Tessa Burgess

The relationship between Emotional Support, Autobiographical Memory and Psychological Wellbeing within Romantic Relationships

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Tessa Burgess

Tessa Burgess

PhD Student
School of Psychology

Profile

Tessa finished her Honours degree in Psychology in 2018 as a part of the VUW Clinical Programme. Her Honours project focused on how qualities within autobiographical memories are associated with adolescent stress and psychopathology across time. Now in her PhD, Tessa is hoping to fuse her knowledge of the memory literature with dyadic relationship analysis, examining the ways in which couples discuss significant personal memories, the difference between ‘seeking to reminisce’ and ‘seeking emotional support’, and how those processes uniquely shape each other’s wellbeing. In the long term, she hopes that this research will enrich her ability to practice effectively with family systems as a clinician.

Qualifications

BA in Psychology (minor in French)
BSc with Honours in Psychology (completed as part of the VUW Clinical Programme)

Research Interests

Clinical Psychology, Autobiographical Memory, Support-Seeking Behaviour, Dyadic Analysis, systems-focused approaches

PhD topic

The relationship between Emotional Support, Autobiographical Memory and Psychological Wellbeing within Romantic Relationships

Supervisor:

Senior Lecturer in Methods and Statistics
School of Psychology

Director for Clinical Programme
School of Psychology

Labs

Romantic Relationships Lab - Directed by Dr Matt Hammond

The Romantic Relationships Lab examines challenging questions about love and human relationships.

Autobiographical Memory Lab - Directed by Karen Salmon

The Autobiographical Memory Lab studies autobiographical memory with a particular focus on children and young people.