I am a social psychologist. My work focuses on looking at factors that sever intergroup relations, the emotions that explain such severance, and the factors that bring groups back together. On an applied level I look at relations between Gay and Straight, Aboriginal and Asian and White, and normal weight and over-weight people (to name but a few).
More recently I have expanded my research scope to begin looking at the heritability of social attitudes, with a large scale twin study with the Australian Twin Registry. Data collection for this work has commenced, with completion scheduled for mid 2016. In 2012 I was awarded both a University of Queensland Postdoctoral Fellow and a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award, each worth over $300,000 over three years. At the end of 2015 I was awarded an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship (Level 2), valued at over $800,000. This was one of 50 Future Fellowships awarded to scientists nationwide, and one of only two in psychology.