School Research

School of Psychology Research

The School of Psychology offers excellent facilities and includes opportunities for first rate research. Our staff conduct leading research in their fields and cover a wide variety of specialisations within the broader field of psychology.

Prospective Research Students

 Are you looking for a Supervisor?

View the different Areas of Research within our School and make contact with a potential Supervisor.  For further information, please contact our Head of Postgraduate Studies, A/Prof Stephen Palmisano

Research Report

The School of Psychology is home to leading academics who focus on a broad range of areas within Psychology. Below in our Research Report you will find information about current researchers within the school. Work alongside these leading academics throughout your studies. Read our research stories..

Psychology Research Report

Why you can't commit to exercise

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After we set New Year’s resolutions, the volume of new gym memberships and exercise gear sold increases. But often by about February, our motivation fades and we go back to old habits.

Ever wondered why we struggle to commit to exercise? This is the research aiming to help you stick to it.

Read more about this research from HDR student Matthew Schweickle 

Psychology PhD student awarded Office of the Chief Scientist Internship

PhD student Natasha Josifovski has been awarded an internship to work in the Office of the Chief Scientist in Canberra, from July-November 2018. The Office supports Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel AO, in the provision of high-level independent advice to the Prime Minister and other Ministers on matters relating to science, technology and innovation. Natasha will be focused on a project entitled Australia’s STEM workforce. She was selected on the basis of her high level analysis skills, her ability to interpret results and her excellent communication skills. Together with a multi-disciplinary team, Natasha will be producing a report for the Chief Scientist to provide advice on the development of STEM literacy within Australia, to ensure that the workforce is able to meet future demands.  Congratulations Natasha.

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