Psychology at Western

The Psychology Discipline at Western Sydney University is concentrated in three connected workgroups in the School of Social Sciences and Psychology. These groups are Clinical Psychology and Therapy Studies, Psychology: Behavioural Science and Psychology: Human Behaviour. Psychology in the School is closely linked with the MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development and the Centre for Health Research.

Key Staff Roles

Head of Discipline (Psychology)
Professor Craig McGarty
Director of Academic Program Clinical Psychology and Therapy studies
Assoc Prof Sheridan Linnell
Director of Academic Program Psychology: Human Behaviour
Dr Phoebe Bailey
Director of Academic Program Psychology: Behavioural Science
Dr Michael Tyler
Clinical and Health Psychology Research Initiative
Prof Tanya Meade
Leader Foundational Processes of Behaviour Research Laboratories
Assoc Prof Gabrielle Weidemann
Director of Psychology Clinics and Academic Group Leader for Clinical and Professional Psychology
Professor Craig Gonsalvez
Professor of Psychology and Director of Research and Engagement for MARCS
Professor Kate Stevens
Fourth Year (non-Honours) and Graduate Diploma in Psychology
Dr Renu Narchal
Academic Course Adviser Clinical & Professional Psychology
Dr Janet Conti
Academic Course Adviser Bankstown
Dr Karen Mattock
Academic Course Adviser Penrith
Dr David Arness

Undergraduate Programs

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To study psychology is to study our most powerful tool, the human mind, and to understand how we perceive and make sense of the world. Psychology helps us more accurately position the individual within the collective. It displaces assumptions, misconceptions or popular opinions and installs evidence-based knowledge. What drives us? What stifles us? Psychology aims to make sense of who we really are. 

Western Sydney University offers the following accredited undergraduate programs:

Course NameLocationDurationIndicative ATAR
Bachelor of PsychologyPenrith; Bankstown; Parramatta4F / 8P85.00; 85.00; 85.00
Bachelor of Arts (with a Key Program in Psychology)Penrith; Bankstown; Parramatta3F / 6P70.00; 70.00; 70.00
Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)Penrith; Bankstown; Parramatta3F / 6P75.00; 75.00; 75.00
Graduate Diploma in PsychologyBankstown1F / 2PNot applicable
Graduate Diploma of Psychological StudiesPenrith; Bankstown; Parramatta1.5F / 3PNot applicable

Postgraduate Programs and Clinical Psychology

We offer postgraduate training through the PhD in Psychology to around 25 students as well as contributing to the University's Master of Research program.

Our clinical and professional psychology programs are focused on promoting comprehensive training of future health professionals. We have strong connections with industry and community and are pleased to serve as a node of excellence in promoting best practice in clinical training.

Our clinical psychology programs are:

Course Name Location
Doctor of Philosophy/Master of Clinical Psychology Penrith; Bankstown
Master of Clinical Psychology Penrith; Bankstown

From 2016 we are offering a one year Master of Professional Psychology program to provide an additional pathway to the profession of psychology.

Course Name Location
Master of Professional Psychology Bankstown

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Western Sydney University received a rating of four (above world standard) in the recent Excellence in Research for Australia 2015 evaluation in the field of psychology. There are active programs of research attracting current external national competitive funding in biological, clinical, cognitive, developmental, health, learning, social, and perceptual psychology. For more information visit the  Foundational Processes of Behaviour Research Laboratories, CaHPRI, MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development and the Centre for Health Research pages.


The research facilities include the Babylab (opens in a new window) operating at Bankstown and Penrith as well as Psychology Clinics operating at Narellan and Penrith with well-advanced plans for specialist research clinics including one addressing eating disorders.

Installed laboratory equipment includes:

  • eyetrackers
  • motion capture devices

and equipment for 

  • ECG
  • EMG, and 
  • skin conductance recording. 

We have facilities for:

  • high precision audio playback
  • high resolution video display and 
  • an interview room with multiple video and audio capture facilities.

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