Research

At the School of Psychology we have seven research centres, each one working closely with numerous external organisations to translate research into action.

These partnerships provide our research students with exceptional opportunities to work on meaningful programs that make a real difference.


Study a research degree with us

Deakin offers an exciting program of research in psychology with expert supervisors, connected to national and international research teams.

Our research degrees match a variety of career plans and personal circumstances, and you can study on or off campus, full time or part time.

We currently have research degree supervisors available in:

  • adolescent health 
  • auditory and visual perception
  • body image and disordered eating 
  • clinical, health and forensic psychology 
  • drugs and alcohol 
  • eye-witness testimony 
  • healthy ageing and depression among older people
  • human sexuality
  • organisational psychology in health care settings
  • psychological aspects of living with chronic illness e.g. diabetes
  • quality of life 
  • relationships 
  • risk behaviours 
  • social and mental health 
  • treatment of offenders.

If you'd like to study a master's or PhD at the School of Psychology, first learn how to become a research student, then contact a supervisor directly.

Find out how to become a research degree student

Our research centres

Centre for Social and Early Emotional Development (SEED)

SEED is the School of Psychology's strategic research centre. At SEED, our researchers focus on the emotional milestones of children and young people – from birth to adulthood. 

Projects include early identification of problematic development, effective treatments and supporting recovery from difficult beginnings or traumatic events.

Find out more about SEED

Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes (ACBRD)

The ACBRD explores what it's like to live with diabetes and works to raise awareness of diabetes across Australia. 

It's a national research centre that provides invaluable resources to clinicians and researchers, and has a significant impact on policy. 

Visit the ACBRD website

Australian Centre on Quality of Life

The concept of quality of life is steadily gaining influence in academia and governments. Quality of life offers many different disciplines a new way to measure success.

Researchers at the centre combine the objective measures of health and wealth with the subjective feeling of wellbeing.

Visit the Australian Centre of Quality of Life website

Centre for Investigative Interviewing (CII)

Research and training go hand-in-hand at the Centre for Investigative Interviewing – the perfect example of direct knowledge translation. The team conducts research and/or runs courses in five key areas:

  • interviewing of children and other vulnerable witnesses
  • police interviewing of adult witnesses
  • medical interviewing and health/diet communication
  • interviewing children in the family court setting
  • detecting deception during interviews.

Visit the Centre for Investigative Interviewing website

Cognitive Neuroscience Unit (CNU)

Eligible fourth-year undergraduate and postgraduate psychology students at Deakin have access to the latest neuroscience research equipment thanks to our Cognitive Neuroscience Unit (CNU).

Researchers here investigate the relationship between brain function, behaviour and cognition.

Find out more about CNU

Deakin Child Study Centre (DCSC)

Autism, Asperger's syndrome and Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are the key areas of research at the DCSC.

The centre's research draws from many different disciplines and feeds into a number of courses across the Faculty of Health.

e-Mental Health Unit (e-MHU)

Our e-Mental Health Unit is leading the way in furthering the use of communication technology in mental health.

The team splits its time between creating apps and online services for those on the mental health spectrum and developing new research methods that use ICT.

Find out more about e-MHU

Science of Adult Relationships Laboratory (SoAR)

Research conducted at SoAR is guided by widely-studied theoretical approaches in the relationship sciences. 

Our team of researches studies relationships across the entire span of adulthood, including the transition to young adulthood.

Find out more about SoAR

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