The Psychology Education Research Group aims to better inform the pedagogy of undergraduate and postgraduate education in psychology at local, national and international levels.
We conduct much of our evidence-based research and teaching around a biopsychosociocultural framework and we use qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods research designs to understand learning, teaching and assessment in psychology education.
Some questions we want to answer are:
- Do different assessment methods promote different outcomes in academic achievement? For example, does self-assessment using online tools increase knowledge, skills and abilities in undergraduate study?
- Can we predict which students will flourish in their university studies and which students might struggle, including with regards to mental health?
- Are there interventions to promote student success and how can these be evaluated?
- How can we assess competencies in postgraduate courses that lead to registration as a psychologist?
- What are the short-term and long-term career outcomes for students who study psychology—and can we find ways to improve these?
Our other research areas include:
- Curriculum design and development
- Retrospective and prospective predictors of academic success
- Evaluations of innovative teaching methodologies
- Teaching and learning of cross-cultural psychology
- Professional training and interprofessional education
- Mental and physical health of psychology students and graduates
- Graduate destinations and career paths for psychology graduates
Lead researcher: Professor Anna Chur-Hansen
We offer exciting opportunities for researchers at the honours, masters and PhD levels. Our research degrees are open to students from a broad range of backgrounds, and range from basic sciences to clinical research. If you are interested in human health, consider furthering your research career with us.