School of Health and Life Sciences

Dr Loch Forsyth

Phone: (03) 53279133
Room: H217
Position: Lecturer 
Discipline: Psychology


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

Teaching areas

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

Psychology Board of Australia

  • General registration
  • Organisation Psychology Registrar

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)
  • Member of Coaching Psychology Interest Group (APS)

Research interests

My main area of interest is currently focused on detecting deception in both organisational 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 language.

Publications (last 5 years)

Refereed articles

Forsyth, L. & Anglim, J. (Manuscript submitted). Using text analysis software to detect deception in written short-answer questions in employee selection

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.