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.
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.
Psychology lecturer Dr Bronwyn Harman was invited to discuss her research on people choose to be childfree for an upcoming episode of SBS's Insight program.
Speech Pathology lecturer and clinical coordinator Abigail Lewis was awarded a HERDSA Fellowship at the National Conference in Melbourne in July, one of only three people nationally to receive this honour in 2015.