School of Educational Psychology and Counselling

Educational Psychology and Counselling

The School of Educational Psychology and Counselling brings together some of the world’s leading experts in human development, mental health, wellbeing and early childhood.

Our Vision

At the School of Educational Psychology and Counselling, we foster communities where people of all ages can thrive, now and in the future.

We lead the way by forging community partnerships, and we educate the next generation of psychologists, counsellors, early childhood educators, teachers and allied health professionals.

We ignite research insights and inspire our people to support all children to flourish in their academic, social and emotional development.

Our efforts bring together communities where everyone can reach their full potential, be included, and feel like they belong.

Through our work we build the foundation of lifelong wellbeing. We do this through:

  • Educating the next generation: As Australia’s leading institution for education, we equip early childhood educators, psychologists and counsellors with the expertise to enrich their communities and build successful, fulfilling careers.
  • Cultivating cutting-edge research: We’re expanding our academic excellence at the intersection of learning, behaviour, development and mental health - to build an integrated, holistic framework.
  • Bridging the gap between research and practice: Beyond the lecture room, our students and staff apply theory in evidence-based practice, enhancing their development with the Krongold Clinic and with our educational, government and industry partners.
  • Connecting communities, families, schools, early childhood services and industry: We forge authentic partnerships to amplify our impact. It’s how we foster wellbeing and inclusion throughout the broader community.

We are the School of Educational Psychology and Counselling and we create exceptional learning and development outcomes – for our students, our staff and the communities we support.

Research focus

Thriving communities

Our research efforts aim to promote conditions where individuals thrive, in early childhood services, schools and in the community.  We adapt theories and research methodologies that address the needs of the people we serve. We are world leaders in play, STEM, digital childhoods, sustainability and child development and learning. Our approach to health and wellbeing is multidimensional and intersectional, focusing on physical and mental health, lifelong learning, disability, and social, emotional wellbeing.

Diversity and inclusion

We focus on creating societies where all people, no matter their background or identity, feel safe and valued. To achieve this, we conduct collaborative research which tackles emerging and prevailing community and global issues. Addressing the consequences of climate change and identifying solutions to minimise its impact is an integral part of our research.  We provide platforms for research and engagement activities that tackle issues around gendered violence, marginalised populations, and promote secure access to health, education, housing and positive futures.

Research translation and dissemination

We partner with early childhood services and school sectors, not-for-profit organisations and agencies, government and industry leaders, in Australia and overseas. Our community, early childhood, school and industry engagements ensure our research is translated into effective policy and practices that will ultimately improve the lives of all.

Featured projects

Go to Research projects and grants to see all current funded faculty projects