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 2017)
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
Our research is at the forefront of global developments in contemporary psychology. We have particular strengths in the following areas:
Our work looks at how people behave in a range of contexts, from simple decision tasks, to complex cognitive and social environments. We investigate questions via experiments, surveys and simulations, and apply rigorous behavioural analysis and mathematical modelling.Read more about Cognitive science
Biological psychology and cognitive neuroscience
Our research combines the modern tools of neuroscience (brain imaging, brain stimulation, and recording of brain electrical and haemodynamic activity) with subtle psychological tools to analyse behaviour.Read more about Biological psychology and cognitive neuroscience
Industrial/organisational psychology and human factors
Industrial and organisational psychology and human factors at UWA examine the human element of work, aiming to improve safety, wellbeing and performance.Read more about Industrial/organisational psychology and human factors
Our research investigates different developmental paths for individuals with conditions such as autism or Parkinson’s and how we can encourage individuals to develop and age along their optimal path.Read more about Developmental psychology
Clinical psychology and clinical neuropsychology
Our clinical psychology and clinical neuropsychology researchers are exploring theories and interventions to improve quality of life by understanding the causes and consequences of brain and mental disorders.Read more about Clinical psychology and clinical neuropsychology
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
Carmela Pestell is a clinician, researcher and lecturer in clinical psychology and neuropsychology, and Director of the Robin Winkler ClinicRead more about Carmela Pestell
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
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.
- 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.