Pauline Guerin

Associate Professor, Psychology
Office Phone: 610-892-1377
Office Location: Main Building, 214 B
Mailing Address:
214 B Main Building

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Dr. Guerin was born in Idaho in the USA and as a child lived in a variety of places but mostly in Pennsylvania. After spending two years in active duty military service in the United States Navy as a nuclear valve technician on board the USS Samuel Gompers, she studied Psychology at DeSales University (BSc) and then Temple University (PhD), both in Pennsylvania. Dr. Guerin then worked at the University of Waikato and the Waikato Institute of Technology in New Zealand. From late 2005, Dr. Guerin worked in South Australia at the University of South Australia and then at Flinders University, teaching Health Psychology and Indigenous Health. Since mid-2012, Dr. Guerin is the Psychology Program Coordinator at the Pennsylvania State University Brandywine Campus.


Honours, awards and grants


Teaching gives me the opportunity to share my research and world experiences with students. In my career, I have taught a wide range of topics/ courses (such as health psychology, Indigenous health, physiological psychology, planning and evaluation in the human services, developmental psychology, learning theory, sociology, and communication) and to very diverse student populations (including health sciences, social sciences, sport and exercise science, psychology, nursing, social work, medicine, paramedics, public health and occupational therapy) and around the world (USA, New Zealand and Australia).

"There is divine beauty in learning, just as there is human beauty in tolerance. To learn means to accept the postulate that life did not begin at my birth. Others have been here before me, and I walk in their footsteps. The books I have read were composed by generations of fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, teachers and disciples. I am the sum total of their experiences, their quests. And so are you." --- Elie(zer) Wiesel (b. 1928) --- Romanian-born writer, lecturer, survivor Nazi camps.

Research and consultancy

I have a wide range of research interests, but generally am involved in Community Based Participatory Research or CBPR and with populations who are often described as vulnerable or marginalized (e.g., Indigenous Australians, refugees, Muslim women, persons with dementia). Topics have included: Women's health, female circumcision, parenting, mental health and social and emotional wellbeing, residential mobility, youth identity, addictions, physical activity for addiction treatment or as a mental health therapy, physical fitness and body composition, refugee resettlement/housing, employment, racism.



1. Guerin, B., Guerin, P., & Seemann, K. (2011). Seeds of Sustainability: Growing your desert communities. Ninti One Ltd: Alice Springs. ISBN: 978 1 74158 1907. A1 book

2. Taylor, K. & Guerin, P. (2010). Health Care and Indigenous Australians: Cultural safety in practice. Palgrave-MacMillan: Australia. ISBN-13: 9781420256338. A1 book.
a. Winner of the Tertiary (Wholly Australian) Single Title Award in the Australian Educational Publishing Awards for 2010 from the Australian Publisher’s Association
b. 2012: being revised for a 2nd edition

3. De Bellis A, Bradley SL, Wotherspoon A, Walter B, Guerin P, Cecchin M and Paterson, J (2009). Come Into My World - How to Interact with a Person who has Dementia: An educational resource for undergraduate healthcare students on person-centred care, Flinders University, Hyde Park Press, Adelaide. ISBN: 978-0-9805613-1-9 Web address:

Book chapters

1. Guerin, P., & Guerin, B. (2009). The Later Years: Adulthood and Ageing. In P. Barkway (Ed), Psychology for Health Professionals. Elsevier: Chatswood, NSW. (under revision for new edition/ 2012)

2. Guerin, B., & Guerin, P. (2009). The Early Years: Childhood and Adolescence. In P. Barkway (Ed), Psychology for Health Professionals. Elsevier: Chatswood, NSW. (under revision for new edition/ 2012)

3. Guerin, B., & Guerin, P. (2008). 17 Ways that ‘community talk’ misguides research. In R. DeSouza & A. Williams (Eds), Researching with Communities: Grounded Perspectives on Engaging Communities in Research, (pp. 263-274). Muddy Creek Press: Auckland.

4. Guerin, P. B., Allotey, P., Elmi, F. H., & Baho, S. (2006). Advocacy as a means to an end: Assisting refugee women to take control of their reproductive health needs. In E. Cartwright & P. Allotey, (eds.) Women’s Health: New Frontiers in Advocacy and Social Justice Research (simultaneously published as a journal article in Women & Health).

Refereed journal articles

1. Guerin, B. & Guerin, P. (2012). Re-thinking mental health in the context of Indigenous Australian communities: A critical look at programs, policy and practices. Community Development Journal, special issue, 47, 555-570. Impact Factor 0.689.

2. Tedmanson, D and Guerin, P (2011). 'Enterprising Social Wellbeing: Social entrepreneurial and strengths based approaches to mental health and wellbeing in ‘remote’ Indigenous community contexts', Australasian Psychiatry, 19 (S1), S30-S33. Impact Factor 0.66.

3. Guerin, P., Guerin, B., Tedmanson, D. & Clark, Y. (2011). How can Country, spirituality, music and arts contribute to Indigenous mental health and well-being? Australasian Psychiatry, 19 (S1), S38-S41. Impact Factor 0.66.

4. Guerin, B. & Guerin P. (2010). Sustainability of remote communities: Population size and youth dynamics. Journal of Economic and Social Policy, Special Issue, 13(2), article 3. Available at: (Online article downloaded 411 times, Sept 2012 journal report)

5. Bradley, SL, DeBellis, A, Wotherspoon, A, Walter, B, Guerin, P, Cecchin, M, & Paterson, J (2010), Re-enacted case scenarios demonstrate person-centred care for undergraduate healthcare students, Educational Gerontology, 36(9), 809-823. Scopus journal rank SJR=0.033

6. Guerin, P. & Guerin, B. (2009). Social effects of fly in and fly out and drive in and drive out health and social services in remote Indigenous communities. Australian Community Psychologist special issue, 21(2), 7-22. GS citations = 2

7. Guerin, B. & Guerin, P. (2008). Relationships in remote communities: Implications for living in remote Australia. Australian Community Psychologist, 20, 74-86. GS citations = 5

8. Guerin, P. & Guerin, B. (2007). Research with refugee communities: Going around in circles with methodology. Australian Community Psychologist, 19, 150-162. GS citations = 8

9. Guerin, B. & Guerin, P. (2007). Lessons learned from participatory discrimination research: Long-term observations and local interventions. Australian Community Psychologist, 19, 137-149. GS citations = 5

10. Guerin, P. B., Elmi, F. H., & Corrigan, C. (2007). Body composition and cardiorespiratory fitness among refugee Somali women living in New Zealand. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 9(3), 191-196. h-index = 18, 2010 Impact Factor = 1.492, SCOPUS citations = 5

11. Jelle, H. A., Guerin, P., & Dyer, S. (2006). Somali Women’s Experiences in Paid Employment in New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Employment Relations, 31(2). GS citations = 2

12. Guerin, P. B., Nikora, L. W., & Rua, M. (2006). Tūhoe on the move: Regional mobility. New Zealand Population Review, 32(2), 65-90. GS citations = 3

13. Guerin, P., Elmi, F.H. & Guerin, B. (2006). Weddings and parties: Cultural healing in one community of Somali women. Australian e-Journal for the Advancement of Mental Health, 5(2), 105-112. GS citations = 8

14. Guerin, P. B., Allotey, P., Elmi, F. H., & Baho, S. (2006). Advocacy as a means to an end: Assisting refugee women to take control of their reproductive health needs. Special Issue for the journal Women & Health, 43(4), 7-23. (simultaneously published as a chapter in an edited book). GS citations = 4

15. Guerin, B., Guerin, P., Diiriye, R. O. & Abdi, A. (2005). What skills do Somali refugees bring with them? New Zealand Journal of Employment Relations, 30, 37-49. GS citations=3

16. Guerin, P. B., Elmi, F. H. (2004). The analysis of female circumcision stories: The uses and abuses of oral histories. Oral History in New Zealand, 16, 9-16. GS citations = 5

17. Guerin, B., Guerin, P. B., Diiriye, R. O., & Abdi, A. (2004). Living in a close community: The everyday life of Somali refugees. Network: Journal of the Australian College of Community Psychologists, 16, 7-17. GS citations = 11

18. Guerin, B., Guerin, P. B., Diiriye, R. O., & Yates, S. (2004). Somali Conceptions and Expectations Concerning Mental Health: Some Guidelines for Mental Health Professionals. New Zealand Journal of Psychology, 33, 59-67. WoS=12, ISI Journal Citation Reports® Ranking: 2005: 62/101 (Psychology) Impact Factor: 0.581, SCOPUS citations = 10, GS citations = 29.

19. Prosser, C., Stelwagen, K., Cummins, R., Guerin, P., Gill, N. & Milne, C. (2004). Reduction in heat induced gastrointestinal hyperpermeability in rats by bovine colostrums and goat milk powders. Journal of Applied Physiology, 96, 650-654. WoS=17, ISI Impact factor for 2004 = 2.824, 76% rejection rate.

20. Guerin, P. B., Diiriye, R. O., Corrigan, C., & Guerin, B. (2003). Physical activity programs for refugee Somali women: Working out in a new country. Women & Health, 38(1), 83-99. WoS=17, SCOPUS citations = 21

21. Guerin, B., Abdi, A. & Guerin, P. B. (2003). Experiences with the medical and health systems of Somali refugees living in Hamilton. New Zealand Journal of Psychology, 32, 27-32. WoS=4, ISI Journal Citation Reports® Ranking: 2005: 62/101 (Psychology) Impact Factor: 0.581, SCOPUS citations = 5

22. Thompson, P. B., & Lambert, J. V. (1995). Touch sensitivity through latex examination gloves. Journal of General Psychology, 122, 47-58. WoS=3, Impact factor 0.53