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 Tanya Meade
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
Jeff Foster
Clinical and Health Psychology Research Initiative
Professor Tanya Meade
Leader Foundational Processes of Behaviour Research Laboratories
Associate Professor Gabrielle Weidemann
Director of Psychology Clinics and Academic Group Leader for Clinical and Professional Psychology
Mrs Karen Moses
Professor of Psychology and Director of Research and Engagement for MARCS
Professor Kate Stevens
Fourth Year (non-Honours) and Graduate Diploma in Psychology
Associate Professor Nida Denson
Academic Course Adviser Clinical & Professional Psychology
Dr James Collison
Academic Course Adviser Bankstown
Dr Karen Mattock
Academic Course Adviser Penrith
Dr David Arness


researcher with a fear conditioning client

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, Digital Research Labs, 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 the Psychology Clinic operating at the Kingswood campus 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.

researcher with a client using an eye tracker