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

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


I am an experimental social psychologist with a research focus on the dynamics of social interaction. I obtained my PhD from the Department of Psychology at the University of Canterbury (NZ). After a postdoctoral stint at the same institution, I was awarded a RCUK Fellowship in the School of Psychology, University of Aberdeen (UK), which was later translated to a permanent academic post. I joined the School of Psychological Science at UWA as a Senior Lecturer in July 2019.


My research interests span a wide range of social psychological phenomena with a common theme of exploring the dynamics of social interaction. A primary focus is on the role of interpersonal synchrony in shaping social exchange. This work draws from the science of coordination dynamics to provide a framework for understanding how people align their actions and thoughts and the influence this has on the success (or lack thereof) of their social endeavours. This research bridges several levels of analysis, ranging from examining the impact of interpersonal synchrony on social-cognitive functioning, to exploring the interplay between mental health and coordinated behaviour, as well as evaluating the role of synchronous action on group dynamics and teamwork. I also have interests in the role of mental imagery and emotion in social situations, and in particular how coordination of the experience and expression of emotion unfolds when people interact. More broadly, I favour integrating the framework of complexity science with contemporary models of psychological functioning in an attempt to situate Psychology within a more general theoretical context.

Teaching overview

PSYC1102 - Behaviour in Context

PSYC2212/3312 - Psychology and Social Behaviour

PSYC2215/3315 - Cognitive Psychology

PSYC4410 - Psychological Research Communication Skills

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
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality

Education/Academic qualification

Psychology, PhD, Smiles, Affordances, and Social Interaction, University of Canterbury

Award Date: 1 Jun 2005

Psychology, MSc, Social loafing in team sports, University of Canterbury

Award Date: 1 Jun 1998

Psychology, BA(Hons), University of Canterbury

Award Date: 1 Jun 1995

Psychology, BSc, University of Canterbury

Award Date: 1 Jun 1994

Research expertise keywords

  • social psychology
  • interpersonal coordination
  • dynamical systems
  • perception-action
  • social cognition
  • synchrony


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