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Mental health and wellbeing



Research in psychology addresses the mental process of human behaviour. Our psychology research expertise covers topics such as:

  • relationships and communication
  • gaming psychology
  • phenylketonuria (PKU) and mental health
  • alcohol and drug use
  • body image, diet and exercise
  • clinical and health psychology
  • cognition and cognitive development
  • metacognition, anxiety and trauma
  • cultural and cognitive perspectives on hope
  • professional ethics
  • refugee mental health and wellbeing
  • social inclusion
  • dementia
  • chronic pain
  • childhood developmental disorders 
  • substance dependence
  • psychopathology
  • neuropsychology
  • sexual offending and fire-setting
  • sport and exercise psychology

Counselling and psychotherapy

Counselling and psychotherapy research focuses on the practical therapy processes including:

  • the therapeutic relationship
  • counsellor education; counsellor identity
  • cultural diversity in counselling
  • marriage and family counselling 
  • supervision in counselling
  • Jungian psychotherapy
  • positive psychology and mindfulness practices 
  • somatic psychology and body, mind/spirit integration
  • addictions
  • violence and crime prevention
  • situation harm reduction
  • suicide, grief and loss
  • client-directed and outcome-informed counselling
  • mental health
  • aged care
  • transpersonal psychotherapy

Accident and safety research

Our research focuses on understanding and enhancing system performance in order to improve safety and remove threats to public health. We research issues in:

  • transportation
  • the workplace
  • sport and outdoor recreation
  • disaster preparedness, response, recovery
  • defence, security and resilience
  • applied social psychology (road safety)
  • young and older drivers
  • graduated driver licensing
  • safe systems in road safety
  • psychometrics, instrument development and refinement
  • safe systems in road safety
  • integrated systems for intelligent transport safety applications
  • inter-vehicle communications, routing and positioning
  • anxiety and depression in adolescence
  • adolescent sensation seeking and risky behaviour
  • parent / peer influences upon adolescent behaviour
  • 'safe' risk

For more information refer to USC's Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems and the Adolescent Risk Research Unit.

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