Personal details

Associate Professor Renata Meuter
Head of School
Faculty of Health,
School of Psychology & Counselling
Associate Professor
Faculty of Health,
School of Psychology & Counselling
IHBI Membership
Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
IHBI Health Projects,
IHBI Psych and Counc - HDHS
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Identifiers and profiles

PhD (University of Oxford)

Professional memberships
and associations

Chair – Heads of Departments and Schools of Psychology Association (HODSPA)


Bilingual and multilingual language processing, Health communication, Vigilance and attentional control, Psycholinguistics, Experimental psychology

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


I am experimental psychologist by training, and my work incorporates basic and applied research with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) populations. My work in health communication with national and international research partners focuses on understanding how the growing CALD population in Australia and elsewhere can be best supported when communicating with health practitioners and healthcare providers by understanding, and striving towards overcoming, the linguistic and cultural barriers to accessing services and to receiving equitable care/treatment. The outcomes of this work are highly relevant and applicable to other organisational settings. I uses experimental (laboratory-based and quantitative) as well as qualitative approaches and mixed-method designs to understand how multilingual/cultural individuals and communities function, and engage and interact with each other with the aim to support optimal outcomes for these communities, also by informing best communication practice for professionals. I am actively engaged in promoting a shift in focus in research that is inclusive of CALD individuals and, more importantly, recognises that to fully understand how language works it is vital to consider bilingual and multilingual individuals as critical to that endeavour, rather than exceptions.

Research interests

  1. Bilingual and multilingual language processing
  2. Health communication
  3. Vigilance and attentional control
  4. Psycholinguistics
  5. Experimental psychology
This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Renata Meuter.



  1. Vice-Chancellor’s Award of Excellence 2008
  2. Australian Teaching and Learning Council Citation 2009


Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Renata Meuter.


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Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Overcoming language barriers in healthcare: towards safe and effective communication when patients or clinicians use a second language
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year
Health communication;Cross-cultural psychology;Health psychology


Current supervisions

Completed supervisions (Doctorate)