Associate Professor Tom Denson

Associate Professor Tom Denson

Associate Professor Tom Denson

Associate Professor

B.A. Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1997
M.A. Research Psychology, California State University, Long Beach, 2002
M.A. Social Psychology, University of Southern California, 2004
Ph.D. Social Psychology, University of Southern California, 2007

Contact details

Phone: (02) 9385 1305
Email: Associate Professor Tom Denson
Fax: (02) 9385 3641

Office: Mathews, Room 1304

Research Summary

Thomas F. Denson is an Associate Professor in the School of Psychology at UNSW. He is an experimental social-personality psychologist. His primary interests are anger-driven aggression, intergroup conflict, social neuroscience, and psychoneuroendocrinology. Tom received his PhD in 2007 from the University of Southern California, after which he received a lectureship here at the School of Psychology. He has won several awards for his research including the Association for Psychological Science’s ‘Rising Star’ Award, the NSW Young Tall Poppy Science Award, and the Society for Australasian Social Psychologists’ Early Career Researcher Award. In 2015, he was elected Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science for outstanding contributions to psychological science. Since 2009, he has been lucky enough to have received nearly $3 million in funding from the Australian Research Council (ARC) and National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). He was an ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award Fellow and is currently an ARC Future Fellow until the end of 2018. He is also an associate editor at Aggressive Behavior and has published over 80 articles and book chapters. In his spare time, he enjoys eating, playing guitar, and walking his fluffy white dog. 

Teaching

PSYC1001 & PSYC3121

Publications

Click here for publication list

Awards, Fellowships & Grants

Recent Research Grants:

  • (2015-2018) Australian Research Council Future Fellowsihp. A new pathway to self-control: Testing a social-neurocognitive model of aggressive desires. $892,507. Denson, TF.
  • (2012-2014) Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA). Anger and aggression in psychological time and space. $375,000. Denson, TF.
  • (2012-2014) Australian Research Council Discovery Project, Self-control processes underlying reactive aggression. $397,998. Denson, TF.
  • (2010-2013) Australian Research Council Linkage Project in collaboration with AAMI. Psychological factors that lead to risky, aggressive, and impaired driving. $360,000. Denson, TF, Zadro, L, & Moulds, ML.
  • (2010-2012) National Health and Medical Research Council Project Grant. Alcohol, angry rumination, and aggression: The role of acute impairment of executive functioning. $328,750. Denson, TF.
  • (2009-2011) Australian Research Council Discovery Project. Regulating anger: Cognitive reappraisal, emotional suppression, and post-event rumination. $170,000. Denson, TF, Grisham, JR, & Moulds, M.
  • (2009-2011) Australian Research Council Discovery Project. Social psychological, personality, and neural processes underlying anger, aggression, and health. $297,000. Denson, TF.

Current Research Students

PhD Students
Joanne Beames
Ewa Siedlecka
Dilan Sellahewa
Siobhan O'Dean
 
Honours Students
Sarah Hing
 
Clinical Psychology Masters Students
Geneviv Fanous
 
Lab Manager
Miriam Capper
 
Former PhD Students
Emma C. Fabiansson (NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption)
Timothy P. Schofield (University of Melbourne)
Khandis Blake (post doctoral fellow in the School of Biological, Earth, and Environmental Sciences, UNSW)

Personal Links

Personal Homepage: http://www.psychexperiment.net/denson/index

If you were a research participant in the Denson lab during 2016 and wish to know the findings, click here