Gilles Gignac

Associate Professor

  • The University of Western Australia (M304), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


My research work aims to deepen our understanding of the psychological variations between individuals, exploring their origins, how we measure them, and their outcomes. Recently, my primary areas of focus include:

* Rigorous psychometric approaches to measuring abilities, with a special emphasis on financial literacy.
* The causes and consequences of financial literacy.
* Meta-cognition, especially the ability of individuals to accurately assess their own capabilities.
* Narcissism, characterized primarily by the overestimation of one's abilities.

I began my academic journey with an undergraduate Honours degree in Psychology from Laurentian University. This was followed by a Master's degree in Psychology with a focus on Psychometrics from the University of Western Ontario, and a PhD in Psychology from Swinburne University of Technology.

In today's world, virtually everyone must make decisions about money. I am particularly intrigued by the vast differences in people's financial well-being, which seem to exist partly independently of their family's socioeconomic status. While financial literacy appears to be a piece of the puzzle, it's a dimension that has seldom been explored from a psychological standpoint.

For a comprehensive list of my publications (many of which are available for free download), please visit my personal webpage:

Roles and responsibilities

I'm an associate professor in the School of Psychological Science (SPS). I served as the Deputy Head of School (Jan 2023 - Dec 2023). Previously, I was Director of Undergraduate Programs for the SPS (2020 to 2022), and, in 2022, I was acting chair of the Board of Studies (Life, Health and Natural Sciences). I start a 3-year term on UWA's Academic Board from January 2023.

I currently coordinate and lecture for PSYC3302 (Psychological Measurement and its Application). I also lecture into PSYC4418 (Advanced Quantitative Methods in Psychology). I regularly supervise 3 Honours students from year to year.

Official Journal/Editorial Responsibilities

Associate Editor, Journal of Personality (2023 - present)
Editorial Board Consultant, Intelligence (2016 - present)
Statistical Advisor, British Journal of Psychology (2019 - present)
Consulting Editor, Psychological Assessment (2015 - 2022)


To read about my research and more, visit my personal site:

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Research expertise keywords

  • Intelligence
  • Personality
  • Individual differences
  • Psychometrics
  • Statistics
  • financial literacy


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