Dr Lydia Hayward
Visiting Fellow

Dr Lydia Hayward

School of Psychology

Currently, I am a postdoctoral researcher at UNSW on an ARC-funded grant investigating how the stress associated with experiencing weight stigma may lead to negative psychological and physical consequences, such as reduced motivation to engage in health behaviours.

Prior to moving to UNSW, I undertook my postgraduate studies at The University of Queensland in Brisbane under the expert supervision of Dr Fiona Kate Barlow and Professor Matthew Hornsey, and in collaboration with Professor Linda Tropp from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. My project focused on interracial contact, with the aim to gain a more comprehensive understanding of how positive and negative contact with other racial groups predicts prejudice, intergroup emotions, collective action, and perceptions of current intergroup conflict. I consistently found that negative contact was the stronger predictor of prejudice, for both advantaged and disadvantaged group members. I found that intergroup anger was a key mediator of the relationships between both negative and positive contact and prejudice. Interestingly, although negative contact may increase prejudice towards outgroups, I found that it may also be a driver of collective action to redress inequality among disadvantaged group members. Finally, I found that Black and White Americans' past positive and negative experiences with the other group predicts how they perceive instances of racially-charged police violence.

During my PhD, I also collaborated on a project investigating the influence of negative and positive contact with people who are overweight and obese on weight bias and individual body-checking behaviours.

02 9385 3046
Matthews 1004
  • Book Chapters | 2017
    Vartanian LR; Hayward LE, 2017, 'Self-Concept Clarity and Body Dissatisfaction', in Self-Concept Clarity: Perspectives on Assessment, Research, and Applications, Springer International Publishing, Switzerland, pp. 195 - 218, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-71547-6
    Book Chapters | 2017
    Vartanian LR; Hayward LE, 2017, 'Self-Concept Clarity and Body Dissatisfaction', in Self-Concept Clarity, Springer International Publishing, pp. 195 - 218, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-71547-6_11
  • Journal articles | 2022
    Vartanian LR; Hayward LE; Carter JJ, 2022, 'Incorporating physical appearance into one’s sense of self: Self-concept clarity, thin-ideal internalization, and appearance-self integration', Self and Identity, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15298868.2022.2070538
    Journal articles | 2020
    Hayward LE; Vartanian LR; Kwok C; Newby JM, 2020, 'How might childhood adversity predict adult psychological distress? Applying the Identity Disruption Model to understanding depression and anxiety disorders', Journal of Affective Disorders, vol. 265, pp. 112 - 119, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2020.01.036
    Journal articles | 2020
    Vartanian LR; Hayward LE, 2020, 'Dimensions of internalization relevant to the identity disruption model of body dissatisfaction', Body Image, vol. 32, pp. 1 - 4, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bodyim.2019.10.008
    Journal articles | 2019
    Barlow FK; Hornsey MJ; Hayward LE; Houkamau CA; Kang J; Milojev P; Sibley CG, 2019, 'Why Do We Hold Mixed Emotions About Racial Out-Groups? A Case for Affect Matching', Psychological Science, vol. 30, pp. 917 - 929, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0956797619844269
    Journal articles | 2019
    Hayward LE; Neang S; Ma S; Vartanian LR, 2019, 'Discussing weight with patients with overweight: Supportive (not stigmatizing) conversations increase compliance intentions and health motivation.', Stigma and Health, http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/sah0000173
    Journal articles | 2019
    Hayward LE; Vartanian LR, 2019, 'Potential unintended consequences of graphic warning labels on sugary drinks: do they promote obesity stigma?', Obesity Science and Practice, vol. 5, pp. 333 - 341, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/osp4.353
    Journal articles | 2018
    Hayward LE; Tropp LR; Hornsey MJ; Barlow FK, 2018, 'How negative contact and positive contact with Whites predict collective action among racial and ethnic minorities', British Journal of Social Psychology, vol. 57, pp. 1 - 20, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/bjso.12220
    Journal articles | 2018
    Hayward LE; Vartanian LR; Pinkus RT, 2018, 'Weight Stigma Predicts Poorer Psychological Well-Being Through Internalized Weight Bias and Maladaptive Coping Responses', Obesity, vol. 26, pp. 755 - 761, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/oby.22126
    Journal articles | 2018
    Vartanian LR; Hayward LE; Smyth JM; Paxton SJ; Touyz SW, 2018, 'Risk and resiliency factors related to body dissatisfaction and disordered eating: The identity disruption model', International Journal of Eating Disorders, vol. 51, pp. 322 - 330, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/eat.22835
    Journal articles | 2017
    Hayward LE; Hornsey MJ; Tropp LR; Barlow FK, 2017, 'Positive and negative intergroup contact predict Black and White Americans' judgments about police violence against Black Americans', Journal of Applied Social Psychology, vol. 47, pp. 605 - 615, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jasp.12463
    Journal articles | 2017
    Hayward LE; Tropp LR; Hornsey MJ; Barlow FK, 2017, 'Toward a comprehensive understanding of intergroup contact: Descriptions and mediators of positive and negative contact among majority and minority groups', Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, vol. 43, pp. 347 - 364, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0146167216685291
    Journal articles | 2017
    Hayward LE; Vartanian LR; Pinkus RT, 2017, 'Coping with weight stigma: development and validation of a Brief Coping Responses Inventory', Obesity Science and Practice, vol. 3, pp. 373 - 383, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/osp4.125
    Journal articles | 2014
    Alperin A; Hornsey MJ; Hayward LE; Diedrichs PC; Barlow FK, 2014, 'Applying the contact hypothesis to anti-fat attitudes: Contact with overweight people is related to how we interact with our bodies and those of others', Social Science and Medicine, vol. 123, pp. 37 - 44, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2014.10.051
    Journal articles | 2014
    Mcintyre JC; Barlow FK; Hayward LE, 2014, 'Stronger sexual desires only predict bold romantic intentions and reported infidelity when self-control is low', Australian Journal of Psychology, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ajpy.12073
    Journal articles | 2012
    Molenberghs P; Hayward L; Mattingley JB; Cunnington R, 2012, 'Activation patterns during action observation are modulated by context in mirror system areas', NeuroImage, vol. 59, pp. 608 - 615, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2011.07.080
    Journal articles | 2011
    de Zubicaray GI; Mcmahon KL; Hayward L; Dunn JC, 2011, 'Pre-experimental familiarization increases hippocampal activity for both targets and lures in recognition memory: An fMRI study', Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, vol. 23, pp. 4164 - 4173, http://dx.doi.org/10.1162/jocn_a_00092
  • Theses / Dissertations | 2016
    Hayward L, 2016, Investigating positive and negative intergroup contact in majority and minority groups, http://dx.doi.org/10.14264/uql.2016.807