Deborah Turnbull

Professor Deborah Turnbull

Chair of Psychology

School of Psychology

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.

Deborah Turnbull holds the Chair in Psychology at The University of Adelaide. She is an active Health and Clinical Psychology researcher and teacher and combines these activities with administration roles. She sits on the Management Committee of the Freemasons Centre for Male Health and Wellbeing and serves on the Council of Kathleen Lumley College. She is an invited member of the College of Reviewers, Canadian Institutes of Health Research. She is also a member of the MBBS Admissions Working Group of the Faculty of Health and Medical Science. She teaches across all levels of psychology and is active in supervision of students enrolled in higher degrees by research. She is the Academic Lead for Internationalisation in the School of Psychology and in this role manages the partnership with Universitas Brawijawa and Udayana University.

Main research programs

  • Maternity services 
  • Cancer prevention and screening 
  • Mental Health 
  • Men's Health



 Main grants 

Turnbull D, Wilson C, Flight I, Zajac I (2012-2015) National Health and Medical Research Council Project Grant. Optimising men’s uptake of FIT screening for bowel cancer: a population based randomised controlled trial: $539,990.

Wilkinson C, Turnbull D, Mol B, Chandraharan E, McPhee A, Salter A, Symonds I. (2017-2019) (1129648) (Ongoing) National Health and Medical Research Council Project Grant.  STan intrapartum fetal monitoring (cardiotocographic plus electrocardiographic) compared with cardiotocographic (CTG) monitoring alone: an Australian randomized controlled trial: $791, 368.90.

Tully P, Tzourio C, Anstey K, Peters R, Turnbull D, Burns, Cosh S.  (2018- 2020) Minimizing blood pressure variability with antihypertensive drugs to reduce dementia risk: an IPD data meta analysis of cohort studies in the CAPA consortium.  Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation – Prevention Beyond the Pipeline RFP: $129, 000.

Tully PJ, Turnbull DA, Vincent A, Burns N. (2019) The importance of blood pressure and its variability to dementia: an individual participant meta-analysis from the VARIABLE BRAIN consortium. Dementia Australia Research Foundation Project Grant Round 2: $50, 000.  

Tully PJ, Turnbull DA. (2019) Exploiting blood pressure variability as a modifiable risk factor for the vascular depression phenotype: a proof of concept study. The Rebecca Cooper Foundation Project Grant: $75,000.

Dodd JM, Poprzeczny A, Louise J, Keir A, Pham C, Laws R, Briley A, Turnbull D, Campbell K. (2020 – 2025).  The Begin Better Randomised Trial.  MRFF ( 1199789):  2,790,917

McPherson N, Turnbull D, Oxlad M. (2022) Men’s unmet psychosocial needs when diagnosed with male infertility. Ferring Pharmaceuticals Australia Research Grant. $50,000.

Sawyer A, Carbone J, Richardson V, Lee J, Linke R, Turnbull D, Sawyer M, McDonald D (2022-2023). A preliminary evaluation of a new approach to improve the antenatal and postnatal care of infants in families experiencing psychosocial adversity. Channel 7 Children's Research Foundation Grant. $100,000.


Main learning and teaching areas

I am the Coordinator for the following courses:

  • International Psychology (Level 2 course for Psychology Advanced students)
  • Current Issues (Honours course which covers material about pre-registration professional practice)
  • Psychology Skills and Applications (Level 2 course for BPsychSci students)


In addition to my undergraduate course coordinator roles, I have been the Principal Supervisor of 48 previous and 6 current Honours students in the School of Psychology. I have supervised 7 Masters Students (5 as Principal Supervisor).

  • Position: Chair of Psychology
  • Phone: 83131229
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  • Fax: 83133770
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Hughes, floor 7
  • Org Unit: Psychology

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