The Centre for Human Psychopharmacology conducts world-leading clinical trials exploring the cognitive and mood effects of nutrients, nutrition, supplements, and recreational and prescription drugs. We aim to understand the fundamental aspects of neurocognitive change and to use methods of applied human psychopharmacology to enhance human cognition, behaviour and emotion. We also educate the public on the efficacy and safety of natural medicine and recreational drugs on the brain and work closely with industry to allow rapid translation of research findings into evidence-based benefits for brain health.

Our key research areas:

  • cognitive enhancement and neuroprotection
  • risk factors for cognitive ageing
  • nutrition and the brain
  • drugs and driving
  • alcohol and hangovers
  • medicinal cannabis
  • addiction medicine
  • emotional intelligence
  • pharmacoimaging.

Study with us

Our team members teach into several units with a neuroscience/psychophysiology flavour. We offer supervision to research students at postgraduate (Honours, Master and PhD) levels in the fields of psychology, psychophysiology and health sciences.

If you’d like to be considered for supervision, check whether your interests align with our research areas and the research interests of possible supervisors:

You can either contact the supervisor directly or contact with an expression of interest that includes your CV, the area of research you are interested in and who your preferred supervisor would be.

If you’re not a current Swinburne student but would also like to be considered for research opportunities, you can still contact us following the instructions above. 

Find out more about Swinburne research degrees or apply for one now!

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How you can reach us

Postal address
Mail H24 
PO Box 218
Hawthorn, Victoria, 3122

Advanced Technologies Centre (ATC)
Level 3, 427-451 Burwood Rd, 
Hawthorn, Victoria 3122 Australia

Contact the Centre for Human Psychopharmacology

There are many ways to engage with us. If your organisation is dealing with a complex problem, get in touch to discuss how we can work together to provide solutions. Call us on +61 3 9214 4444 or email

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