Graduate Gianni off to the States after receiving Fellowship

A St Andrew’s graduate will soon head to the US to undertake short-term research after earning a 2018 Australia Award Endeavour Research Fellowship.

Class of 2009 student Gianni Ribeiro is completing her PhD at the University of Queensland in cognitive and social psychology.

“I am exploring how forensic examiners testify about their decisions and expertise in court so that non-experts, like the jury, can understand that information and make appropriate judgements about it,” Gianni said.

“The Fellowship allows me to spend four to six months overseas, so I applied to spend this time at the University of California in Irvine for the second half of next year.”

Australian Government Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships are competitive and merit-based, providing opportunities for Australians to undertake study, research or professional development overseas.

Gianni said she will work with Professor Bill Thompson, prolific in criminal psychology and who worked on DNA evidence in the OJ Simpson case.

“I love research but I also really love teaching; I’ll be teaching in the law program next semester in Psychology and Law, a brand new course we’re creating which will be a lot of work but a lot of fun!”

Prior to undertaking her PhD, Gianni graduated as valedictorian with a Bachelor of Psychological Science.

Any St Andrew’s students interested in pursuing Psychology/Law are welcome to contact Gianni on