Research School of Psychology

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.

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

Stories

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Analysis and opinion

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Dr Amy Dawel is a cognitive and clinical psychologist at the Research School of Psychology at ANU. Image: Jamie Kidston

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