Joshua Wiley


Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

- Clinical Interventions in Cancer (Sleep, Emotion Regulation) - Intensive longitudinal studies (daily diary) - Projects around stress, emotion regulation, and affective science


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Personal profile


Dr. Joshua Wiley is a behavioural medicine researcher currently appointed as a senior research fellow (Asst. Professor) at Monash University in the School of Psychological Sciences and Truner Institute for Brain and Mental Health (2016-present). He studied health psychology and behavioural medicine, completing his PhD at the University of California at Los Angeles in 2015. Subsequently, he trained in pragmatic randomised controlled trials (RCTs) through post doctoral with a primary care and prevention group.

Research interests

Dr. Wiley's research includes basic science and applied intervention work. In basic science, his work focuses on understanding the daily and longitudinal dynamics of sleep, psychosocial factors and health, emphasising potentially malleable mechanisms driving poor sleep and health. His intervention work targets the basic science mechanisms identified to attempt to improve population health. His intervention research focuses on accessible and feasible sleep/behavioural and emotion regulation interventions with potential for broad dissemination. Aligned with recent calls for personalised medicine, his group combines digitomics and cutting edge data analytics to drive personalised predictions and recommendations to help optimise the content, targetting, and delivery of their interventions. New tools and data analytic pipelines developed for his projects are routinely shared freely and have been picked up in many other studies and projects.

Reflecting the global reach of his research, Dr. Wiley has helped obtain competitive federal grant funding from the Australian Research Council (ARC), United States National Institutes of Health (US NIH), and United States Department of Defense (US DoD), and National Health and Medical Research Council (Australian NHRMC) totalling >$5 million in funding. He has ~60 publications resulting in >1700 citations and an H index > 20 (both from Google Scholar, late 2020).

Monash teaching commitment

I have taught into:

  • PSY3130 on health psychology, partciularly stress, coping, and behaviour change
  • PSY3062 on methods
  • PSY4120 on mental health in cancer contexts
  • PSY4210 on statistics and data science
  • PSY4270 on assessment and intervention in health psychology
  • PSY6103 on statistics and machine learning

Supervision interests

Across my own education and training, I have been fortunate to have worked with wonderful mentors.  These experiences taught me a deep respect for not only passing on knowledge, but actively supporting students to reach their potential. I consider myself a hands-on supervisor, and although I am happy for students to design a direction and project of interest to them, I tend to be actively involved throughout the development and implementation.

What is the supervision experience like?

For both doctoral and honors students, the core supervision involves individual meetings where we plan and discuss projects, progress, set goals, and address barriers or support needs (e.g., for specific training).  This core is supplemented through realtime messaging (via Teams) and written feedback (e.g., on drafts, presentations, etc.), lab meetings, and supplementary meetings when needed to overcome obstacles or meet deadlines.  I believe in being proactive about seeking additional opportunities for students beyond just meeting the requirements of the doctoral or honors program.  Example opportunities that I support and seek out for my students are:

  • Presentation at national/international conferences
  • Specialized training (e.g., workshops on clinical psych, training in the conduct of clinical trials, advanced statistics)
  • Involving students as co-authors on publications beyond just their own research. This can help strengthen CVs bolster (e.g., for honors students to get into doctoral programs, or for doctoral students to get positions after graduation)
  • Identifying and supporting applications for research grants or scholarships
  • Peer reviewing for scientific journals
  • Nominating students for leadership positions in professional societies
  • Nominating students for awards

What topics are available?

My broad research interests are in how psychology and behavioral scientists can promote health and well-being.  Specifically, I have expertise in:

  • cancer and psycho-oncology
  • sleep and wake behaviour
  • stress, coping/emotion regulation, individual resilience factors
  • mental health

Projects in my lab typically include at least two of the above domains. For example, we conduct clinical interventions targetting sleep in people treated for cancer. We also study how stress and coping are associated with daily sleep or how daily sleep influences mental health.

I am happy to discuss projects that fall under broad umbrella of topics described above.

Most of my and my students’ research is conducted in either individuals with cancer or community samples.  As people live longer, more and more individuals will experience a cancer diagnosis and treatment during their lifetime and so research understanding adjustment to cancer and designing or testing novel interventions to improve health and well-being in people with cancer is particularly urgent now.  In terms of designs, my lab primarily works with observational studies or intervention studies. Although laboratory studies are not excluded, they are less common.

What types of students do you accept?

I am happy to supervise both doctoral and honors students.  Monash University has criteria for entry and for scholarship awards.  Personally, I look for students who are motivated and passionate about their work.  Although I strive to provide my students with extensive support and numerous opportunities, I also have high expectations.  I am flexible with when and where students work (it is completely fine to work from home or take holidays), but you should be passionate enough about your work that you genuinely enjoy it and want to engage.  That does not mean you need to love every aspect of a doctorate or honors, but if you are not curious about what the outcome of your independent project is or find the thought of spending hours designing a study, reading the literature to develop novel hypotheses, collect and analyze data, and share the results with others tedious or frustrating, I am probably not the right supervisor for you.

How can I learn more?

You can look at our lab website to learn more about our team and projects by going here.

I encourage anyone interested in working with me to email me to discuss your interests.  If it seems like we might be a good fit, we can schedule a call or in person meeting.  I encourage students to contact me at any stage, even if you are not applying immediately, it can be helpful to talk and plan early.

Finally, if you are serious about joining my lab, I encourage you to reach out to some of my current students.  Talking with current or former students can give you a better sense of what working with me is like.  Several of my students have agreed to have their contact details listed so that you can contact them directly and confidentially and hear what their experience working with me has been.

Student contacts:

  • Isabelle Smith (
    clinical psychology PhD program

  • Natasha Tung (
    clinical psychology PhD program

Research area keywords

  • Sleep
  • Cancer
  • Stress
  • psycho-oncology
  • Behavioural Medicine
  • Affective science
  • Coping
  • Health Psychology
  • Emotion Regulation
  • Allostatic Load
  • Psychosocial Resources
  • Insomnia
  • Health Behaviour


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