The ANU Research School of Psychology is one of the best places in Australia to study psychology.

We received the highest rating for our research performance (a score of 5/5) in the latest round of research excellence evaluations and have been consistently ranked in the top 30 out of thousands of Departments around the world (QS World University Rankings by Subject). Such ratings are important for students because they are measures of teaching and research quality, employability of graduates and international reputation.

We conduct excellent research and teaching right across the various areas of psychology (e.g. clinical, health, cognition, neuroscience, perception, developmental, organisational, social, methods and statistics).

Our dedicated research laboratory facilities include the latest equipment such as EEG (electroencephalogram which detects electrical activity in your brain), eye trackers, driving simulator, an online psychological treatment clinic, and research facilities for children.

Our postgraduate students have access to clinical training through the ANU Psychology Clinic, a treatment and research centre offering specialised psychological services to the community.

We view psychology as offering solutions to many current challenges (e.g. climate adaptation, obesity, mental disorders, prejudice, social cohesion, stress at work) and are committed to translating our research into practice and public policy.

We have strong links with government, business, foundations, hospitals and health practitioners and alumni, creating a vibrant community dedicated to solving problems and improving people's lives.

We aim to impact positively on the lives and careers of our students and Alumni, and on our communities, both nationally and internationally.

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Field sites & facilities

Explore some of the numerous of research sites and facilities established by our research schools in Australia and across the world. Researchers and students at ANU enjoy access to state-of-the-art equipment to help facilitate ground-breaking research.

Research projects

Browse research topics of the College of Science and the College of Health & Medicine with links to relevant researchers.

See our list of potential student projects to apply for PhB, Honours, PhD and other graduate degrees.

Stories

News

Counting the cost of bushfires on children

Experts warn children are among the worst affected when it comes to trauma caused by disasters like Australia’s ongoing bushfires.

News

How memory flaws explain our belief in Santa Claus

Some people have rich and deep memories of seeing Santa visit them in the night. But how can we develop memories that are not real?

Analysis and opinion

Loneliness is a social cancer, every bit as alarming as cancer itself

We believe loneliness is as important an issue as climate change, the economy, or education.

Dr Stewart Sutherland sitting outside.

News

Stolen generations ‘wrongly’ treated for PTSD

Researchers say mental health practitioners are wrongly diagnosing Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander people with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

News

Parenting program for suicide prevention

A national online program is being developed to help support parents who have children that are suicidal or suffering high levels of psychological distress.

Academic profile

Aah, the memories: looking back on an inspiring career in psychology

Where once we might have understood memory to be like a recording device, Professor Loftus has demonstrated that memory is more like a Wikipedia page.

News

Migraine sufferers needlessly enduring agonising pain

Hundreds of thousands of Australians are needlessly enduring days of agony because they don’t know how to prevent migraines, researchers have found.

Research story

Behind the scenes of science

The unsung heroes of science: meet the people who make our research possible.

Dr Tegan Cruwys, ANU Research School of Psychology

Academic profile

Social connections help young people with depression

Dr Cruwys is currently leading a trial program called Groups 4 Health which is being run in partnership with Australian Rotary Health and Headspace.

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