The 15th annual Australian Conference on Personality and Individual Differences
Individual differences: Implications for research and practice
November 18-19

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This year's conference is being organised by Shane Costello and the Understanding Personality Abilities and Individual Differences Research Team (unPAID-RT) from Monash University. Details of abstract submission, conference location, registration and accommodation are shown below.

We are excited to announce that the ACPID conference is returning to Melbourne for 2016. Join us in the vibrant beachside suburb of St Kilda for another enjoyable and stimulating gathering of people with a passion for personality and individual differences psychology: researchers, practitioners and (most importantly) students. This year we will be joined by a number of internationally renowned researchers in the field of individual differences, as well as showcasing the latest in Australian research. To add a little more excitement (not that we needed more!), the conference proceedings for 2016 will undergo a blind peer-review process, followed by online publication of either abstracts or full papers.

The theme for the conference is "Individual differences: Implications for research and practice". Rather than impose any restriction on the type of papers to be presented, we wish to challenge presenters to discuss the implications of their studies from both research and clinical perspectives. Even the most exotic and theoretical of topics can still have clinical relevance. Given the extent of the divide between research and practice in psychology, it is hoped that in some small way we can use this opportunity to highlight the implications for the individual through the study of individual differences. We look forward to seeing you at this year's conference!


Novotel St Kilda, 16 The Esplanade, St Kilda VIC 3182

Keynote Speakers

We are delighted to introduce our keynote speakers for the 2016 conference

Michal Kosinski image Assistant Professor Michal Kosinski is an individual differences researcher at Stanford Graduate School of Business, and has previously held positions with Cambridge University and Microsoft. Michal coordinates the myPersonality project, which involves global collaboration between over 150 researchers, analyzing the detailed psycho-demographic profiles of over 8 million Facebook users. Michal will be presenting on "Predicting Personality from Digital Footprints".
Stephen Bowden image Stephen C. Bowden, PhD, FAPS is a Professor in the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne and Honorary Consultant Neuropsychologist in the Department of Clinical Neurosciences, St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne. His research interests include modelling cognition for psychological assessment, Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome, seizure disorders, and evidence-based neuropsychological practice. His research has been funded by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council, Australian Research Council, National Campaign Against Drug Abuse and Australian Brain Foundation. Stephen will be presenting on "Reintegrating assessment of executive function with a general taxonomy of cognitive abilities".
Kate Jacobs image Doctor Kate Jacobs is an educational psychologist and lecturer at Monash University. Kate's research interests centre around psycho-educational assessment practices, particuarly those related to advancing knowledge surrounding the link between cognitive ability and academic achievement, as well as evidence-based assessment of specific learning disorders. Kate will be presenting on the Cattell-Horn-Carroll theory of cgnitive abilities.
Adrian Furnham image Professor Adrian Furnham has held a role with the University College London since 1992. Adrian is the author of over 1000 scientific papers and 70 books, and is a former elected President of the International Society for the Study of Individual Differences. Some of Adrian's research interests in top team development, management change performance management systems, psychometric testing and leadership derailment. Adrian will be presenting a prerecorded talk on the Dark Triad.

* Due to unforseen circumstances, Professor Stephen Rayner is unable to attend the conference.

Presentations and Submission

Three presentation formats will be run:

For 2016, the conference procedings will be published electronically. The initial submissions will require an abstract only. Authors are able to choose to publish only the abstract, or submit a full paper for inclusion in the conference procedings. Each published paper (whether abstract, poster, or full paper) will be assigned a unique digital object identifier, allowing for increased online visibility and tracking citations.

All abstracts and papers will be submitted to peer-review. Abstract review will consider the suitability of the proposed paper for inclusion in the conference, while the purpose of the full paper review is to provide feedback regarding quality and possible improvements prior to publication.

Abstract submission has closed, however late submissions may be considered please email Shane Costello regarding late submissions.

UPDATE: details of the inaugural ACPID Outstanding PhD Thesis Award are now available. If you have completed your PhD this year you could be eligible to apply. Click here for more information.

UPDATE 28/02/2017: The final conference proceedings have been published online.

Conference Registration (2 days)


Two half-day workshops will be held on Thursday 17 November at the Novotel St Kilda. The workshops are Individual differences in restorative environments (morning) and Research methods in individual differences (afternoon). The cost is $50 per workshop for delegates, and $30 for students (no meals included).

Conference Dinner, 7pm Friday 18 November

Our conference dinner will be held at the Lady Grange restaurant, 1 Fitzroy Street St Kilda. Private balcony views overlook Port Phillip bay, St Kilda beach, Fitzroy Street and the Melbourne CBD skyline. Price includes two courses and a two hour beverage package. Cost: $80.00. To assist with bookings, if you think you might attend the dinner could you please email Shane Costello as soon as possible.

Travelling to St Kilda

For those visiting Melbourne, St Kilda is centrally located and very accessible. From the airport, there are buses and taxis avilable. In the St Kilda area, trams are often the most convenient method of transport. Accessing public transport in Melbourne requires a Myki card. The Novotel St Kilda website offers convenient travel directions as well as an airport shuttle service for $20 per delegate per trip, which can be arranged by calling (03) 9525 5522 in advance once your arrival time is known. Discounted parking is also available at the Novotel St Kilda for those who wish to hire a car.

Staying in St Kilda

Discounted accommodation is available at the Novotel St Kilda for conference delegates. Use the code PSYC171116 to receive 10% off the best available room rates by calling (03) 9525 5522.

Alternatively, you can search for other accommodation options using Trivago (sorted by distance from the Novotel).


St Kilda is renowned for its expansive view of Port Phillip, safe sandy beach, palm-lined boardwalk, huge range of beach activities, big skies, gorgeous sunsets, parks and gardens, great restaurants, bars and cafes, fabulous old buildings, and its colourful past and present. St Kilda is home to many of Melbourne's famous visitor attractions including Luna Park, the Esplanade Hotel, Catani Gardens, Acland Street and Fitzroy Street. It is home to St Kilda beach, Melbourne's most famous beach, several renowned theatres and several of Melbourne's big events and festivals.

The main street in St Kilda is Fitzroy Street. It is lined with outdoor pubs, cafes and restaurants serving a wide variety of cuisines showcasing Melbourne's multicultural heritage.

The cafe society of Acland Street first bloomed with the influx of cosmopolitan European migrants in the 1950s. That heritage can still be seen in the European-style cake shops, cafes and designer shops that line the street.

Suggested things to see and do

Crown Casino is only a short tram ride away (tram stops in front of the Novotel), and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The St Kilda Esplanade Market is open on Sunday morning and features over 150 unique stalls of hand crafted artwork, wood products, jewellery, accessories and a new foodie zone.
A classic Melbourne icon, Luna Park is only a short walk from the Novotel.
If shopping and dining is your thing, Acland Street is an easy walk and a fantastic destination.
Finally, The Arts Centre Melbourne is also nearby, and is showing Dusty (musical about Dusty Springfield's life) and a tribute concert to Roy Orbison and The Everly Brothers on the weekend of the conference.
Other things to see and do in St Kilda.
Other things to see and do in Melbourne.

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