Join our supportive research community

At the School of Psychology we have several 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.

Discover our research strengths and find a supervisor

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.

Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology)

Delve into health and psychology research and make a significant contribution to areas such as childhood development or mental health issues.

Doctor of Psychology (Clinical)

Interrelated streams of theory, research and practice gives you the skills needed to become a registered psychologist with a focus on clinical psychology.

Find a research supervisor for the following projects:

  • addiction e.g. alcohol, tobacco, gambling
  • antisocial behaviour and risk taking
  • attachment
  • child, adolescent and youth development
  • clinical psychology and mental health
  • cognitive neuroscience
  • neurodevelopmental disorders e.g. autism, ADHD
  • organisational psychology
  • psychological aspects of chronic illness
  • quality of life
  • relationships.

Research well above world standard

Use research to make a difference to health and wellbeing with a leading university. All our psychology and cognitive sciences research is rated ‘well above world standard’ – the highest rating achievable – by Excellence in Research Australia.*

I've gained so much confidence in myself, and been given the space and support to figure out who I want to be and how to get there. Deakin has allowed me to find my strengths.

Emma Stephens

Doctor of Psychology (Clinical)

Deakin offers the ability to take on specialised degrees and areas of study that would be almost impossible at other universities, focusing on not only the content of the degree, but also making the experience itself a valuable one.

Ayoub Bouguettaya

PhD, Psychology

Be part of research that’s above world standard

Staff at the School of Psychology engage in collaborative research with organisations across a wide range of sectors, including government, health services, business and community organisations. Our partners include:

  • Australian Research Council
  • Australian Unity
  • Barwon Health
  • Berry Street
  • Beyondblue
  • Department of Families, Fairness and Housing
  • Department of Health
  • Department of Justice and Community Safety
  • Diabetes Victoria
  • Drummond Street Relationship Centre
  • Eastern Health
  • Football Federation Victoria
  • Headspace (Barwon)
  • MAYO Clinic
  • Medtronic
  • Scope
  • Southern Health
  • St John of God (Geelong)
  • St Jude
  • The Salvation Army
  • Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre
  • Uniting Aged Care
  • Western Australia Police
  • YSAS.

Find a scholarship

Reach your full potential and achieve your career goals with the support of a research degree or PhD scholarship. Our top scholarships recognise and reward students from a range of backgrounds and interest areas.

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*Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 2018 for psychology and cognitive sciences, psychology; and other psychology and cognitive sciences.

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