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Our team

   
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Robert A. C. (Bob) Stewart
Editor-in-Chief

Founder and Editor of Social Behavior and Personality: an international journal. The journal is published on the Internet and appears widely in leading university libraries around the world. See Editorial CV for more information.
   

Alex Cheyne
Managing Editor

Alex has worked for SBP since 2006 in a variety of roles. She has worked as a proofreader, copyeditor, personal assistant to Editor-in-Chief, Dr Stewart, and Operations Coordinator, before taking on her current role as Managing Editor in 2013. She oversees the SBP team and the publication process for all manuscripts. Alex obtained a BA majoring in English Literature from Massey University in 2006. She has worked in conference management, reference work editing, and academic assessment. Alex lives in Palmerston North, New Zealand, with her family. Outside of work, she enjoys cooking, reading, volunteering, and travel.

   
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Keren Segal
Associate Editor

I joined the SBP Journal team at the end of 2018, just as I was finishing my PhD research in Psychology at the University of Otago, New Zealand. My research focused on death anxiety, and the role of possessions in providing us relief from it. In addition to serving as an Associate Editor at SBP Journal, I work as an Assistant Research Fellow at the Department of Psychology at the University of Otago studying how written narratives affect our health and wellbeing. I’m passionate about teaching, and in recent years taught research methods at the Bachelor of Social Services programme at Otago Polytechnic, as well as conflict group facilitation at the Graduate Diploma in Conflict Resolution at Otago Polytechnic. I’m excited to start co-teaching the Contemporary Issues in Psychology at the Department of Psychology at the University of Otago in 2024. When not working, I homeschool my daughters, attend to my veggie garden and love to spend time outdoors. 

   
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Ana Stojanov
Associate Editor

Ana joined the team in 2020 as an Associate Editor. Originally from Macedonia, now she lives in Dunedin, New Zealand. She holds a PhD in Psychology from the University of Otago. Her thesis examined the relationship between perceived lack of control and conspiracy theory beliefs and the resulting findings have been published in peer reviewed journals. Before moving to Dunedin, she worked as a Project Coordinator facilitating educational reforms in Macedonia. She enjoys writing, cooking, hiking and learning new skills such as tap dancing.  

   

Yvette Nicole Lamb
Associate Editor

Yvette joined the team as an Associate Editor in 2023. Yvette lives in Auckland, New Zealand, with her husband and young daughter. She holds a PhD in Psychology from the University of Auckland. Her thesis explored the effects of commonly occurring genetic polymorphisms on cognitive outcomes, with an emphasis on the importance of environment. As well as having experience as a tutor and lecturer, Yvette has previously worked as a medical writer, publishing papers in peer-reviewed medical journals and training new writers. Yvette enjoys spending time with her family, reading, swimming, and playing table tennis.

   
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Suzi Brown
IT Manager

Suzi has worked in various IT roles for SBP Journal since 2000. Now IT Manager, she maintains the journal’s online presence, keeping up with the latest cutting-edge technological advances, including implementing the change from paper-based publishing to an entirely online system. Suzi has qualifications and experience in information technology, hardware and software, network systems, web design and maintenance, help desk services, and advanced use of software applications. She lives in Palmerston North, New Zealand, and has two adult daughters. Her interests include technology, reading, gardening, hula hooping, leadlight design and construction, and arts and crafts.
     
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Kelly Baildon
Publishing Editor

Kelly joined the SBP Journal team in 2020 as an Editorial Associate. With a Certificate in Legal Executive Studies, she spent over 10 years working at law firms before moving into the publishing world. She lives in Lower Hutt, New Zealand with her husband and two young daughters. Kelly spends her free time volunteering, reading, baking, and enjoying her local bush walks.

     
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Leisha Gomez
Publishing Editor

Leisha joined the SBP Journal team in 2020 as an Editorial Assistant. With a Certificate in Business Administration she has worked in various roles including human resources, accounts management, and allied health. After spending 8 years exploring Mexico she now lives in Townsville, Australia with her husband. She spends her free time volunteering, travelling and spending time with her nieces and nephews.

   

Annaliese Ludwig
Editorial Assistant 

Annaliese joined the SBP Journal team in 2024 and studied Communications Management at Massey University. She has worked as an Executive Coordinator to senior officials in the New Zealand Government, and in various communications roles in New Zealand, Australia, and Europe. She works remotely from her base in the southern part of Türkiye, and in her spare time enjoys learning languages, volunteering, travel writing, and watching live music and theatre.

   

Copyeditors

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Sarah Krivan
Senior Copyeditor 

Sarah joined SBP Journal in 2007 as a copyeditor and proofreader and is now the Senior Copyeditor. She has held various roles in her time at the journal, including Publications Consultant (2009–2012), Acting Managing Editor (2011), Marketing Manager (2013–2017), and Project Manager (2017–2018), and continues to assist with operations tasks on an ad hoc basis. Sarah obtained a Bachelor of Science in 2009 (Psychology major), and a Graduate Diploma in Business Studies in 2010 (Management major), both from Massey University. She lives in Palmerston North, New Zealand.

   
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Dorothy Pilkington

Dorothy began working for SBP Journal as a proofreader and copyeditor in 2001. She has a BA degree in languages and history from Victoria University of Wellington and a Diploma in Education from Massey University. She has had a long voluntary involvement with the New Zealand Historic Places Trust (now Heritage New Zealand) and in 2006 received the New Zealand State Honour of Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in recognition of this work. Dorothy has a special interest in linguistics and the teaching of English as a second language.
   
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Lesley Aitken

Lesley currently lives in the central North Island, but has a nomadic lifestyle with her husband working in locum ministry. She has worked in education for over 40 years, including: secondary teaching in maths, English, and physical education; tertiary tutoring in distance education; and supporting students in Auckland Prison. Life outside of work involves boating, skiing, tennis, indoor bowls, and quieter pursuits such as reading and dressmaking.
     
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Helen Innes

Helen has a BA in linguistics, graduate diploma in psychology, and an MA and PhD in creative writing. She has worked as a language teacher in England, Ireland, Japan, China, and New Zealand and taught at primary and secondary schools, a polytechnic, universities, private language schools, and online. She introduced foundation level students at Victoria University to psychology in order to teach them academic English, report writing, and the scientific method. She enjoys writing, walking her tireless border collie, camping with her husband and son, and researching warblish.

 

Support Team

   
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Philippa Proctor 
Layout Editor

Based in Palmerston North, New Zealand, Philippa has worked as a layout editor for close to 25 years, bringing journals, newsletters, and manuscripts to print ready stage. Her current portfolio includes all of these forms, including the typesetting for SBP Journal for over 20 years. In 2008, she set up her own venture, Pip’s Pre-Press Services, accepting casual, short-term, and long-term typesetting contracts. In 2023 started working at Acute Promo, working with clients to get promotional items printed for their business, and sports uniforms for sports teams around New Zealand, in addition to continuing her work with SBP Journal and spending time with her three adult children. 
   
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Fanchao (Franco) Meng
Chinese Translator

Fanchao (Franco) Meng has worked for SBP Journal since 2013 as a Chinese translator. He is responsible for monitoring the SBP social media account on Sina Weibo, and translation of journal documents including newsletters and marketing materials.  Fanchao obtained a Bachelor of Animal Science in 2010 and a Master of Communication in 2013, majoring in Photo Media.  He is interested in traveling, swimming, music, art, and photography. He lives in Perth, Western Australia.
Alex has worked for SBP since 2006 in a variety of roles. She has worked as a proofreader, copyeditor, personal assistant to Editor-in-Chief, Dr Stewart, and Operations Coordinator, before taking on her current role as Managing Editor in 2013. She oversees the SBP team and the publication process for all manuscripts. Alex obtained a BA majoring in English Literature from Massey University in 2006. She has worked in conference management, reference work editing, and academic assessment. Alex lives in Palmerston North, New Zealand, with her husband and daughter. Outside of work, she enjoys cooking, reading, volunteering, and travel.