Clinical Psychology

Clinical psychology is an integration of the science, theory and clinical knowledge of psychology for the purpose of understanding, preventing, and relieving psychologically-based distress or dysfunction and to promote subjective and behavioural well-being and personal development.

Central to its practice are psychological assessment and psychotherapy, although clinical psychologists also engage in research, teaching, consultation, forensic testimony, and program development and administration.

Most clinical psychologists develop expertise in specific areas, or practice in sub-specialisations of clinical psychology. Clinical psychologists provide a wide range of psychological services to individuals across the lifespan and for mental health conditions that range from mild to severe and complex. Clinical psychologists have skills in psychological assessment and diagnosis, treatment, research, teaching and evaluation. 


Clinical Psychology Research at UNSW is internationally-recognised research that focuses on a range of psychological disorders and the basic processes that underlie those disorders. Research topics include behavioural medicine, traumatic brain injury, childhood emotional and conduct disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, assessment of anxiety and depression, eating disorders, and dissociative processes.

If you are interested in pursuing a research/masters degree in Clinical Psychology, you can click here for more details including potential supervisors.