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UON ranked in the world's top 150 for Psychology

The University of Newcastle (UON) Australia's psychology discipline has ranked in the top 150 in the world, confirmed by the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017. The excellent work of UON’s Pyschology researchers and staff is attributed to the ranking improving over 50 places from the top 200 in 2016.

Associate Professor Frini Karayanidis

Professor Frini Karayanidis,
School of Psychology

In addition to its innovative and globally recognised research, expanding international alliances have attributed to psychology at UON’s world ranking, with two of the discipline’s leading researchers, Professor Frini Karayanidis and Associate Professor Juanita Todd, co-chairing the 2016 Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society (ACNS) Conference, held in Newcastle last November. The event attracted over 200 delegates from the Asia-Pacific region, who attended more than 90 oral presentations encompassing the Society’s primary research focus, the scientific study of the biological or brain foundations of mental processes and behaviour.

Associate Professor Karayanidis is also a key contributor to the growth of the discipline’s research profile, with almost $900K in research funding secured in recent months. Associate Professor Karayanidis was awarded $492,500 by the Australian Research Council to lead her Discovery Project, commencing this year, which aims to model trajectories of cognitive control in adolescents and young adults. Additionally, cognitive modelling specialist, Dr Guy Hawkins, was awarded a $365,000 Discovery Early Career Researcher Award by the Australian Research Council to support his research, titled ‘Cognitive models of mental architectures in consumer preference’.

Psychology academics at UON provide world-class mentorship to the discipline’s forthcoming generation of researchers, which aids the continuation of advanced research practices, whilst ensuring academic potential is achieved. An example of this is Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) student, Fatima Azam, receiving the 2016 Australian Psychological Society’s (APS) Peace prize at the 2016 International APS Congress in Melbourne, in recognition of her exploration into the social psychological factors affecting people’s view of societal diversity.

Working closely with leading social psychology expert, Dr Stefania Paolini, Fatima’s investigations into the dynamics in non-Muslim women’s responses to an educational Muslim-led hijab stall run on university campuses attracted widespread praise from international peers at the Congress. The study’s originality and contribution to facilitating peace between Muslims and non-Muslims within the community was commended, with the findings offering greater insight into the social psychological factors which continue to impact and divide societal groups both locally and globally.

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