Faculty of Health

Dr Loch Forsyth

Phone: (03) 53279133
Email: l.forsyth@federation.edu.au
Room: H217
Position: Lecturer 
Discipline: Psychology


  • B.Psych.Sci (Hons)
  • Master of Industrial and Organisational Psychology (Deakin)
  • PhD

Teaching areas

  • Health Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Research Methods
  • Psychological Assessment
  • Research Supervision

Professional associations

  • International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP)
  • Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS)
  • Associate Member of APS College of Organisational Psychologists
  • Member of Military and Emergency Services and Psychology Interest Group (APS)
  • Registered Psychologist with AHPRA Psychology Board of Australia

Research interests

My main area of interest is currently focused on detecting deception in both organizational and forensic contexts. I am especially interested in identifying faking, impression management and deception at the recruitment and selection stages of the hiring process. I also hold interests in areas that include emotion recognition, emotion regulation and negotiation. In recent times I have developed an interest around nature-based recreational therapy for individuals and groups.

Publications (last 5 years)

Refereed Articles

Forsyth, L. & Anglim, J. (Manuscript being prepared for submission). Detecting deception in short-answer job application questions: Verbal classification of truthful and deceptive responses

Forsyth, L., & Hayes, L. (2014). The effects of acceptance of thoughts, mindful awareness of breathing and spontaneous coping on an experimentally induced pain task. The Psychological Record, 64(3), 447-455.

Conference Presentations

Forsyth, L., Parker, P. D., Heaven, P., & Ciarrochi, J. (2014). Social support and its relationship with adolescent emotion regulation and mental health: A longitudinal investigation. The 28th International Conference of Applied Psychology Paris.

Forsyth, L., Hayes, L., Parker, P. D., Heaven, P., & Ciarrochi, J (2013). Emotion regulation and adolescent wellbeing: A longitudinal study Contextual Behavioural Science World Conference Sydney.