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  

Psychology Colloquium

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

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

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

Recent Publications 

Allen, M., Walter, E., & Swann, C. (2019). Sedentary behaviour and risk of anxiety: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Affective Disorders, 242, 5–13.

Barry, R.J., De Blasio, F.M., & Fogarty, J.S. (2019). Caffeine affects children's ERPs and performance in an equiprobable Go/NoGo task: Testing a processing schema. Psychophysiology, 56, e13330. https://doi.org/10.1111/psyp.13330

Campbell, G., Larance, B., Lintzeris, N., & Degenhardt, L. (2019). Regulatory and other responses to the pharmaceutical opioid problem. Medical Journal of Australia, 210, 6-8. 10.5694/mja2.12047

Davis, E. L., Deane, F. P. & Lyons, G. C. B. (2019). An acceptance and commitment therapy self-help intervention for carers of patients in palliative care: Protocol of a feasibility randomised controlled trial. Journal of Health Psychology, 24, 685-704. https://doi.org/10.1177/1359105316679724

Koessler, T. & Hill, H. (2019). Focusing on an illusion: Accommodating to perceived depth? Vision Research, 154, 131-141. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.visres.2018.11.001

Lewis, K.L., Fanaian, M., Kotze, B., & Grenyer, B.F.S. (2019). Mental health presentations to acute psychiatric services: Three-year study of prevalence and readmission risk for personality disorders compared with psychotic, affective, substance or other disorders. British Journal of Psychiatry Open, 5, e1, 1-7. doi: 10.1192/bjo.2018.72

Murali, K.M., Mullan, J., Roodenrys, S., Hassan, H.C., Lambert, K., & Lonergan, M. (2019). Strategies to improve dietary, fluid, dialysis or medication adherence in patients with end stage kidney disease on dialysis: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized intervention trials. PLoS One, 14 , e0211479. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0211479

Nicholls, V.I., Jean-Charles, G., de Lissa, P., Lao, J., Caldara, R., & Miellet, S. (2019). Occulomotor capture by task-irrelevant stimuli for children in road crossing situations. Scientific Reports, 9, 4176. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-39737-7

Zeleke, B.M., Bhatt, C.R., Brzozek, C., Abramson, M.J., Freudenstein, F., Croft, R.J., Wiedemann, P., & Benke, G. (2019). Radiofrequency electromagnetic field exposure and risk perception: A pilot experimental study. Environmental Research, 170, 493-499. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envres.2018.12.058