School of Psychological Science
98% employment among graduates
One of two psychology schools in Australia to have its research rated as ‘well above world standard’ (ERA)
UWA is ranked in the world’s top 50 institutions for psychology (QS 2019)
Welcome to the School of Psychological Science at UWA! Our researchers study critical aspects of psychological functioning such as how we learn and remember, acquire language, become vulnerable to mental health problems, or combat fake news. We also apply that knowledge to important topics such as how to design submarine control systems to optimise their use by human operators, how to treat anxiety, or how to select the best staff for your organisation. We are passionate about sharing Psychological Science with both undergraduate, honours and graduate students: whether you are looking to dip your toe into a broadening unit, or to take a full sequence, accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council.
Professor Romola Bucks
Head of School, School of Psychological Science
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.
The developmental psychology group analyses the various stages, skills and abilities in an individual’s life progression.
Industrial/organisational psychology and human factors
This research examines the human element of work, aiming to improve safety, wellbeing and performance.
At UWA, we study the ability to detect, attend to and recognise features in the environment, and seek to understand the underlying processes that serve those abilities.
The School is home to three collaborative research centres.
Associate Professor Shayne Loft
Associate 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 Associate Professor Shayne Loft
Professor Colin MacLeod
School of Psychological Science Professor Colin MacLeod is an ARC Laureate Fellow, and Director of the Rutherford Memorial Centre for the Advancement of Research on Emotion.Read more about Professor Colin MacLeod
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
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
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.