Archive | February, 2012

Acknowledgements

22 Feb

I submitted my PhD on Friday. Here are my acknowledgements 🙂

I would like take this opportunity to thank my supervisors, Dr. Barbara Mullan and Professor Phyllis Butow for their dedication, guidance, and support. Without their input, my work would be much diminished. A special thank you must also go to my partner, Adrian; he has always been there when I needed him. His love, encouragement, and faith have made it all possible. Thank you also my fellow students at the University of Sydney, especially Lauren Monds, Joanna Fardell, Cara Wong, Alex Russell, and Sarah McIntyre, who made my office such an enjoyable and inspiring place to spend time. The students in health psychology research lab provided insight and support, especially in the last days of my thesis. My enduring gratitude goes to Katherine Petrie in particular for helping me see the forest for the trees.

I should also thank all of the people on Twitter, friends and strangers, who cheered me on (and sometimes cheered me up) when I was struggling with writing. My thesis would have taken much longer to write, and I am sure been much more painful, had it not been for Charlotte Frost and all the other people from #AcBoWriMo and #phdchat.

My work was supported by an Australian Postgraduate Award and smaller grants under the Postgraduate Research Support Scheme (PRSS), Postgraduate Research Grants (PRG), and Student Travel Allowance (STA) from the School of Psychology at the University of Sydney, for which I am very grateful.

Finally, I would like to acknowledge the assistance of Katie van Heest in copyediting this thesis. She saved me weeks of anxiety about the differences between hyphens and en dashes. My work is much the better for her input but any and all mistakes are mine alone.