Doctor Martin Daly

Doctor Martin Daly

Lecturer in Psychology,
General Psychology


Martin completed a theoretical PhD in psychology at Sydney University in 2009, and commenced an academic role at Western the same year. Initially focussing on teaching, subject coordination, and the provision of eLearning support to academics, Martin has since expanded his portfolio to include psychological practice. Martin is a Registered Psychologist with experience working clinically in private practice, aged care, and in the disability sector. His primary clinical interests are in general clinical practice and trauma. He has a strong focus on the importance of basic counselling skills in psychological practice, and is concerned with the formalisation of 'eclectic' approaches to therapy, so as to enable psychologists to better select appropriate therapeutic techniques for clients.

Martin's key research interest and the topic of his PhD - the theoretical unification in psychology - remains a key driving force behind Martin's research and passion for psychology. Martin's teaching interests match his broader research and clinical goals, primarily teaching units on motivation/emotion and counselling skills. His teaching has a strong focus on quality eLearning, informed by pedagogical research.

Martin is currently the Academic Program Adviser for Honours students in the School of Psychology.

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  • PhD University of Sydney
  • BPsych Macquarie University

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Psychological Society (2019 - 2023)


  • Unification in psychology
  • Basic (micro-)counselling skills
  • Motivational and emotion systems
  • Psychological modelling and theory
  • Trauma and PTSD

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • General Psychology



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Previous Teaching Areas

  • BEHV3014 Motivation and Emotion, 2023
  • BEHV7014 Core Skills and Ethical Practice, 2023
  • WELF4002 Counselling and Consultation, 2023


Conference Papers

  • White, F., Daly, M. and Scott, K. (2006), 'Student evaluations of elearning technologies in undergraduate psychology : a blended model for the future', Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education, Sydney, N.S.W..

Martin's primary research interest is in the disciplinary and theoretical unification of psychology. This theoretical work is developing towards the release of a broad taxonomic framework for the discipline, explicating the nomothetic functional underlay founding perceptual, cognitive, and motivational systems, the self, decision-making and conscious processes, and the way that individual differences play out across such systems to result in unique personalities. This work encompasses both basic science resarch in psychology, and also applied clinical practice.

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Previous Supervision

Thesis Title: Toward a General Theory of Motivation: The Case for Drives
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Intergenerational Transmission, Projective Identification, and Parent-Work: A Theoretical and Clinical Study
Field of Research: Psychology; Other Society And Culture

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