Dr James Morandini

PhD; Registered Psychologist
Dr.

Member of the Charles Perkins Centre

A19 - Griffith Taylor Building
The University of Sydney


Biographical details

I'm a postdoctoral research fellow in the School of Psychology here at The University of Sydney. I received a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and a PhD also from The University of Sydney. 

My early research was in animal models of depression, examining how exposure to chronic psychological stress impacts inflammatory markers in the CNS, and impact mood and cognitive functioning.

I then moved into sexuality research, with my PhD examining how biological attributions of sexual orientation impact self-acceptance and wellbeing in lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals.   

My current research focuses on sexual orientation, gender non-conformity, and paraphilias using mixed methodologies, including self-report and psychophysiological measures (including pupil dilation).  

Research interests

Evolutionary psychology; sexology; clinical psychology; psychophysiology; social psychology

Current projects

At present I am examining a number questions related to sexual orientation, using self-report and psychophysiological measures. 

We are in the final stages of recruitment for a study examining sexual arousal patterns and visual attention in exclusively and mostly straight men and women. This study will provide important information on just how continuous sexual orientation really is.

We are also examining vocal patterns in gay and straight men to identify what types of auditory information makes a voice sounds "gay", and whether the "gayness" of a voice is linked to experiences of discrimination, as well as gender expression and sexual identity outcomes in gay men.

Our lab is currently examining sexual identity trajectories in gay, bisexual, and straight men to understand what shifts in sexual identity in men actually represent.

Associations

International Academy of Sex Research

Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality

The Society of Australasian Social Psychologists

In the media

http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/news-life/study-find-homophobia-and-discrimination-are-alive-and-well-in-our-suburbs/news-story/3999a90d379412aa3baedc2094ea34b3

https://www.buzzfeed.com/lanesainty/discrimination-high-against-lgb-people-in-suburbs?utm_term=.hbZJpdvGL#.lgQOvxay4

https://www.bustle.com/articles/78463-lesbian-gay-and-bisexual-australians-face-discrimination-in-the-suburbs-not-just-rural-areas-says-new

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Morandini, J., Blaszczynski, A., Costa, D., Godwin, A., Dar-Nimrod, I. (2017). Born This Way: Sexual Orientation Beliefs and Their Correlates in Lesbian and Bisexual Women. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 64(5), 560-573. [More Information]
  • Morandini, J., Blaszczynski, A., Dar-Nimrod, I. (2017). Who Adopts Queer and Pansexual Sexual Identities? Journal of Sex Research, 54(7), 911-922. [More Information]
  • Morandini, J., Blaszczynski, A., Ross, M., Costa, D., Dar-Nimrod, I. (2015). Essentialist Beliefs, Sexual Identity Uncertainty, Internalized Homonegativity and Psychological Wellbeing in Gay Men. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 62(3), 413-424. [More Information]
  • Morandini, J., Blaszczynski, A., Dar-Nimrod, I., Ross, M. (2015). Minority stress and community connectedness among gay, lesbian and bisexual Australians: a comparison of rural and metropolitan localities. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 39(3), 260-266. [More Information]

2017

  • Morandini, J., Blaszczynski, A., Costa, D., Godwin, A., Dar-Nimrod, I. (2017). Born This Way: Sexual Orientation Beliefs and Their Correlates in Lesbian and Bisexual Women. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 64(5), 560-573. [More Information]
  • Morandini, J., Blaszczynski, A., Dar-Nimrod, I. (2017). Who Adopts Queer and Pansexual Sexual Identities? Journal of Sex Research, 54(7), 911-922. [More Information]

2015

  • Morandini, J., Blaszczynski, A., Ross, M., Costa, D., Dar-Nimrod, I. (2015). Essentialist Beliefs, Sexual Identity Uncertainty, Internalized Homonegativity and Psychological Wellbeing in Gay Men. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 62(3), 413-424. [More Information]
  • Morandini, J., Blaszczynski, A., Dar-Nimrod, I., Ross, M. (2015). Minority stress and community connectedness among gay, lesbian and bisexual Australians: a comparison of rural and metropolitan localities. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 39(3), 260-266. [More Information]

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