Phone: (03) 51226029
Email: r.ferguson@federation.edu.au
Churchill 2W 217
Position: Lecturer
Discipline: Psychology


  • BPsSc (Hons)

Teaching areas

  • Introductory psychology
  • Social psychology
  • Research methods
  • Research supervision

Professional associations

  • Member, Society of Australasian Social Psychologists
  • Member, Society for Personality and Social Psychology

Research interests

Rose’s research interests are focused largely on the domain of social and moral psychology. Rose is interested in exploring how moral values and attitudes can influence behaviour, as well as our perceptions of others or ourselves. Rose is also interested in studying different factors that influence the likelihood that someone will act ethically or unethically (e.g., what makes people more likely to help others or act altruistically, and what makes them more likely to harm others or act selfishly?) and the consequences of this behaviour for the person’s self-perceptions. In addition to this, Rose is also interested in studying attitudes towards marginalised and minority groups in Australia (e.g., Asylum seekers, criminal offenders), and how these attitudes influence acceptance and support for these groups within society.

Publications (last 5 years)

Refereed articles

Anderson, J., & Ferguson, R. (2017). Demographic and ideological correlates of negative attitudes towards asylum seekers: A meta-analytic review. Australian Journal of Psychology, 59, 70-77. doi: 10.1111/ajpy.1216

Grants (last 5 years)

Society for Personality and Social Psychology Postgraduate Travel Grant. (2017). Awarded: $500

Faculty Conference Travel Grant, Australian Catholic University (2017). Awarded: $2000

de Vel-Palumbo, M., Ferguson, R., Schein, C., & Ling, X. (2016). Denying agency reduces blame but at what cost? Why using the defence of mental illness undermines moral standing. Society for Australian Social Psychologists small grant scheme. Awarded: $500.