Dr Lisa Williams

Dr Lisa Williams

Dr Lisa Williams

Senior Lecturer

B.A. Psychology, Lewis and Clark College, 2004
M.A. Social Psychology, Northeastern University, 2006
Ph.D. Social Psychology, Northeastern University, 2009

Contact details

Phone: (02) 9385 1643
Email: Dr Lisa Williams
Fax: (02) 9385 3641

Office: Mathews, Room 1302a

Research Summary

  • The influence of social emotions (e.g., pride, gratitude) in intrapersonal domains (goal pursuit, resilience, wellbeing), interpersonal domains (trust, negotiation, leadership), and intergroup domains (status, attitudes, intergroup aggression).
  • The processes by which expressions of emotion signal traits of the expresser (e.g., gratitude expressions signal interpersonal warmth, pride signals competence) and how inferences of these traits in turn drive interpersonal behavior.
  • The role of anticipatory, current, and reflected emotions in driving prosocial, community-oriented behavior (e.g., blood donation, voting).


  • PSYC1001/9001: Introduction to Psychology (1A)
  • PSYC2101: Assessment, Personality & Psychopathology
  • PSYC3121: Social Psychology
  • GENS9007: Sex, Love, and Attraction


in press

  • Williams, L. A., & Bliss-Moreau, E. (in press). Humans are ultrasocial and emotional. Behavioral and Brain Sciences.
  • Williams, L. A. (under contract). Beyond the self: Pride felt in relation to others. In J. A. Carter & E. C. Gordon (Eds.), The moral psychology of pride (part of a series: The moral psychology of emotions). Rowman & Littlefield.


  • Gooley, S. L., Zadro, L., Williams, L. A., Svetieva, E., & Gonsalkorale, K. (2015) Ostracizing for a reason: A novel source paradigm for examining the nature and consequences of motivated ostracism. Journal of Social Psychology, 155(5), 410-431. doi: 10.1080/00224545.2015.1060933
  • Williams, L. A., & *Barrett-Cheetham, E. (2015). Social psychological perspectives on compassion. In M. Brenner (Ed.), On compassion. Createspace Publishers.
  • Williams, L. A., & Bartlett, M. Y. (2015). Warm thanks: Gratitude expression facilitates social affiliation in new relationships via perceived warmth. Emotion, 15(1), 1-5. doi: 10.1037/emo0000017


  • Masser, B., Smith, G., & Williams, L. A. (2014). Donor research in Australia: Challenges and promise. Transfusion Medicine & Hemotherapy, 41, 296-301. doi: 10.1159/000365016
  • Bliss-Moreau, E., & Williams, L. A. (2014). Tag, you’re it: Affect tagging promotes goal formation and selection. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 37(2), 138-139. doi: 10.1017/S0140525X13001969
  • Williams, L. A., & DeSteno, D. (2014). Building bonds, attaining ambitions, and establishing esteem: How positive emotions serve intrapersonal needs. In J. Gruber & J. T. Moskowitz (Eds.), Positive emotion: Integrating the light sides and dark sides (pp. 206-224). New York: Oxford University Press.

2010 and prior

  • DeSteno, D., Bartlett, M. Y., Baumann, J., Williams, L. A., & Dickens, L. (2010). Gratitude as moral sentiment: Emotion-guided cooperation in economic exchange. Emotion, 2, 289-293. doi: 10.1037/a0017883
  • Williams, L. A., & DeSteno, D. (2010). Pride in parsimony. Emotion Review, 2, 180-181. doi: 10.1177/1754073909355015
  • Dasgupta, N., DeSteno, D., Williams, L. A., & Hunsinger, M. (2009). Fanning the flames of prejudice: The influence of specific incidental emotions on implicit prejudice. Emotion, 9, 585-591. doi: 10.1037/a0015961
  • Williams, L. A., & DeSteno, D. (2009). Pride: Adaptive social emotion or seventh sin? Psychological Science, 20, 284-288. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9280.2009.02292.x
  • Williams, L. A., & DeSteno, D. (2008). Pride and perseverance: The motivational function of pride. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 94, 1007-1017. doi: 10.1037/0022-3514.94.6.1007

Awards, Fellowships & Grants

CIs: Lisa A. Williams, Barbara Masser  
Partner Organization: Australian Red Cross Blood Service
The emotional psychology of blood donors: Understanding and using the affective key to donor return
Funding Scheme: Linkage Project
January 2015 – December 2017
ARC funded amount: $392,000  Blood Service (cash and in-kind): $968,000

CI: Lisa Williams  PI: David DeSteno
To be or not to be proud: Identifying the functionality of pride in intergroup settings
Funding Scheme: Discovery Project
January 2013 – December 2015   Funded amount: $190,000
CIs: Rebecca Pinkus, Lisa Williams, Joseph Ciarrochi, Julie Fitness  PI: Sandra Murray
Emotional responses to comparisons in romantic relationships: Implications for relationship wellbeing
Funding Scheme: Discovery Project
January 2013 – December 2015   Funded amount: $223,568
CI: Lisa Williams
The role of pride in motivating and maintaining blood donations
Funding Scheme: Donor and Community Research
July 2012-June 2013; Funded amount: $8,900

Current Research Students

  • PhD: Elizabeth Barrett-Cheetham
  • PhD: Joel Davies
  • PhD: Andrew Wowk

Personal Links

Lab Website: www.williamssocialemotionslab.com