Prof Gregory Tooley



Head Of School


Faculty of Health


School of Psychology


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Bachelor of Behavioural Sciences, La Trobe University, 1989
Master of Clinical Psychology, Deakin University, 1996
Doctor of Philosophy, Deakin University, 2001


Research interests

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


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Type D personality and the Five-Factor Model : a facet-level analysis

Dr Sharon Horwood, Dr Jeromy Anglim, Prof Gregory Tooley

(2015), Vol. 83, pp. 50-54, Personality and Individual Differences, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


Examining the prevalence of type-D personality in an Australian population

Dr Sharon Horwood, Mr Daniel Chamravi, Prof Gregory Tooley

(2015), Vol. 50, pp. 212-218, Australian psychologist, St. Lucia, Qld., C1


The role of a care-orientation in the teens in young adult psychosocial wellbeing

Dr Delyse Hutchinson, Dr Jacqui Macdonald, Mr Bill Hallam, Dr Rachel Leung, Prof John Toumbourou, Prof Rob McGee, Prof Gregory Tooley, Prof Sheryl Ann Hemphill, Prof Helen Skouteris, Prof Craig Olsson

(2015), Vol. 16, pp. 1-26, Journal of Happiness Studies, New York, N.Y., C1


Corticospinal activity during dual tasking: a systematic review and meta-analysis of TMS literature from 1995 to 2013

Mr Daniel Corp, Dr Jarrad Lum, Prof Gregory Tooley, Dr Alan Pearce

(2014), Vol. 43, pp. 74-87, Neuroscience and biobehavioral reviews, Oxford, England, C1


Facilitators' experience of delivering asynchronous and synchronous online interprofessional education

Mrs Sherryn Evans, A/Prof Tess Knight, Mr Anders Sonderlund, Prof Gregory Tooley

(2014), Vol. 36, pp. 1051-1056, Medical teacher, London, England, C1


Effectiveness of online interprofessional education in improving students' attitudes and knowledge associated with interprofessional practice

Mrs Sherryn Evans, Anders Sonderland, Prof Gregory Tooley

(2013), Vol. 14, pp. 12-20, Focus on health professional education : a multi-disciplinary journal, Adelaide, S. A., C1


Generalising the Cinderella Effect to unintentional childhood fatalities

Prof Gregory Tooley, Mari Karakis, A/Prof Mark Stokes, Joan Ozanne-Smith

(2006), Vol. 27, pp. 224-230, Evolution and human behavior, New York, N.Y., C1


Physical activity, emotional stress, sleep disturbances, and daily fluctuations in chronic fatigue symptomatology

Mr Peter Gaitanis, Prof Gregory Tooley, Dr Benjamin Edwards

(2005), Vol. 10, pp. 69-82, Journal of applied biobehavioral research, Columbia, Md., C1


Improving child and family outcomes following complicated births requiring admission to neonatal intensive care units

Sarah J Phillips, Prof Gregory Tooley

(2005), Vol. 20, pp. 431-442, Sexual and relationship therapy, Abingdon, England, C1


The relationship between childhood injuries and family type

Nick Richardson, Dr Daryl Higgins, Dr Leah Bromfield, Prof Gregory Tooley, A/Prof Mark Stokes

(2005), pp. 44-49, Family matters, Melbourne, Vic., C1


Parental decision-making surrounding complicated births: the impact on parent-infant and infant-marital relationships

Sarah J Phillips, Prof Gregory Tooley

(2004), pp. 96-101, Relationship transitions : proceedings of the Australian Psychology Society's Psychology of Relationships Interest Group 4th annual conference : Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, Australia, 13th - 14th November 2004, Melbourne, Vic., E1


Parental decision-making surrounding complicated births

Sarah J Phillips, Prof Gregory Tooley

(2004), pp. 230-234, Proceedings of the 39th APS Annual Conference: Psychological Science in Action, Melbourne, Vic, E1


Cognitive functioning in chronic fatigue syndrome and the role of depression, anxiety and fatigue

Keryn Short, Prof Marita Mc Cabe, Prof Gregory Tooley

(2002), Vol. 52, pp. 475-483, Journal of psychosomatic research, New York, NY, C1


Parents influence in adult children`s long-term relationships: an evolutionary perspective

Ms Nicola Kennair, Prof Gregory Tooley

(2002), pp. 26-35, Relationships : at home and abroad : proceedings of the 2nd Australasian Psychology of Relationships Conference, 16th-17th November, 2002, Melbourne, Vic., E1