Professor Christopher Sharpley

Professor , Neuroscience - School of Science and Technology

Christopher Sharpley

Phone: +61 2 6773 2596



After 10 years as a school teacher, Chris trained as a clinical psychologist and taught psychological assessment and psychotherapy at Monash University and Bond University for 20 years. He was Professor of Clinical Psychology and Health Sciences and the Founding  Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences & Medicine at Bond University. He then retrained as a Neuroscientist and is currently Professor of Neuroscience within the School of Science & Technology. His particular research interests are in the interface between the neurobiology and clinical manifestations of depression and clinical aspects of depression in Autism Spectrum Disorder.


BSc, BA, Grad Dip Psych, Grad Dip Couns, MSc, MEd(Hons), PhD, FAPS, FCCLP

Teaching Areas

NEUR330/530- A Walk through the Brain

NEUR334/534-Neurobiology of Developmental, Cognitive and Affective Disorders

NEUR335/535 - Clinical Neuroscience

NEUR538- Clinical Processes in Neuroscience

NEUR502 - Research Methods in Neuroscience

Primary Research Area/s

Neurobiology of depression; Autism Spectrum Disorder; Anxiety

Research Interests

  • Endocrinal, immunological and neurological pathways of depression.
  • Anxiety and depression among prostate cancer patients and people with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • Depression as an adaptive behavioural response.

Research Supervision Experience

Over 20 completed PhD students; nearly 50 Minor thesis Masters students


1 Book; Over 300 peer-reviewed papers; Over 100 conference presentations.

Clinical Skills and Experience

Registered Psychologist (Clinical Psychology expertise), with over 45 years experience in clinical practice


Fellow, Australian Psychological Society.

Registered Psychologist, Australian Psychology Board

Member, Australian Neuroscience Society

Consultancy Interests

Stress in organisations

Community and Advocacy Organisation Collaborations

Homes North--Homelessness and mental health.