Assoc Prof Evita March

Position: Associate Professor
Discipline: Psychology
Location: Berwick Campus, Building 901 Level 2 
Phone: (03) 5122 8044


Doctor of Philosophy – Australian Catholic University – 2016

Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology – Australian Catholic University – 2008

Bachelor of Arts (Extended major in psychology) – University of Queensland – 2007


  • Research Methods in Psychology


Associate Professor Evita March (She/Her) is a leading international expert in online behaviour, relationships, and individual differences. Evita is invited to present to national and international academic and industry audiences and is regularly approached by media to comment on current events that lead public debate on cyber abuse and safety.

In 2020, Evita was selected as one of the ABC’s Top Five early career researchers in science.

Evita has presented a TEDx talk on empathy and cyber abuse and is the founder of ACORN (Australasia Cyberpsychology Online Research Network). She is an Associate Editor at the prestigious international journal Personality and Individual Differences – the Top cited journal in the field of Social Psychology.

Evita has taught extensively across undergraduate and postgraduate courses and has supervised over 50 research students. Evita is available to supervise Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students. If you are interested in conducting a research project under Evita’s supervision, please get in touch by sending Evita an email.

Research interests

Evita is interested in interpersonal relationships and how individual differences and environments influence relationships. Primarily, Evita’s expertise is the psychology of online behaviour, and she has led pioneering research in cyber abuse and technology-facilitated intimate partner violence. Evita’s research interests and expertise include:

  • How offline and online environments influence interpersonal relationships
  • The perpetration and experience of antisocial and prosocial online behaviour
  • How individual differences, such as personality, empathy, and self-esteem, influence relationships and behaviour

The occurrence of abuse and violence in intimate relationships, and how the online environment facilitates this behaviour


Present doctoral students

Molly Branson (Federation University) – “#nowomanever: An Exploration of Women’s Experiences of Cyber Abuse” – Principal Supervisor

Melina Stewart-North (Federation University) – “The Nature, Influences and Impacts of ‘Netilantism’ in Australia” – Associate Supervisor

Louisa Chatterton (Federation University) – “Evaluating the Efficacy of a Body Image Professional Development Training Program, and the Secondary Outcomes in Patient Experiences” – Associate Supervisor

Matthew Anderson (UNSW) – ““I’m trying to help you”: The Role of Trust and Emergent Technology in Facilitating Online Investment Fraud” – External Supervisor


March, E., Kay, C. S., Dinić, B. M., Wagstaff, D., Grabovac, B., & Jonason, P. K. (2023). “It’s all in your head”: Personality traits and gaslighting tactics in intimate relationships. Journal of Family Violence, 1-10.

Willis, M., Oliver, E., & March, E. (2023). Dating in the dark: Vulnerable narcissism predicts in authentic self-presentation in online dating. Telematics and Informatics. 100473.

Duffy, A., March, E., & Jonason, P.K. (2023). Intimate partner cyberstalking: exploring vulnerable narcissism, secondary psychopathy, borderline traits, and rejection sensitivity. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 26. 147-152

Zarate, D., Hobson, B.A., March, E., Griffiths, M.D., & Stavropoulos, V. (2023). Psychometric properties of the Bergen Social Media Addiction Scale: An analysis using item response theory. Addictive Behaviors Reports, 17, 100473.

Lauder, C., & March, E. (2023). Catching the Catfish: Exploring gender and The Dark Tetrad as predictors of catfishing perpetration. Computers in Human Behavior, 140, 107599.

Clancy, E.M., Hallford, D., March, E., Howard, D., Toumbourou, J.W., & Klettke, B. (2023). The role of consent and motivations in sext dissemination. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Furian, L., & March, E. (2023). Trolling, the Dark Tetrad, and the four-facet spectrum of Narcissism. Personality and Individual Differences, 208, 112169.

March, E., McDonald, L., & Forsyth, L. (2022). Personality and internet trolling: A validation study of a representative sample. Current Psychology.

March, E., Szymczak, P., Smoker, M., & Jonason, P.K. (2022). Passive, invasive, and duplicitous: Three forms of intimate partner cyberstalking. Personality and Individual Differences, 189, 111502.

Marrington, J.Z, March, E., Murray, S., Jeffries, C., Machin, T., & March, S. (2022). An exploration of trolling behaviours in Australian adolescents: An online survey. PlosOne.

Sparavec, A., March, E., & Grieve, R. (2022). The dark triad, empathy, and motives to use social media. Personality and Individual Differences, 194, 111647.


  • International Society for the Study of Individual Differences
  • Australasian Congress for Personality and Individual Differences
  • Society for Personality and Social Psychology
  • Association for Research in Personality
  • Australasian Society for Human Behaviour and Evolution