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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 (Acting)
Edwina Jones

News bites

Dr Helen Paterson features as one of several researchers working at the forefront of memory research in this special episode of ABC's Catalyst. Watch the episode now.

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. 

Head of School

Professor Frans Verstraten
Professor Frans Verstraten
Academic profile

School of Psychology