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.

Research focus

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.

Read about our staff research interests

Student research

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 available

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.


Centre of Cognition and Emotion Research

Our researchers examine emotion recognition, emotion regulation and social cognition in healthy children and adults, as well as clinical groups. We also research prospective memory and future thinking.

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Centre for Disability and Development Research

CeDDR is an international collaboration for research that builds knowledge of childhood disability, the mechanisms and broader impact of impairment, its consequences over the lifespan, and innovative treatments.

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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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