Notre Dame grant to deliver international research experience

Professor Selma Alliex congratulates Associate Professor Chris Skinner on receiving The University of Notre Dame Australia Professional Development Award for 2014.

20 June 2014

Associate Professor Chris Skinner, Chair of Personal and Professional Development Domain in Notre Dame’s School of Medicine, Fremantle, has received a $5000 grant to further his research into the link between emotional intelligence, selection criteria and academic performance in the recruitment of professional and competent medicine students.

Associate Professor Skinner was the 2014 recipient of The University of Notre Dame Australia Professional Development Award at the Perth Convention Bureau ASPIRE Awards Ceremony on Tuesday 10 June.

The Professional Development Award consists of a research grant that is presented to a Notre Dame staff member to assist in their personal and professional development through attendance at a relevant international conference of their choice, in their chosen fields.

Associate Professor Skinner will use his scholarship to attend The International Conference for Emotional Intelligence in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 2015. It will allow for further development and networking with national and international researchers and emotional intelligence practitioners.

“It was a real thrill and highly rewarding to receive the 2014 Perth Convention Bureau ASPIRE award for Notre Dame,” Associate Professor Skinner said.

“I am enthusiastic and passionate about the professional development and selection of future health and medical practitioners. Medical selection processes have often been characterised by complexity, a lack of predictive validity and high resource costs.

“My current research with Dr Raoul Oehmen, also from the School of Medicine, aims to develop a strong association between emotional intelligence and academic medical performance that will help clarify the importance of emotional intelligence in both the medical curriculum and in the selection process.

“Notre Dame's Medical School applications have soared over recent years and the need to select for future clinically and personally competent practitioners has never been greater. This research will help provide further practical information on the best methods for selection.”

There were four high quality proposals for the Award from Notre Dame staff across a variety of disciplines. Pro Vice Chancellor and Head of the Fremantle Campus, Professor Selma Alliex, said Associate Professor Skinner’s research was exceptional and extremely important to include in any curriculum, to prepare Notre Dame’s graduates to practice in their professions.

“Associate Professor Skinner is instrumental in the development of future medical interns and health practitioners. The University is grateful to the Perth Convention Bureau for making it possible for one of our staff to attend an international conference,” Professor Alliex said.

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