Clinical Psychology research conducted by staff in the School broadly examines the psychological, sociocultural, emotional, intellectual, neuropsychological and behavioural aspects of human functioning in an effort to promote understanding of various disorders, evidence based treatments, healthy development and adjustment. Academic staff members have interests and expertise in many different areas of adult and child clinical psychology and neuropsychology, which include anxiety and mood disorders, aggression and antisocial problems, eating disorders, problem gambling, chronic pain and adjustment, memory disorders, mediators of cognitive decline in older adults as well as expertise in qualitative enquiry.

Training and research clinics provide assessment and intervention for a range of presentations for the university and broader community, as well as facilitating research. Specialist clinics within the School include the Psychology Clinic, the Child Behaviour Research Clinic, the Gambling Research Clinic and the Healthy Brain Ageing Clinic.

Professor Alex Blaszczynski Professor Louise Sharpe
  • Pathalogical gambling
  • Impulse control behaviours
  • Mental models of risk
  • Post-traumatic stress
  • Internet addiction
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  • The efficacy of cognitive and/or behavioural treatments in the management of chronic pain and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Understanding the process of adjustment in patients with rheumatoid arthritis and other illnesses
  • The role of hypervigilance in the development, maintenance, prevention and treatment of chronic pain
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Professor Stephen Touyz Associate Professor Maree Abbott
  • Eating disorders from the perspective of:
  • clinical psychology
  • psychiatry
  • neuropsychology
  • behavioural medicine
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  • Anxiety and cognition
  • Rumination in social phobia
  • Intrusive thoughts, worry and generalized anxiety
  • Perfectionism and procrastination
  • Overeating/binge eating
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Professor Mark Dadds Professor Caroline Hunt
  • Understanding factors involved in school-based bullying
  • Anxiety, including models of pathological worry, procrastination
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Associate Professor Sunny Lah Associate Professor Paul Rhodes
  • Neuropsychological rehabilitation
  • Nature and mechanism of neuropsychological disorders arising from brain insults
  • Memory deficits in neurological disorders
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  • Reflective Practice & the Personal Development of Therapists
  • Community-based approaches to clinical psychology
  • Family-based treatment of anorexia nervosa
  • Feminism, embodiment and anorexia nervosa
  • Family-based approaches to developmental disabilities
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Associate Professor David Hawes Associate Professor Ilona Juraskova
  • Child psychopathology & conduct problems
  • Parenting practices & behavioural parent training
  • Psychopathy and callous-unemotional traits
  • Child temperament, emotion processing, and empathy
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  • Doctor-patient-family communication
  • Development and evaluation of decision-making resources
  • Psychosexual adjustment and quality of life
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Professor Sally Andrews Professor Sharon Naismith
  • Reading disability
  • Reading/language impairments in developmental or neuropsychological disorders
  • Using reading to track age-related cognitive impairment
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Associate Professor Ben Colagiuri Dr Frances Doyle
  • Placebo and nocebo effects
  • Expectancy and treatment interactions
  • Cue-induced craving for food and other drugs
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  • Developmental psychopathology
  • Parenting practices (including discipline practices), and parent training
  • Social cognitive theory (e.g., investigating moral disengagement, and self-efficacy)
  • Childhood emotional problems (e.g., excessive anxiety) and behavioural problems
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Dr Sally Gainsbury Dr Micah B. Goldwater
  • Disordered gambling and addictions
  • Internet risk taking and problematic use
  • Internet gaming addiction
  • Internet treatment
  • Harm minimisation, responsible gambling and prevention
  • Warning signs
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  • Understanding the commonalities and differences in cognitive and neural development between children with and without mental health issues
  • Effects of stressful and impoverished home environments on child development, particularly on cognitive, neural, and educational outcomes
  • How to improve transfer from is learned and experienced in therapy to the "real-world"
  • Seedling Lab
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Associate Professor Irina Harris Dr Fiona Hibberd
  • A critical review of the network theory of mental disorders
  • Integrating models of psychotherapy
  • Reviewing assumptions that underpin psychotherapeutic practices
  • The DSM: classification and definition
  • How philosophies of science inform clinical research and practice
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Professor Alex Holcombe Dr Ian Johnston
  • Attentional biases and attentional mechanisms
  • Disorders of visual imagery and visual memory
  • Visual snow
  • Palinopsia (persisting afterimages)
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  • Using virtual reality tools to assess and treat mood and cognitive disorders.
  • Assessing a smart-phone app delivered alcohol sobriety program.
  • Assessing the effect of junk food on self-control, and its role in obesity.
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Associate Professor Carolyn MacCann Dr Caroline Moul
  • Emotion regulation
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Coping
  • Appraisal theories of emotion
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  • Psychopathy – the cognitive, neural and genetic roots
  • Anxiety from a perspective of basic cognitive function (associative learning and attention)
  • Childhood obesity – psychological perspectives
  • Seedling Lab
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Dr Helen Paterson Dr Marianna Szabo
  • Worry: relationship with problem solving and decision making; other cognitive aspects
  • Children: developmental aspects of worry, anxiety and depression
  • Depression
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Dr Niko Tiliopoulos
  • Personality disorders - cluster A in the DSM-IV-TR
  • Psychology & psychopathology of religion & spirituality
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