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Professor of Social Psychology, University of Sydney

Professor Fiona White's is an experimental Social Psychologist whose research expertise concerns the development and evaluation of effective strategies to promote cooperative intergroup relations. She has led a number of prejudice and stigma reduction projects involving contact and recategorization strategies. Alongside her research team, she has developed a new intergroup contact strategy called Electronic- or E-contact.

E-contact integrates Allport's (1954) conditions for contact and E-contact has been found to improve intergroup relations between Catholics and Protestants in Norther Ireland, Muslim and Christian high-school students in Australia, homosexuals and heterosexuals, and people with schizophrenia and without schizophrenia.

Fiona has received competitive funding from the Australian Research Council, Office of Learning and Teaching and ViCHealth. Fiona is also the Director of the Sydney University Psychology of Intergroup Relations (SUPIR) Research Lab [].

Fiona currently holds the position of Degree Coordinator of the Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLAS) in the Faculty of Science at the University of Sydney.


  • 2014–present
    Professor, The University of Sydney


  • 1997 
    The University of Sydney, PhD
  • 1989 
    The University of Sydney, Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Psychology