The University of Newcastle, Australia

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 2018.

The scientific study of the human brain and how it impacts the way we act and why, is a complex and fascinating field. Psychological Science is a rapidly growing and rewarding career path, with strong job growth predicted over the coming years. With some of the world’s top academics at the University of Newcastle, our mentors are guiding the next generation of researchers through their studies.

The University of Newcastle has a strong record of research performance in four key research areas:

  • clinical and health psychology
  • social and organisational psychology
  • cognitive psychology
  • neuroscience

In addition to providing guidance for undergraduate study, the Psychology Clinic at both Callaghan and Ourimbah campuses offers postgraduate students a training facility for their Master of Clinical Psychology degree. The clinic also provides a much-needed service to the community, providing programs and assessments to individuals, families and children.

Services like these wouldn’t be possible without the support of our innovative leaders.

Associate Professor Juanita Todd, School of Psychology

While innovative and globally-recognised research is the foundation of the Psychology discipline, expanding international alliances remains a core focus for our academics. Strong partnerships with international leaders in a variety of psychological fields result in new discoveries that have the ability to impact across the globe.

In 2016, Professor Frini Karayanidis and Associate Professor Juanita Todd co-chaired the Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society (ACNS) Conference which attracted over 200 delegates from the Asia-Pacific region. This event provided the ideal setting for networking and relationship building with some of the world’s brightest researchers.

In addition, Professor Karayanidis and Professor Todd recently attended the 3rd International Conference for Cognitive Neuroscience (ICON) in Amsterdam. Both presented to the inter-disciplinary audience which offered the opportunity to showcase the University of Newcastle’s current research and hear presentations from prominent researchers in the area.

Professor Karayanidis is also a key contributor to the growth of the discipline’s research profile, with almost $900,000 in research funding secured in recent months.

Social psychologist Associate Professor Stefania Paolini’s has a keen interest in what creates, or ameliorates, prejudice, discrimination and stereotyping between groups on opposing sides of an issue.

In 2016, psychology student Fatima Azam was awarded the 2016 Australian Psychological Society’s (APS) Peace Prize for her exploration of the social psychological factors affecting people’s view of societal diversity.

Fatima worked closely with Dr Paolini, investigating the dynamics in non-Muslim women’s responses to an educational Muslim-led hijab stall run on university campuses. The study lead to widespread praise, with the findings offering greater insight into the social psychological factors which continue to impact and divide societal groups both locally and globally.

Dr Paolini has also collaborated with University of Arizona Communication Professor Jake Harwood on an investigation into cultural diversity through the use of music. The research revealed that people who value diversity are more likely to enjoy listening to music from other cultures, which in turn, advances one’s pro-diversity beliefs.

As leaders in the Psychological Science field, Professor Karayanidis, Associate Professor Todd and Dr Paolini are some of the top researchers and educators at the University of Newcastle. Alongside other academics, their dedication and guidance has led to us being ranked in the top 150 in the world.

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