Psychology and Cognitive Sciences

Most of CQUniversity’s research in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences is conducted by researchers in the School of Human Health and Social Sciences.  The School has undergone a major transformation since 2011, and this has resulted in a substantial improvement in the volume, quality, and impact of the research outputs that are produced in this field of research.  In particular, the volume of research outputs has more than tripled from ERA 2012 to ERA 2015, and whereas the University did not meet any volume thresholds in this field of research in ERA 2012, it has exceeded the threshold at the two-digit level for Psychology and Cognitive Sciences (FoR 17) and at the four-digit level for Other Psychology and Cognitive Sciences (FoR 1799) in ERA 2015.  The quality and impact of the University’s research outputs in Other Psychology and Cognitive Sciences in ERA 2015 are demonstrated by the fact that: (i) approximately 60% of journal articles are published in journals ranked in the top 25% of their field based on impact factor, and (ii) more than 50% of the journal articles have a high relative citation index compared with the world benchmarks (i.e. > 2.0).

The improvement in performance in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences has been achieved, in a large part, due to the strategy that CQUniversity implemented in 2011 to enhance the quantity and quality of its research.  Key elements of this strategy include the appointment of Engaged Research Chairs to foster vibrant research cultures, the creation of Deputy Dean (Research) positions in each school to provide researchers with leadership and support, the establishment of the Health Collaborative Research Network to encourage collaborations with excellent researchers at other universities, and the introduction of an Enterprise Agreement that enables productive researchers to spend up to 70% of their time engaged in research activities, rather than the standard 40%.  In addition to these University-wide initiatives, two major changes have occurred in the School since 2011.  First, the School has targeted research-active staff to fill academic positions as they become vacant.  Second, the University opened a campus in Adelaide, and that campus is home to the Appleton Institute for Behavioural Science.  The Institute has a state-of-the-art research facility and an excellent team of researchers and HDR students that are led by a Director with a world-class reputation in this field of research.