Clinical Psychology research conducted by staff in the School broadly examines the psychological, sociocultural, emotional, intellectual, neuropsychological and behavioural aspects of human functioning in an effort to promote understanding of various disorders, evidence based treatments, healthy development and adjustment. Academic staff members have interests and expertise in many different areas of adult and child clinical psychology and neuropsychology, which include anxiety and mood disorders, aggression and antisocial problems, eating disorders, problem gambling, chronic pain and adjustment, memory disorders, mediators of cognitive decline in older adults as well as expertise in qualitative enquiry.

Training and research clinics provide assessment and intervention for a range of presentations for the university and broader community, as well as facilitating research. Specialist clinics within the School include the Psychology Clinic, the Child Behaviour Research Clinic, the Gambling Research Clinic and the Healthy Brain Ageing Clinic.

Professor Alex Blaszczynski Professor Louise Sharpe
  • Pathalogical gambling
  • Impulse control behaviours
  • Mental models of risk
  • Post-traumatic stress
  • Internet addiction
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  • The efficacy of cognitive and/or behavioural treatments in the management of chronic pain and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Understanding the process of adjustment in patients with rheumatoid arthritis and other illnesses
  • The role of hypervigilance in the development, maintenance, prevention and treatment of chronic pain
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Professor Stephen Touyz Associate Professor Maree Abbott
  • Eating disorders from the perspective of:
  • clinical psychology
  • psychiatry
  • neuropsychology
  • behavioural medicine
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  • Anxiety and cognition
  • Rumination in social phobia
  • Intrusive thoughts, worry and generalized anxiety
  • Perfectionism and procrastination
  • Overeating/binge eating
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Professor Mark Dadds Professor Caroline Hunt
  • Understanding factors involved in school-based bullying
  • Anxiety, including models of pathological worry, procrastination
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Associate Professor Sunny Lah Associate Professor Paul Rhodes
  • Neuropsychological rehabilitation
  • Nature and mechanism of neuropsychological disorders arising from brain insults
  • Memory deficits in neurological disorders
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  • Reflective Practice & the Personal Development of Therapists
  • Community-based approaches to clinical psychology
  • Family-based treatment of anorexia nervosa
  • Feminism, embodiment and anorexia nervosa
  • Family-based approaches to developmental disabilities
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Dr Marianna Szabo Associate Professor David Hawes
  • Worry: relationship with problem solving and decision making; other cognitive aspects
  • Children: developmental aspects of worry, anxiety and depression
  • Depression
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  • Child psychopathology & conduct problems
  • Parenting practices & behavioural parent training
  • Psychopathy and callous-unemotional traits
  • Child temperament, emotion processing, and empathy
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Associate Professor Ilona Juraskova Dr Niko Tiliopoulos
  • Doctor-patient-family communication
  • Development and evaluation of decision-making resources
  • Psychosexual adjustment and quality of life
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  • Personality disorders - cluster A in the DSM-IV-TR
  • Psychology & psychopathology of religion & spirituality
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Dr Helen Paterson Associate Professor David Allsop
Dr Sally Gainsbury Dr Frances Houwing
  • Disordered gambling and addictions
  • Internet risk taking and problematic use
  • Internet gaming addiction
  • Internet treatment
  • Harm minimisation, responsible gambling and prevention
  • Warning signs
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  • Developmental psychopathology
  • Parenting practices (including discipline practices), and parent training
  • Social cognitive theory (e.g., investigating moral disengagement, and self-efficacy)
  • Childhood emotional problems (e.g., excessive anxiety) and behavioural problems
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