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Dr Ana Leite

Research Associate to Head of School



Research interests

I am a social and organisational psychologist with business (Deloitte Consulting) and academic experience (University of Porto, University of Roehampton, and University of Kent). I am mainly interested in (1) investigating the reasons for social inclusion and exclusion of individuals within and between groups and (2) testing effective strategies for promoting social inclusion, prosociality, and well-being.

My PhD investigated the conditions that (1) lead groups to accept ingroup deviant members and (2) allow deviant members to gain influence within their groups. My current research focuses on:

  • Leadership, gender bias, and well-being at work
  • Rejection vs. acceptance of deviant, extremist, and unethical group members and consequences for group dynamics
  • Strategies to reduce prejudice and promote outgroup prosociality
  • Speciesism and strategies to improve human-animal relations 

Key publications

  • Leite, A. C., Dhont, K., & Hodson, G. (in press). Longitudinal effects of human supremacy beliefs and vegetarianism threat on moral exclusion (vs. inclusion) of animals. European Journal of Social Psychology. doi: 10.1002/ejsp.2497.
  • Randsley de Moura, G., Leicht, C., Leite, A. C., Crisp, R., & Gocłowska, M. (2018). Leadership diversity: Effects of counterstereotypical thinking on the support for women leaders under uncertainty. Journal of Social Issues74, 165-183. doi: 10.1111/josi.12262
  • Van de Vyver, J., Leite, A. C., Abrams, D., & Palmer, S. B. (2018). Brexit or bremain? A person and social analysis of voting decisions in the EU referendum. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 28, 65-79. doi: 10.1002/casp.2341
  • Douglas, K. M., & Leite, A. C. (2017). Suspicion in the workplace: Organizational conspiracy theories and work-related outcomes. British Journal of Psychology, 108(3), 486–506. doi: 10.1111/bjop.12212
  • Dhont, K., Hodson, G., & Leite, A. C. (2016). Common ideological roots of speciesism and generalized ethnic prejudice: The social dominance human-animal relations model (SD-HARM). European Journal of Personality, 30, 507-522. doi: 10.1002/per.2069

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