Postdoctoral Research Fellows




Cindy Harmon-Jones received her Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in 2011. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at UNSW. She studies emotions and motivation, from a discrete emotions perspective. So far, her research interests have included the emotions determination, sadness, desire, pride, and anger. Along with her collaborators, she developed a new, functional model for the motivation behind cognitive dissonance, the action-based model. She has also developed methods to improve the accuracy of self-reported emotion measurement. In addition, she has examined individual differences in liking for discrete emotions, and how preferences for emotions affect subjective experience and behaviour. She is currently also examining the effects of pain and physical discomfort on moods and emotion, specifically how mild physical pain may alleviate depression and loneliness and increase psychological well-being.



Sean Murphy is a Postdoctoral Fellow delving into the silver lining of experiences we typically think of as negative, such as pain, rumination, and difficult personal experiences. He has a particular interest in supplementing lab and survey studies with big data investigations

Lab Manager

Jacob Duffy


Current Ph.D. Students

Laura Ferris

Past Ph.D. Students

Daniel Crimston

Khandis Blake

Ali Teymoori