The School of Psychology and Social Science represents four main discipline areas: Psychology, Social Science, Counselling and Speech Pathology. The School offers courses in all levels, from bachelors to doctoral degrees, and provides service teaching within degrees in other schools at ECU. There are well developed collaborations in teaching and research across disciplines and with staff from other schools. Staff are engaged in research collaborations with external government and non-government agencies as well as commercial institutions.
Vibrant research activity focuses around the areas of cognition, speech pathology, lifespan resilience, psychopathology and social program innovation research and evaluation. Currently nationally funded projects are investigating early intervention in aphasia after stroke, Aboriginal peoples’ experience of communication disorders after stroke and traumatic brain injury, and Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal sex offenders in Australia.
Investigators from the Missing Voices project team presented data collected during the project at the combined SMART STROKES and Stroke Society of Australasia conference in September.
Speech Pathology research project coordinator Meaghan McAllister and stroke survivor Mr Chris McGibbon have donned blue beanies in support of Brain Injury Awareness Week.
Counselling lecturer Dr Madalena Grobbelaar has presented her research at the 22nd congress of the World Association for Sexual Health held in Singapore at the end of July.