Professor Jacquelyn Cranney
Honorary Professor

Professor Jacquelyn Cranney

BA (Hons) University of Queensland

MA University of Queensland

PhD Bryn Mawr College, USA

School of Psychology

I completed my undergraduate and Masters degrees at the University of Queensland, then undertook doctoral studies at Bryn Mawr College, Philadelphia, PA USA. I completed postdoctoral positions at Dartmouth College, NH USA, and the University of Queensland. I was then appointed at UNSW Sydney.  

Room 911 Level 9 Mathews Building Kensington/Sydney Campus
  • Book Chapters | 2020
    Cranney J; Morris S; Krebs-Lazendic L; Hutton-Bedbrook K, 2020, 'Back to the Education Future—Evidence-based Student-Centred Approaches to Online Curriculum Design and Delivery', in Tertiary Online Teaching and Learning, Springer Singapore, pp. 119 - 128,
    Book Chapters | 2010
    Mcgovern T; Corey L; Cranney J; Dixon J; Holmes ; Kuebli JE; Ritchey K; Smith R; Walker S, 2010, 'Psychologically literate citizens', in Halpem D (ed.), Undergraduate education in psychology: Blueprint for the discipline’s future, edn. Original, American Psychological Association., Washington, pp. 1625 - 1652
  • Journal articles | 2022
    Richmond JL; Cranney J, 2022, 'Curricular Approaches to Supporting University Student Academic Success and Wellbeing', Psychology Learning and Teaching,
    Journal articles | 2013
    Cranney J, 2013, 'Toward psychological literacy: A snapshot of evidence-based learning and teaching', Australian Journal of Psychology, vol. 65, pp. 1 - 4,
    Journal articles | 2013
    Morris S; Cranney J; Jeong JM; Mellish L, 2013, 'Developing psychological literacy: Student perceptions of graduate attributes', Australian Journal of Psychology, vol. 65, pp. 54 - 62,
    Journal articles | 2012
    Cranney J; Harris L, 2012, 'Event-based prospective memory and obsessive-compulsive disorder intrusive obsessional thoughts', Australian Journal of Psychology, vol. 64, pp. 235 - 242,
    Journal articles | 2010
    Makkar SR; Zhang SQ; Cranney J, 2010, 'Behavioral and neural analysis of GABA in the acquisition, consolidation, reconsolidation, and extinction of fear memory', Neuropsychopharmacology, vol. 35, pp. 1625 - 1652,
    Journal articles | 2010
    Vojdanoska M; Cranney J; Newell BR, 2010, 'The testing effect: The role of feedback and collaboration in a tertiary classroom setting', Applied Cognitive Psychology, vol. 24, pp. 1183 - 1195,
    Journal articles | 2009
    Cranney J; Ahn M; McKinnon R; Morris S; Watts KJ, 2009, 'The testing effect, collaborative learning, and retrieval-induced facilitation in a classroom setting', European Journal of Cognitive Psychology, vol. 21, pp. 919 - 940,
    Journal articles | 2009
    Cranney J; Turnbull C; Provost SC; Martin F; Katsikitis M; White FA; Voudouris NJ; Montgomery IM; Heaven PCL; Morris S; Varcin KJ, 2009, 'Graduate attributes of the 4-year Australian undergraduate psychology program', Australian Psychologist, vol. 44, pp. 253 - 262,
    Journal articles | 2009
    Proyer RT; Ruch W; Ali NS; Al-Olimat HS; Amemiya T; Adal TA; Ansari SA; Arhar P; Asem G; Baudin N; Bawab S; Bergen D; Brdar I; Brites R; Brunner-Sciarra M; Carrell A; Dios HC; Celik M; Ceschi G; Chang K; Guo-Hai C; Cheryomukhin A; Chik MPY; Chlopicki W; Cranney J; Dahourou D; Doosje S; Dore M; El-Arousy N; Fickova E; Führ M; Gallivan J; Geling H; Germikova L; Giedraityte M; Goh A; González RD; Ho SK; Hrebícková M; Jaime B; Kaare BH; Kamble S; Kazarian S; Kerkkänen P; Klementová M; Kobozeva IM; Kovjanic S; Kumaraswamy N; Lampert M; Liao CC; Levesque M; Loizou E; Díaz Loving R; Lyttle J; MacHline VC; McGoldrick S; McRorie M; Min L; Mõttus R; Munyae MM; Navia CE; Nkhalamba M; Pedrini PP; Petkova M; Platt T; Popa DE; Radomska A; Rashid T; Rawlings D; Rubio VJ; Samson AC; Sarid O; Shams S; Sisokohm S; Smári J; Sneddon I; Snikhovska I; Stephanenko EA; Stokenberga I; Stuer H; Tanoto YSR; Tapia L; Taylor J; Thibault P; Thompson A; Thörn H; Toyota H; Ujlaky J; Vanno V; Wang J; Van Der Westhuizen B; Wijayathilake D; Wong PSO; Wycoff EB; Yeun EJ, 2009, 'Breaking ground in cross-cultural research on the fear of being laughed at (gelotophobia): A multi-national study involving 73 countries', Humor, vol. 22, pp. 253 - 279,
    Journal articles | 2009
    Watts KJ; Cranney J, 2009, 'The nature and implications of implicit weight bias', Current Psychiatry Reviews, vol. 5, pp. 110 - 126,
    Journal articles | 2008
    Zhang SJ; Cranney J, 2008, 'The Role of GABA and Anxiety in the Reconsolidation of Conditioned Fear', Behavioral Neuroscience, vol. 122, pp. 1295 - 1305,
    Journal articles | 2005
    Ledgerwood L; Richardson RD; Cranney J, 2005, 'D-Cycloserine facilitates extinction of learned fear: Effect s on reacquisition and generalised extinction', Biological Psychiatry, vol. 57, pp. 841 - 847,
    Journal articles | 2004
    Ledgerwood L; Richardson RD; Cranney J, 2004, 'D-Cycloserine and the Facilitation of Extinction of Conditioned Fear: Consequences for Reinstatement', Behavioral Neuroscience, vol. 118, pp. 505 - 523,
    Journal articles | 2004
    Richardson RD; Ledgerwood L; Cranney J, 2004, 'Facilitation of Fear Extinction by D-Cycloserine: Theoretical and Clinical Implications', Learning and Memory, vol. 11, pp. 510 - 516,
    Journal articles | 2003
    Ledgerwood L; Richardson RD; Cranney J, 2003, 'Effects of D-Cycloserine on Extinction of Conditioned Freezing', Behavioral Neuroscience, vol. 117, pp. 341 - 349,
    Journal articles | 1999
    Zavitsanou K; Cranney J; Richardson RD, 1999, 'Dopamine antagonists in the orbital prefrontal cortex reduce prepulse inhibition of the acoustic startle response in the rat', Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior, vol. 63, pp. 55 - 61,
    Journal articles | 1989
    Borszcz GS; Cranney J; Leaton RN, 1989, 'Influence of Long-Term Sensitization on Long-Term Habituation of the Acoustic Startle Response in Rats: Central Gray Lesions, Preexposure, and Extinction', Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, vol. 15, pp. 54 - 64,
    Journal articles | 1988
    Cranney J, 1988, 'Analgesia following startle-eliciting stimuli', Psychobiology, vol. 16, pp. 67 - 69,
    Journal articles | 1987
    Cranney J, 1987, 'Startle responding and context conditioning - Naloxone® pretreatment and stimulus intensity', The Pavlovian Journal of Biological Science, vol. 22, pp. 47 - 51,
    Journal articles | 2022
    Cranney J; Dunn DS; Hulme JA; Nolan SA; Morris S; Norris K, 2022, 'Psychological Literacy and Undergraduate Psychology Education: An International Provocation', Frontiers in Education, vol. 7,
    Journal articles | 2022
    Morris S; Cranney J, 2022, 'Promoting Student Wellbeing Through Dedicated Units on the Psychological Science of Wellbeing: Rationale, Nature, and Student Evaluations', Psychology Learning and Teaching, pp. 147572572210980 - 147572572210980,
    Journal articles | 2009
    Jeong JM; Cranney J, 2009, 'Motivation, depression, and naturalistic time-based prospective remembering', Memory, vol. 17, pp. 732 - 741,
    Journal articles | 2001
    Kowalczyk A; McDonald S; Cranney J; McMahon M, 2001, 'Cognitive flexibility in the normal elderly and in persons with dementia as measured by the written and oral trail making tests', Brain Impairment, vol. 12, pp. 11 - 21
    Journal articles | 1985
    Cranney J; Cohen ME; Hoffman HS, 1985, 'Reflex Modification in the Rat. The Inhibitory Effects of Intensity and Frequency Changes in Steady Tones', Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, vol. 11, pp. 112 - 119,
    Journal articles | 1982
    Cranney J; Ashton R, 1982, 'Tactile spatial ability: Lateralized performance of deaf and hearing age groups', Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, vol. 34, pp. 123 - 134,
    Journal articles | 1980
    Cranney J; Ashton R, 1980, 'Witelson's dichhaptic task as a measure of hemispheric asymmetry in deaf and hearing populations', Neuropsychologia, vol. 18, pp. 95 - 98,

The first phase of my research career focused on cogntiive and behavioural neuroscience, specifically, the neural bases of motivation, learning and memory. The second phase of my research career has focused on: (a) university student learning, memory, motivation and wellbeing (eg see Kumar et al., 2021, Frontiers in Education, for a study of honours students' and supervisors' expereinces during the pandemic); and (b) psychological literacy and undergraduate psychology education (eg see Cranney et al., 2022,  Frontiers in Education, for two studies on this topic).  For more information, please visit the following websites for:

(a) Academic - 

(b) Psychological literacy  - 

(c)  Healthy Universities - student wellbeing -  

(d) Self-serve self-management -

(e) Student success -

Fellow, International Federation of National Teaching Fellows, 2020-
UK Advance Higher Education HEA Senior Fellowship, 2018-
Society for Teaching of Psychology (American Psychological Association, Div.2) Presidential Citation for a Career Devoted to Advancing Teaching of Psychology in both North America and Australia, 2018
UNSW Scientia Education Academy Fellow, 2017-2021
UNSW Teaching Fellowship, 2015    
OLT Citation Award, 2014—with S.Morris
Australian Learning and Teaching Council National Teaching Fellowship, 2010-2012
Australian Psychological Society Leadership Program, 2008
Australian Psychological Society Distinguished Contribution to Education Award, 2008
Carrick Citation Award, 2007--with S.Morris, B.Spehar, & B.Newell
UNSW University Women in Leadership Program, 2007
Carrick Associate Fellowship, 2006-2008
UNSW Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence, 2005
University of New South Wales Innovative Teaching and Educational Technology Fellowship, 2002
University of New South Wales, Faculty of Life Sciences Teaching Award, 1999