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 word, 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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98% employment among graduates

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

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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 


The School is home to three collaborative research centres.


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

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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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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Anxious people respond worst to bushfire threat
Thu, 6 Dec 2018

Research from The University of Western Australia has found people who are anxious or easily stressed are less likely to be well prepared or respond well to bushfires.

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Can you judge a book by its cover: twins needed for study
Mon, 3 Sep 2018

Researchers at The University of Western Australia are recruiting twins for a study to determine whether genetics play a part in trusting someone based on first impressions.

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Angry people might not be as smart as they think they are
Mon, 13 Aug 2018

People who are quick to lose their temper are more likely to overestimate their own intelligence, a new study from The University of Western Australia and the University of Warsaw in Poland has found.

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