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.

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.

For a list of potential student projects to apply for PhB, Honours, PhD and other graduate degrees, please refer to the student projects page.

Stories

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.

Academic profile

Vanquishing prejudice takes practice

Jessica Halem’s job at Harvard Medical School is to alleviate suffering. But she’s not a doctor.

Program participants doing yoga in the Alexander Maconochie Centre

Analysis and opinion

First-ever Australian study shows how yoga can improve the lives of prisoners

A small group of male prisoners has participated in an eight-week yoga program at the Alexander Maconochie Centre, which houses all adult prisoners in Canberra.

Research story

Could you survive a trip to Mars?

At a recent public lecture, Dr Emma Tucker posed a question to the audience: who would like to travel to space?

Student blog

Do you have imposter syndrome?

“Hello, I’m Not-Clever-Enough-To-Have-A-PhD. What’s your name?”

Research story

Baby did a lab, lab thing: the families being studied for science

What’s it like to be studied by researchers for your entire life – including in your own home?

Analysis and opinion

If we want students to feel safe at school, we can't encourage teachers to spot potential extremists

We must be cautious when promoting kneejerk responses to complex issues, particularly when it involves the welfare and future of children.

Research story

The truth about truthiness

“The really cool thing about this is … ,” she begins, before stopping herself mid-sentence. “No, wait. I should say, it’s the really disturbing thing.”

Academic profile

Surgeon makes the cut as new Dean

Meet the new Dean of the ANU College of Health and Medicine: Professor Russell Gruen.

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