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
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.
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.