School of Psychological Science
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.
Professor Shayne Loft
Professor Shayne Loft is the Director of the Human Factors and Applied Cognitive Psychology Laboratory and Deputy Head of The University of Western Australia’s School of Psychological Science.Read more about Professor Shayne Loft
Associate Professor Carmela Pestell
Associate Professor Carmela Pestell is a clinician, researcher and lecturer in clinical psychology and neuropsychology, and Director of the Robin Winkler ClinicRead more about Associate Professor Carmela Pestell
Professor Simon Farrell is Head of the School of Psychological Science, his ongoing research examines how people pursue goals and how we make decisions in social contextsRead more about Simon Farrell
Winthrop Professor David Badcock
Winthrop Professor David Badcock is an expert in behavioural and cognitive neuroscience, focusing on visual processing and perception.Read more about Winthrop Professor David Badcock
Professor Romola Bucks
Professor Romola Bucks is an award winning researcher whose research investigates cognitive disorders related to the process of ageing.Read more about Professor Romola Bucks
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.
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.
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.
National psychology standards to boost Indigenous mental health workforce
Tue, 8 Dec 2020
How to debunk misinformation
Thu, 15 Oct 2020
The science of smiling
Thu, 15 Oct 2020