Professor Craig McGarty
Professor of Psychology | Director of Digital Research Labs Cluster

Craig McGarty is a social and political psychologist who is interested in online collective action and protest and also online intercultural communication to support reconciliation see He is also developing research on online  incivility and trolling and he is increasingly involved in supervising student research projects  on online relationships. Representative publication:

Dr Abubakar Bello
Lecturer of Psychology, Cyber Security and Behavioural Science

Abubakar is a cyber security and behaviour technologist who is interested in Active Cyber Defence Security Strategies (ACDS); and the role of cyber security controls on people performance and satisfaction. He also has a strong interest in conducting research in areas such as security in social networks, security predictive analytics, cyber physical systems, security and dependability, business applications, trust, privacy, cyber forensics, cyber security risks and decision making. He is currently developing research around the psychology of security and privacy compliance in the cyber space.
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David Arness

Dr David Arness
Lecturer in Psychology, Human Behaviour

David has research interests in the areas of mindfulness, mental fatigue, and attentional self-regulation. Additionally, as an educator with substantial online teaching experience, he is also involved in researching student experience in online learning. Increasingly, he is interested in exploring the role of attentional self-regulation in social media usage.

Garth Lean

Dr Garth Lean
Senior Lecturer in Tourism & Heritage Studies, Geography and Urban studies

Garth is a human geographer whose research has mostly focused upon the personal impact of travel upon travellers. This has included 14 years exploring the changing, and complex, nature of travel impacts within a digitally connected and globalised world. Garth co-leads ‘Travel in the Digital Age’ (TinDA) with Jenna Condie ( TinDA examines the intersections of mobile lives, people, travel and technology. TinDA’s current themes of investigation are diverse, including: tourism, eSafety, social smart phone apps, transport, virtual reality, disabilities, women’s experiences with digital technology and equitable mobilities. Recent publication:

Jeff Foster

Dr Jeffrey L. Foster
Lecturer of Psychology, Cyber Security and Behavioural Science

Jeffrey is a cognitive psychologist with interests in the behavioural aspects of cyber security—particularly as it relates to when people will use the skills they have in protecting their identify and information online, and when people are more susceptible to security threats. His expertise lies in applied memory research (how our memory abilities influence everyday performance) and individual differences people’s cognitive abilities. Dr. Foster currently directs Western’s Bachelor of Cyber Security and Behaviour. Representative publication:

Jenna Condie

Dr Jenna Condie
Lecturer in Digital Research & Online Social Analysis

Jenna is a critical psychologist with interests in environmental, media, and social psychology. Place, identity, and community act as core threads in my research on cyber-urban lives and the role of digital technologies in the places that people live, work, play, and stay. Current projects include understanding the role of humans as ‘sensors’ for safer, ‘smarter’, socially sustainable cities; scholar-activist work on connective forms of resistance to urban redevelopment and the displacement of marginalised communities; and research focused on how location-aware smartphone dating apps are reworking our most intimate relationships of all.  I co-lead the Travel in the Digital Age (TinDA) project with Dr Garth Lean, which examines the intersections of travel/transport, technology and mobile lives. A ‘Digital Travel Futures in Western Sydney’ Green Paper can be found here:

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Kell Tremayne

Dr Kell Tremayne
Lecturer in Psychology and Science (Criminology And Psychological Studies)

Kell is an AHPRA registered Psychologist. Kell previously worked as a sport and performance psychologist in various performance domains. Current focus of research is on positive psychology interventions that raise the well-being of clinical and non-clinical populations.

Kiley Seymour

Dr Kiley Seymour

Kiley is a neuroscientist who has published high impact work on the neural basis of mental illness, the neural basis of consciousness, neurodevelopmental disorders, and social cognition. She has also recently established collaborations with researchers in the areas of Law, Philosophy and Criminology which utilise online material, such as the Australian Neurolaw Database, to examine the extent to which the Australian criminal justice system is compatible with our current understanding of neuroscience.

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Phoebe Bailey

Assoc. Prof. Phoebe Bailey
Director of Academic Programs: Psychology - Human Behaviour

Phoebe investigates age-related differences in social cognition and decision-making, and particularly the role of trust in elder financial abuse. She also examines ageism and older adult self-stereotyping.

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Renu Narchal

Dr Renu Narchal
Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Renu is an AHPRA endorsed Educational and Developmental psychologist. Her research is related to global mobility of migrants, refugees & humanitarian entrants from culturally and linguistically diverse communities. In particular, her interests lie in acculturation and the psychological consequences of mobility and vulnerability e.g. language brokering, loneliness, psychological distress, health, including sexual health and wellbeing of immigrants in a new cultural context. More recently she has been interested in cross-cultural terror management, refugee crisis and empathy toward and threat from refugees as expressed on social media.

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Sandra Garrido

Dr Sandra Garrido

Sandra Garrido is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology and in the MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour & Development at Western Sydney University. She has a background in both music and psychology and was the recipient of an NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Fellowship in 2016 to study the effects of music on people with dementia, and the Western Sydney University Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research in 2017. Her work focuses on translational research involving arts in health contexts, in particular with people with dementia and depression. She has authored over 70 academic publications including a book entitled Why We Are Attracted to Sad Music? (2017)

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