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.
ECU Counselling lecturer Dr Madalena Grobbelaar recently presented at the Society of Australian Sexologists Western Australia as part of a professional development meeting.
Ms Brooke Chapman from the School of Psychology and Social Science's Youth Work program was an honorary speaker at the Youth Focus 21st Celebration to honour the agency's 21 years of helping young people.
Dr Justine Dandy, Psychology lecturer from the School of Psychology and Social Science, participated in a ‘Citizen Thought Leadership’ event hosted by the Office of Multicultural Interests at Government House on 19 August.