Katie Greenaway

About Me

I am an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow and Global Scholar alumna with the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research based at the University of Queensland, Australia. My research focuses on social functioning in three main domains: identity processes, emotion regulation, and human agency.

I completed my PhD at the University of Queensland before taking up a position as Global Scholar with the CIFAR Global Fellow Academy. The Academy brings together elite early career researchers in all areas of science to build research and leadership capacity in young scholars. I worked as a postdoctoral fellow with Professor Alex Haslam at the University of Queensland before beginning my DECRA fellowship in 2016.

You can download my CV here.

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Featured Publications

Group identification enhances perceived personal control with consequences for health and well-being, JPSP

People can derive a sense of personal control from the groups to which they belong, which helps to explain why groups can make people happier and healthier

Loss of control stimulates approach motivation, JESP

Conventional wisdom holds that people become helpless and withdrawn when they lack control, but this research suggests otherwise

Belief in precognition increases perceived control and loss of control increases belief in precognition, PLOS ONE

Belief in the existence of psychic abilities can serve a purpose of boosting perceived control in times of uncertainty.

Shared identity is key to effective communication, PSPB

People communicate more effectively when they believe their partner belongs to the same social group as themselves

Reappraisal but not suppression down-regulates the experience of positive and negative emotion, Emotion

Resolving an inconsistency in the field, we find that expressive suppression does not reduce the experience of positive emotion

The path to glory is paved with hierarchy: When hierarchical differentiation increases group effectiveness, Psychological Science

Too many leaders in a group and interactions can get too hot. Too few leaders and interactions can get too cold. We show that hierarchy is the key to getting it just right.

My Research

Us

Identity

Feeling socially connected is one of the most important ingredients to a happy, healthy, and productive life. My research demonstrates the functional benefits of group identification for  health, well-being, communication, and productivity. Read more.

Heart

Emotion

Positive emotion is good, but can you have too much of a good thing? My research shows the personal and social costs of experiencing and expressing certain positive emotions, and the occasional social benefits of suppressing positive emotion. Read more.

Head

Agency

Humans have a fundamental need to feel in control of their lives. My research reveals the psychological lengths to which people will go to maintain perceived control by altering perception, motivation, and behaviour. Read more.

Presentations

Social identities satisfy psychological needs

Social identities satisfy psychological needs

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Shared identity promotes effective communication

Shared identity promotes effective communication

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Why do social networks make us healthy?

Why do social networks make us healthy?

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Latest Grants

Rethinking Positive Emotion Regulation

Rethinking Positive Emotion Regulation

DECRA Fellowship, Australian Research Council

This grant investigates whether the positive emotions we think bring us closer can actually worsen social relations, with implications for development of shared identity and personal well-being.

The Emotional Body

The Emotional Body

Early Career Researcher Grant, University of Queensland

This grant investigates the impact of bodily awareness on  emotion regulation, identifying conditions under which being aware of bodily sensations can make or break regulation efforts.

Women in Science

Women in Science

Creativity Grant, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research

This interdisciplinary grant unites researchers from the social and natural sciences to explore challenges that women face in early career (postdoctoral) research positions.

Dashed Hopes in Eduction

Dashed Hopes in Eduction

Creativity Grant, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research

This grant unites research perspectives from social psychology and sociology to investigate how students cope with failing to achieve their academic goals. Co-investiged by Margaret Frye.

Latest news from Katie

News

SASP Symposium and Award

SASP Symposium and Award

I’m excited to be presenting my research in a symposium organised by Pete Koval at the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists in April. The symposium covers recent advancements in the study of emotion regulation, and features a great line-up of speakers, including Luke Smillie, Cindy Harmon-Jones, Sean Murphy, Carolyn MacCann, Pete Koval, and Brock Bastian.…

EASP Symposium on Putting Emotions in Context

EASP Symposium on Putting Emotions in Context

I will present in a symposium at the upcoming European Association for Social Psychology conference in Granada, Spain in July 2017. Abstract Context both produces emotion and shapes emotion: how it is expressed, regulated, and perceived. However, in practice, research often examines emotion processes without considering the important contextual factors that shape them, missing nuance that is vital to…

EASP Symposium on Applying the Social Cure

EASP Symposium on Applying the Social Cure

I will chair a symposium at the upcoming European Association for Social Psychology conference in Granada, Spain in July 2017. Abstract An impressive body of work now shows that strong social connections—and the social identities they afford—have significant health and well-being benefits. Yet practitioners and policy makers are often at a loss for how to translate this research…

SPSP Symposium on Social Cure Accepted

SPSP Symposium on Social Cure Accepted

I will co-chair a symposium with Christopher Begeny at the upcoming Society for Personality and Social Psychology conference in San Antonio in January 2017.     Abstract What makes us healthy? This symposium showcases new frontiers in the social determinants of health. Four talks illustrate how our psychological connections to groups—social identities—have the power to both…

SESP Symposium on Deception Accepted

SESP Symposium on Deception Accepted

I will chair a symposium on The Upside of Deception at the upcoming meeting of the Society of Experimental Psychology in Santa Monica. Our symposium will be on Friday 30 September from 3:35 – 4:45pm.     Abstract A philandering spouse, a habitual liar, a secretive friend; the concept of “deception” conjures up an image of people…

Presenting at ICSIH3

Presenting at ICSIH3

This week the Social Identity and Groups Network is hosting the third International Conference on Social Identity and Health at Customs House in Brisbane, Australia. I will be presenting this Friday at 4:20pm in a session on Mechanisms and Assessment. We know that social groups make us happier and healthier – by why? And how?…

EASP meeting on Promoting a Social Approach to Emotions

EASP meeting on Promoting a Social Approach to Emotions

I’m really looking forward to the EASP Medium Sized Meeting on Promoting a Social Approach to Emotions at the University of Cologne, where I’m presenting with my partner in crime, Elise Kalokerinos. We’re discussing recent work that takes a new approach to positive emotion expression and suppression. 9:15 – 9:45, Kalokerinos & Greenaway: Context shapes social judgments of…

SPSP Emotion Preconference data blitz

SPSP Emotion Preconference data blitz

I’ll be presenting at the 2016 SPSP Emotion Preconference in the data blitz session. The session will take place from 11:20 – 12:00 on Thursday 28 January in room 6C of the San Diego Convention Centre.   Abstract: We generally think being positive is a good way to win friends and influence people. Yet, there…

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