication

Publications

Viskovich, S., & Pakenham, K. I. (2020) Randomised controlled trial of a web-based acceptance and commitment therapy program to promote mental health skills in university students. Journal of Clinical Psychology (Special Telepsychology edition), 76(6), doi: 10.1002/jclp.22848

Viskovich, S. & De George-Walker, L (2019). An investigation of self-care related constructs in undergraduate psychology students: Self-compassion, mindfulness, reflective self-awareness, and integrated self-knowledge. International Journal of Education Research. 95, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijer.2019.02.005

Pakenham, K. I., & Viskovich, S. (2018). Pilot evaluation of the impacts of a personal practice informed undergraduate psychotherapy curriculum on student learning and wellbeing. Australian Psychologist. doi: 10.1111/ap.12366

Viskovich, S., & Pakenham, K. I. (2018). Pilot evaluation of a web-based acceptance and commitment therapy program to promote mental health skills in university students. Journal of Clinical Psychology, doi: 10.1002/jclp.22656