Dr Rebekah Laidsaar-Powell

A19 - Griffith Taylor Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 3924

Biographical details

Dr. Rebekah Laidsaar-Powell completed her Honours and PhD in Psychology at The University of Sydney. She is now working as a Postdoctoral Research Associate on an ARC discovery project looking at family involvement in cancer consultations and decision-making.

I am currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Sydney working on an ARC discovery project looking at family involvement in cancer consultations and decision-making. My PhD was also in this area. I am passionate about supporting individuals living with a chronic illness and their family members.
I also lecture in undergraduate health psychology, across a range of topic areas including models of health behaviour, health interventions, qualitative research, health inequalities, illness and young people, and the experiences of family caregivers. I have tutored for the School of Psychology for a number of years. I find teaching psychology students to be a highly rewarding, energising, and inspiring experience.
My aim is to continue engaging in rigorous, practical and high impact medical psychology research projects whilst also teaching at a tertiary level.

Research interests

Rebekah has been working in the field of health psychology and psycho-oncology for the past 7 years. Her current areas of interest centre around empowering patients and their family caregivers, and enhancing communication and collaborative decision-making in the medical setting.

Rebekah uses both quantitative and qualitative methods in her work.

Teaching and supervision

Rebekah currently lectures casually in undergraduate health psychology, across a range of topic areas including models of health behaviour, health interventions, qualitative research, health inequalities, illness and young people, and the experiences of family caregivers.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Fisher, A., Manicavasagar, V., Sharpe, L., Laidsaar-Powell, R., Juraskova, I. (2017). A Qualitative Exploration of Clinician Views and Experiences of Treatment Decision-Making in Bipolar II Disorder. Community Mental Health Journal, in press. [More Information]
  • Fisher, A., Manicavasagar, V., Sharpe, L., Laidsaar-Powell, R., Juraskova, I. (2017). A qualitative exploration of patient and family views and experiences of treatment decisionmaking in bipolar II disorder. Journal of Mental Health, in press. [More Information]
  • Braude, L., Laidsaar-Powell, R., Gilchrist, J., Kirsten, L., Juraskova, I. (2017). An exploration of Australian psychologists' role in assessing women considering risk-reducing or contralateral prophylactic mastectomy. The Breast, 32. [More Information]
  • Fisher, A., Manicavasagar, V., Sharpe, L., Laidsaar-Powell, R., Juraskova, I. (2017). Identifying and Addressing Barriers to Treatment Decision-making in Bipolar II Disorder: Clinicians� Perspective. Australian Psychologist, in press. [More Information]
  • Laidsaar-Powell, R., Butow, P., Bu, S., Fisher, A., Juraskova, I. (2017). Oncologists� and oncology nurses� attitudes and practices towards family involvement in cancer consultations. European Journal of Cancer Care, 26(1), e12470. [More Information]
  • Butow, P., Juraskova, I., Laidsaar-Powell, R. (2016). A celebration of the achievements of Dr Cathy Charles. Patient Education and Counseling, 99(10), 1547-1548. [More Information]
  • Laidsaar-Powell, R., Butow, P., Bu, S., Fisher, A., Juraskova, I. (2016). Attitudes and experiences of family involvement in cancer consultations: a qualitative exploration of patient and family member perspectives. Supportive Care in Cancer, 24(10), 4131-4140. [More Information]
  • Laidsaar-Powell, R., Butow, P., Bu, S., Dear, R., Fisher, A., Coll, J., Juraskova, I. (2016). Exploring the communication of oncologists, patients and family members in cancer consultations: development and application of a coding system capturing family-relevant behaviours (KINcode). Psycho-Oncology, 25(7), 787-794. [More Information]
  • Laidsaar-Powell, R., Butow, P., Bu, S., Charles, C., Gafni, A., Fisher, A., Juraskova, I. (2016). Family involvement in cancer treatment decision-making: A qualitative study of patient, family, and clinician attitudes and experiences. Patient Education and Counseling, 99(7), 1146-1155. [More Information]
  • Laidsaar-Powell, R., McCaffery, K., Mather, T., Juraskova, I. (2014). Vaccination Decision-Making and HPV Knowledge: How Informed and Engaged Are Young Adult HPV Vaccine Recipients in Australia? Journal of Vaccines, 2014, 1-9. [More Information]
  • Clayton, J., Butow, P., Waters, A., Laidsaar-Powell, R., O'Brien, A., Boyle, F., Back, A., Arnold, R., Tulsky, J., Tattersall, M. (2013). Evaluation of a novel individualised communication-skills training intervention to improve doctors' confidence and skills in end-of-life communication. Palliative Medicine, 27(3), 236-243. [More Information]
  • Laidsaar-Powell, R., Butow, P., Bu, S., Charles, C., Gafni, A., Lam, W., Jansen, J., McCaffery, K., Shepherd, H., Tattersall, M., Juraskova, I. (2013). Physician-patient-companion communication and decision-making: A systematic review of triadic medical consultations. Patient Education and Counseling, 91(1), 3-13. [More Information]
  • Juraskova, I., O'Brien, M., Mullan, B., Bari, R., Laidsaar-Powell, R., McCaffery, K. (2012). HPV Vaccination and the Effect of Information Framing on Intentions and Behaviour: An Application of the Theory of Planned Behaviour and Moral Norm. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 19(4), 518-525. [More Information]
  • Clayton, J., Adler, J., O'Callaghan, A., Martin, P., Hynson, J., Butow, P., Laidsaar-Powell, R., Arnold, R., Back, A. (2012). Intensive Communication Skills Teaching for Specialist Training in Palliative Medicine: Development and Evaluation of an Experiential Workshop. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 15(5), 585-591. [More Information]

2017

  • Fisher, A., Manicavasagar, V., Sharpe, L., Laidsaar-Powell, R., Juraskova, I. (2017). A Qualitative Exploration of Clinician Views and Experiences of Treatment Decision-Making in Bipolar II Disorder. Community Mental Health Journal, in press. [More Information]
  • Fisher, A., Manicavasagar, V., Sharpe, L., Laidsaar-Powell, R., Juraskova, I. (2017). A qualitative exploration of patient and family views and experiences of treatment decisionmaking in bipolar II disorder. Journal of Mental Health, in press. [More Information]
  • Braude, L., Laidsaar-Powell, R., Gilchrist, J., Kirsten, L., Juraskova, I. (2017). An exploration of Australian psychologists' role in assessing women considering risk-reducing or contralateral prophylactic mastectomy. The Breast, 32. [More Information]
  • Fisher, A., Manicavasagar, V., Sharpe, L., Laidsaar-Powell, R., Juraskova, I. (2017). Identifying and Addressing Barriers to Treatment Decision-making in Bipolar II Disorder: Clinicians� Perspective. Australian Psychologist, in press. [More Information]
  • Laidsaar-Powell, R., Butow, P., Bu, S., Fisher, A., Juraskova, I. (2017). Oncologists� and oncology nurses� attitudes and practices towards family involvement in cancer consultations. European Journal of Cancer Care, 26(1), e12470. [More Information]

2016

  • Butow, P., Juraskova, I., Laidsaar-Powell, R. (2016). A celebration of the achievements of Dr Cathy Charles. Patient Education and Counseling, 99(10), 1547-1548. [More Information]
  • Laidsaar-Powell, R., Butow, P., Bu, S., Fisher, A., Juraskova, I. (2016). Attitudes and experiences of family involvement in cancer consultations: a qualitative exploration of patient and family member perspectives. Supportive Care in Cancer, 24(10), 4131-4140. [More Information]
  • Laidsaar-Powell, R., Butow, P., Bu, S., Dear, R., Fisher, A., Coll, J., Juraskova, I. (2016). Exploring the communication of oncologists, patients and family members in cancer consultations: development and application of a coding system capturing family-relevant behaviours (KINcode). Psycho-Oncology, 25(7), 787-794. [More Information]
  • Laidsaar-Powell, R., Butow, P., Bu, S., Charles, C., Gafni, A., Fisher, A., Juraskova, I. (2016). Family involvement in cancer treatment decision-making: A qualitative study of patient, family, and clinician attitudes and experiences. Patient Education and Counseling, 99(7), 1146-1155. [More Information]

2014

  • Laidsaar-Powell, R., McCaffery, K., Mather, T., Juraskova, I. (2014). Vaccination Decision-Making and HPV Knowledge: How Informed and Engaged Are Young Adult HPV Vaccine Recipients in Australia? Journal of Vaccines, 2014, 1-9. [More Information]

2013

  • Clayton, J., Butow, P., Waters, A., Laidsaar-Powell, R., O'Brien, A., Boyle, F., Back, A., Arnold, R., Tulsky, J., Tattersall, M. (2013). Evaluation of a novel individualised communication-skills training intervention to improve doctors' confidence and skills in end-of-life communication. Palliative Medicine, 27(3), 236-243. [More Information]
  • Laidsaar-Powell, R., Butow, P., Bu, S., Charles, C., Gafni, A., Lam, W., Jansen, J., McCaffery, K., Shepherd, H., Tattersall, M., Juraskova, I. (2013). Physician-patient-companion communication and decision-making: A systematic review of triadic medical consultations. Patient Education and Counseling, 91(1), 3-13. [More Information]

2012

  • Juraskova, I., O'Brien, M., Mullan, B., Bari, R., Laidsaar-Powell, R., McCaffery, K. (2012). HPV Vaccination and the Effect of Information Framing on Intentions and Behaviour: An Application of the Theory of Planned Behaviour and Moral Norm. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 19(4), 518-525. [More Information]
  • Clayton, J., Adler, J., O'Callaghan, A., Martin, P., Hynson, J., Butow, P., Laidsaar-Powell, R., Arnold, R., Back, A. (2012). Intensive Communication Skills Teaching for Specialist Training in Palliative Medicine: Development and Evaluation of an Experiential Workshop. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 15(5), 585-591. [More Information]

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