Professors and Lecturers

Dr Robyn Brunton

BTh, BSc (Hons), PhD (Psych)

Building 1400, Room 2.36

Robyn completed her post graduate studies and doctorate at Charles Sturt University. Her PhD dissertation was on pregnancy-related anxiety. Since then Robyn has continued to research this distinct anxiety and is currently a co-editor of a book on the topic and published numerous papers. More broadly speaking, Robyn’s research interest extends to all types of anxiety and other areas of women’s psychosocial health (e.g. body image, sexual abuse and pregnancy).

Robyn currently teaches 1st and 2nd year subjects and is a 2 and year subject convenor in addition to supervising honours and post graduate students.  She has also participated in major subject reviews of 1st and 2nd year subjects (PSY102 and PSY201).

Robyn has a keen interest in using online technologies and enhancing student’s engagement and is the co-lead in a current research project, using sequential mixed-methods, assessing the effectiveness of different technologies/approaches used in past subjects.


Robyn currently teaches the 1st year subject, Foundations of Psychology II, for the online offering. In addition Robyn is the subject convenor of the 2nd year subject Social Psychology, teaching both the on-campus and the online cohorts. Robyn also supervises a number of honours, clinical masters and post graduate students.


Broadly speaking Robyn’s research interests are in the area of anxiety and women’s psychosocial health. She is also interested in understanding how to enhance teaching using technology. Currently Robyn is involved in the following projects:

Current projects
  • Co-editor of the book: Pregnancy-related anxiety: Theory, research and practice
  • Sexual abuse and pregnancy outcomes: a systematic review
  • Perceptions of motherhood and pregnancy-related anxiety
  • The predictive ability of the PrAS: a validation study
  • History of abuse: does it predict pregnancy-related anxiety?
  • The Pregnancy-related anxiety Scale: the short-form version
  • Evaluation of student engagement with online contextualised learning teaching enhancements.
Manuscripts under submission
  • Psychometric Evaluation of the Pregnancy-related Anxiety Scale: Acceptance of Pregnancy, Avoidance, and Worry About Self Subscales


For a complete list of publications, please visit here.

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