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Dr Fiona Kate Barlow
  – Australian Research Council Future Fellow

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Dr Fiona Kate Barlow
406 Psychology Building (McElwain; 24A)
+617 3365 4466
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School of Psychology
University of Queensland
Queensland 4072

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Dr Fiona Kate Barlow

University of Queensland, QLD

PhD in Social Psychology                                                                                                          2005 – 2009


University of Queensland, QLD

Honours in Psychology                                                                                                              2004

First Class

University of Queensland, QLD

Bachelor of Arts                                                                                                                             2001-2003

Double Major: Psychology

Single Major: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

Professional Activities:

Consulting reviewer for:

Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin

European Journal of Social Psychology


Ad hoc reviewer for:

Journal of Experimental Social Psychology

Social Psychological and Personality Science

British Journal of Social Psychology

Group Processes and Intergroup Relations

Social Psychology

Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology 

Australian Psychologist

Social Issues and Public Policy

Journal of Applied Social Psychology

The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education


Member of Society for Australasian Social Psychology, and Society of Personality and Social Psychology


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Dr Fiona Kate Barlow
Research Activities:

I am a social psychologist, having completed my PhD approximately 6.5 years ago. My work focuses on looking at factors that sever intergroup relations, the emotions that explain such severance, and the factors that bring groups back together. On an applied level I look at relations between Gay and Straight, Aboriginal and Asian and White, and normal weight and over-weight people (to name but a few).

More recently I have expanded my research scope to begin looking at the heritability of social attitudes, with a large scale twin study with the Australian Twin Registry. Data collection for this work has commenced, with completion scheduled for mid 2016. In 2012 I was awarded both a University of Queensland Postdoctoral Fellow and a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award, each worth over $300,000 over three years. At the end of 2015 I was awarded an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship (Level 2), valued at over $800,000. This was one of 50 Future Fellowships awarded to scientists nationwide, and one of only two in psychology.

Representative Publications:


55. Sibley, C.G., & Barlow, F.K.(Eds.). (Accepted). The Cambridge Handbook of the Psychology of Prejudice. Cambridge University Press. Anticipated publication date mid-2016.



54. Barlow, F.K., Sherlock, J., & Zietsch, B.P. (Accepted). Is prejudice genetic and heritable? Evidence from twin studies. In C.G. Sibley & F.K. Barlow (Eds). The Cambridge Handbook of the Psychology of Prejudice. Cambridge University Press. Anticipated publication date mid-2016.


53. Sibley, C.G. & Barlow, F.K.(Accepted). Introduction to the Psychology of Prejudice. In C.G. Sibley & F.K. Barlow (Eds). The Cambridge Handbook of the Psychology of Prejudice. Cambridge University Press. Anticipated publication date mid-2016.


52. Barlow, F.K., & Walker, N. (2015). Disability and Ageing. In N. Pachana and C. Haslam. (Eds). Encyclopedia of Gerontology. Springer.


51. Dubbs, S.L., Barlow, F.K., & Kelly, A.J. (2015). Ravishing rivals: Female intrasexual competition and plastic surgery. In Maryanne Fisher. (Ed). Female Intrasexual Competition. Oxford University Press.


50. Louis, W. R., Stork-Brett, K., & Barlow, F.K.(2013).  Friendships across gender and sexual identities.  In R. Harré & F. M. Moghaddam (Eds.). The Psychology of Friendship and Enmity. ABC-CLIO.


49. Louis, W.R., Barlow, F.K., & Greenaway, K.H. (2012). National identity, Australian values and outsiders. In N. Balvin and D. Bretherton (Eds.).  Peace Psychology in Australia. New York: Springer US.

                                (Google Scholar Citations of Article = 1)


48. Jetten, J., and Barlow, F.K.(2012). Rebellion at Princeton-Palainsboro: House and conformity. In L.M. Martin and E. Cascio (Eds). House and Psychology. New York: John Wiley and Sons.


47. Louis, W.R., Barlow, F.K., & Terry, D.J. (2010). Alienation, inaction, and engagement in political decision-making: Passive war opponents actively avoid news of the war and are motivated to derogate protestors. In F. Columbus (Ed.), Social Psychology: New Research. New York: Nova Publishers.




46. Harris, E. A.,Hornsey, M.J., & Barlow, F.K. (in press). On the link between benevolent sexism and orgasm frequency in women. Archives of Sexual Behavior. Accepted May, 2016.


45. Radke, H. R. M.,Hornsey, M.J., & Barlow, F.K. (in press). Barriers to women engaging in collective action to overcome sexism. American Psychologist. Accepted April, 2016.


44. Diedrichs, P.C., Atkinson, M.J., Garbett, K.M., Williamson, H., Halliwell, E., Rumsey, N., Leckie, G., Sibley, C.G., & Barlow, F.K. (in press). Randomised controlled trial of an online mother-daughter body image and well-being intervention. Health Psychology. Accepted February, 2016.


43. Harris, E.A., Thai, M., & Barlow, F.K. (in press). Fifty shades flipped: Effects of reading erotica depicting a sexually dominant woman compared to a sexually dominant man. The Journal of Sex Research. Accepted 8th December, 2015.

42. Stronge, S., Sengupta, N.K., Barlow, F.K., Osborne, D., Houkamau, C.A., & Sibley, C.G. (in press). Perceived Discrimination Predicts Increased Support for Political Rights and Life Satisfaction Mediated by Ethnic Identity: A Longitudinal Analysis. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology. Accepted July 27th, 2015.

41. Thai, M., Hornsey, M.J. & Barlow, F.K. (2016). Friends with moral credentials: Minority friendships reduce attributions of racism for majority group members who make conceivably racist statements. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 7, 272-280.


40. La Macchia, S. T., Louis, W. R., Hornsey, M. J., Thai, M., & Barlow, F. K. (2016). The Whitewashing Effect Using Racial Contact to Signal Trustworthiness and Competence. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 42(1), 118-129.


39. McIntyre, J.C. von Hippel, W., & Barlow, F.K.(2016). Self-regulation and social power: How self-regulatory failures can enhance social power. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 10, 41-49.


38. Stronge, S., Greaves, L.M., Milojev, P., West-Newman, T., Barlow, F.K., & Sibley, C.G. (2015). Facebook is linked to body dissatisfaction: Comparing users and non-users. Sex Roles: A Journal of Research, 73, 200-213.


37. Murphy, S.C., von Hippel, W., Dubbs, S.L., Angilletta Jr, M.J., Wilson, R.S., Trivers, R., & Barlow, F.K.(2015). The role of overconfidence in romantic desirability and competition. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 41(8), 1036-1052.


36. McIntyre, J. C., Constable, M. D., & Barlow, F.K.(2015). Property and prejudice: How racial attitudes and socialā€evaluative concerns shape property appraisals. European Journal of Social Psychology, 45, 716-727.


35. McIntyre, J.C.Barlow, F.K.,Hayward, L.E. (2015). Stronger sexual desires only predict bold romantic intentions and reported infidelity when self-control is low. Australian Journal of Psychology, 67, 178-186.


34. Sengupta, N., Milojev, P., Barlow, F.K., & Sibley, C.G. (2015). Ingroup friendship and political mobilization among the disadvantaged. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 21, 358-368.


33. Techakesari, P., Louis, W. R., & Barlow, F.K.(2015). The role of contact partners' gender in moderating the effects of positive contact on intergroup attitudes: A theoretical framework. Sensoria: A Journal of Mind, Brain, and Culture, 11.


32. Barlow, F.K., Thai, M., Wohl, M. J., White, S., Wright, M. A., & Hornsey, M. J. (2015). Perpetrator groups can enhance their moral self-image by accepting their own intergroup apologies. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 60, 39-50.


31. Hornsey, M. J., Wellauer, R., McIntyre, J. C., & Barlow, F.K.(2015). A Critical Test of the Assumption That Men Prefer Conformist Women and Women Prefer Nonconformist Men. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 41(6), 755-768.


30. Techakesari, P.,Barlow, F.K., Hornsey, M. J., Sung, B., Thai, M., & Chak, J. L. (2015). An Investigation of Positive and Negative Contact As Predictors of Intergroup Attitudes in the United States, Hong Kong, and Thailand. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 46(3), 454-468.


29. Kelly, A. J., Dubbs, S. L., & Barlow, F.K.(2015). Social Dominance Orientation Predicts Heterosexual Men’s Adverse Reactions to Romantic Rejection. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 44(4), 903-919. (Impact Factor =  3.280).


28. Thai, M., Barlow, F.K.& Hornsey, M.J. (2014). (Deviant) friends with benefits: The impact of group boundary permeability on minority group members’ responses to ethnic deviance. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 5, 360-368.


27. Alperin, A., Hornsey, M. J., Hayward, L. E., Diedrichs, P. C., & Barlow, F.K.(2014). Applying the contact hypothesis to anti-fat attitudes: Contact with overweight people is related to how we interact with our bodies and those of others. Social Science & Medicine, 123, 37-44.


26. Barlow, F.K., Hornsey, M. J., Thai, M., Sengupta, N., & Sibley, C. G. (2013). The wallpaper effect: The contact hypothesis fails for minority group members who live in areas with a high proportion of majority group members. PLoS One. (Impact Factor =  4.092; Google Scholar Citations of Article = 2).


25. Milojev, P., Osborne, D., Greaves, L.M., Barlow, F.K., & Sibley, C.G. (2013). The Mini-IPIP6: Tiny yet highly stable markers of big six personality. Journal of Research in Personality, 47, 936-944. (Impact Factor = 2.000)


24. Durante, F., Fiske., S.T., ..., & Barlow, F.K.(2013). Nations’ income inequality predicts ambivalence in stereotype content: How societies mind the gap. British Journal of Social Psychology, 52, 726-746. (Impact Factor = 1.765; Google Scholar Citations of Article = 12)


23. Sibley, C. G., Duckitt, J., Bergh, R., Osborne, D., Perry, R., Asbrock, F., Robertson, A., Armstrong, G., & Wilson, M. S., Barlow, F.K.(2013). A dual process model of attitudes toward immigration: person x residential area effects in a national sample. Political Psychology, 34, 553-572. (Impact Factor = 1.706; Google Scholar Citations of Article = 8)


22. Mulherin, K.M., Miller, Y.D., Barlow, F.K., Diedrichs, P.C., & Thompson, R. (2013). Weight stigma in maternity care: Women’s experiences and care provider’s attitudes. BMC Pregnancy & Childbirth, 13, 19.  (Impact Factor = 2.830; Google Scholar Citations of Article = 2)


21. Jetten, J., Haslam, S.A., & Barlow, F.K.(2013). Bringing back the system: One reason why conservatives are happier than liberals is that higher socioeconomic status gives them access to more group memberships. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 4(1), 6-13. I appeared on the Australian ABC Television Program The Drum to talk about this research: (viewership approx. 100,000)


20. Barlow, F.K., Paolini, S., Pedersen, A., Hornsey, M.J., Radke, H.R.M., Harwood, J., Rubin, M., & Sibley, C.G. (2012). The contact caveat: Negative contact predicts increased prejudice more than positive contact predicts reduced prejudice. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 38(12), 1629-1643. (Impact Factor = 2.217; Google Scholar Citations of Article =15)


19. Barlow, F.K., Sibley, C.G., & Hornsey, M.J. (2012). Rejection as a call to arms: Interracial hostility and support for political action as outcomes of race-based rejection in majority and minority groups. British Journal of Social Psychology, 51(1), 167-177. (Impact Factor = 1.765, Google Scholar Citations of Article= 28).


18. *Hornsey, M.J., Olsen, S., Barlow, F.K., & Oei, P.S. (2012). Testing a single-item visual analogue scale as a proxy for cohesiveness in group psychotherapy. Group Dynamics, 16(1), 80-90.

(Impact Factor = 1.242; Google Scholar Citations of Article= 2)


17. Sengupta, N. K., Barlow, F.K., & Sibley, C. G. (2012). Intergroup contact and post-colonial ideology: outgroup contact ameliorates symbolic exclusion but not historical negation. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 4, 506-517. (Impact Factor = 1.142; Google Scholar Citations of Article = 3)


16. Harth, N.S., Hornsey, M.J., and Barlow, F.K.(2011). Emotional responses to rejection of gestures of intergroup reconciliation. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 37(6), 815-829. (Impact Factor = 2.217; Google Scholar Citations of Article = 9)


15. Sengupta, N.K., Osborne, D., Houkamau, C.A., Hoverd, W.J., Wilson, M.S., Halliday, L.M., West-Newman, T., Barlow, F.K., Amrstrong, G., Robertson, A., & Sibley, C.G. (2012). How much happiness does money buy? Income and subjective well-being in New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Psychology, 41 (2), 21-34. (Impact Factor = 0.581; Google Scholar Citations of Article = 1)


14. Diedrichs, P.C., and Barlow, F.K.(2011). How to lose weight bias fast! Evaluating a brief anti-weight bias intervention. British Journal of Health Psychology, 16(4), 846-61. (Impact Factor = 2.697; Google Scholar Citations of Article = 9)


13. Allpress, J., Barlow, F.K., Brown, R., Louis, W. (2010). Atoning for colonial injustices: Group based shame and guilt motivate support for reparation. International Journal of Conflict and Violence, 4 (1), 75-88. (Google Scholar Citations of Article = 13)


12. Barlow, F.K., Louis, W.R., and Terry, D.J. (2010). Minority report: Social identity, cognitions of rejection and intergroup anxiety predicting prejudice from one racially marginalized group towards another. European Journal of Social Psychology, 40, 805-818. (Impact Factor = 1.466; Google Scholar Citations of Article = 13)


11. Barlow, F.K., Louis, W.R., & Hewstone, M. (2009). Rejected! Cognitions of rejection and intergroup anxiety as mediators of the impact of cross-group friendships on prejudice. British Journal of Social Psychology, 48, 389–405. (Impact Factor = 1.765; Google Scholar Citations of Article = 28)


10. Sibley, C.G., & Barlow, F.K.(2009). The ubiquity of Whiteness in majority group national imagination: Australian = White, but New Zealander does not. Australian Journal of Psychology, 61, 1-9. (Impact Factor = 1.078; Google Scholar Citations of Article = 21)


9. Pedersen, A., & Barlow, F.K.(2008). Theory to social action: A university-based strategy targeting prejudice against Aboriginal Australians. Australian Psychologist, 43, 148-159. (Impact Factor = 0.607; Google Scholar Citations of Article = 24)




8. Barlow, F.K.(2013). A review of ‘Explaining the Breakdown of Interethnic Relations’. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, 13, 425-428. (Tier A, Impact Factor=1.08).


7. Barlow, F.K., Paolini, S., Pedersen, A., Hornsey, M.J., Radke, H.R.M., Harwood, J., Rubin, M., & Sibley, C.G. (2013). Do bad interracial interactions shape our attitudes more than good interracial interactions. SPSPTalks, Invited Feature Story.


6. Radke, H.R.M., & Barlow, F.K.Solving unsolvable conflicts: Review and commentary on Coleman. (2013). Social Justice Research, 26, 218-225. (Impact Factor=0.89) Invited Book Review.


5. Louis, W. R., Barlow, F.K., Greenaway, K.G., & La Macchia, S. (2013, August).  Effective anti-racism strategies and conversations: Lessons from the literature.  InPsych.  (Invited article, Journal of the Australian Psychological Society.  Circulation to 20,000+ members)


4. Barlow, F.K.(2012). Do conservatives have more moral might than liberals? Australian Review of Public Affairs, Invited Book Review.


3. Barlow, F.K., Techakesari, P., Villis, A., Battisti, R. A., Dane, S. K.., & Hewitt, D. ( 2012). All you need to know about same-sex marriage: The facts on what marriage means to same-sex attracted people, how same-sex attracted parents raise children, and how discrimination affects same-sex attracted people. Doctors and Psychologists for Marriage Equality.

[Research Report:]

On 10th September 2012, Australian Senator for the Northern Territory Trish Crossin quoted all key findings directly from this report during her First and Second Reading Speeches. This occurred before all Senators made their final decisions on the Bill to amend the marriage act to legalise same-sex marriage. The document has been downloaded and accessed thousands of times by politicians and members of the general public.


2. Barlow, F.K., Dane, S., Techakesari, P., & Stork-Brett, K. (2012). The psychology of same-sex marriage opposition: How does opposing same-sex marriage affect straight and same-sex attracted Australians? School of Psychology Publication, The University of Queensland.

The findings of this research were presented to senators before the vote on the amendment of the marriage act. In addition, it was highlighted in my public talk as part of UQ’s Global Leadership Series. The document has been downloaded and accessed thousands of times by politicians and members of the general public.


1. Barlow, F.K.(2010). Post colonial colonialism?. Australian Review of Public Affairs, September Issue. Invited Book Review.

Course Coordinator:
  • Semester 2, 2011
    PSYC2010 - Psychological Research Methodology II
  • Semester 2, 2010
    PSYC2010 - Psychological Research Methodology II
  • Semester 2, 2009
    PSYC3010 - Psychological Research Methodology III
  • Semester 2, 2009
    PSYC2010 - Psychological Research Methodology II
Course Tutor:
  • Semester 1, 2008
    PSYC3020 - Measurement in Psychology
  • Semester 2, 2008
    PSYC4181 - Applied Social Psychology
  • Semester 1, 2007
    PSYC2030 - Developmental Psychology
  • Semester 2, 2007
    PSYC3142 - Intergroup Relations & Group Processes

Note: Coordinator roles prior to 2009 and tutor roles prior to 2006 are not included.

Research Area:
Social Psychology

I am particularly interested in a couple of key areas of social psychology, firstly racism and intergroup relations, and secondly sex and gender relations.

This year I am working on a number of projects looking at how the intergroup contact that we have with members of other groups can shape our attitudes.

In particular, does intergroup contact impact on racism? Does the intergroup contact we see in TV shows, and the media, influence how much we want to make intergroup friends? Does negative intergroup contact polarize us (e.g., in the case of the recent US election)?

Honours students who work with me may choose to work in one of these areas, or, of course, pitch a project in a related area!

As a supervisor, I would focus on weekly meetings, early data collection, and early drafts of written work.

See you this year!

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