Matthew Dry

Dr Matthew Dry

Senior Lecturer

School of Psychology

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

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

Dr Matthew Dry
Senior Lecturer - School of Psychology

Matt completed his PhD in Psychology in 2007 at the University of Adelaide, and then took up a post-doctoral research position at the University of Leuven in Belgium. He has been a lecturer in the School of Psychology at the University of Adelaide since 2011. His research has focused on the mathematical modelling of cognitive and perceptual processes, psychopharmacology, and (more recently) pedagogical research into tertiary education teaching and learning. He holds an Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT) grant investigating the impact of adaptive learning software, such as McGraw-Hill Education’s LearnSmart, on academic outcomes.

Honours project opportunities
Project 1: Predictors of academic achievement.
Supervisor Name: Dr Matt Dry
Project description: Investigating the role of personality, intellectual ability and factors such as stress, motivation, metacognition, creativity, perfectionism, etc on academic outcomes such as grades, satisfaction, post-graduate employment etc.

Availability: Semester 1.  
Special requirements: Bachelor of Psychological Science Honours students only


Project 2: Human performance on the Traveling Salesperson
Problem (TSP).
Supervisor Name: Dr Matt Dry
Project description: The TSP is a computationally difficult optimization problem - understanding the cognitive processes underlying human performance on this task provides insight into our ability to perform computationally difficult tasks with apparent ease.
Availability: Semester 1
Special requirements: Bachelor of Psychological Science Honours students only


Dry M, Due C, Strelan P, Turnbull D, Clark Y (2016). Office of the DVC(A) for the Indigenous Course Enrichment Project, $2,000. Co-investigator

Dry, M.J., Due, C., Chur-Hansen, A., & Burns, N.R. (2015-16). Office of Learning and Teaching - Seed Grant: Assessing the utility of an online adaptive learning tool in a large undergraduate program. (SD14-4348), $22,000. Principle Investigator.

Short, C., Dry, M.J., Skuse, A., Quester, P. (2015). University of Adelaide Interdisciplinary Research Grant: Maximising the potential of online behaviour change interventions: Determining the antecedents of user engagement. $18,000. Co-investigator.

Dry, M.J., Burns., N.R., & White, J. (2014). School of Psychology RIBG Small Grant: Estimating alcohol intoxication in a wide community sample of social drinkers. $6,953. Principle Investigator.

Nettelbeck, T., Burns, N.R., Dry, M.J., Ma-Wyatt, A., Ward, L. (2014). School of Psychology RIBG Small Grant: Setting up Driving Simulator for School of Psychology. $22,333. Co-Investigator.

Baetu, I., Burns, N.R., Dry, M.J., Dunn, J., Ma-Wyatt, A., Nettlebeck, T.J., Gaughwin, M.D., Buisman-Pijlman, F. (2012). NHMRC Equipment Grant: GSR and ECG recording extension for 64 channel EEG system. (GN9000112), $5,000. Co-Investigator.

Dry, M.J., (2012). Faculty of Health Sciences New Appointment Funding: The effects of low-to-moderate alcohol concentrations on cognitive functioning. $10,000. Principle Investigator.

Program Coordination

Bachelor of Psychological Sciences - Honours, 2019-


Course Coordination

Psychology 1A - Course Coordinator, 2014-2019

Psychology 1B – Course Coordinator, 2014-2019

Research Methods in Psychology – Course Coordinator, 2013

Foundations of Perception & Cognition – Course Coordinator, 2012; 2015-2019


Honours Thesis Part 1 & 2, 2019-

Psychology 1A/B – Memory & Cognition module, 2011-present

Foundations of Perception & Cognition – Memory & Cognition module, 2012-present

Perception & Cognition – Concepts & Categories module, 2011-present

Research Methods in Psychology – Misc. modules, 2012-present

Doing Research in Psychology – Statistical theory module, 2013 & 2015

  • Position: Senior Lecturer
  • Phone: 83133856
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  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Hughes, floor 5
  • Room: 5 07
  • Org Unit: Psychology

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