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Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Performance) and Professor of Cognitive Science, Macquarie University

Amanda Barnier is a Professor of Cognitive Science with an Honours degree and PhD in Psychology. She is an accomplished academic and researcher as shown by four consecutive Australian Research Council (ARC) Fellowships, continuous ARC funding for 20 years, 135 publications and 250+ talks. In 2016, Amanda was made a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.

Amanda's research in the areas of autobiographical and collective memory and hypnosis and delusions reflects an ability to address complex problems in innovative and interdisciplinary ways. She is particularly interested in when and how remembering with a long-term partner helps memory, especially as we age.

Amanda has engaged and collaborated across her Department, Faculty, University, discipline and beyond in multiple roles at every stage of the research lifecycle: research training, ECR mentoring, grant writing and reviewing, research strategy, policy and integrity and research assessment exercises.

In 2018, Amanda became Associate Dean Research for Macquarie's Faculty of Human Science, and in 2020 she became Macquarie's new Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Performance) bringing to these roles over 20 years of sustained focus on almost every aspect of the research enterprise.


  • –present
    Associate Professor of Cognitive Science and Australian Research Council Future Fellow, Macquarie University


  • 1996 
    University of New South Wales, PhD/Psychology


• Bernard B. Raginski Award for Leadership and Achievement in Hypnosis, 2013, Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (USA); • NSW “Young Tall Poppy” Award, 2001; • The Australian Skeptics Eureka Prize for Critical Thinking, 1997, Australian Museum