Postgraduate research opportunities

The Parenting and Family Support Centre (PFSC) within the School of Psychology at The University of Queensland offers opportunities for students seeking postgraduate training in child adjustment, parenting and family relationships, and family intervention programs. A range of projects are conducted at the PFSC including examining parenting and family influences on child development and wellbeing, use of methodological tools, and the development, piloting and conducting of clinical trials of interventions based on the Triple P  ̶  Positive Parenting Program, a unique multi-level system of parenting intervention.

Students undertaking research at the PFSC work as part of a research team, and have the opportunity to collaborate with multidisciplinary professionals. Research projects can be undertaken as part of a Masters, PhD or professional psychology degree program (Master or Doctorate in Clinical Psychology).


Applicants who have a strong bachelor’s degree with honours in psychology will be considered for the research program at the PFSC. Applicants should have a sound understanding of behavioural or cognitive behavioural principles, child or adolescent development, and have specific interest in the field of parenting and family relationships. Some relevant experience with children and families would be an advantage. Applications will only be considered for students interested in working in the area of parenting and family psychology. Please read all of the FAQs before submitting an expression of interest.

Completed PFSC PhD theses

See a list of completed PhD research projects conducted at the PFSC.

Expressions of Interest

If you have read the Frequently Asked Questions and would like more information, in the first instance please contact the Centre Coordinator by email: