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The School of Psychology and Speech Pathology is a recognised centre of excellence in research in psychology in Western Australia, nationally, and internationally. The School has over 40 research-active faculty staff and a thriving community of postdoctoral researchers and Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Masters and Doctoral students who reside in the Health Sciences Graduate Research Hub.

The School publishes well over 100 research articles per year in Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) recognised peer-reviewed scholarly journals and has captured over $1.5 million dollars in external grants in 2011. The discipline of Psychology was awarded a ranking of 4 (out of 5) in the recent ERA exercise, indicating that our research is formally rated as 'Above World Ranking'. The research in the faculty is funded by National Competitive Grants, including funding from the NHMRC, ARC, and the Australian Government, as well as the Western Australia Department of Transport and Healthway. Researchers in the School collaborate with national and international researchers demonstrating the global reach of the work in the School. The research-active staff are affiliated to one or more of five research groups which reflect the School’s areas of strength. These groups are also aligned with the Programs of Research in the Faculty of Health Sciences.

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Research Groups

Brain, Behaviour and Mental Health

Investigating the mechanisms which underpin cognitive functioning and how cognition is impacted by clinical conditions.

Community Psychology

The focus of the group is strengths-based and aims to understand and enhance the relationships between people and their ecological contex.

Health Psychology and Behavioural Medicine

Examining the psychological factors that are associated with health-related behaviour.

Language and Speech Sciences

Exploring a range of different areas of speech and language processing that underpins our knowledge of language development.

Learning, Attitudes, Cognition, and eBehaviour

Research into teaching and learning and psychological factors that are associated with human behaviour in online environments.

Other research

Animal Fun

A movement program promoting physical activity and mental health.

Aussie Optimism

Aussie Optimism provides teachers, practitioners and parents with practical strategies for developing children's social competence and more.

Neurosciences Research Laboratory

Our team conducts research in ageing, non-invasive brain stimulation, rehabilitation of movement and cognition, Parkinson’s Disease, stroke and exercise.


Recent publications

Recent publications from School of Psychology and Speech Pathology staff.