Prof Kate Reynolds





Kate Reynolds is Professor of Psychology at the Australian National University (ANU). Her research addresses group processes (leadership, influence, norms) and intergroup relations (stereotyping, prejudice, conflict) and is informed by the social identity perspective (e.g., Turner & Reynolds, 2011). The broad research question that frames her work concerns the impact of groups (school, organisation, work group, political party) and group norms on individual’s attitudes, well-being and behaviour. She has received funding by the Australian Research Council and Federal and State Governments and her research has appeared in top scientific journals and received media attention. She has published over 80 journal articles and book chapters and co-edited book volumes, including The Psychology of Change: Life contexts, experiences and identities (2015). She has served on several executive committees of professional societies, editorial boards and as Associate Editor of Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin and Political Psychology. Currently, she is President of the International Society of Political Psychology (2016-2017) and President-elect of the Australasian Society of Social Psychologists (2017-2019). She is also an Associate Director of the Research School of Psychology, ANU.

Current Research:

School climate and school identification project. We have found using a longitudinal design that student perceptions of positive school climate are significantly related to the school outcomes of academic achievement, well-being, and bullying. Furthermore, positive changes in school climate perceptions and school identification over time (three years) were related to improved student engagement and decreased bullying. These results indicate that through strengthening school climate and school identification (psychological connection and belonging to the school) and certain group (school) norms it is possible to change behaviour.

Strengthening social cohesion project: We have found using a controlled design that community-lead programs can be effective in reducing prejudice and youth alienation and increasing willingness to stand up against instances of racism. Furthermore, it is through the program norms related to acceptance of diversity and identification with the program and its leadership that explains these changes in attitudes and behaviour.


Research interests

Social identity theory, Self-categorization theory, self-process, intergroup relations (stereotyping, prejudice, social harmony, social stability and change), organisational and group processes (leadership and influence motivation, performance)


2012-2015 (A$630,000) School identification, school climate and school outcomes: Evidence from  ACT Schools Awarded by Act Education and Training Directorate to to Katherine J. Reynolds & Emina Subasic.

2012-2014 (A$325,000 cash & A$525,000 in-kind) Building successful diverse communities: What works and why? Awarded by the ARC Linkage Project scheme to Katherine Reynolds, Emina Subasic, Miles Hewstone (University of Oxford, UK), Linda Tropp (University of Massachusetts, USA), Anita Davis (DIAC) and James Fox (DIAC) in partnership with the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.

2010-2013 (A$460,000) Leadership, social identity and the dynamics of influence in intergroup relations: A new understanding of social continuity and change. Awarded by the ARC to Emina Subasic, Katherine Reynolds, Paul ‘t Hart, Alex Haslam (University of Exeter, UK) & Steve Reicher (St Andrews University,


Current students


  • Reynolds, K. J., & Branscombe, N. (Eds.) (in preparation for 2014) The Psychology of Change: Life Context, Experiences and Identity.  London, UK: Psychology Press. 
  • Reynolds, K.J., Jones, B., O’Brien, K. Subasic, E. (in press) Social change dynamics in social and political psychology:  The importance of sub-group and superordinate levels of self-categorization. European Psychologist (Special Issue on Political Psychology)
  • Reynolds, K. J., Haslam, S. A., & Turner, J. C. (2012) Social identity, prejudice and social change: Beyond the Allportian problematic. In J. Dixon & M Levin (Eds), Beyond prejudice: Extending the social psychology of conflict, inequality and social change (pp. 48-69). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
  • Haslam, S. A., Reicher, S.A., & Reynolds, K. J. (2012) Identity, influence and change: Rediscovering John Turner’s vision for social psychology. British Journal of Social Psychology, 51, 201-218.
  • Reynolds, K. J., Turner, J.C., Branscombe, N. R., Mavor, K. I., Bizumic, B., & Subasic, E. (2012) Social identity and personality processes: Non-Aboriginal Australian identity and neuroticism European Journal of Social Psychology, 42, 252-262.
  • Subasic, E., Reynolds, K. J., Klandermans, B, & Reicher, S. D. (2012) Where to from here for the psychology of social change? Future directions for theory and practice. Political Psychology, 33, 61-74.
  • Reynolds, K. J., Turner, J.C., Branscombe, N. R., Mavor, K. I., Bizumic, B., & Subasic, E. (2010) Interactionism in personality and social psychology:  An integrated approach to understanding the mind and behaviour. European Journal of Personality, 24, 458-482.
  • Turner, J. C., Reynolds, K. J., & Subasic, E. (2008).  Identity confers power: The new view of leadership in social psychology.  P. ‘t Hart & J. Uhr (Eds),  Public Leadership: Perspectives and Practices (pp. 57-72). ANU E-press.
  • Reynolds, K.J., Turner, J.C, Haslam, S.A., Ryan, M. K., Bizumic, B. & Subasic, E. (2007).  Does personality explain ingroup identification and discrimination? Evidence form the minimal group paradigm. British Journal of Social Psychology, 46, 517-539.
  • Turner, J.C., Reynolds, K. J., Haslam, S.A., Veenstra, K. E.  (2006) Reconceptualizing personality:  Producing individuality through defining the personal self (pp.11-36).  In T. Postmes & J. Jetten (Eds). Individuality and the Group: Advances in Social Identity. London, UK: Sage
  • Reynolds, K. J., & Turner, J. C. (2006) Individuality and the prejudiced personality.  European Review of Social Psychology, 17, 233-270.
  • Turner, J. C. & Reynolds, K. J., (2003).  Why social dominance theory has been falsified.  British Journal of Social Psychology.
  • Haslam, S.A., Eggins, R.A., & Reynolds, K. J. (2003) The ASPIRe model: Actualizing Social and Personal Identity Resources to enhance organizational outcomes.  Journal of Occupational and Organisational Psychology. 76, 83-113.
  • Reynolds, K. J., Turner, J. C., Haslam, S. A. & Ryan, M. K. (2001).  The role of personality and group factors in explaining prejudice.  Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.37, 427-434
  • Augoustinos, M., & Reynolds, K. J., (Eds.) (2001) Understanding Prejudice, Racism and Social Conflict.  London, UK: Sage. 
  • Reynolds, K. J., Turner, J. C., & Haslam, S. A. (2000) When are we better than them and they worse than us? A closer look at social discrimination in positive and negative domains. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 78, 64-80.

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