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Researchers to investigate potential danger of exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic energy.

Read more about this study into possible health risks of mobile phone and Wi-Fi.

Golden partnership for personality disorders

In a partnership between South Western Sydney Local Health District and UOW’s Project Air Strategy for Personality Disorders, Minister for Mental Health Tanya Davies launches program for the treatment of personality disorders in south west Sydney.

Read more about Project Air and the Gold Card Clinics


New research centre to study medicinal cannabis

Australian Centre for Cannabinoid Clinical and Research Excellence to investigate quality and safety issues.

Read more about the new research centre to study medicinal cannabis.

Vice Chancellor's Interdisciplinary Research Excellence Award 
A/ Professor Robert Gorkin, Dr Jason McArthur, A/Professor Christopher Magee, A/Professor Kate Senior, Ms Laura Grozdanovski, Professor Geoff Spinks
Project: Project Geldom: Designing the Next-Generation Condom
Highly Commended:
A/Professor Melanie Randle, Dr Leonie Miller, Ms Joanna Stirling
Project: Identifying and Attracting Successful Foster Carers

Vice Chancellor's Award for Research Supervision
Highly Commended
A/Professor Peter Kelly

After the Game

It is often said that an athlete dies twice. Once when they take their last breath, and the other when they retire from sport. “When you hear athletes talk, you can get a sense of how much their identity is wrapped up in the sport. They’re not a person who swims, they are a swimmer,” says sports psychology expert Stewart Vella.

Read more about After the Game

Busting myths and setting the record straight on what happens when we close our eyes

“We’re living in a 24 hour society where people are trying to condense time to be able to do everything that they want to. And the first thing pushed aside in many people’s lives is sleep.”

Read more on Sleep on It

Why True Crime Captivates

From grisly murder cases to serial killers, what is it about tragedy that fascinates us?

Read more on Why True Crime Captivates

UOW receives $1.75M to explore next frontier of health and medical research

Researchers to investigate effects of long-term cannabis use, develop drugs to fight hospital superbugs and improve radiotherapy treatments.

Read more about the next frontier of health and medical research at UOW.

Adolescent males targeted in new mental health campaign

The Ahead of the Game program is using grassroots sport to prevent mental health issues in adolescent males.

Read more about the Ahead of the Game program.

World-first study investigates mobile phones and kid's sleep

Study investigates the effects of mobile phone emissions on the sleeping patterns of kids and teens.

Read more about this study into mobile phones and kid’s sleep.


School of Psychology Research Report 2015

Psychologists collaborate on Australia’s largest suicide prevention trial

Illawarra-Shoalhaven region chosen as one of four locations across NSW to implement new suicide prevention trial.

Read more on this trial

International Students Represent UOW at IEAA Transnational Education Forum

Read more on the IEAA Transnational Education Forum

Drug and alcohol expert chosen for special UN General Assembly

Psychologist campaigns for worldwide focus on treatment rather than incarceration for drug users.

Read more about this story

Study probes effects of missing persons to help those left behind

Researchers at the University of Wollongong are seeking participants to help them explore the emotional processes people go through when a loved one goes missing.

Read more about the study of effects of missing persons on those left behind.

Congratulations to Rodney Croft

Congratulations to Rodney Croft who was recently appointed Chair of the High Frequency Guidelines Project Group, within the International Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation Protection (ICNIRP).

ICNIRP is the peak international non-ionising radiation body, with their guidelines, for example, adopted by national health and safety agencies such as the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA).

The Project Group is tasked with developing the new electromagnetic radiation guidelines for the 100 kHz to 300 GHz range, which includes that emitted from the ever-topical mobile communications devices such as Wi-Fi, mobile phones and base stations.

The last guidelines were published in 1998, which makes this a particularly important development for ICNIRP and a great indication of the contribution that our faculty’s science is making to the community.

Congratulations Professor Frank Deane and Dr Peter Kelly

Congratulations to Professor Deane and Dr Kelly who have been awarded an IHMRI Collaborative Project Grant. The project is titled “Addressing problematic drinking of people living with severe mental illness: Feasibility of a peer delivered telephone intervention for people engaged with non-gov or gov funded health service”.

A team led by Frank Deane and Peter Kelly have also been awarded the Excellence in Research and Evaluation Award at the NSW Non-Government Alcohol and Other Drug Awards.

ACEBR Research Group – Prizes and Work

The ACEBR research group, led by Professor Rodney Croft, recently attended the Joint Annual Meeting of the Bioelectromagnetics Society and the European BioElectromagnetics Association.

PhD candidate Adam Verrender received 3rd prize for his presentation on the first study from his PhD, entitled “Pulse modulated radiofrequency exposure influences cognitive performance”.

Anna Dalecki also gave a very well received poster presentation based on some recent post-doctoral pilot work, “Testing the replicability of the effect of 14 Hz pulse modulated RF-EMF on EEG power in healthy adults: A pilot study”.

Well done Adam and Anna.

Well-Earned Award for Psychology’s Sarah Loughran

It’s a great pleasure to announce that the School of Psychology’s Dr Sarah Loughran has received the 2016 European Bioelectromagnetics Association (EBEA) Chiabrera Award. This is one of only two international awards in the bioelectromagnetics research area (the other, the d’Arsonval Award, being for senior researchers), and recognises the strongest contribution to bioelectromagnetics from researchers up to the age of 35. This comes on the heels of receiving an Early Career Scientist award recently at the International Non-Ionising Radiation Workshop in Cape Town.

Sarah has a strong research program addressing issues relevant to human sleep, including effects of psychosocial and environmental factors on sleep, and effects of sleep on psychological function. Of particular relevance to the Chiabrera Award is her work addressing the potential link between radiofrequency emissions (such as those from mobile phones and base stations) and human health, where her work has established a consistent pattern of effects of mobile phone-like radiation on brain function during sleep. Her work in this area is now focused on determining the relative importance of this effect in children and adolescents (is it more/less pronounced in the young, and is it important to health), as well as uncovering the mechanism responsible for it.

Other research currently underway in her laboratory includes the effect of ‘screen-time’ on sleep function (including its radiofrequency and optical radiation, as well as its behavioural dimensions), and the effect of mild sleep deprivation on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Sarah will be giving an acceptance presentation in Belgium in June at BioEM2016; we wish her the best for this and for her future research!

Body Movement Can Boost Children’s Learning

A recent UOW study found that children who enacted foreign language words through whole-body movements performed better at the end of the course.

Continue reading about how body movement can boost children’s learning.

Last reviewed: 3 April, 2018

Upcoming Colloquium

Psychology Colloquia  
Autumn Session 2018
Wednesday 12:30-13:30 41-104 

Week 8: 25 April ANZAC day No seminar

Week 10: 9 May
Dr Jenny Richmond

School of Psychology, University of New South Wales
Title: Do the eyes have it? Using eye-tracking to measure memory in infancy and childhood.

Week 12: 23 May
Dr Kiley Seymour
School of Psychology, University of Western Sydney
Topic: Examining visual experience in schizophrenia