Professor Tooley's research is primarily driven by the evolutionary approach to understanding human behaviour. This approach is underpinned by the idea that human cognition, emotion and behaviour are as much a product of evolutionary pressures as is human physiology. His most recent work has focussed on the relationship between family structure and child abuse and neglect, and gender differences in parenting and sexual behaviour.
Professor Tooley also has a strong clinical and research track record in the field of behavioural medicine. He is a Director of the Integrative Health Research Unit with a particular focus on understanding and evaluating treatments for poorly understood conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia.
L. J. Younis and G. Tooley (2009). Cognitive Function in Adolescents and Young Adults with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome The 4th IiME International ME/CFS Conference Management, Treatments and the Latest Advances in Research into ME/CFS 2009
Tooley, G.A., Karakis, M., Stokes, M. & Ozanne-Smith, J (2006). Increased risk of unintentional fatal injury in Australian children: the value of evolutionary theory to the study of modern human behaviour. Society of Australasian Social Psychologists 35th Annual Conference, Canberra
Tooley, G.A., Karakis, M., Stokes, M. & Ozanne-Smith, J (2005). Generalising the Cinderella effect to unintentional childhood fatalities. International Conference on Evolution and Human Behaviour, Austin, TX Human Behavior and Evolution Society.
Ponnampalam, J., Stokes, M & Tooley, G.A. (2005) Gender differences in sexual jealousy: reengaging the debate International Conference on Evolution and Human Behaviour, Austin, TX: Human Behavior and Evolution Society.
Phillips, S. J. & Tooley, G. A. (2004). Parental Decision-Making surrounding Complicated Births: The Impact on Parent-Infant and Infant-Marital Relationships APS Psychology of Relationships Conference Proceedings, Sydney: Australian Psychological Society