Dr Fiona Hibberd

A18 - Brennan MacCallum Building
The University of Sydney


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Biographical details

  • Ph.D (Psychology), University of Sydney. Awarded 1998. Tasman Lovell Medal
  • Bachelor of Arts, Hons.1 (Psychology), University of Sydney.

Research interests

My research focuses on the testing of theories, concepts, and assumptions from which psychology’s research hypotheses are derived. It involves statements in a theoretical system which cannot be tested empirically because no empirical observation is relevant to the theory's coherence. Research of this kind aims to either to ‘clean up’ these conceptual structures through conceptual analysis or to explain why some ideas are beyond being ‘cleaned up’ and should be rejected. My current areas of interest include:

  • The role of metaphysics in Psychology
  • The history and philosophy of theoretical systems in Psychology
  • Conceptual issues in Psychology’s methodology
  • The logic of classification in Psychology

I am the author of Unfolding Social Constructionism (2005) and a number of articles in theoretical journals.

Teaching and supervision

I supervise post-graduate students in theoretical psychology and the theoretical aspects of clinical psychology and teach the History & Philosophy of Psychology, Conceptual Issues in Research Methods, and Psychoanalysis.

Selected grants

2002

  • Conference travel to: 21st Annual Conference of the European Society for the History of the Human Sciences (ESHHS) to be held in Barcelona, spain from 27-31st August, 2002; Hibberd F; Ian Potter Foundation/Research Grants.

2001

  • The tension between Qualitative and Quantitative Research Perspectives in Psychology; Hibberd F, Grayson D, Michell J, Petocz A; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Large Research Grants (LRG).

Selected publications

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Books

  • Hibberd, F. (2005). Unfolding social constructionism. New York: Springer.

Book Chapters

  • Hibberd, F. (2011). John Anderson's development of (situational) realism and its bearing on Psychology today (Reprinted from History of the Human Sciences, 2009, 22(4), pp. 63-92). In Nigel Mackay and Agnes Petocz (Eds.), Realism and Psychology: Collected Essays, (pp. 119-158). Leiden: Brill. [More Information]
  • Hibberd, F. (2011). Reply to Gergen (Reprinted from Theory & Psychology, 2002, 12(5), pp. 685-694). In Nigel Mackay and Agnes Petocz (Eds.), Realism and Psychology: Collected Essays, (pp. 535-547). Leiden: Brill. [More Information]
  • Hibberd, F. (2011). Sham reasoning, Humpty Dumpty, and the burden of proof (Reprinted from Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, 2009, 29(2), pp. 91-96). In Simon Boag, Niko Tiliopoulos (Eds.), Personality and Individual Differences: Theory, Assessment and Application, (pp. 163-170). New York: Nova Science Publishers.

Journals

  • Hibberd, F., Gozli, D. (2017). Psychologys Fragmentation and Neglect of Foundational Assumptions: An Interview With Fiona J. Hibberd. Europe's Journal of Psychology, 13(2), 366-374. [More Information]
  • Hibberd, F. (2016). Is conceptual analysis only an inquiry into rules for the use of concepts? Theory and Psychology, 26(6), 815-822. [More Information]
  • Hibberd, F. (2014). A Juggernaut in the Philosophy of Psychology: Reply to Martin, Gergen, and Held. Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, 34(3), 205-210. [More Information]
  • Hibberd, F. (2014). The Metaphysical Basis of a Process Psychology. Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, 34(3), 161-186. [More Information]
  • Hibberd, F. (2012). Scientific Theism: Where the Force of Logic is Denied its Force. Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion, 23, 107-120. [More Information]
  • Hibberd, F. (2010). Situational realism, critical realism, causation and the charge of positivism. History of the Human Sciences, 23(4), 37-51. [More Information]
  • Hibberd, F. (2009). John Anderson's development of (situational) realism and its bearing on psychology today. History of the Human Sciences, 22(4), 63-92. [More Information]
  • Hibberd, F. (2009). Sham reasoning, Humpty Dumpty, and the burden of proof. Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, 29(2), 91-96. [More Information]
  • Hibberd, F. (2006). Review: The Essential Vygotsky. R. W. Rieber and D. K. Robinson (Eds.). Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, XLII (2), 178-179.
  • Hibberd, F. (2002). Reply to Gergen. Theory and Psychology, 12(5), 685-694. [More Information]
  • Hibberd, F. (2001). Gergen's social constructionism, logical positivism and the continuity of error. Part 1: Conventionalism. Theory and Psychology, 11(3), 297-321.
  • Hibberd, F. (2001). Gergen's social constuctionism, logical positivism and the continuity of error: Part 2: Meaning-as-use. Theory and Psychology, 11(3), 323-346.
  • Hibberd, F. (2001). Relativism versus realism - all but a specious dichotomy. History of the Human Sciences, 14, 102-107.

Conferences

  • Hibberd, F. (2007). The philosophical underpinnings of psychology - critical or situational realism. Engaging Realism: Proceedings of the International Association for Critical Realism.
  • Hibberd, F. (2001). Logical positivism and Gergen's social constructionism. Society for Theoretical Psychology. UNSW Australian Defence Force Academy.

Reference Works

  • Hibberd, F. (2014). Associationism. In D.C. Phillips (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Educational Theory and Philosophy. (pp. 63-65). Los Angeles: Sage Publications Ltd.

2017

  • Hibberd, F., Gozli, D. (2017). Psychologys Fragmentation and Neglect of Foundational Assumptions: An Interview With Fiona J. Hibberd. Europe's Journal of Psychology, 13(2), 366-374. [More Information]

2016

  • Hibberd, F. (2016). Is conceptual analysis only an inquiry into rules for the use of concepts? Theory and Psychology, 26(6), 815-822. [More Information]

2014

  • Hibberd, F. (2014). A Juggernaut in the Philosophy of Psychology: Reply to Martin, Gergen, and Held. Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, 34(3), 205-210. [More Information]
  • Hibberd, F. (2014). Associationism. In D.C. Phillips (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Educational Theory and Philosophy. (pp. 63-65). Los Angeles: Sage Publications Ltd.
  • Hibberd, F. (2014). The Metaphysical Basis of a Process Psychology. Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, 34(3), 161-186. [More Information]

2012

  • Hibberd, F. (2012). Scientific Theism: Where the Force of Logic is Denied its Force. Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion, 23, 107-120. [More Information]

2011

  • Hibberd, F. (2011). John Anderson's development of (situational) realism and its bearing on Psychology today (Reprinted from History of the Human Sciences, 2009, 22(4), pp. 63-92). In Nigel Mackay and Agnes Petocz (Eds.), Realism and Psychology: Collected Essays, (pp. 119-158). Leiden: Brill. [More Information]
  • Hibberd, F. (2011). Reply to Gergen (Reprinted from Theory & Psychology, 2002, 12(5), pp. 685-694). In Nigel Mackay and Agnes Petocz (Eds.), Realism and Psychology: Collected Essays, (pp. 535-547). Leiden: Brill. [More Information]
  • Hibberd, F. (2011). Sham reasoning, Humpty Dumpty, and the burden of proof (Reprinted from Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, 2009, 29(2), pp. 91-96). In Simon Boag, Niko Tiliopoulos (Eds.), Personality and Individual Differences: Theory, Assessment and Application, (pp. 163-170). New York: Nova Science Publishers.

2010

  • Hibberd, F. (2010). Situational realism, critical realism, causation and the charge of positivism. History of the Human Sciences, 23(4), 37-51. [More Information]

2009

  • Hibberd, F. (2009). John Anderson's development of (situational) realism and its bearing on psychology today. History of the Human Sciences, 22(4), 63-92. [More Information]
  • Hibberd, F. (2009). Sham reasoning, Humpty Dumpty, and the burden of proof. Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, 29(2), 91-96. [More Information]

2007

  • Hibberd, F. (2007). The philosophical underpinnings of psychology - critical or situational realism. Engaging Realism: Proceedings of the International Association for Critical Realism.

2006

  • Hibberd, F. (2006). Review: The Essential Vygotsky. R. W. Rieber and D. K. Robinson (Eds.). Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, XLII (2), 178-179.

2005

  • Hibberd, F. (2005). Unfolding social constructionism. New York: Springer.

2002

  • Hibberd, F. (2002). Reply to Gergen. Theory and Psychology, 12(5), 685-694. [More Information]

2001

  • Hibberd, F. (2001). Gergen's social constructionism, logical positivism and the continuity of error. Part 1: Conventionalism. Theory and Psychology, 11(3), 297-321.
  • Hibberd, F. (2001). Gergen's social constuctionism, logical positivism and the continuity of error: Part 2: Meaning-as-use. Theory and Psychology, 11(3), 323-346.
  • Hibberd, F. (2001). Logical positivism and Gergen's social constructionism. Society for Theoretical Psychology. UNSW Australian Defence Force Academy.
  • Hibberd, F. (2001). Relativism versus realism - all but a specious dichotomy. History of the Human Sciences, 14, 102-107.

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