Doctor Phoebe Bailey




I was awarded a PhD from the University of New South Wales in 2010. I then worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate for one year, also at UNSW, before starting as a Lecturer at UWS in 2011. My research focuses on age-related differences in social cognition, as well as the interaction between cognition and emotion in older adulthood. I also have an interest in neuropsychology, with particular reference to the ageing brain. Before this change of career I worked internationally in investment banking for seven years while also studying Economics at Macquarie University. I am currently combining my professional experience to date to investigate age-related differences in interpersonal financial decision-making. This research is grounded in the emerging field of Neuroeconomics, and aims to delineate how others might influence older adults’ financial decisions. For my research I use a multi-methods approach which integrates self-report, behavioural, real-world experience-sampling, and psychophysiological (especially facial electromyography) data.

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Areas of Research / Teaching Expertise


Ageing; Social Cognition; Psychophysiology; Financial decision-making


Session 2, 2011: Clinical Masters Research Methods (Course Co-ordinator)
Session 2, 2011: 3rd year Social Psychology
Session 2, 2011: 3rd year Applied Cognition and Human Performance (Guest lecturer)

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Grants / Current Projects

Improving older adults’ ability to detect deception. Bailey, P. E., Slessor, G., & Ruffman, T. The Australian Association of Gerontology Inc. RM Gibson Research Grant, 2010.

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Awards and Recognition

The University of New South Wales U-Committee 2010 Science Prize for Excellence in Science.

The Australian Psychological Society 2010 Excellent PhD Thesis in Psychology Award.

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Selected Publications

Varcin, K. J., Bailey, P. E., & Henry, J. D. (2010). Evidence for an abnormal facial mimicry response in schizophrenia. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 7, 1-9.

Bailey, P. E., Henry, J. D., Rendell, P. G., Phillips, L. H., & Kliegel, M. (2010). Dismantling the ‘age-prospective memory paradox’: The classic laboratory paradigm simulated in a naturalistic setting. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 63, 646-652.

Bailey, P. E. & Henry, J. D. (2010). Separating component processes of theory of mind in schizophrenia. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 49, 43-52.

Grisham, J. R., Henry, J. D., Williams, A. D., & Bailey, P. E. (2010). Socioemotional deficits associated with obsessive-compulsive disorder. Psychiatry Research, 175, 256-259.

Henry, J. D., Bailey, P. E., von Hippel, C., Rendell, P. G., & Lane, A. (2010). Alexithymia in schizophrenia. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 32, 890-897.

Bailey, P. E. & Henry, J. D. (2009). Subconscious facial expression mimicry is preserved in older adulthood. Psychology and Aging, 24, 995-1000.

Bailey, P. E., Henry, J. D., & Nangle, M. R. (2009). Electromyographic evidence for age-related differences in the mimicry of anger. Psychology and Aging, 24, 224-229.

Bailey, P. E., Henry, J. D., & Reed, E. J. (2009). Schizophrenia and the display of embarrassment. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 31, 545-552.

Kehoe, E. J., Bednall, T., Yin, L., Olsen, K., Pitts, C., Henry, J. D, & Bailey, P. E. (2009). Training seniors to use computers: Effects of different types of illustration. Computers in Human Behavior, 25, 275-283.

Bailey, P. E., & Henry, J. D. (2008). Growing less empathic with age: Disinhibition of the self-perspective. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 63B, 219-226.

Bailey, P. E., Henry, J. D., & von Hippel, W. (2008). Empathy and social functioning in late adulthood. Aging and Mental Health, 12, 499-503.

Henry, J. D., Bailey, P. E., & Rendell, P. G. (2008). Empathy, social functioning and schizotypy. Psychiatry Research, 160, 15-22.

Bailey, P. E., & Henry, J. D. (2007). Alexithymia, somatization, and subjective wellbeing in a community sample. Psychiatry Research, 150, 13-20.

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