Dr Rachel Maunder
Dr Rachel Maunder joined the Melbourne campus of the Australian College of Applied Psychology in late 2020. Prior to this, she worked as a tutor, teaching fellow, and lecturer in psychology at the University of Sydney. Rachel completed her Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Philosophy at the University of Sydney in 2020 and 2016, respectively. Her doctoral research examined intergroup and peer contact as means of reducing public stigma against and self-stigma in people with mental illness, and the moderators of exemplar typicality and perceived variability. Rachel’s research has been published in peer-reviewed journals, has been presented at national and international conferences, and has attracted a number of awards, including the Dick Thompson Prize for the Best Empirical Honours Thesis in Social Psychology, the University of Sydney Faculty of Science Postgraduate Research Prize for Outstanding Academic Achievement, and the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists’ Outstanding Postgraduate Research Award.
Rachel’s research is focused on understanding and reducing bias against people with mental illness and against other marginalised social groups, including sexual and gender minorities. She has examined multiple types of interventions for reducing prejudice and stigma, as well as various moderators and mediators of these interventions, using cross-sectional and experimental research paradigms.
Research and scholarship
- Marinucci, M., Maunder, R. D., Sanchez, K., Thai, M., McKeown, S., Turner, R., & Stevenson, C. (2021). Intimate intergroup contact across the lifespan. Journal of Social Issues, 77(1), 64-85. https://doi.org/10.1111/josi.12399
- Boccanfuso, E., White, F. A., & Maunder, R. D. (2021). Reducing transgender stigma via an E-contact intervention. Sex Roles, 84, 326–336. https://doi.org/ 10.1007/s11199-020-01171-9
- White, F. A., Maunder, R. D., Verrelli, S. (2020). Text-based E-contact: Harnessing cooperative Internet interactions to bridge the social and psychological divide. European Review of Social Psychology, 31, 76-119. https://doi.org/10.1080/10463283.2020.1753459
- Maunder, R. D., Day, S. C., & White, F. A. (2020). The benefit of contact for prejudice-prone individuals: The type of stigmatized outgroup matters. Journal of Social Psychology, 160, 92-104. https://doi.org/10.1080/00224545.2019.1601608
- Maunder, R. D., & White, F. A. (2019). Intergroup contact and mental health stigma: A comparative effectiveness meta-analysis. Clinical Psychology Review, 72, 101749. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cpr.2019.101749
- Maunder, R. D., White, F. A., & Verrelli, S. (2019). Modern avenues for intergroup contact: Using E-contact and intergroup emotions to reduce stereotyping and social distancing against people with schizophrenia. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 22, 947-963. https://doi.org/10.1177/1368430218794873
- White, F. A., Verrelli, S., Maunder, R. D., & Kervinen, A. (2019). Using electronic contact to reduce homonegative attitudes, emotions, and behavioural intentions among heterosexual women and men: A contemporary extension of the contact hypothesis. The Journal of Sex Research, 56, 1179-1191. https://doi.org/10.1080/00224499.2018.1491943
- White, F. A., Maunder, R. D., Verrelli, S. (2018). How research is helping to reduce prejudice between people online. The Conversation. https://theconversation.com/how-research-is-helping-to-reduce-prejudice-between-people-online-106175
- Maunder, R. D., & White, F. A. (2020, April). The role of exemplar typicality in intergroup contact [Standard presentation]. Outstanding Graduate Award Session, 49th Annual Conference of the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists, Auckland, New Zealand. (Conference cancelled).
- Maunder, R. D., & White, F. A. (2019, April). Reducing internalised stigma with contact [Blitz presentation]. SASP-SPSSI Small Group Conference: Advances in Intergroup Contact Research: Showcasing, Consolidating, Deconstructing and Innovating the Science of Social Integration, Newcastle, Australia.
- Maunder, R. D., & White, F. A. (2019, April). Intergroup contact and mental health stigma: A comparative effectiveness meta-analysis [Standard presentation]. Overcoming Barriers to Intergroup Contact: Perspectives on Intergroup Segregation and Negative Contact [Symposium], 48th Annual Conference of the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists, Sydney, Australia.
- Maunder, R. D., & White, F. A. (2018, April). The role of exemplar typicality and perceived variability in reducing mental health stigma [Standard presentation]. 47th Annual Conference of the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists, Wellington, New Zealand.
- Maunder, R. D., & White, F. A. (2017, November). The role of exemplar typicality and perceived variability in reducing mental health stigma [Standard presentation]. Sydney Postgraduate Psychology Conference, Sydney, Australia.
- Maunder, R. D., & White, F. A. (2017, April). Stigma against people with schizophrenia: A new model and E-Contact Intervention [Standard presentation]. Outstanding Postgraduate Research Award Session, 46th Annual Conference of the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists, Melbourne, Australia.
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HDR Research Supervision
Nicholas San Juan (Honours)
Dimity Blank (Honours)