Wayne A Warburton

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Wayne is an Associate Professor in Developmental Psychology at the Macquarie University Department of Psychology and is also a registered psychologist. Prior to academia Wayne had a long history working with vulnerable and low-income clients, most notably those with financial/gambling problems. Wayne has also been (and is) an advocate for vulnerable and low-income Australians, including on bodies such as the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman governing council and the Electricity and Water Ombudsman of NSW Board. Wayne is passionate about teaching that inspires students, research which can be used for social benefit, and communicating that research to parents, policymakers and professionals who work with children and teens.


2018: Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Media Psychology and Technology Award - Division 46 of the American Psychological Association. 

2018: NSW Parents Council Award for Excellence in Research to Promote Positive Mental Wellbeing in Youth.

2017: Vice Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence, Macquarie University

2016: Australian Psychological Society Outstanding Psychology Lecturer of the Year Award (Macquarie)

2015: Australian Psychological Society Outstanding Psychology Lecturer of the Year Award (Macquarie)

2014: Winner Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence, Macquarie University

2013: Winner of the Jan Pentland Prize for Outstanding Lifetime Contribution to Australian Financial Counselling

2007: Australian Psychological Society Award for Excellent PhD Thesis in Psychology 

Vice Chancellors Commendation for Excellent PhD Thesis

2006: Higher Degree Research Excellence Award (Macquarie University Division of Linguistics and Psychology)

2002: The Macquarie Foundation Science Prize for outstanding work in a science discipline which shows potential for industrial application

The University Medal for Psychology

The Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Academic Excellence

The Australian Psychological Society Prize - Honours in Psychology

Prior to 2002: 18 awards for academic excellence

Current projects

Impact of violent and prosocial music (ARC grant with Bill Thompson, Macquarie; Emery Schubert, UNSW; Doug Gentile, Iowa State, US; Glenn Schellenberg, Toronto, Canada; Stefan Koelsch, Lancaster, UK).

Effect of violent and prosocial video games on needs and subsequent behaviour (with Robert Busching, Potsdam University, Germany; Doug Gentile, Iowa State, US)

Impact of songs with body affirming and body disaffirming lyrics (with Sarah Coyne, Brigham Young, US)

Cyberbullying across the world (with Chris Barlett, Gettysburg College, US)

Longitudinal predictors of problematic/pathological screen use (with Sarah Coyne, Brigham Young, US)

Experiences of problematic and pathological screen use amongst professionals who work with children and teens (with Ramesh Manocha, USyd; Eyal Karin, Macquarie)

Experiences of the impact of child beauty pageant participation by professionals who work with children and teens (with Ramesh Manocha, USyd; Eyal Karin, Macquarie)

Research interests

Wayne's research interests primarily centre around aggressive behaviour and the impacts of media on children and young adults, including violent and prosocial video games, songs with violent or prosocial lyrics, songs with lyrics about body image, sexualised media, and problematic/pathological levels of screen use. He is also interested in issues around social equality and inclusion, including homelessness, financial literacy/financial counselling, finance-related stress and problem gambling. 


  • Chair, PSY399: Psychological Science – Putting Theory into Practice, the psychology Capstone unit.
  • Lecturer, PSYC104: Introduction to Psychology. Personality module.
  • Lecturer, PSY235: Developmental Psychology. Cognitive development and Adolescence sections
  • Lecturer, PSY250: Music, Mind and Message. Violent and antisocial music section.
  • Lecturer, PSYP904 (Professional Masters). Psychotic illness module.


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