Department of Psychology

Department of Psychology

Department of Psychology

AS PSYCHOLOGISTS, WE SEEK TO UNDERSTAND HOW THE MIND WORKS AND WHY PEOPLE BEHAVE IN THE WAY THEY DO.

The Department of Psychology gives its students unique hands-on learning experiences in first-class facilities, clinics, research centres and labs. The department is recognised internationally for its excellence in research and teaching and offers a range of high-demand postgraduate degrees.

Students taking on psychology will learn about many different aspects of human behaviour, from infant and child development through to social and emotional functioning in old age. The focus is on understanding how human beings feel, learn, think and behave, both individually and with one another in close relationships, social groups, and the workplace.

Public health and community services are some of the fastest-growing job sectors in Australia. At Macquarie, the Department of Psychology prepares graduates to establish careers in every area of life that involves people, including families, organizations, and workplaces that support people who are vulnerable and disadvantaged, including the ageing population.

Renowned academics

The academics at the department are international experts in their fields and have made outstanding contributions to psychology around the world. For example, ARC Australian Laureate Fellow, Professor Ron Rapee, and the Director of the Centre for Emotional health, Professor Jennie Hudson, are leading authorities on anxiety, especially in children.

State-of-the-art facilities

Our research facilities give students the opportunity to be trained under the supervision of experts in a range of psychological topics, including:

  • Perceiving and learning about the world and other people
  • The structure and function of the human brain
  • Lifespan development, from infancy to old age
  • Health and well-being
  • Organisational and applied psychology
  • Personality and social psychology, including close relationships.

The Centre for Emotional Health is one of the leading research centres attached to the department. It specialises in clinical research aimed at bolstering our understanding of emotional disorders, and improving methods of treating them.

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