Bachelor of Arts (Auckland),
Bachelor of Psych (Hons) (Griffith),
Master of Applied Psychology (Sport & Exercise Psychology) (UQ),
I have had over 18 years research experience and during that time I have supervised honours and RHD students at both Griffith and UQ.
My area of research interests lie in Social Psychology and in Sport and Exercise Psychology. My most recent project has looked at the development of a variant of self-talk that removes the evaluative component that is embedded in positive and negative self-talk and exploring if non-evaluative self-talk can improve perfromance in althletes.
I am also interested in the processes that immigrants negotiate in settling in a new country. I am also interested in attitudes and stereotypes of members of outgroups and psychosocial wellbeing of group members.
In a previous position is as a Research Director at Colmar Brunton (Australia’s largest independent social research company), I was involved in a number of large scale social research projects being conducted on behalf of the Federal and the Queensland State Governments.
I am reviewer for a number of international journals including: Chid Development: Journal of Social Psychology; Journal of Applied Social Psychology; Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology among others.
My most recent reserach has looked at the influence of self-talk in improving performance in athletes. I have supervised post graduate reserach in the application of MAC programs to improve perfromance in adolescent rowers.
My research program has in the past looked at the acculturation processes of immigrants and how these match (or do not match) the expectations of the host culture and how these influence the nature of relations between these groups. I am also interested in the intergroup attitudes of these groups.
I am also interested in the devleopment of ethnic identity in children and youth and how this indentity influences their attitudes and behaviours towards outgroup members.
I have also conducted a study with the Department of Veterans Affairs investigating the influence that being a Vietnam Veteran has on family functioning and the psychological and social and mental wellbeing and adjustment of the extended families of these veterans (including spouses, siblings, children, nieces and nephews).
Griffiths, J.A., & Nesdale, D. (2006). In-group and out-group attitudes of ethnic majority and minority children. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 30, 735-749.
Nesdale, D., Maass, A., Kiesner, J., Durkin, K., Griffiths, J., & James, B. (2009). Effects of peer group rejection and a new group’s norms on children’s intergroup attitudes. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 27, 799-814.
Nesdale, D., Milliner, E., Duffy, A., Griffiths, J.A. (2009).Group membership, group norms, empathy and young children’s intentions to aggress. Aggressive Behaviour, 35, 244-258.
Nesdale, D., Griffiths, J., Durkin, K., & Maass, A.., Kiesner, J. (2008). Effects of group norms on children’s intentions to bully. Social Development,17,(4), 889-907
Nesdale, D., Griffiths, J., Durkin, K., & Maass, A., (2007). Effects of group membership, intergroup competition, and out-group ethnicity on children's ratings of in-group and out-group similarity and positivity. British Journal of Developmental Psychology. Vol 25(3), 359-373
Nesdale, D., Griffiths, J., Durkin, K., & Maass, A., (2007). Effects of group membership, intergroup competition, and out-group ethnicity on children's ratings of in-group and out-group similarity and positivity.British Journal of Developmental Psychology. Vol 25(3), 359-373
Nesdale, D., Maass, A., Kiesner, J., Durkin, K., Griffiths, J., & Ekberg, A (2007). Effects of peer group rejection, group membership, and group norms on children’s outgroup prejudice. International Journal of Behavioural Development, 31, 526-535.
Nesdale, D., Durkin, K. & Maass, A., & Griffiths, J. (2005) Threat, group identification, and children’s ethnic prejudice. Social Development, 14, 189-205.
Nesdale, D., Griffiths, J., Maass, A., & Durkin, K. (2005). Empathy, group norms and children’s ethnic attitudes. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 26, (6), 623-637.
Nesdale, D., Maass, A., Durkin, K & Griffiths, J. (2005). Group norms, threat and children’s ethnic prejudice. Child Development, 76, 1-12.
Nesdale, D., Durkin, K., Maass, A & Griffiths, J. (2004). Group status, outgroup ethnicity, and children’s ethnic attitudes. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 25(2), 237-251.
Nesdale, D., Maass, A., Griffiths, J. & Durkin, K (2003). Effects of ingroup and outgroup ethnicity on children’s attitudes towards members of the ingroup and outgroup. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 21(2), 177-192.
Note: Coordinator roles prior to 2009 and tutor roles prior to 2006 are not included.
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