PhD Candidate researching trichotillomania, Swinburne University of Technology

As a PhD candidate Reneta is conducting research that explores the relationship between Reward Sensitivity Theory and Trichotillomania (compulsive hair pulling). Reneta is a recipient of the prestigious Ian Scott PhD Scholarship from Australian Rotary Health. The PhD research builds on a systematic review and meta-analysis of psychological and pharmacological interventions for trichotillomania conducted during honours. Reneta also facilitates support groups for people experiencing trichotillomania Australia wide with the Anxiety Recovery Centre of Victoria and is engaged in public speaking to increase awareness of trichotillomania.
In 2013 Reneta graduated from a science degree (Psychology and Psychophysiology) with first class honours from Swinburne University. Between 2009 and 2014 during undergraduate and first year of postgraduate education, Reneta worked as a research assistant and lab demonstrator. As a research assistant she has worked in the Swinburne Neuropsychopharmacology Laboratory, Swinburne Department of Psychological Sciences and the Swinburne Sensory Neuroscience laboratory. As a lab demonstrator she taught undergraduate: Neurological Monitoring, Introductory Physiology, Sleep and Attention and Human physiology.


  • –present
    PhD Candidate researching trichotillomania, Swinburne University of Technology


  • 2013 
    Swinburne University of Technology, Bachelor of science with Hons (psychology and psychophysiology)