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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
Edwina Jones

News bites

We are delighted to have received funding for the following projects, commencing in 2019.

  • Sharon Naismith & Michael Barnett. Triple therapy prevention of Recurrent Intracerebral Disease EveNts Trial (TRIDENT) - Cognitive sub-study. $1,416,383
  • Michael Bowen & Mary Collins. Characterising and exploiting δ subunit-containing GABA-A receptors as novel targets for treating social disorders. $634,841
  • Janette Vardy & Haryana Dhillon. CHALLENGE: Colon Health And Life Long Exercise ChaNGE. $1,121,891
  • John Kwok, Anthony Don, Carol Dobson-Stone, Ramon Landin-Romero, Woojin Kim & Boris Guennewig. Mutations in genes causal of white matter disease and dysregulation of lipid metabolism in frontotemporal dementias. $600,357
  • Jonathon Arnold, Jennifer Kearney, Samuel Banister & Iain S. McGregor. Preclinical development of cannabis-derived medicines for drug-resistant epilepsy. $747,389

We are delighted to have received funding for the following projects, commencing in 2019.

  • Evan Livesey, Justin Harris, Irina Harris & Carlo Miniussi. Learning to stop: linking intra-cortical inhibition to response control. $553,306
  • David Alais, David Burr & Maria Morrone. Temporal context in perception: serial dependence and rhythmic oscillations. $452,593
  • Sally Andrews, Erik Reichle & Denis Drieghe. Tracking towards a complete model of skilled reading comprehension. $366,513
  • Bart Anderson & Ko Nishino. Perceiving and misperceiving the causes of optical structure. $365,709
  • Johannes Pols, Catharine Coleborne, Paul Rhodes, & Professor Anthony Harris. The development of Australian community psychiatry. $233,000

Congratulations to Professor Sharon Naismith on receiving the 2018 Society for Mental Health Research (SMHR) Oration Award, for outstanding committment to and achievements in psychiatric research. Congratulations Sharon!

Read about Sharon's research on sleep as the new frontier in dementia prevention here.   

Head of School

Professor Frans Verstraten
Professor Frans Verstraten
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School of Psychology


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