Swinburne University of Technology

Swinburne University of Technology is committed to quality research with real-world applications. We deliver innovative research solutions to industry problems and our world-class research reputation is growing fast. We have a vibrant academic community and we invest strategically in advanced facilities. We draw on our internationally recognised expertise and our outstanding infrastructure when collaborating with industry to produce quality solutions; solutions that often result in the commercialisation of new ideas or products.

Swinburne gives its Masters by research and PhD candidates the chance to be exposed to big ideas and to learn what it takes to find solutions that advance our society. We offer our research students the opportunity to participate in world-changing projects and we back them with the right levels of funding. Swinburne has a selective and focused approach to the highest quality research. This approach has been proven to have merit with Swinburne now listed as one of the top 400 research universities in the world, according to the prestigious Academic Ranking of World Universities.


The principal aim of the Brain and Psychological Sciences Research Centre (BPsyC) is to conduct high quality research in psychological sciences and human neuroscience in order to improve understanding of the human condition across the lifespan and contribute to the wellbeing of individuals and communities. BPsyC encompasses basic research from cellular and genetic science all the way through to brain and behavioural sciences.

By increasing our understanding of human brain and psychological processes we aim to inform the development and evaluation of applications that improve the wellbeing of individuals with specific conditions and in specific contexts. We have particular interests in the study of compromised mental and cognitive health.

BPsyC brings together different disciplines with common interests in biopsychosocial factors associated with the healthy and dysfunctional human mind and brain. These include psychologists, psycho-physiologists, physicists, neuroscientists and medical researchers.

Specific areas of interest include:

  • Brain functions, structures, connectivity and dynamics
  • Cellular neuroscience and the effects of Bio-magnatism
  • Cognitive neurosciences and cognitive neuropsychology
  • Social and affective neurosciences
  • Clinical disorders and their treatment, including e-based interventions
  • Clinical and social psychology
  • Normal and abnormal ageing and infant development
  • The neuroscientific study of decision-making
  • Understanding disorders of mental health

Our state-of-the-art equipment includes:

  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Magnetoencephalography
  • Electroencephalography
  • Trans-cranial magnetic stimulation
  • TDCS and neurofeedback
  • A radiofrequency laboratory
  • A computer-assisted interview facility
  • A national internet-based psychological assessment and treatment centre (National e-Therapy Centre)

In addition, a clinical trials facility focuses on evaluating the effects of interventions on cognition, mental health, well-being and specific functions. Our research staff are actively involved in teaching and we have links to clinical services, industry and the community.

Our partnerships and collaborations promote innovative solutions to scientific and community concerns. BPsyC strives to foster local and international research collaboration with government, industry and other academic institutions and has been successful in attracting nationally competitive grants, national and international industry contracts and government tenders.

Associate Professor Joseph Ciorciari is the Director of the BPsyC and is a cognitive neuroscientist with many years of collaborative research experience in the study of normal and abnormal brain function, collaborating with researchers both nationally and internationally. Previously, as the Deputy Head of the Psychological Sciences and Statistics Department, he convened and led undergraduate programs associated with psychology and psychophysiology. More recently he designed and implemented a unique neuroscience undergraduate program. He is supported by the BPsyC Deputy Directors, Professor Susan Rossell and Professor Greg Murray, both of whom have clinical backgrounds and international reputations in their respective fields.

BPsyC Research Staff

Associate Professor Joseph Ciorciari – Director

Professor Susan Rossell - Deputy Director, Operations

Professor Greg Murray - Deputy Director, Administrative

Dr Jo Abbott
Dr Claire Ahern
Professor Glen Bates
Dr Rachel Batty
Dr Jennifer Beaudry
Associate Professor Sunil Bhar
Dr Steve Bowe
Dr Jay Brinker
Dr Jahar Bhowmik
Associate Professor Roger Cook
Dr Brian Cornwell
Associate Professor Christine Critchley
Dr Roslyn Galligan
Dr Matthew Hughes
Dr Jordy Kaufman
Charlotte Keating
Associate Professor Ann Knowles
Dr Sumie Leung
Professor David Liley
Dr Michelle Lim
Dr Clare McMahon
Associate Professor Denny Meyer
Professor Sue Moore
Dr Maja Nedeljkovic
Dr Richard Nibbs
Dr Julian Oldmeadow
Dr Conrad Perry
Dr Jeffrey Pfeifer
Dr Christopher Plummer
Dr Diane Sivasubramaniam
Dr Stephen Theiler
Dr Neil Thomas
Dr Ben Williams
Dr Lisa Wise
Professor Andrew Wood
Dr Catherine Wood
Dr William Woods