Prof Gregory Tooley





Office of DVC (Education)


Office of DVC (Education)


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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Statistically modelling the relationships between Type D personality and social support, health behaviors and symptom severity in chronic illness groups

S Horwood, J Anglim, G Tooley

(2016), Vol. 31, pp. 1047-1063, Psychology & health, Abingdon, Eng., C1


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

S Horwood, J Anglim, G 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

S Horwood, D Chamravi, G 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

D Hutchinson, J Macdonald, W Hallam, R Leung, J Toumbourou, R McGee, G Tooley, S Hemphill, H Skouteris, C Olsson

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


Associations between alcohol outlet densities and adolescent alcohol consumption: a study in Australian students

B Rowland, J Toumbourou, L Satyen, G Tooley, J Hall, M Livingston, J Williams

(2014), Vol. 39, pp. 282-288, Addictive behaviors, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


Facilitators' experience of delivering asynchronous and synchronous online interprofessional education

S Evans, T Knight, A Sonderlund, G Tooley

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


Multiple bout rTMS on Spatial Working Memory: a comparison study of two cortical areas

A Pearce, J Lum, S Seth, O Rafael, K Hsu, H Drury, G Tooley

(2014), Vol. 100, pp. 56-59, Biological psychology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


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

D Corp, J Lum, G Tooley, A Pearce

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


Different current intensities of anodal transcranial direct current stimulation do not differentially modulate motor cortex plasticity

D Kidgell, R Daly, K Young, J Lum, G Tooley, S Jaberzadeh, M Zoghi, A Pearce

(2013), Vol. 2013, pp. 1-9, Neural plasticity, New York, N.Y., C1


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

S Evans, A Sonderland, G Tooley

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


Enhancing critical analysis and problem-solving skills in undergraduate psychology: An evaluation of a collaborative learning and problem-based learning approach

G Karantzas, M Avery, S MacFarlane, A Mussap, G Tooley, Z Hazelwood, J Fitness

(2013), Vol. 65, pp. 38-45, Australian journal of psychology, London, Eng., C1-1


Generalising the Cinderella Effect to unintentional childhood fatalities

G Tooley, M Karakis, M Stokes, J Ozanne-Smith

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


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

S Phillips, G Tooley

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


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

P Gaitanis, G Tooley, B Edwards

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


The relationship between childhood injuries and family type

N Richardson, D Higgins, L Bromfield, G Tooley, M Stokes

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


Parental decision-making surrounding complicated births

S Phillips, G Tooley

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


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

S Phillips, G 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, Australia, E1


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

K Short, M McCabe, G 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

N Kennair, G Tooley

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



Australian Competitive Grants

Shaping the future of psychology through developing and assessing graduate attributes using collaborative learning

A/Prof Gery Karantzas, Ms Susie Macfarlane, Prof Gregory Tooley, A/Prof Alexander Mussap, Dr Zoe Hazelwood, Prof Julie Fitness

OLT Innovation and Development Grants - Office for Learning and Teaching

  • 2012: $139,630
  • 2011: $79,270

Industry and Other Funding

Double blinded placebo-controlled trial of the impact of S-adenosyl-L-methionine (SAM-e) on the mood and other symptoms in fibromyalgia.

Prof Gregory Tooley

  • 2007: $20,600

Double blinded placebo controlled trial of topical glucosamine and chondroitin in the treatment of Osteoarthritis of the carpel-metacarpal joint of the hand.

Prof Gregory Tooley

  • 2006: $26,363

Double-blinded placebo-controlled trial of the impact of S-adenosyl-l-methionine (SAM-e) on the mood and other symptoms

Prof Gregory Tooley

  • 2009: $18,182
  • 2008: $36,364
  • 2007: $3,636

The Australian Unity Index of Well-being

Prof Gregory Tooley, Prof Craig Olsson, Prof Helen Skouteris

  • 2014: $206,466

Australian Unity Wellbeing Index (AUWI): Adult Survey 32.0 and Teen Pulse Pilot Study

Prof Craig Olsson, Dr Delyse Hutchinson, Prof Gregory Tooley, Prof Robert Cummins, Dr Ben Richardson, A/Prof Matthew Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, Dr Linda Hartley-Clark, Ms Tanja Capic, Prof Brendan Crotty

  • 2015: $186,800


Principal Supervisor

Sharon Horwood

Thesis entitled: The Influence of Type D Personality on the Onset and Maintenance of Chronic Illness

Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology), School of Psychology


Katrina Frost

Thesis entitled: Cognitive Function in Young People with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Doctor of Psychology (Clinical), School of Psychology


Kelly Mischel

Thesis entitled: Child maltreatment in stepfamilies: The impact of mother¿s dating behaviour.

Doctor of Psychology (Forensic), School of Psychology

Emily Macvean

Thesis entitled: Converting Potential Organ Donors: A Situational Analysis of Australian Physicians

Doctor of Psychology (Health), School of Psychology


Stacey Cotton

Thesis entitled: Psychological Profiling of Tasmanian Police Officers using the COPS

Doctor of Psychology (Clinical), School of Psychology

Dion Nowoweiski

Thesis entitled: Family Dynamics and the Risks for Child Maltreatment of Stepchildren

Doctor of Psychology (Clinical), School of Psychology

Laura Younis

Thesis entitled: Cognitive Functioning in Adolescents with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Doctor of Psychology (Health), School of Psychology

Daniel Rylatt

Thesis entitled: Non-retinal Light Stimulation and the Human Biological Clock

Doctor of Psychology (Clinical), School of Psychology


Jonathon Burt

Thesis entitled: The Relationship between Stress and the Symptomatology of Fibromyalgia

Doctor of Psychology (Health), School of Psychology


Luke Barisic

Thesis entitled: Human Mate Selection across the Lifespan

Master of Arts (Psychology), School of Psychology


Benjamin Jones

Thesis entitled: Child Physical Abuse (CPA): Exploring Cognitive Factors from an Evolutionary Perspective

Doctor of Psychology (Forensic), School of Psychology


Sarah Nowoweiski

Thesis entitled: Mothers' and Fathers' Experiences of Complicated Childbirth

Doctor of Psychology (Health), School of Psychology

Associate Supervisor

Daniel Corp

Thesis entitled: The Effect of Dual-Tasking on Motor Cortex Activity

Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology), School of Psychology


Christopher Cott

Thesis entitled: The Potential Utility of Daoist Theory and Practice in Psychology

Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology), School of Psychology


Gavin Ross Abbott

Thesis entitled: Schizotypy and Diminished Subjective Wellbeing: Social Cognition and Affect

Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology), School of Psychology


Renee Bear

Thesis entitled: Subjective Wellbeing Maintenance: Investigating Depression as Suppressed Homeostatically Protected Mood

Doctor of Psychology (Clinical), School of Psychology

Johann Ponnampalam

Thesis entitled: Trade-offs and Implicit Preferences in Human Mate Preferences

Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology), School of Psychology