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:

  • 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

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)

The Centre for Social and Early Emotional Development (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 Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes (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

Cognitive Neuroscience Unit

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 Deakin Child Study Centre (DCSC).

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

Science of Adult Relationships Laboratory

Research conducted at Science of Adult Relationships Laboratory (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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