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

Dr Sharon Horwood, Dr Jeromy Anglim, Prof Gregory Tooley

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


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


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

Dr Bosco Rowland, Prof John Toumbourou, Dr Lata Satyen, Prof Gregory Tooley, Miss Jessica Hall, Mr Michael John Livingston, A/Prof Jo Williams

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


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

Dr Alan Pearce, Dr Jarrad Lum, Miss Sunaina Seth, Miss Olivia Rafael, Mr Ken Hsu, Miss Hannah Bereznicki, Prof Gregory Tooley

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


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

Dr Dawson Kidgell, Prof Robin Daly, Miss Kayleigh Young, Dr Jarrad Lum, Prof Gregory Tooley, Dr Shapour Jaberzadeh, Dr Maryam Zoghi, Dr Alan 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

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


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

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

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


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



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


Data will be available in 2017