Dr Erika Penney is a lecturer, clinical psychologist, and external placement coordinator with the master of clinical psychology program in the Graduate School of Health at UTS. She has particular interests in complex trauma, developmental trauma, stigma, and personality disorders. Prior to her work at UTS, she lectured on personality disorders, mental health, ethics, and inter-professional practice at a number of leading universities and tertiary learning institutes across Sydney.
- Registered psychologist with endorsement in clinical psychology from the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
- Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) approved supervisor for higher degree pathways and the clinical psychology endorsement registrar program.
- Member of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA).
- Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).
- Penney, E., McGill, B., & Witham, C. (2017). Therapist stigma towards Narcissistic Personality Disorder: Lessons Learned from Borderline Personality Disorder. Australian Clinical Psychologist, 3(1), 63-67
- Penney, E. (2015). The Prevention Intervention: What health professionals can do [Invited Talk]. The Annual Future Health Leaders Conference, University of Sydney Australia
- Penney, E. & Abbott, M. (2014). The Impact of perceived standards on state anxiety, appraisal processess, and negative pre- and post-event rumination in social anxiety disorder. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 39(2)
- Penney, E. & Abbott M. (2014). Anticipitory and post-event rumination in social anxiety disorder: A review of the theoretical and empirical literature. Behaviour Change, 31(2), 79-101
- Penney, E. & Lawsin, C. (2013). Application of the MODE model to implicit weight prejudice and its influence on expressed and actual behaviour among college students. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 43(S2)
- Penney, E. (2010). Understanding the impact of weight stigma [Invited Talk]. The University of Beunos Aires, Argentina
- Penney, E. & Lawsin, C. (2010). Weight stigma [Empirical Poster]. 27th International Congress of Applied Psychology, Melbourne, Australia.
Penney, ES & Abbott, MJ 2015, 'The Impact of Perceived Standards on State Anxiety, Appraisal Processes, and Negative Pre- and Post-event Rumination in Social Anxiety Disorder', Cognitive Therapy and Research, vol. 39, no. 2, pp. 162-177.View/Download from: Publisher's site
© 2014, Springer Science+Business Media New York. Cognitive models emphasise the importance of pre- and post-event rumination as maintaining factors of Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD), however, there is limited research investigating pre-event rumination. This study aims to examine several key hypotheses posited by the cognitive models by experimentally manipulating social standards in order to examine the impact of high and low perceived social standards on appraisal processes, state anxiety, and negative rumination, and to determine if the predictors of pre-event rumination will mirror those of post-event rumination. The sample consisted of 91 participants, including 46 participants with SAD and 45 non-anxious controls. Socially anxious participants in this study engaged in more pre- and post-event rumination, had higher threat appraisals, and lower self-appraisals of performance than non-anxious controls. Socially anxious participants who believed that they were expected to perform to a high standard in anticipation of a speech task reported poorer ratings of self-efficacy than socially anxious participants in the low standard condition and non-anxious controls. Additionally, whilst anticipated self-appraisals of performance, threat appraisal, self-efficacy, and state anxiety were predictive of pre-event rumination, threat appraisal was the only significant predictor of post-event rumination. This study extends the current knowledge of the cognitive processes within SAD, which has clinical implications.
Penney, ES & Abbott, MJ 2014, 'Anticipatory and post-event rumination in social anxiety disorder: A review of the theoretical and empirical literature', Behaviour Change, vol. 31, no. 2, pp. 79-101.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Social anxiety disorder (SAD) is a psychological disorder characterised by an excessive and persistent fear of social or performance situations, which interferes with daily functioning. Cognitive models of SAD (Clark & Wells, 1995; Hofmann, 2007; Rapee & Heimberg, 1997) emphasise the importance of negative pre- and post-event rumination as a maintaining factor in the cycle of SAD. While the link between negative rumination and SAD is well supported by empirical research, little is understood about this cognitively important process; thus, research investigating the predictors of negative rumination in SAD is important to consider. Within the current literature, performance appraisal appears to be the most likely unique cognitive predictor of post-event rumination. There is limited research into cognitive predictors of pre-event rumination. Treatments targeting this maintaining factor are important to consider. Suggestions for future research examining the cognitive models of SAD by experimentally manipulating perceived social standards in order to examine the impact of high and low perceived social standard on appraisal processes (i.e., threat appraisal and performance appraisal), state social anxiety, and negative pre-event and post-event rumination, are proposed. Implications for theoretical models and efficacious treatments for SAD are discussed. © The Author(s), published by Cambridge.
Penney, E & Lawsin, C 2013, 'Application of the MODE model to implicit weight prejudice and its influence on expressed and actual behavior among college students', Journal of Applied Social Psychology, vol. 43, no. SUPPL.2.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Weight prejudice and discrimination were examined in students, using the motivation and opportunity as determinants (MODE) model. The personalized Implicit Association Test (pIAT) and Motivation to Control Prejudiced Reactions (MCPR) scale were used to predict subsequent expressed and actual behavior, measured by an election task and a lost e-mail task. Thematic analysis of qualitative responses was conducted to determine reasons participants discriminated against obesity. The MODE model did not predict the prejudice-behavior relationship; however, expressed weight prejudice and discrimination were highly prevalent. Of the participants, 21.2% explicitly stated that candidates' weight influenced their voting behavior. The MODE model was concluded to be an inappropriate model for weight prejudice. Implications for future research are discussed. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.