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Dr Laura Jobson completed her PhD (Clinical Psychology) at the Australian National University in 2008. Following that she took up a post as Clinical Lecturer/Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of East Anglia (United Kingdom). In 2010, Dr Jobson was awarded a prestigious National Institute for Health Research Fellowship which was hosted by the University of East Anglia and the Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Medical Research Council, Cambridge (United Kingdom). In 2015 she moved to Monash University to take up the position of Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychological Sciences. Since 2006 she has also been a registered Clinical Psychologist.

Dr Jobson leads two related themes in her program of research: 1) emotional and cognitive substrates of PTSD and depression, and 2) translational studies. In the emotional and cognitive substrates arm, Dr Jobson’s research has investigated the role of instrumental psychological processes, specifically, autobiographical memory, appraisals and the self, in the development and maintenance of PTSD and depression. In particular, her research has addressed a major limitation associated with cognitive models and treatments of these disorders; namely, that they have been developed based on Western cultural norms and values. In the translational arm, Dr Jobson has been involved in developing cost-effective interventions targeting disruptions in autobiographical memory for those with PTSD and depression. Dr Jobson currently has over 40 publications in the area and has received funding from several sources (e.g., National Institute for Health Research, National Health Service Trusts).

 She is currently a registered clinical psychologist, an Associate Editor for the journals Memory and Development Studies Research, and has been a grant reviewer for the NHMRC and National Institute for Health Research and the Medical Research Council.

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Education/Academic qualification

Clinical Psychology, PhD, Australian National University

Psychology, B. Psychology (Hons), The University of New South Wales


  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Depression
  • culture
  • autobiographical memory
  • self
  • refugee
  • Indigenous Health
  • Immigrants

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Projects 2018 2019

Research Output 2008 2019

Culturally modified cognitive processing therapy for Karen refugees with posttraumatic stress disorder: A pilot study

Bernardi, J., Dahiya, M. & Jobson, L., 8 May 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy. 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Influence of affective distractors on working memory capacity in relation to symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder

Mirabolfathi, V., Moradi, A. R. & Jobson, L., 28 Mar 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Applied Cognitive Psychology. 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Investigating the mediating role of self-construal on the relationship between cultural group (Malay and Australian) and the characteristics and functional use of autobiographical memory

Jobson, L., Whittles, N., Tsecoutanis, E., Raj, S., Yew, R. Y. & Haque, S., 9 May 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Memory. 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Investigating the Moderating Role of Culture on the Relationship Between Appraisals and Symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Bernardi, J. & Jobson, L., 29 Apr 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Clinical Psychological Science. 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review