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School of Psychology

Understanding how people think, feel, behave and learn
Driving psychology education, research and clinical services that investigate human behaviour and cognition for positive change. We are the oldest Australian School of Psychology.

The School of Psychology at The University of Sydney is currently ranked 25th in the world for psychology*, and is the oldest School of Psychology in Australia. We are proud of our history and reputation, and believe in pursuing continuous innovation and excellence in our research and teaching.

Psychology is one of the most exciting sciences with many questions that need answers. In the School of Psychology, we strive to build upon our successes in order to make new discoveries and drive positive change.

*QS World University Ranking by Subject, 2018

Key staff

Head of School
Professor Frans Verstraten

Deputy Head of School
Professor Sally Andrews

School Manager
Jessica Morris

News bites

Congratulations to Dr Sally Gainsbury who has been selected to receive an award as part of the 2018 Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in the category of: Outstanding Early Career Research. 

Congratulations to Professor Madeleine King who has been re-awarded grant funding for three years from Cancer Australia. The funding provides infrastructure support to continue work in promoting psychosocial support and patient reported outcome measurement to improve cancer patients' quality of life, through the Psycho-Oncology Co-operative Research Group (PoCoG), and the Quality of Life Office

Congratulations to Professor Caroline Hunt, who has been appointed as the new Chair of the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) Board. APAC is an independent quality and standards organisation, appointed as an external accreditation entity for the Psychology Profession in Australia under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009. 

Become a clinical placement supervisor

We invite expressions of interest to become clinical supervisors for the Master of Clinical Psychology (MCP) and Master of Clinical Psychology and Doctor of Philosophy (MCP/PhD) external clinical placements which take place in the second year of the student's study program, in external hospital and community settings.

Clinical supervisor requirements

Clinical supervisors are required to have the following before providing supervision to students in training:

  • Post-graduate qualifications from an accredited university program;
  • Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) endorsement in clinical psychology
  • At least two years of experience post-endorsement, 
  • Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) approved supervisor for the higher degree pathway. 
  • Formal appointment by the University as "Honorary Associate" clinical supervisor of the School of Psychology.

How do I become a supervisor?

Supervisors must be appointed as an "Honorary Affiliate" to the University of Sydney, with appointments renewed 3-yearly. You are invited to contact the Clinic Director to receive the necessary application documents and outline the application process. In summary this involves:

  1. Completion of the Honorary Title Nomination and Application Form
  2. Submitting your current Curriculum Vitae along with current Photo identification
  3. Providing AHPRA Psyhcology Board Registration number and evidence of clinical endorsement and Psyhcology Board Approved Higher Degree Supervisor status.
  4. Clinical Placement Description form

How is a student allocated to my service?

Students meet individually with the Clinic Director who coordinates placements, to discuss their interests and preferences. The External Placement Orientation also supports students’ understanding and preparation for External Placements. The Clinic Director then makes contact with the nominated Placement Coordinator at the various placement sites to indicate that students are ready to be placed in line with each placement site and supervisor’s local processes. 

Clinical placement requirements

Please note there is a External placement handbook which provides all relevant information regarding the supervision of clinical psychology students. Clinical placements are planned to be 2 days a week for 24 over two periods: January to June and July to December. Supervisors need to complete with the student during various stages of the placement, evaluation forms (contract, mid placement review, end of placement review, trainee's evaluation form and weekly clinical logs). Please note usually the forms are due before the end of the clinical placement, in order to meet University of Sydney deadlines for submission of results.

Supervisors appointed as Honorary Affiliates of the University of Sydney are entitled to some privileges such as a University of Sydney Library card and attendance at Professional Development seminars and School of Psychology Colloquiums.

One means by which we can recompense Supervisors for their labour is by providing on-going training in the form of study days and workshops for the purposes of Continuing Education points. We will advise you of such opportunities as they come up.

Head of School

Professor Frans Verstraten
Professor Frans Verstraten
Academic profile

School of Psychology