Sydney University Psychology of Intergroup Relations Lab

What We Do                

The Sydney University Psychology of Intergroup Relations (SUPIR) Lab is dedicated to the psychological study of intergroup relations, diversity, and stigma.

We integrate a range of empirical methodologies from social psychology, social cognition, developmental psychology, field research, and psychophysiology. While our research has an Australian focus, its scope is international, with broad applications for social policy and interventions to promote social harmony.

    Our Research Aims To...

  •   Understand the dynamic processes that contribute to stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination between different social groups.
  •   Formulate and evaluate strategies to reduce intergroup conflict and promote positive intergroup relations.
  •   Develop and evaluate new measures for examining intergroup relations.
  •   Explore the bidirectional nature of intergroup relations and highlight its importance for promoting positive social change.

Who We Are

Lab Director

Fiona White

Fiona White

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Doctoral Students

Roberta Chen

Roberta Chen

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Cheuk-yue (Cherry) Wan

Cheuk-yue (Cherry) Wan

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Honours Students

Emma McDermott

Emma McDermott

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Michael Deng

Michael Deng

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Ryan Goh

Ryan Goh

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Research Assistants

Alex Athanasopoulos

Alex Athanasopoulos

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Alyce Neal

Alyce Neal

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Aoife McCloskey

Aoife McCloskey

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Arabella Matthews

Arabella Matthews

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Isabelle Wilson

Isabelle Wilson

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Lily Flynn

Lily Flynn

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Maddison Smith

Maddison Smith

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Milica Yeh

Milica Yeh

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Miya Chesterman

Miya Chesterman

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Steven Li

Steven Li

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Zechan (Sam) Yu

Zechan (Sam) Yu

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Lab Alumni

Betty Luu

Betty Luu

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Rachel Maunder

Rachel Maunder

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Lauren Harvey

Lauren J. Harvey

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Stefano Verrelli

Stefano Verrelli

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Ruth Kuntzman

Ruth Kuntzman

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What You Can Do

Doctoral and Masters Research Programs

The SUPIR Lab welcomes both domestic and international candidates to pursue a rewarding higher research degree (including a Doctor of Philosophy or a Master of Science) within The University of Sydney's School of Psychology. The Lab provides students with a supportive and collaborative environment that helps nurture the critical mindset and diligent research approach necessary for them to succeed as future independent researchers.

The School of Psychology offers a well-resourced and stimulating intellectual environment for research students and offers competitive top-up scholarships, teaching fellowships, and financial support to attend national and international conferences. More information.

Research projects can cover any topic in the extensive field of prejudice, diversity, and intergroup relations.

Examples of current and previous research topics include:

  • 01 The creation of more inclusive classrooms for sexual minority and gender non-conforming adolescents.
  • 02 The effect of stereotypicality in reducing public stigma against schizophrenia, depression, and substance abuse disorder, and self-stigma in mental illness.
  • 03 The role of political ideology in intergroup prejudice.
  • 04 The stigmatised feminist identity.
  • 05 Bicultural identification and racial discrimination.
  • 06 The significance of attitudinal ambivalence to attitude theory and measurement.
  • 07 Understanding the relationship between moral reasoning and political orientation.

Undergraduate Honours Programs

The SUPIR Lab encourages undergraduate students to undertake their Honours empirical project under the supervision of principal investigator, Professor Fiona White. The Lab will provide students with a great research environment and a nurturing support network to guide them successfully through their Honours year. More information.

Examples of current and previous research topics include:

  • 01 Using perspective-taking and empathetic listening to reduce prejudice against the elderly.
  • 02 E-contact as a strategy to reduce stigma against people with schizophrenia and people with mental illness more broadly.
  • 03 E-contact as a strategy to reduce homophobia in heterosexual males and females.

Candidates interested in any of the aforementioned programs should email Professor Fiona White to discuss potential topics.

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Undergraduate Volunteer Research Assistants

The SUPIR Lab provides third-year psychology students at the University of Sydney with the opportunity to engage with psychology research first hand. VRAs attend fortnightly meetings discussing issues in social psychology research, assist PhD and Masters students with their research projects, and also gain insight into whats involved in Psychology Honours.

Examples of VRA research activities include:

  • 01 Piloting and supervising lab experiments.
  • 02 Systematic literature searches and reviews.
  • 03 Providing feedback on research conducted by others.

Applications to join the SUPIR Lab as a volunteer research assistant in 2022 are CLOSED.

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You can contact us any time by email or on social media.

The SUPIR Lab
Brennan MacCallum Building (A18)
The University of Sydney NSW 2006 Australia