Professor Deborah Terry AO commenced as Vice-Chancellor and President of Curtin University in February 2014.
Born in Perth, Western Australia, Deborah and was educated in the UK and Australia where she completed her secondary education at Canberra Girls Grammar School. Deborah received a BA and PhD (1989) from the Australian National University and joined the School of Psychology at The University of Queensland, first as postdoctoral research fellow in 1990 and then as a lecturer in 1991. She was Deputy Head of School from 1997 to 1999, and, after serving as Professor of Social Psychology and Head of School from 2000 to 2005, was appointed Executive Dean, Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences in January 2006. In February 2007, Deborah accepted an appointment to a half-time role as Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning). In January 2008, she was appointed as the inaugural Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning), later retitled as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic).
Deborah’s primary research interests are in the areas of attitudes, social influence, persuasion, group processes, and intergroup relations. She also has applied research interests in organisational and health psychology.
Deborah is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society, previous chair of the Australian Research Council’s College of Experts in the social, behavioural and economic sciences, past President of the Society for Australasian Social Psychology, and she currently holds editorial positions with the British Journal of Psychology and the European Journal of Social Psychology.
Deborah is married with three children.