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Dr Joel Anderson Name: Dr Joel Anderson
Lecturer (Psychology)
+613 9953 3112
Organisational Area
Faculty of Health Sciences
School of Behavioural and Health Sciences (VIC)
Building 403 - The Daniel Mannix Building (8-14 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065)-Level 5-Room 403.5.26
Biographical Information

Joel completed his undergraduate and post-graduate training in psychology at Australian Catholic University. He completed his post-doctoral work at the University of Geneva in Switzerland before returning to ACU to take a lecturing position in psychology.

Joel teaches undergraduate and postgraduate units in social and cross-cultural psychology, personality, organisational and industrial psychology, and research design and statistics.

His research interests are in social psychology: intergroup relations, implicit measurement of attitudes, the scientific study of religion, and cross-cultural differences in cognitions and behaviours.



Sheikh, M., Koc, Y., & Anderson, J. R. (2019). A qualitative investigation of barriers to education for asylum seeker and refugee university students in Australia. Journal for Education of Students Placed at Risk. doi: 10.1080/10824669.2019.1657867

Moor, L. Kapelles, T., Koc, Y., & Anderson, J. R. (2019). Predicting explicit and implicit attitudes towards gay men using the dual process model of prejudice and the dark tetrad. Personality and Individual Differences. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2019.06.029

Anderson, J. R. (2019). The moderating role of socially desirable responding in implicit-explicit attitudes toward asylum seekers. International Journal of Psychology. doi: 10.1002/ijop.12439

Moor, L. & Anderson, J. R. (2019). A Systematic Literature Review of the Relationship between Dark Personality Traits and Antisocial Online Behaviours. Personality and Individual Differences.

Dryden, C. & Anderson, J. R. (2019). A Systematic Literature Review of the Relationship between Dark Personality Traits and Antisocial Online Behaviours. Personality and Individual Differences.

Carrotte, E., & Anderson, J. R. (2019). Self-objectification, body shame, and the protective role of grandiose and hypersensitive narcissism. Sex Roles. 1-11. doi:10.1007/s11199-018-0948-y

Falomir-Pichastor, J. M., Berent, J., & Anderson, J. R. (2019). Mens' feminization and sexual prejudice. Sex Roles. doi:10.1007/s11199-018-0985-6

Campbell, M., Hinton, J. D. & Anderson, J. R. (2019). Religion and Transprejudice: A systematic review. The International Journal of Transgenderism

Hinton, J. & Anderson, J. R. (2019, in press). Exploring the Effects of Gay Men's Self- and Meta-Stereotype Endorsement on Well-Being. Psychology and Sexuality.

Deslandes, C. & Anderson, J. R. (2019). Religion and migrant-prejudice: A meta-analysis. International Journal for the Psychology of Religion. doi:10.1080/10508619.2019.1570814

Cowling, M. & Anderson, J. R. (2019). The role of Christianity and Islam in explaining prejudice against asylum seekers: Evidence from Malaysia. The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion. doi:10.1080/10508619.2019.1567242

Cowling, M., Anderson, J. R., & Ferguson, R. (2018). A meta-analytic review of attitudes-relevant correlates and prejudice against asylum seekers and refugees. Journal of Refugee Studies. doi:10.1093/jrs/fey0062

Koc, Y. & Anderson, J. R. (2018). Vicarious contact reduces negative attitudes towards Syrian Refugees. Journal of Social Issues.

Anderson, J. R. (2018). Implicit and explicit attitudes toward asylum seekers: Demographic and ideological correlates. Australian Psychologist, 1-11. doi:10.1111/ap.12229

Hartley, L., Anderson, J. R., & Pedersen, A. (2018, in press). Prejudice, false beliefs, and predicting support for refugee policies. Advanced online publication &ndash Journal of Refugee Studies.

Anderson, J. R., Holland, E., Koc, Y., & Haslam, N. (2018). iObjectify: Exploring self- and other-objectification of men on Grindr, a geosocial networking application designed for men who have sex with men. European Journal of Social Psychology. doi:10.1177/0361684318791543

Anderson, J. R., Koc, Y., & Falomir-Pichastor, J. M. (2018). Psychometric Properties of the Attitudes Towards Homosexuality Scale. Swiss Journal of Psychology, 77, 117-126. doi:10.1024/1421-0185/a000210

Carnaghi, A., Anderson, J. R., & Bianchi, M. (2018). On the Origin of Beliefs about the Sexual Orientation and Gender-role Development of Children Raised by Gay-male and Heterosexual Parents: An Italian Study. Men and Masculinities.  doi: 10.1177/1097184X18775462

Anderson, J. R., & Cheers, C. (2018). Does the dark triad predict prejudice?: The role of Machiavellianism, psychopathy, and narcissism in explaining negativity toward asylum seekers. Australian Psychologist. doi:10.1111/ap.12283

Anderson, J. R., & Ferguson, R. (2018). Demographic and ideological correlates of negative attitudes toward asylum seekers: A meta-analytic review. Australian Journal of Psychology. doi: 10.1111/ajpy.12162

Anderson, J. R., Holland, E., Heldreth, C., & Johnson, S. P. (2018). Revisiting the Jezebel Stereotype: The impact of target race on sexual objectification. Psychology of Women Quarterly. doi:10.1177/0361684318791543

Carrotte, E. & Anderson, J. R. (2018). A Systematic Review of the Relationship Between Trait Self-Objectification and Personality Traits. Personality and Individual Differences. Advanced online manuscript.

Sheikh, M., & Anderson, J. R. (2018). Acculturation patterns and education for refugees and asylum seekers: A systematic literature review. Learning and Individual Differences, 67, 22-32. Doi: 10.1016/j.lindif.2018.07.003

Anderson, J. R., & Guan, Y. (2017). Implicit Acculturation and the Academic Adjustment of Chinese Student Sojourners in Australia. Australian Psychologist. Manuscript in Press.

Anderson, J. R. (2017). The Prejudice against Asylum Seekers Scale: Presenting the Psychometric Properties of a New Measure of Classical and Conditional Attitudes. Journal of Social Psychology. Manuscript in Press.

Anderson, J. R., Georgantis, C., & Kapelles, T. (2017). Predicting support for marriage equality in Australia. Australian Journal of Psychology. doi:10.1111/ajpy.12164

Anderson, J. (2016). Student engagement and the Learning Incentive Program: Evidence and applications. Sensoria: A Journal of Mind, Brain & Culture, 12(1), 28-37.

Anderson, J. R., Guan, Y., & Koc, Y. (2016). The academic adjustment scale: Measuring the adjustment of permanent resident or sojourner students. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 54, 68-76.

Anderson, J. R. (2015). The social psychology of religion: Using scientific methodologies to understand religion. In B. Mohan (Ed.), Constructions of Social Psychology. Baton Rouge, CA: inScience Press.

Anderson, J. R., & Holland, E. (2015a). The legacy of medicalising &lsquohomosexuality&rsquo: A discussion on the historical effects of non-heterosexual diagnostic classifications. Sensoria: A journal of Mind, Brain, and Culture, 12, 4-15. doi:10.7790/sa.v11i1.405

Anderson, J. R., & Holland, E. (2015b). Special edition on sexual orientation and gender: Editorial. Sensoria: A journal of Mind, Brain, and Culture, 12, 1-3. doi:10.7790/sa.v11i1.416

Anderson, J. R., & Koc, Y. (2015). Exploring patterns of explicit and implicit anti-gay attitudes in Muslims and Atheists. European Journal of Social Psychology, 45, 687-701. doi:10.1002/ejsp.2126

Anderson, J. R., Stuart, A., & Rossen, I. (2015). Not all negative: Macro justice principles predict positive attitudes towards asylum seekers in Australia. Australian Journal of Psychology, 67, 207-213. doi:10.1111/ajpy.12085

Kaufmann, L. M., Williams, B. J., Hosking, W., Anderson, J. R., & Pedder, D. (2015). Identifying as in, out, or sexually inexperienced: Perception of sex-related personal disclosures. Sensoria: A journal of Mind, Brain, and Culture, 12, 41-19. doi:10.7790/sa.v11i1.411

Anderson, J. R., & Antalíková, R. (2014). Framing (implicitly) matters: The role of religion in attitudes toward immigrants and Muslims in Denmark. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, 55, 593-600. doi:10.1111/sjop.12161




I am a social psychologist whose primary interests revolve around group processes, with a focus on prejudice, stigma, and stereotypes.

The primary research focus of my career has been to understand the psychological processes behind homophobia and gender bias, including the development of a methodology for the measurement of implicit anti-gay bias (non-conscious homophobia) that overcomes some of the methodological problems in traditional paradigms of measurement of this bias (i.e., a measure that taps attitudes towards gay "people&rdquo rather than the multi-faceted and superordinate category of homosexuality.

Although this research has been central to my research program, I have also been heavily involved in studying stigmas and negative attitudes towards asylum seekers, and ethnic minorities. Further, I have worked on research exploring the range of individual- and group-level responses made in response to being disadvantaged on the basis of membership to social categories such as gender, religious affiliation, sexuality, or ethnic group. Within this research, I am interested in understanding the conditions that lead to differential responses, in particular system justification and collective action.

I have also been involved in research in the sexual objectification of women, and in research concerned with prejudice toward female leaders and how women can achieve success in leadership roles.

Finally, I am interested in the social psychology of religion, and the use of subliminal priming methods to experimentally explore the relationship between religion and pro- and anti-social attitudes and behaviours towards the socially disadvantaged or margianlised.


I also have a part-time research fellowship at the Australian research Centre for Sex, Health, and Society.

Professional Memberships

Full member - European Association of Social Psychology

Society of Australasian Social Psychologists

International Association of Cross-Cultural Psychology


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