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Dr Luisa Dos Santos Batalha Name: Dr Luisa Dos Santos Batalha
Lecturer (Social Psychology)
+612 9701 4731
Organisational Area
Faculty of Health Sciences
School of Behavioural and Health Sciences (NSW)
Edward Clancy Building(Bldg.640 - 167-169 Albert Road, Strathfield NSW 2135)-Ground-RoomG.06
Biographical Information

I received a B.A. from Stockholm University in 2002, aM.Sc. from Stockholm University in 2003, and a Ph.D. Uppsala University in 2008. At Uppsala University, my doctoral thesis centered around intergroup relations and issues of affirmative action and prejudice. My research interests Continue to focus on prejudice but i have also a keen interests in the interplay of social psychology and climate change mitigation behaviour 

In 2008 I received a two-year research grant (1 000 000 SKR) from the Swedish Research Council to conduct post-doctoral research work at the Australian National University with Professor Kate Reynolds

At the ANU i held three Research Fellowships, two at the School of Psychology and one in Political Science.

Since July 2015 I have taken on a position as lecturer in social psychology at the Australian Catholic University, Strathfield campus in Sydney.


Batalha, L., Niemeyer, S., Dryzek, J. S., & Gastil, J. (in press). Psychological mechanisms of deliberative transformation: The role of group identity

Cooper, D., Yap, K., Batalha, L. (2018). Mindfulness-based interventions and their effects on emotional clarity: A systematic review a d meta-analysis. Journal of Affective Disorders, 235, 265-276.

 *Batalha, L., Reynolds, J. K., Jones, B. M., Subasic, E., & Cotan-Utomo, M. (submitted). Can community programs address social cohesion, alienation and social (di)sengagement? The role of social identity processes. (invited submission to the European Journal of Social Psychology Special Issue on &ldquoThe Opportunities and Challenges of Diversity: Explaining Its Impact on Individuals and Groups&rdquo

Contreras-Huerta, L. S., Baker, K., Reynolds, K. J., Batalha, L., & Cunnington, R. (2013). Racial bias in neural empathic responses to pain. PLoS ONE, 8. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0084001   

Reynolds, K. J., Bizumic, B., Subasic, E., Turner, J. C., Branscombe, N., Mavor, K. I., & Batalha, L. (2012). Social identity and personality processes: Non-aboriginal Australian identity and neuroticism. European Journal of Social Psychology, 42, 252-262. DOI: 10.1002/ejsp.1841

Batalha, L, Reynolds, KJ (2012). ASPIRing to mitigate climate change: Superordinate identity in global climate negotiations. Political Psychology, 33, 743-760. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9221.2012.00896.x 

Batalha, L., Reynolds, K. J., & Newbigin, C. A. (2011). All else being equal: Are men always higher in social dominance orientation than women? European Journal of Social Psychology, 41, 796-806. DOI: 10.1002/ejsp.829 

Batalha, L., Ekehammar, B., & Akrami, N. (2007). Outgroup favouritism: The role of power perception, gender, and conservatism. Current Research in Social Psychology, 13, 38-49.

Batalha, L. (2006). The construction of gendered identities through personality traits: A post-structuralist critique. Gay and Lesbian Issues and Psychology Review, 2, 3-11.[1]...


Book chapters in edited Scholarly books


1.       *Reynolds, K. J., Batalha, L., & Subasic, E., Jones, B. M. (2015). The social psychology of social dis(harmony): Implications for political leaders and public policy (pp. 337-356). In J. P. Forgas, K. Fiedler, & B. Crano (Eds.), Social psychology and politics. New York: Psychology Press.

2.       Batalha, L., & Reynolds, K. J. (2013). Gender and personality: Beyond gender stereotypes to social identity and the dynamics of social change. In M. K. Ryan, & N. R. Branscombe (Eds.), The Sage handbook of gender and psychology (pp. 165-182). London: Sage. 

3.       Niemeyer, S, Batalha, L., Dryzek, J. S. (2013). Changing orientations towards Australian democracy. In L. Carson, J. Gastil, J. Hartz-Karp, & R. Lubensky (Eds.) The Australian citizens' parliament and the future of deliberative democracy (pp. 133-145). Pennsylvania: Penn State University Press.

Other publications

*Reynolds, K., Batalha, L., Subasic, E. (2014). The third generation and diversity. In A. Markus (Ed.), Mapping social cohesion: The Scanlon Foundation surveys 2014. Melbourne: Scanlon Foundation

Reynolds, K J., Batalha, L., Jones, B M., Subasic, E. (2014). Building successful diverse communities: What works and why? Report for the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.



At the ACU I teach Individual Differences, Social Psychology, Critical Thinking, Applications of Psychology and The Psychology of Gender and Sexuality.

Professional Memberships

Member of the European Association of Social Psychology (EASP).

Member of the Society of Australian Social Psychology (SASP)


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