Jackson Mason Stephens
My PhD research aims to highlight the mental health and wellbeing outcomes associated with taking a decentered perspective from both negative and positive thoughts and emotions. I hope this research will inform a more nuanced approach to decentering within psychological therapies and interventions. 

Jackson is a mental health and wellbeing researcher interested in exploring the mental health implications associated with how individuals relate to their internal experiences. Current research suggests decentering – taking an objective observer perspective of internal experiences – leads to beneficial mental health outcomes when applied in the context of negative affective states, however little is known about the psychological outcomes associated with decentering from positive affective states. Investigating decentering from both negative and positive internal experiences, Jackson’s PhD research uses a combination of cross-sectional and longitudinal methodology to identify distinct decentering behaviour profiles and test their associations with measures of psychological distress and mental wellbeing. Through greater understanding of the mental health implications associated with decentering from the full valence of internal experiences, Jackson’s research aims to inform nuanced approaches to decentering and contribute to future development of psychological interventions.

ResearchingMental health and wellbeing
AffiliatedUniversity of Western Australia|
Focus areaHealth