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Kate Reynolds

Kate Reynolds

Dr Kate Reynolds is a social psychologists who studied at both the University of Queensland and the Australian National University. Between 2006 and 2012 she held an ARC Research Fellowship and in 2012 returned to her role as a teaching and research academic in the Research School of Psychology, ANU. She has teaching and supervision responsibilities in social and organisational psychology.
Dr Reynolds has published widely in social and organisational psychology on a range of topics including leadership, organisational diversity and change, and stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination. Her research is published in many of the leading journal in the field and has attracted over 2 million dollars of external competitive funding.

Her research is informed by both social identity theory and self-categorization theory and broadly focuses on the question of self-variability and change as a function of context, experience, and group processes (identity, social norms). She explores the following kinds of questions in her research: What impact do groups and group norms have on attitudes, behaviour and individual functioning? What are effective models of social and behavioural change? What impact does organisational culture and practice have on individual performance and well-being (learning, job involvement)? What role does leadership play in social change dynamics?

Dr Reynolds has served as Associate Editor (2010-2012) Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Co-editor Personality Psychology (2013-ongoing) and is on the Editorial Board of a number of other journals. She is currently Chair of the ACT Education and Training Directorate Safe Schools Roundtable (2012-ongoing) and is a member of the International Society of Political Psychology Governing Council (2011-2014).

More details about her research interests are as follows:

(1) The social psychology of stereotyping and prejudice. This work explores issues at the heart of research into social categorization, social cognition and intergroup relations. Research deals specifically with topics of the relationship between personality and prejudice (implicit and explicit), the conditions under which ingroup and outgroup favouritism will be evident in intergroup relations, and the emergence of system (il)legitimacy and processes of social change.

(2) The interface of social and organisational psychology. This work looks at the contribution of groups and group membership to issues such as leadership, power, motivation, communication, diversity management, organizational identification and subgroup/team relations, and productivity.

(3) The relationship between self-categorization processes and personal identity. This area of research links social identify processes to interpersonal and individual processes.

Primary Interests:

  • Group Processes
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Personality, Individual Differences
  • Prejudice and Stereotyping
  • Self and Identity
  • Social Cognition

Research Group or Laboratory:


Journal Articles:

  • Reynolds, K.J., Jones, B., O’Brien, K. Subasic, E. (in press) Social change dynamics in social and political psychology: The importance of sub-group and superordinate levels of self-categorization. European Psychologist (Special Issue on Political Psychology)
  • Reynolds, K. J., & Oakes, P. J. (2000). Variability in impression formation: Investigating the role of motivation, capacity and the categorization process. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 26, 355-373.
  • Reynolds, K. J., Turner, J.C., Branscombe, N. R., Mavor, K. I., Bizumic, B., & Subasic, E. (2010) Interactionism in personality and social psychology: An integrated approach to understanding the mind and behaviour. European Journal of Personality, 24, 458-482.
  • Reynolds, K. J., Turner, J. C., & Haslam, S. A. (2000). When are we better than them and they worse than us? A closer look at social discrimination in positive and negative domains. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 78, 64-80.
  • Reynolds, K. J., Turner, J. C., Haslam, S. A., & Ryan, M. K. (2001). The role of personality and group factors in explaining prejudice. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 37, 427-434.

Other Publications:

  • Reynolds, K. J., & Turner, J. C. (2001). Prejudice as a group process: The role of social identity. In M. Augoustinos & K. J. Reynolds (Eds.), Understanding Prejudice, Racism, and Social Conflict. London: Sage.
  • Reynolds, K. J., Turner, J. C., & Haslam, S. A. (2003). Social identity and self-categorization theories’ contribution to understanding identification, salience and diversity in teams and organizations. In M. A. Neale & E. A. Mannix (Series Eds.) & J. Polzer (Vol. Ed.), Research on managing groups and teams: Vol. 5. Identity issues in groups (pp. 279-304). Oxford: Elsevier Science.
  • Turner, J. C., & Reynolds, K. J. (2003). Why social dominance theory has been falsified. British Journal of Social Psychology, 42, 199-206.

Courses Taught:

  • Industrial and Organisational Psychology
  • Life Issues: Applying Psychology

Kate Reynolds
Research School of Psychology (Building 39)
College of Medicine Biology and Environment
Australian National University
Canberra ACT 0200

  • Phone: +61 (02) 6125 0637
  • Fax: +61 (02) 6125 0499

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