The School of Behavioural and Health Sciences conducts focused research in psychology, sports science, injury prevention, physical activity and participation, elite athlete preparation, and the clinical applications of exercise in health, chronic disease and rehabilitation.
Our research interests
Our staff are involved in various, cross-disciplinary research projects that are tackling enduring health issues in society, Australia and the world.
Research areas include examining post-trauma outcomes for emergency service worker; how early life experiences for children influence later outcomes; Identifying biomechanical and neuromuscular predictors of balance, mobility and quality of life for neurologically-impaired populations; and, studying movement patterns associated with injury in elite AFL players.
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We have opportunities for students who have already completed a relevant bachelor degree to conduct research as part of an Honours degree. Potential research projects include:
- Establishing the validity of GPS during short duration running based activities
- Using Virtual Reality to prevent falls
- Investigating the effects of fasting and meal timing on metabolic health
- Play, exploration and physical activity
Explore the Honours research projects in Biomedical Science
Explore the Honours research projects in Exercise Science
Explore the Honours research projects in Nutrition Science
Explore the Honours research projects in Psychology
Explore the Honours research projects in Public Health
Institutes and centres
The School of Behavioural and Health Sciences is linked to the university’s leading health and psychology research centres and institutes.
Mary Mackillop Institute for Health Research
The Mary Mackillop Institute for Health Research (MMIHR) undertakes research that addresses critical public health issues. Their research and innovative programs deliver better health outcomes that change lives.
Healthy Brain and Mind Research Centre
The Healthy Brain and Mind Research Centre (HBMRC) aims to advance knowledge critical to improving mental health, participation and well-being. The HBMRC brings together three programs of research excellence in mental health, addiction neuroscience, and disability and development.
Sports Performance, Recovery, Injury and New Technologies Research Centre
The Sports Performance, Recovery, Injury and New Technologies (SPRINT) Research Centre aims to advance knowledge in sports performance, recovery, and injury by developing new, and using established, research techniques.
Other research groups
The School of Behavioural and Health Sciences have a number of staff led research labs and groups that support students to pursue research projects and interests.
Clinical Psychology Research Lab
The Clinical Psychology Research (CPR) lab is situated at the ACU Strathfield campus and investigates the causes and treatment of psychological disorders. In particular, they aim to advance our understanding of transdiagnostic processes to inform and improve clinical assessment and intervention.
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The GrandSchools Project
This National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funded project brings together a consortium of universities and industry partners to research integrating senior living with secondary school environments.
Visit the research project