School of Psychology

School of Psychology

Psychology is the scientific study of mind and behaviour. Our expertise covers key aspects of human behaviour, from biological, cognitive, social and developmental psychology to psychological disorders and forensic psychology. Our undergraduate program provides a solid foundation in psychological science. Our staff and research students engage in basic, translational, and applied research that address questions of local, national, and global importance.

Wollongong Infant Learning Lab (WILL)Wollongong Infant Learning Lab (WILL)

The Wollongong Infant Learning Lab (WILL) is a team of developmental researchers, led by Associate Professor Jane Herbert who conduct research on infant cognition, parent-child interactions, and well-being in pregnancy and early parenting. 

Read more about WILL 

Early Career Researchers having an impact on local health services

Early Career Researchers having an impact on local health services

Two Early Career Researchers in the School of Psychology, Dr Briony Larance and Dr Laura Robinson, are leading an exciting new project on whether people who use methamphetamine are coming into contact with health services in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven.  Read more

Brin GrenyerMulti Million Dollar Boost for Project Air Strategy

An award-winning Illawarra strategy for treating personality disorders will be further expanded statewide after a $5.5 million funding boost. 
Project Air Strategy founder Professor Brin Grenyer is grateful for the funding boost which will ensure the project is implemented statewide.

Read more about Project Air and their Multi Million Dollar Boost 

 N-ICE Logo 
What if there was a magic pill that could curb cravings for crystal meth?

Called the N-ICE trial, Associate Professor Peter Kelly along with other researchers will investigate whether N-Acetyl Cysteine – or NAC – can reduce cravings and help people stop using crystal methamphetamine, commonly known as ice.

Read more about Associate Professor Peter Kelly and the N-ICE Trial  

Teaching Award Spring Session 2018

Congratulations to:
Best Lecturer:  Dr Samantha Reis
Best Tutor:  Erin Mison
As voted by the students 

Women in Health and Medical Research

Dr Esther Davies won the Dame Bridget Ogilvie Research/Clinical Excellence Award, which recognises the excellence of a woman researcher who has demonstrated high impact in their respective field.
Congratulations Esther.  Read more about women in Health and Medical Research

Psychology Colloquium

Autumn Session 2019
Wednesday 12:30-13:30
Location 41.104

Week 6: 10 April
Vicky Nicholls
School of Psychology, UOW and Bournemouth University
Visual attention in naturalistic scenes


Week 8: 1 May
Dr Colin Palmer
School of Psychology, UNSW
Perceiving other people's direction of gaze

Week 11: 22 May
Dr Tim Byron
School of Psychology, UOW
Can't Get You Out of My Head: The Familiar and the Repetitive in Involuntary Musical Imagery

Recent Publications 

Chan, A.Y.C., & Morgan, S-J. (2018) Assessing children's cognitive flexibility with the Shape Trail Test. PLoS ONE 13(5): e0198254. 

Van Bergen, P., Bird, A., Andrews, R., (2018), ‘What do you earliest childhood memories say about you?’, The Conversation, 21 August 2018.

Marceau EM, Meuldijk D, Townsend ML, Solowij N, Grenyer BFS. (2018) Biomarker correlates of psychotherapy outcomes in borderline personality disorder: A systematic review. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 94, 166-178.

Grenyer, B.F.S
., Bailey, R., Lewis, K.L., Matthias, M., Garrety, T., Bickerton, A. (2018) A randomised controlled trial of group psychoeducation for carers of persons with borderline personality disorder. Journal of Personality Disorders Mar 5:1-15. doi: 10.1521/pedi_2018_32_340. [Epub ahead of print]

Kelly, P. J., Robinson, L. D., Baker, A., Deane, F. P., Osborne, B., Hudson, S., & Hides, L. (2018). Quality of life of individuals seeking treatment at specialist non-government alcohol and other drug treatment services: A latent class analysis. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 94, 47-54.

McGillion, M., Pine, J.M., Herbert, J.S., & Matthews, D. (2017) A Randomised Controlled Trial to Test the Effect of Promoting Caregiver Contingent Talk on Language Development in Infants from Diverse SES Backgrounds. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 58, 1122–1131. doi:10.1111/jcpp.12725