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Adriana Vargas Saenz

PhD Candidate, School of Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne

Adriana is currently in the final stages of her Ph.D in Social Psychology under the supervision of Professor Nick Haslam at the University of Melbourne. Her research examines the links between objectification, dehumanisation, and violence against women. More broadly, Adriana is interested in the psychology of gender, prejudice, and social cognition and perception. She is concerned with how people think about and understand others, and how this can shape their attitudes and behaviours.

Adriana has worked as a research associate at the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences since 2014. There, her research focuses on the role of social norms and attitudes on behaviour change. Since 2017 she has worked at the Centre for Workplace Leadership, where she is involved in a longitudinal project that examines unconscious knowledge on gender roles in the workplace and the impact of workplace stressors on personal and occupational wellbeing and functioning.


  • –present
    Research Associate, University of Melbourne