The School of Psychology is home to leading academics who focus on a broad range of areas within Psychology. Below you will find some more information about some current researchers within the school. Work alongside these leading academics throughout your studies.
Brin Grenyer is a practicing clinical psychologist and professor of psychology. His research program focuses on the treatment of chronic and complex psychological problems including personality disorders, chronic depression, aggression and violence, early attachment relationships, chronic lifestyle diseases, and substance dependence.
He incorporates both individual and group psychotherapy and structured training into his research program, and the methods chosen include quantitative-clinical psychiatric assessments, longitudinal population studies, content analyses of qualitative reports, and health, biomedical and neuropsychiatric assessments.
Stuart's research looks at the psychological processes of inhibition and attention as they relate to healthy children and those who show deficits in these areas, such as children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Inhibition can also be thought of in terms of impulse or behavioural control. His research generally involves having children or adults complete tasks requiring these processes, with subsequent consideration of their task performance and concurrent brain electrical activity (e.g. EEG and/or event-related potentials, or ERPs) to understand the behaviour in terms of its neural correlates. Some key areas of interest include:
- The development of inhibition and attention through childhood and into adulthood.
- The role that energetic and other factors play in the effective use of these processes.
- How these processes are best measured via brain electrical activity (EEG and/or ERPs).
- The use of cognitive and neurocognitive training to improve behaviour
Rodney is a Professor of Health Psychology at the School of Psychology, University of Wollongong, Australia. He obtained degrees in Philosophy and Psychology before completing his PhD in Psychology at the University of Wollongong in 2000, and then worked in the area of cognitive neuroscience as a postdoc at Imperial College, London, and then at Swinburne University, Melbourne. His research focuses on the delineation of human brain function, particularly as it relates to agents that might affect it (e.g. electromagnetic fields, illicit and medicinal drugs), as well as psychiatry more generally.
He has been involved in research on ELF and RF non-ionising radiation since 2000, primarily utilising the electroencephalogram as a means of observing subtle alterations in brain function. He participates in a variety of national and international RF scientific organisations, was Executive Director of the Australian Centre for Radiofrequency Bioeffects Research (2004-2011) and is currently Director of the ensuing Australian Centre for Electromagnetic Bioeffects Research (2013-2017), he is a member of the IEEE ICES RF and ELF Standards committees, and is an ICNIRP (International Commission on Non-ionising Radiation Protection) Commissioner.
Dr Kelly is a Senior Lecturer and Cancer Institute NSW Early Career Research Fellow based in the School of Psychology, University of Wollongong. He is a registered Clinical Psychologist and has been awarded membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) College of Clinical Psychologists. He has extensive clinical and research experience working with individuals diagnosed with severe mental illness and substance abuse problems.
Dr Kelly's research is focused on cardiovascular disease and cancer prevention in disadvantaged and marginalised populations. He holds a number of research grants and consultancies supporting this work. His program of research is particularly focused on developing and trialling multiple health behaviour change interventions for at-risk population groups (i.e. mental health and substance abuse populations, Indigenous Australians). These interventions tend to focus on reducing smoking, improving diet and promoting physical activity.
He has published over 30 peer reviewed journal articles or book chapters, with the majority of this work focused on the non-government sector. Prior to completing his PhD, Dr Kelly was employed as the Chief Executive Officer at Kedesh Rehabilitation Services. Kedesh is a large organisation that provides both residential and outpatient treatment for individuals diagnosed with substance abuse problems and co-occurring mental illness.