Topics available for supervision

We will consider any research topic that interests potential PhD students; however, students will benefit from researching in areas that align with the our research strengths. Please find a relevant supervisor to discuss your PhD topic.

Alternatively the following lists many of the current projects being offered; you may contact one of our academics below to discuss your area of interest.

Clinical and health psychology

Topic Supervisor/s

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

  • ACT and CBT in psychosis
Associate Professor John Farhall
  • Processes of change in contextual psychotherapies
Dr Eric Morris

Children's mental health (aetiology, prevention, treatment, Cool Little Kids program)

Dr Jordana Bayer

Body image and eating behaviours

 
  • Early development, prevention and intervention
Professor Susan Paxton, Professor Eleanor Wertheim
  • Eating disorders - community attitudes and stigma
Professor Susan Paxton

Forgiveness - associated factors, evaluating an online forgiveness program

Professor Eleanor Wertheim

Gay and Lesbian couple relationships – enhancing relationships

Dr Chris Pepping

Inter- and intrahemispheric processing in people with normal but high levels of autism and schizotypal traits

Dr Annukka Lindell

LGBT populations - well-being and access to services

Dr Chris Pepping

Mental health services - Translating innovative treatments from research into practice in public mental health services

Associate Professor John Farhall

Mindfulness, acceptance, compassion, perspective taking, and values-driven behaviour

Dr Eric Morris, Dr Chris Pepping

Psychosis

 
  • Hallucinations, delusions, overvalued ideas and related phenomena
Associate Professor John Farhall
  • Interventions, including e-resources, to support the recovery of people living with psychosis and support family members
Associate Professor John Farhall
  • Understanding and treating psychosis using psychological models
Dr Eric Morris

Single-case and small-N research design and evaluation

Dr Eric Morris

Stigma of Mental Illness and methods to reduce it

Associate Professor Art Stukas

Cognitive and developmental psychology

TopicSupervisor/s

Autism Spectrum Disorders

 
  • Attention and perception in autism spectrum disorders
Dr Philippe Chouinard, Professor Sheila Crewther
  • Autism spectrum disorders in infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers
Dr Kristell Hudry
  • Early intervention for Autism spectrum disorders and support for parents and families
Dr Kristell Hudry
  • Autism spectrum disorder from early childhood to adulthood
Dr Amanda Richdale
  • Development in autism from infancy through to adulthood
Professor Cheryl Dissanayake
  • Early identification and diagnosis and early intervention
Professor Cheryl Dissanayake

Cognition

 
  • Cognitive and behavioural neuroscience
Professor Sheila Crewther
  • Cognitive and visual neuroscience
Dr Robin Laycock

Language, language impairment and child language acquisition

Professor Edith Bavin

Nature-nurture interactions in humans and animals – their underlying molecular and physiological mechanisms

Professor Sheila Crewther

Perceptual conscious awareness and visual illusions

Dr Philippe Chouinard

Psycholinguistics

Dr Annukka Lindell

Sleep in autism and other developmental disorders

Dr Amanda Richdale

Visual processing in children, adults, and neurodevelopmental disorders

Professor Sheila Crewther, Dr Philippe Chouinard

Neuroscience and neuropsychology

TopicSupervisor/s

Attention and perception in autism spectrum disorders

Dr Philippe Chouinard, Professor Sheila Crewther

Dementia: Neuropsychological and biomarker characterisation of the preclinical stages; Cognitive interventions

Dr Kerryn Pike

Laterality - left and right hemisphere language, emotion, and face processing

Dr Annukka Lindell

Left cheek bias for emotion perception and production: causes and consequences

Dr Annukka Lindell

Neuroaesthetics

Dr Annukka Lindell

Neuronal mechanisms controlling emotional behaviour

Dr Matthew Hale

Neuropsychological impairment – consequences for the individual and family, using a framework of cognitive neuropsychology and memory

Professor Glynda Kinsella

Neuropsychiatric disorders - effects on language and neuropsychological functions

Professor Simon Crowe

Neurotransmitter mechanisms – modelling related to schizophrenia and methamphetamine psychosis

Professor Maarten van den Buuse

Psychoneuroimmunology; in particular investigating the anti-inflammatory and antidepressant effects of  calorie restriction

Dr Stephen Kent

Sex differences and the effect of estrogen and testosterone in psychiatric illness

Professor Maarten van den Buuse

Stress and young-adult neurodevelopment - relevance to psychiatric illness

Professor Maarten van den Buuse

Social psychology

TopicSupervisor/s

Anti-intellectualism

Dr Mathew Marques

Close Relationships

Associate Professor Art Stukas

Culture, psychological threat, acculturation

Associate Professor Emiko Kashima

Human-animal relationships

Dr Pauleen Bennett

Interpersonal conflict and responding to transgressions

Professor Eleanor Wertheim

Interventions to Protect the Self: self-affirmation, best possible selves

Associate Professor Art Stukas

Neurononsense - influences of irrelevant scientific content on lay perceptions

Dr Annukka Lindell

Self-fulfilling effects of interpersonal expectations; self-verification of self-views

Associate Professor Art Stukas

Singles research – reasons for remaining single and singles' wellbeing

Dr Chris Pepping

Stigma and prejudice, broadly construed

Associate Professor Art Stukas

Emotions, morality, and perceptions of science and pseudoscience

Dr Mathew Marques

Underdogs and Tall Poppies - what leads to support for those in low and high status positions

Dr Mathew Marques

Volunteerism and Community Involvement; Prosocial behaviour, social action

Associate Professor Art Stukas