Ms Natasha Lakaev

BAppSc GradDipPsych PostgradDipPsych MPSych

Department of General Practice


PhD Title: Refinement of the Lakaev Academic Stress Response Scale (LASRS) for Educational and Clinical Application

Supervisors: Associate Professor Jan Coles and Associate Professor Craig Hassed


Natasha completed her Graduate Diploma in Psychology in 2006 with QUT, Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology with Bond University in 2008, and Master of Psychology with Charles Sturt University in 2012, having completed her Bachelor of Applied Science earlier in 1986 at the Hawkesbury Agricultural College of Advanced Education (now known as University of Western Sydney). She is currently doing a PhD with the Department of General Practice after being awarded an Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship.

Stage 1 of Natasha’s PhD research is to refine the Lakaev Academic Stress Response Scale (LASRS) to improve applicability in Educational and Clinical settings as a screening tool for determining student stress response. The first stage of the study will also assess differences in student stress response for different genders, cultures, and faculties across Monash University.

In Stage 2 of the PhD research the newly refined LASRS will be applied to an Educational setting to assess the effectiveness of Mindfulness Training in reducing academic stress levels and increasing study engagement, with Law students, before and after exam periods. Subject to external funding availability, this study will also investigate changes to one or more markers for Metabolism, Immunity, Brain Function (via scans), or Epigenetics as a result of academic stress, or the reduction of academic stress through the use of Mindfulness Training.