School of Psychological Science

Answering questions around how and why we behave the way we do

Our School centres on the teaching and research of mental processes. We are proud to consistently rate in the top 100 psychology departments in the world, and have a strong record of turning out first-rate practitioners who are widely educated in the theory, practice and research of this discipline. Our students leave as critical thinkers, innovators and future leaders.

The School has received the top ranking (five out of five) in all three Commonwealth Excellence in Research for Australia rankings since 2010, meaning our research is classified as ‘well above world standard’. We’re one of only two schools in Australia to have achieved this.

We offer undergraduate and postgraduate programs that are fully accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), as well as flexible, non-accredited options to get job-ready, upskill or complement other studies.

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One of two psychology schools in Australia to have its research rated as ‘well above world standard’ (ERA)

Ranked first in Western Australia for Psychology (QS 2020)

The School of Psychological Science at The University of Western Australia acknowledges that it is situated on Noongar land, and that Noongar people remain the spiritual and cultural custodians of their land, and continue to practise their values, languages, beliefs and knowledge.
We pay our respects to their Elders both past and present. 


Our research is at the forefront of global developments in contemporary psychology. We have particular strength in the following areas:


The School is home to three collaborative research centres.


Our students leave as critical thinkers, innovators and future leaders.

New course - Master of Business Psychology

With the average person spending 90,000 hours at work over their lifetime, psychological skills and training are increasingly sought by employers nationally and internationally.

Our staff

To view a full list of our staff visit the Contact Directory

Community program

Our School has a strong community outreach program.

  • We offer psychological assessment and treatments through the School’s Robin Winkler Clinic.
  • We invite members of the community to participate in our research and run many studies that require voluntary, community assistance. For example you can do a Face Memory Test here.
  • We maintain collaborative links with a wide range of health and industry partners. Come work with us.
  • We welcome enquiries by the media.
  • We run a series of community events including the annual Robin Winkler Lecture and the annual Psychology Film Night.
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Community Research Participation Pool

We run many research studies that require volunteer assistance. These studies are quite diverse, interesting to take part in and serve to advance understanding of the ways we think, feel and behave across a variety of contexts. This pool is made up of those willing to consider taking part in some of this work.

Members of the pool are informed of studies and can freely choose whether or not to take part. In most cases, participation involves one visit to UWA, lasting about an hour, though sometimes a study may require more than one visit, or can be completed online without coming to campus. We provide a small token of appreciation to offset cost and inconvenience.

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Community participation
Robin Winkler Clinic 

Robin Winkler Clinic

The Robin Winkler Clinic is a clinical psychology unit linked to the School of Psychological Science. Under the expert supervision of experienced clinical psychologists, provisionally registered postgraduate clinical psychology trainees carry out individual and group therapy treatment.

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Events, seminars and workshops

The School of Psychological Science hosts a number of events, seminars and workshops throughout the year for students, staff and members of the public. Details of all our upcoming events can be found on our events calendar below.

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  • National psychology standards to boost Indigenous mental health workforce

    Tue, 8 Dec 2020

    New national accreditation standards to boost Indigenous knowledge in psychology education aim to create a more culturally aware and responsive mental health workforce.

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  • The science of smiling

    Thu, 15 Oct 2020

    How important is smiling? And what does science tell us about the smile? We ask UWA experts to explain...

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  • How to debunk misinformation

    Thu, 15 Oct 2020

    With a flood of misinformation and fake news academics have released a handbook to help navigate the misinformation maze.

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