Researcher

Professor Tom Denson

My Expertise

  • Causes and reduction of anger and aggression in humans 
  • Biological correlates of anger and aggression.
  • Psychoneuroendocrinology
  • Psychology of women

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Biography

Thomas F. Denson is a Professor in the School of Psychology at UNSW. He is an experimental social-personality psychologist. His primary research focus is on the causes and reduction of anger and aggression. Secondary interests include psychoneuroendocrinology and the psychology of women. 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...view more

Thomas F. Denson is a Professor in the School of Psychology at UNSW. He is an experimental social-personality psychologist. His primary research focus is on the causes and reduction of anger and aggression. Secondary interests include psychoneuroendocrinology and the psychology of women. 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. He is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science for outstanding contributions to psychological science and a Fellow of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. Since 2009, he has been lucky enough to have received over $3.5 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 ARC Future Fellow. He is also an associate editor at Aggressive Behavior and has published over 100 articles and book chapters.


My Grants


My Qualifications

Ph.D., Social Psychology, 2007

M.A., Social Psychology, 2004

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

 

M.A., Research Psychology, 2002

California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA

           

              B.A., Psychology and Germanic Languages and Literature, 1997

University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA


My Awards

 

2018       Awarded Fellow Status in the Society for Personality and Social Psychology for “longstanding contribution to SPSP and the field of Personality and Social Psychology”.

 

2016       University of New South Wales Postgraduate Supervisor Award, University-wide, student-nominated award.

 

2015       University of New South Wales, Science Faculty Staff Excellence in Teaching Award, AUD$1,500 (Based on student evaluation scores).

 

2015       Elected Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science

 

2012       Winner New South Wales Young Tall Poppy Science Award

 

2012       Society of Australasian Social Psychologists’ Early Career Award

 

2011       Association for Psychological Science “Rising Star”

 

2009       University of New South Wales, Science Faculty Staff Excellence in Research Award, AUD$1,500

 

2009       University of New South Wales, Australian Psychological Society’s Most Outstanding Lecturer in Psychology (UNSW) Award. Voted on by Bachelor of Psychology and Honours students. This was the first year the award was offered.


My Engagement

My work has appeared in high-profile international media such as Oprah.com, the Huffington Post, the New York Post, BBC Radio 4 & 5, IFL Science, the front page of Reddit.com, the Daily Mail (UK), Gizmodo, The Sun (UK), The Telegraph (UK), Discover Magazine, Men’s Health Magazine, and Shape Magazine.

I have discussed my research in Australian television and radio (e.g. SBS Insight, Channel 7’s News and Daily Edition, Nine News, The Project, ABC Science online, ABC Radio National’s All in the Mind, Life Matters, and Conversations with Richard Fidler, Talking Lifestyle Radio, ABC Drive) and all the major Australian newspapers. ABC’s Catalyst program featured a recreation of my neuroimaging research.

Since 2014, I have authored 5 articles on aggression for The Conversation, which attracted over 220,000 readers.

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Contact

02 93851305
02 93853641