Faculty of Health

Dr. Danielle Wagstaff

Phone: (03) 53276247
Email: d.wagstaff@federation.edu.au
Room: 2W269, Churchill, Gippsland
Position: Lecturer
Discipline: Psychology


BSc Newcastle; BPsych (Hons) Newcastle; PhD Newcastle

Teaching areas

Introduction to Psychology

Lifespan Developmental Psychology

Social Psychology

Forensic Behavioural Science

Professional associations

Human Behaviour and Evolution Society

European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association

Research interests

My research investigates the processes that assist us in navigating the dating and mating world. This broadly encompasses mating preferences, attention allocation, non-verbal communication patterns, and perceptions of mate quality, as well as competitive tactics. Specifically, I am interested in the use of cosmetics and clothing as a mate attraction and intra-sexual competition tactic, and the effects of personality traits on mating preferences and mating strategies.

Current projects

Online behaviour: personality, sexuality and mating.

The effect of facial features on facial attractiveness


Wagstaff & Van Doorn (in press). The effect of schizotypy on the relationship between women’s red clothing and perceived sexual interest. The Australian Journal of Psychology

Wagstaff (2018). Comparing mating motivations, social processes, and personality as predictors of women's cosmetics use. Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences. Doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/ebs0000119

March & Wagstaff (2017). Sending nudes: sex, self-rated mate value and machiavellianism predict sending unsolicited explicit images. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, 2210.

Wagstaff, Sulikowski and Burke (2015). Sex differences in preference for looking at the face or body in short-term and long-term mating contexts. Evolution, Mind and Behaviour.