Last updated on: 5/4/2016 | Author: ProCon.org

Rohan Borschmann, PhD Biography

Title:
McKenzie Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne (Australia)
Position:
Pro to the question "Are Social Networking Sites Good for Our Society?"
Reasoning:

“[S]ocial media are inexpensive and easy to use. They signify a trend towards more interaction whereby people create as well as consume content. It is possible to share stories, produce other content and influence the media environment…

A striking aspect of social media sites such as Twitter is that a spontaneous burst of protest can be initiated by one individual in a single post and widely shared… [S]haring experiences and having one’s voice heard on social channels can create a sense of empowerment – of feeling less alone with a personal struggle, and more confidence in showing a part of the self that might usually remain hidden.”

Cowritten with Victoria Betton, Mary Docherty, Stephen Coleman, Mark Brown, and Claire Henderson, “The Role of Social Media in Reducing Stigma and Discrimination,” British Journal of Psychiatry, June 2015

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Experts
Individuals with PhDs, MDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to social media. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to social media.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • McKenzie Research Fellow, University of Melbourne (Australia), 2015-present
  • Acting Project Manager, 2000 Stories, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, 2014-present
  • Registered psychologist, Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), 2014-present
  • Research Fellow, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London (UK), 2008
  • Research Fellow, St George’s University of London (UK), 2006
  • Researcher, Institute of Health Promotion Research (Canada), 2005-2006
  • Clinical Psychologist, Queensland Correctional System (Australia)
Education:
  • PhD, King’s College London (UK), 2014
  • DPsych, Clinical Psychology, James Cook University (Australia), 2005
  • PGDip, Psychology, University of Ballarat (Australia)
  • Bachelor of Behavioural Science, Psychology, La Trobe University (Australia)
Other:
  • PhD thesis was titled “The Development and Testing of Joint Crisis Plans for People with Borderline Personality Disorder: A Feasibility Study”
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Are Social Networking Sites Good for Our Society?