In 2021, the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences (MSPS) celebrates 75 years of psychological education and research at the University of Melbourne. We look forward to exploring and acknowledging the rich history of psychological education and the impact that our alumni, staff and students have had on the world. Join us as we celebrate our community and look at what the future holds for psychological sciences.
Psychology at the University of Melbourne has a long and distinguished history. The first paper set in Psychology was in February 1888 and the Department of Psychology was founded in 1946. The School in its current structure was established in 2012, when the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences announced the creation of its fifth school: the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences.
The School is home to a vibrant community of more than 128 academic, teaching, research and professional staff, 100 honorary staff, 147 PhD students and almost 11,000 students enrolled in undergraduate subjects offered by Psychological Sciences, mainly through the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science, but also in breadth subjects in the Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Biomedicine, Bachelor of Environments and Bachelor of Music.
Do you have a story?
As a part of our 75th anniversary celebrations, we would like to hear from our community of staff, students, alumni and partners. Tell us about your experiences with the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences and what you think the future holds for the discipline of psychological sciences as we navigate through this century.
Message from the Head of School
This year, the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences celebrates its 75th anniversary, an occasion on which we can reflect on our proud history of psychological education and research, as well as celebrating the many achievements of our alumni, students and staff.
Since the University set its first paper in Psychology in February 1888, psychological sciences has continued to grow, with the School of Psychological Sciences now home to a vibrant community of more than 200 staff and over 11,000 students.
In celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, we recognise the collegial partnerships between staff, students, researchers and partners that is so important to our success; and we pay tribute to all our wonderful alumni who have gone on to make a significant difference to the lives of others and the health of their communities.
Professor Rob Hester
Head of School
Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences
Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
University of Melbourne
During 2021 and 2022, we are celebrating the central role that psychology plays in every major conversation in our society. We will be running a series of events featuring our experts, collaborators and our colleagues in industry.
PsychTalks is the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences' forum for ideas and discussion. We will explore contemporary and engaging topics through community-focused panel sessions, podcasts and forums across a range of disciplines, encouraging constructive debate on issues of regional and global relevance. Join us at an event or catch up with a recording.
Alongside our events will be a podcast series where we speak to experts on a range of topics including Big Data, misinformation, fear-based advertising and mindfulness, among others.
Using the hashtag #75mspsuom, we invite you to share your experience of 75 years of the Melbourne School Psychological Sciences and your thoughts on the role psychology will play in the future.
- Thursday 16 September 2021
PsychTalks: The battle against stigma in Australia, Canada, and the UK
Understanding and responding to stigma about mental ill-health is a critical global challenge. Join us for our first international #PsychTalks event to hear about current challenges and developments in the battle against stigma in Australia, Canada and Scotland.
PsychTalks panel discussion facilitated by Dr Chris Groot
- Thursday 7 October 2021
PsychTalks: Cancer and COVID-19 – the psychological impact
People living with cancer are a particularly vulnerable subgroup during the COVID-19 pandemic due to the nature of their disease and treatments they receive which compromise their immune system. Join us for this exciting PsychTalks event where we explore what life is like for people living with cancer during the pandemic.
PsychTalks panel discussion facilitated by Paul Barclay for Big Ideas
- November 2021
Interview facilitated by ABC journalist Angela Lavoipierre
The Alumni Hour series provides an in-depth look into some of the Faculty's most extraordinary and accomplished Alumni. Join us and renowned ABC presenter Angela Lavoipierre for a conversation that will inspire the next generation of health professionals.
Details yet to be confirmed
Online event (TBC)
- February 2022 (Date and time TBC)
More details to be announced
- March 2022 (Date and time TBC)
MSPS Showcase Series
Six events showcasing each of the MSPS hubs and centres.
- April 2022 (Date and time TBC)
PsychTalks: The commercial determinants of public health
More details to be announced
Share your story
Do you have a story about your time with the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences? As part of our celebrations, we would like to hear from our community of staff, students, alumni and partners. Tell us about your experiences with the School and where you think the discipline of psychological sciences is headed as we navigate through this century.
We look forward to hearing from you.
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