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Olivia Evans
PhD Candidate - Social Psychology
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Olivia is undertaking her PhD in social psychology under the supervision of A/Prof Mark Rubin and A/Prof Ross Wilkinson. Olivia's research examines the relationships between social class, social support, social integration, and mental health. She aims to establish whether social support and social integration mediate the relationship between social class and mental health in university students and the general population.

Monica Gendi
PhD Candidate - Social Psychology
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Monica is undertaking a PhD in social psychology under the supervision of A/Prof Mark Rubin and Dr Emina Subasic. Her research examines the links between the need for cognitive closure (i.e., the need to avoid ambiguity), the ability to achieve closure, and mental health. She aims to expand on the understanding of mediating and moderating variables that affect these links.

Stephanie Hardacre
 PhD Candidate - Social and Organisational Psychology
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Stephanie is undertaking her PhD in social and organisational psychology under the supervision of Dr Emina Subašić and A/Prof Mark Rubin. Stephanie’s research investigates how to mobilise a broader audience for gender equality by focusing on men as agents of change. Her work aims to examine how leadership as a form of influence based on shared ingroup membership (i.e., male leaders influencing men more so than female leaders) can lead to the silent majority (men) embracing a cause (gender equality) of a minority (women) as their own via the process of political solidarity.

Matylda Mackiewicz
PhD Candidate - Social Psychology
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Matylda is undertaking her PhD in social psychology under the supervision of A/Prof Stefania Paolini and Dr Emina Subašić. Matylda’s investigative interests lie in the realm of intergroup contact. Her research examines the personal and situational determinants of people’s approach and avoidance behaviours towards outgroup members. Specifically, she hopes to develop a more systematic understanding of the factors that contribute to that rare species of event, by which a person spontaneously seeks out intergroup contact over contact with other members of their own group. In so doing, she hopes to get us all a little friendlier with each other.

Romany McGuffog
PhD Candidate - Social Psychology
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Romany is undertaking her PhD in social psychology under the supervision of A/Prof Mark Rubin, A/Prof Stefania Paolini, and Dr Kylie McIntyre. Romany's research examines the relationships between social class, sleep and mental and physical health.  She aims to investigate the role of sleep in the relationship between social class and mental and physical health, and in particular, if social class differences in sleep can potentially explain social class differences in mental and physical health.

Yasser Saeedian
PhD Candidate - Social Psychology
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Yasser is undertaking his PhD in social psychology under the supervision of A/Prof Stefania Paolini and Dr Elise Kalokerinos. His research examines the relationship between intergroup contact and emotion in daily life using experience sampling methodology, which consists of structured diary techniques that capture individuals’ thoughts, feelings, and behaviours in their natural everyday environments. The main aims of his PhD is to use emotion to explain variations in the desire for engaging in contact with people of different groups and to understand the emotional outcomes of contact. In so doing, he aims to integrate emotion research and intergroup contact research into a coherent model of intergroup contact and emotion.

Richard Turner
PhD Candidate - Social Psychology
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Richard is undertaking his PhD in social psychology under the supervision of A/Prof Mark Rubin and Prof Alison Hutton. Richard's research examines young adults' knowledge and perceived risks of several different illicit drugs (e.g., marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy, etc). His research aims to identify personality and social psychological variables that predict differences in the way that young adults understand different drugs.

Rebekah Bolton
PhD Candidate - Social Psychology
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Rebekah is undertaking her PhD in social psychology under the supervision of A/Prof Stefania Paolini and Dr Michelle Kelly. Her research examines the role of volition in intergenerational contact. She aims to explore the mediating and moderating variables that affect the relationship between volition and the quality of intergenerational contact and volition and the frequency of self-initiated contact uptake.