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Professor Matthew Rockloff

M.S. (Economics), Ph.D. (Psychology)
Head of Experimental Gambling Research Laboratory
School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences
(07) 4150 7138
07 4150 7138 Alternative Phone
408 - G29
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Prof. Matthew Rockloff received a Ph.D. in psychology from Florida Atlantic University in 1999. Dr Rockloff is Head of the Experimental Gambling Research Laboratory. Dr. Rockloff has been honoured as a Jack Walker Scholar and twice as an Aurel B. Newell Fellow. Dr Rockloff was named in the Top 15 Unijobs Lecturer of the Year Awards in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Prof Rockloff was named an Ig Nobel Laureate in 2017 for his experiments on how contact with a live crocodile affects a person’s willingness to gamble.


Head, Population Research Laboratory (2009 – 2017): The lab uses advanced Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI) software and 40+ staff members to manage large population surveys. It has a reputation for delivering high quality data collection and research outputs in the public sphere; including university, state and local clients.

Key achievements:

• Substantial increases in external survey funding ($142K, $202K and $211K in 2010, 2011 and 2012, respectively)

• Introduction of a “nomination” scheme for internal Population Research Laboratory grants. This scheme aims to recognise researchers who are judged as likely to make significant contributions to research outputs at CQUniversity.

• Introduction of a new “Healthy Workers” research project to engage more staff members in population-laboratory research.

• Registration as a preferred provider for FSANZ (Food Standards Australia New Zealand)

Faculty Research Leader (2012 – present):

Developed and delivered the Researcher Career Development Program based on a similar initiative at QUT (Budget = $300K). Early successes from participants include a $650K grant from NHMRC in 2012.

Psychology Discipline Research Leader (2012 – present):

Initiatives include establishment of a Research Club based on gamification principles to increase discipline journal/research outputs.

Node Leader, Queensland Centre for Social Science Innovation (2012 – 2013):

Leading CQUniversity’s involvement in establishment and running the Queensland Centre for Social Science Innovation (QCSSI). This multi-university partnership is joint-funded by the Queensland Government ($10 million) with nodes at UQ, QUT, Griffith and JCU.

Leader, Social and Population Health, Collaborative Research Network (CRN) (2011 – present):

Contributed to a successful $5.5 million funding application for establishment of the CRN at CQUniversity.

• Contribute to ongoing management of the CRN Social and Population Health stream.

Research Expo Leader, Bundaberg (2011):

Coordinated the format and delivery of a Research Exposition on the Bundaberg Campus.

Acting Director, Centre for Social Science Research (2004):

Managed the staff, budget and other functions of the Centre.

Undergraduate Coordinator, Psychology (Jan ’07 – Oct ’08) :

Managed undergraduate degree programs, including Bachelor of Psychology, Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and the Graduate Diploma in Psychology; including the provision of degree programs in Singapore.

Universities Studied At

PhD 1995-1999 : Florida Atlantic University, Specialization: Social Psychology

MS Economics 1992-1994 : Texas A&M University Specialization: Applied Microeconomics

BA Economics 1985-1989 : University of California, SC

Universities Worked At

University of Nevada, Reno : 1999-2001: Post-Doctoral Fellow


2017 Ig Noble Prize in Economics, Matthew Rockloff and Nancy Greer for their experiments to see how contact with a live crocodile affects a person’s wiliness to gamble.

2014 Top 15 UniJobs Lecturers of the Year (#6 in Australia from 4,000+ nominees)

2014 CQUniversity Australia, Student Voice Commendation, Distance Educator of the Year

2013 Top 15 UniJobs Lecturers of the Year (#4 in Australia from 4,000+ nominees)

2012 Top 15 UniJobs Lecturers of the Year (#10 in Australia from 4,000+ nominees)

2012 CQUniversity Bundaberg Prize for Excellence in Research – Established Researchers, M. Rockloff, A. Bridges, P. Donaldson ($500)

2011 Top 15 UniJobs Lecturers of the Year (#11 in Australia from 4,000+ nominees)

2011 Bundaberg Campus Award for Excellence in Research – Established Researcher ($500)

2010 Faculty Award for Excellence in Learning and Teaching ($1000)

2008 Bundaberg Campus Award for Excellence in Research ($500)

1998-1999 Aurel B. Newell Fellow (USD $5000)

1998 Jack Walker Scholar (USD $500)

1997-1998 Aurel B. Newell Fellow (USD $5000)

1998 Research Award, Society of Southeastern Social Psychologists (USD $100)

Member: Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society (FAU)

• Member: ODE Honor Society (Texas A&M)

Media Citations
Previous teaching

Biological Foundations of Psychology
Social Foundations of Psychology
Social Psychology
Gambling and Addiction
Research Methods (Statistics)

Professional Experience

University of Nevada, Reno. Post-Doctoral Fellow, 1999-2001.

First American Bank, SSB., 1994-1995.

World Savings and Loan Association, FSB., 1989-1991.

Professional Memberships

Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society (Lifetime member)


Prof of Psychology

Professional Interests
Research Supervision

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • 1701 Psychology
  • 1799 Other Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
  • 1702 Cognitive Sciences

At the level of Principal Supervisor

Current Capacity
I am currently available to supervise more research candidates
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Research Interests
Psychology And Cognitive Sciences

Psychology - Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology

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