Sydney University Psychology of Intergroup Relations Lab

What We Do                

The Sydney University Psychology of Intergroup Relations (SUPIR) Lab is dedicated to the psychological study of intergroup relations, diversity, and stigma.

We integrate a range of empirical methodologies from social psychology, social cognition, developmental psychology, field research, and psychophysiology. While our research has an Australian focus, its scope is international, with broad applications for social policy and interventions to promote social harmony.

    Our Research Aims To...

  •   Understand the dynamic processes that contribute to stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimation between different social groups.
  •   Formulate and evaluate strategies to reduce intergroup conflict and promote positive intergroup relations.
  •   Develop and evaluate new measures for examining intergroup relations.
  •   Explore the bidirectional nature of intergroup relations and highlight its importance for promoting positive social change.

Who We Are

Lab Director

Fiona White

Fiona White

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Doctoral Students

Lauren Harvey

Lauren J. Harvey

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Ruth Kuntzman

Ruth Kuntzman

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Rachel Maunder

Rachel Maunder

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Stefano Verrelli

Stefano Verrelli

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Honours Students

Elise Boccanfuso

Elise Boccanfuso

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Peta O'Flynn

Peta O'Flynn

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Research Assistants

Karina Zola

Karina Zola

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Diana Vassilenko

Diana Vassilenko

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Cagla Tekin

Cagla Tekin

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Victoria Basile

Victoria Basile

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Oscar Leppan

Oscar Leppan

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Wathan Seezar Kyaw

Wathan Seezar Kyaw

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Celeste Zeng

Celeste Zeng

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Alice Chappell

Alice Chappell

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Rebecca Crabb

Rebecca Crabb

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Jessie Wang

Jessie Wang

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Jennifer Ma

Jennifer Ma

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Mirei Takashiba

Mirei Takashiba

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Susanna Feng

Susanna Feng

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Honorary Members

May-Zin Khine

May-Zin Khine

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Betty Luu

Betty Luu

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What We Publish

What You Can Do

Doctoral and Masters Research Programs

The SUPIR Lab welcomes both domestic and international candidates to pursue a rewarding higher research degree (including a Doctor of Philosophy or a Master of Science) within The University of Sydney's School of Psychology. The Lab provides students with a supportive and collaborative environment that helps nurture the critical mindset and diligent research approach necessary for them to succeed as future independent researchers.

The School of Psychology offers a well-resourced and stimulating intellectual environment for research students and offers competitive top-up scholarships, teaching fellowships, and financial support to attend national and international conferences. More information.

Research projects can cover any topic in the extensive field of prejudice, diversity, and intergroup relations.

Examples of current and previous research topics include:

  • 01 The creation of more inclusive classrooms for sexual minority and gender non-conforming adolescents.
  • 02 The effect of stereotypicality in reducing public stigma against schizophrenia, depression, and substance abuse disorder, and self-stigma in mental illness.
  • 03 The role of political ideology in intergroup prejudice.
  • 04 The stigmatised feminist identity.
  • 05 Bicultural identification and racial discrimination.
  • 06 The significance of attitudinal ambivalence to attitude theory and measurement.
  • 07 Understanding the relationship between moral reasoning and political orientation.

Undergraduate Honours' Programs

The SUPIR Lab encourages undergraduate students to undertake their Honours’ empirical project under the supervision of principal investigator, Professor Fiona White. The Lab will provide students with a great research environment and a nurturing support network to guide them successfully through their Honours' year. More information.

Examples of current and previous research topics include:

  • 01 Using perspective-taking and empathetic listening to reduce prejudice against the elderly.
  • 02 E-contact as a strategy to reduce stigma against people with schizophrenia and people with mental illness more broadly.
  • 03 E-contact as a strategy to reduce homophobia in heterosexual males and females.

Candidates interested in any of the aforementioned programs should email Professor Fiona White to discuss potential topics.

Contact Fiona

Volunteer Research Assistant Opportunities

We are no longer accepting applications for volunteer research assistants for 2018. Please check back in November to apply for a position in 2019.

Where You Can Connect With Us









You can contact us any time by email or on social media.

The SUPIR Lab
Brennan MacCallum Building (A18)
The University of Sydney NSW 2006 Australia