Dr Rebecca Pinkus

Psychology (School of Social Sciences and Psychology)Rebecca Pinkus


My academic training took place in North America, where I received my B.Sc. Honours from the University of Western Ontario in 2000, and M.A. (2002) and PhD (2007) from the University of Toronto. I then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the State University of New York at Buffalo between 2007 and 2009, prior to moving to Australia in June 2009.

My research focuses on social cognition within the context of close relationships; in particular, I am interested in how individuals balance concerns about the self with concerns about the relationship. For example, I have been examining individuals' reactions to everyday social comparisons to their romantic partner in terms of their self-evaluations, evaluations of their partner, evaluations of their relationship, and emotional responses. I am also investigating the strategies that individuals use to cope with comparison outcomes to determine whether they tend to use self-protective vs. relationship-maintenance coping strategies.

My research examines person-level moderators of responses to comparisons (e.g., self-esteem, age) as well as situation-level moderators (e.g., comparison context). Insofar as social comparisons have relationship-relevant implications, examining these processes can lead to a better understanding of how individuals maintain satisfying romantic relationships.

Research Interests

  • Thoughts and Feelings in Romantic Relationships
  • Cognition in Relationships
  • Embodied Cognition in Social Comparison
  • Attitudes to Celebrity
  • Obesity Stigma

Qualifications and Honours

  • BSc (Honours), University of Western Ontario
  • MA, University of Toronto
  • PhD, University of Toronto
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2007-2009
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship, 2002-2006


For a full listing of my publications, please see my Western Sydney University profile page.(opens in a new window)

Contact Rebecca

Email r.pinkus@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone +61 2 9772 6729
Location Western Sydney University Bankstown campus (Bullecourt Ave, Milperra)
Room 24.G.29