Peter Tranent

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Peter Tranant

Peter Tranent

Associate Lecturer

Room 103, Building O, Newnham Campus

+61 3 6324 3293 (phone)

+61 3 6324 3168 (fax)

Mr Tranent was an associate lecturer at James Cook University 1997-1998; he moved to the Launceston campus of the University of Tasmania in 1999 as part of a program to establish a four year APS accredited degree on that campus. In 2001 Mr Tranent was part of a team that won an Award For Teaching Excellence, for the project 'Psychology Online for remote Campus and Distance Students'. In 2013 and 2014 Mr Tranent received UTAS Teaching Merit certificates. At the end of 2015 Mr Tranent expects to complete a Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education.


Mr Tranent has been teaching-intensive academic at the University of Tasmania since 2000. From 2006 to 2012 he was the 1st year co-ordinator for Psychology. Mr Tranent has supervised 18 Psychology Honours students, 2 Graduate Diploma of Rehabilitation Counselling students and 1 Psychology Masters student. In 2007-2008, Mr Tranent headed a team that conducted a Consultancy for WISE employment looking at clients understanding of their rights and obligations.

Career summary


  • BPsych (1st Class Hons), James Cook University, Australia. 1992 Thesis: The Structure of Extreme Opinions About Conservation Issues


Professional practice

  • Faculty of Arts Learning and Teaching Committee
  • Division of Psychology Learning and Teaching Advisory Group

Administrative expertise

As First Year Coordinator for Psychology Mr Tranent coordinated delivery of resources and teaching across three campuses and online. He organised training of casual tutors and oversaw moderation of grades.  He also oversaw academic discipline proceedings and liaised with University provided support services for student educational and personal difficulties.


Psychology, Social Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

Teaching expertise

Mr Tranent currently teaches within a number of different psychology units. He is a member of the Psychology Learning and Teaching Committee and is the Psychology representative on the Arts Faculty Learning and Teaching Committee. Mr Tranent has extensive experience in setting up and running large cross-campus units with web based support, and a blend of face to face and online interaction.

Teaching responsibility

Psychology A (KHA111)  

Psychology B (KHA112) 

Social Psychology (KHA207) 

Cognition (KHA353) 

Assessment and Individual Differences (KHA352)

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Mr Tranent has collaborated with researchers with Social Work backgrounds to publish papers on the understanding 'counsellors' have of the ethics and legalities of dealing with clients' disclosure of theft and on young gamblers' construction of identity.  He is currently working on experimental papers dealing with decision making under conditions of cognitive threat as part of a program to complete a PhD by publication.

  • Questionnaire design
  • Production of cognitive test tasks using Inquisit
  • Decision making when experiencing uncertainty or threat

Research Themes

Mr Tranent's research transects the University's research themes of Better Health and Knowledge and Decisions. Since 2010 he has supervised nine honours projects that have examined the effect of cognitive threat on decision making. Three of these theses looked at decision making when faced with a negative medical diagnosis. Peter was also a co-supervisor on two Honours theses that examined the effect of standing desks on attention and one that examined factors influencing adherence to a workplace exercise intervention.


  • James McCallum Prize for Applied Psychology from James Cook University awarded on the recommendation of the Head of the Department of Psychology (1992)

Current projects

  • The effect of a brief Mindfulness intervention on decision making
  •  Factors that influence continued attendance/adherence to a fitness program for gym members
  •  The effect of exercise on memory and meta-memory

Fields of Research

  • Social and Community Psychology (170113)
  • Educational Psychology (170103)
  • Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106)
  • Developmental Psychology and Ageing (170102)
  • Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy (130209)
  • Education Assessment and Evaluation (130303)
  • Computer-Human Interaction (080602)
  • Educational Technology and Computing (130306)
  • Studies in Human Society (169999)
  • Counselling, Welfare and Community Services (160702)

Research Objectives

  • Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences (970117)
  • Teaching and Instruction Technologies (930203)
  • Behaviour and Health (920401)
  • Employment Patterns and Change (940501)
  • Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences (970111)
  • Pedagogy (930201)
  • Ethnicity, Multiculturalism and Migrant Development and Welfare (940111)
  • Education and Training Systems (930599)
  • Moral and Social Development (incl. Affect) (930104)
  • Professions and Professionalisation (940502)
  • Ability and Disability (940101)
  • Health Education and Promotion (920205)
  • Social Structure and Health (920413)
  • Health Status (e.g. Indicators of Well-Being) (920408)
  • Cancer and Related Disorders (920102)


Total publications


Journal Article

(5 outputs)
2016Bantoft C, Summers MJ, Tranent PJ, Palmer MA, Cooley PD, et al., 'Effect of standing or walking at a workstation on cognitive function: a randomized counterbalanced trial', Human Factors, 58, (1) pp. 140-149. ISSN 0018-7208 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/0018720815605446 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 13Web of Science - 13

Co-authors: Summers MJ; Palmer MA; Cooley PD; Pedersen SJ


2016Russell BA, Summers MJ, Tranent PJ, Palmer MA, Cooley PD, et al., 'A randomised control trial of the cognitive effects of working in a seated as opposed to a standing position in office workers', Ergonomics, 59, (6) pp. 737-744. ISSN 0014-0139 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/00140139.2015.1094579 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 9Web of Science - 11

Co-authors: Russell BA; Summers MJ; Palmer MA; Cooley PD; Pedersen SJ


2015Patford J, Tranent P, Gardner C, 'Young adults' stories of gambling in a research situation: a narrative inquiry', International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 13, (2) pp. 225-240. ISSN 1557-1874 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s11469-014-9524-z [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Gardner C


2013Boer OE, Tranent PJ, 'Conceptualising the Relationship between Maternal Parenting Style and Adolescent Self-Esteem: A Pragmatic Approach', Journal of Relationships Research, 4 Article e5. ISSN 1838-0956 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1017/jrr.2013.5 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Boer OE


2013Patford J, Tranent P, 'With due consideration: Australian human service practitioners' understandings of confidentiality and disclosure obligations in regard to cases concerning gambling-related theft', International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 11, (1) pp. 31-49. ISSN 1557-1874 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s11469-012-9397-y [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Patford J


Conference Publication

(5 outputs)
2013Phegan R, Tranent PJ, 'Big Class - No Worries', Conference Proceedings, 8-10, September, 2013, The Langham Hotel, Melbourne, pp. 12. (2013) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Phegan R

2013Tranent PJ, Norris K, Grieve RM, Padgett C, Rooney AM, 'Student and casual marker evaluation of paper versus online submission and marking of assignments', Conference Program, 29/11/ 2013, University of Tasmania, Sandy Bay, Tasmania, pp. 3. (2013) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Norris K; Grieve RM; Padgett C; Rooney AM

2013Tranent PJ, Padgett C, Norris K, Grieve RM, 'Student and casual marker evaluation of paper versus online submission and marking of assignments', Conference Proceedings, 28-29 Nov, 2013, University of Tasmania, pp. 26. (2013) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Padgett C; Norris K; Grieve RM

2011Carr AR, Kemp NM, Tranent PJ, 'An evaluation of criterion-referenced assessment in Psychology B', 10th Teaching Matters Annual Conference, 22-23 November 2011, Hobart, Tasmania (2011) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Carr AR; Kemp NM

2000Tranent PJ, 'Attitude scales and the valid measurement of theoretically different types of racism', Australian Journal of Psychology, 27-30 April 2000, Fremantle, WA, Australia, pp. 19. (2000) [Conference Extract]

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Contract Report, Consultant's Report

(1 outputs)
2007Tranent PJ, Fluck A, 'Welfare to Work for People with Disabilities in Northern Tasmania', WISE Employment (2007) [Consultants Report]

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Co-authors: Fluck A

Other Public Output

(1 outputs)
2005Hannan GJ, Summers MJ, Tranent PJ, 'A cross-campus teaching model using Impatica and i-Lecture', Teaching Matters 2005, Flexible Education Unit, Hobart, 1, 2005 (2005) [Internal Newsletter]

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Co-authors: Hannan GJ; Summers MJ

Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



Adolescents' and Young Adults' Stories Regarding Gambling: A Narrative Inquiry (2012 - 2013)$12,338
Department of Health and Human Services Tasmania ($12,338)
Grant-UTAS Gambling Research Program
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Patford J; Gardner CM; Tranent PJ
2012 - 2013
Welfare to work for people with disabilities in Northern Tasmania (2006)$10,015
Strategy & Alliance WISE Employment ($10,015)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Tranent PJ; Fluck AE

Research Supervision

Mr Tranent has supervised over 20 Honours and Masters students. Methodologically these are mostly experimental studies but there are also some survey and interview based projects. Topics covered include attitudes about the medical use of marijuana, links between volunteering and academic success, maternal compared to adolescent judgements of parenting style, cognitive reaction to social ostracism, the existence of Flashbulb memories of public events in Australia, the effect of pain on eyewitness accuracy.




MastersFor Poorer: How Men Experience, Understand and Respond to Problematic Aspects of a Partner's Gambling
Candidate: Janet Lynn Patford