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Dr. Evita March

Associate Professor, Psychology




Berwick Campus, Online


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.

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

Personality and internet trolling: a validation study of a Representative Sample

An exploration of trolling behaviours in Australian adolescents: An online survey

Antisocial and Prosocial online behaviour: Exploring the roles of the Dark and Light Triads

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Catching the catfish: Exploring gender and the Dark Tetrad of personality as predictors of catfishing perpetration

Dating in the dark: Vulnerable narcissism predicts inauthentic self-presentation in online dating

Disordered Social Media Use during COVID-19 Predicts Perceived Stress and Depression through Indirect Effects via Fear of COVID-19

High (in)fidelity: gender, the Dark Tetrad, and infidelity

Intimate Partner Cyberstalking: Exploring Vulnerable Narcissism, Secondary Psychopathy, Borderline Traits, and Rejection Sensitivity

“It’s All in Your Head”: Personality Traits and Gaslighting Tactics in Intimate Relationships

Psychometric properties of the Bergen Social Media Addiction Scale: An analysis using item response theory

The Role of Consent and Motivations in Sext Dissemination

The Three Cs of Psychological Mate Preferences: The Psychological Traits People Want in Their Romantic and Sexual Partners

Trolling, the Dark Tetrad, and the four-facet spectrum of narcissism

Who cyberstalked their sexual and romantic partners? Sex differences, dark personality traits, and fundamental social motives

In this brief report, we examined (N = 449; 50.1% men) the role of the Dark Tetrad...

Buffering the Fear of COVID-19: Social Connectedness Mediates the Relationship between Fear of COVID-19 and Psychological Wellbeing

Passive, invasive, and duplicitous: Three forms of intimate partner cyberstalking

Psychopathy: Cybercrime and cyber abuse

Socially Connected during COVID-19: Online social connections mediate the relationship between loneliness and positive coping strategies

  • Journals

Talkin’ Bout My Generation: The Utility of Different Age Cohorts to Predict Antisocial Behaviour on Social Media

The dark triad, empathy, and motives to use social media

The Role of Procrastination Between Personality Traits and Addictive Mukbang Watching Among Emerging Adults

Dangerous dating in the digital age: Jealousy, hostility, narcissism, and psychopathy as predictors of Cyber Dating Abuse

Cyber Dating Abuse includes perpetration of aggressive and controlling behaviours against an...

Dark Tetrad personality traits and the propensity to lie across multiple contexts

In the current study, we investigated the relationships between the Dark Tetrad traits (i.e.,...

Hegemonic masculinity, gender, and social distance: the mediating role of perceived dangerousness

Given the aggressive behaviours and negative attitudes associated with hegemonic masculinity, and...

Insta-identity: Dark personality traits as predictors of authentic self-presentation on Instagram

Just Checking It Out? Motivations for and Behavioral Associations With Visiting “Slutpages” in the United States and Australia

‘Just checking’: Vulnerable and grandiose narcissism subtypes as predictors of phubbing

More than a preference for online social interaction: Vulnerable narcissism and phubbing

This study was the first to examine whether the relationship between vulnerable narcissism and...

Study addiction and ‘dark’ personality traits: a cross-sectional survey study among emerging adults

Background: Research has shown that personality traits can have an important role in the...

The Role of Individual Differences in Cyber Dating Abuse Perpetration

Dominance or deceit: The role of the Dark Triad and hegemonic masculinity in emotional manipulation

People may emotionally manipulate others in an attempt to control them and achieve personally...

Exploring anger as a moderator of narcissism and antisocial behaviour on tinder

In an attempt to address inconsistency in the literature regarding narcissism and online...

High Esteem and Hurting Others Online: Trait Sadism Moderates the Relationship Between Self-Esteem and Internet Trolling

Internet trolling is commonly defined as disruptive online behavior, intended to provoke and...

Inauthentic self-presentation on facebook as a function of vulnerable narcissism and lower self-esteem

This study was the first to delineate the role of grandiose narcissism and vulnerable narcissism,...

‘Just checking’: Vulnerable and grandiose narcissism subtypes as predictors of phubbing

“Phubbing” (phone snubbing) refers to a set of behaviors where phone users focus on their mobile...

Somebody that I (used to) know: Gender and dimensions of dark personality traits as predictors of intimate partner cyberstalking

Intimate partner cyberstalking, a form of intimate partner stalking, is stalking behaviour...

A Qualitative Analysis of Internet Trolling

Internet trolling is receiving increasing research attention and exploration; however,...

Belief in conspiracy theories: The predictive role of schizotypy, Machiavellianism, and primary psychopathy

A conspiracy theory refers to an alternative explanation of an event involving a conspirator plot...

Development of a Japanese version of the Global Assessment of Internet Trolling-Revised

The Global Assessment of Internet Trolling- Revised (GAIT-R) has been developed to assess...

Masculinity might be more toxic than we think: The influence of gender roles on trait emotional manipulation

Previous research has established sex differences in emotional manipulation; specifically, men...

Psychopathy, sadism, empathy, and the motivation to cause harm: New evidence confirms malevolent nature of the Internet Troll

Internet trolling is a disruptive, antisocial online behaviour that can cause significant...

Using Tinder® to start a fire: Predicting antisocial use of Tinder® with gender and the Dark Tetrad

Online dating continues to grow in popularity and is associated with significant advantages;...

Coping strategies of parents of children with autism in regional Australia.

  • Book Chapters

Netflix and Chill? What Sex Differences Can Tell Us About Mate Preferences in (Hypothetical) Booty-Call Relationships

The booty-call relationship is defined by both sexual characteristics and emotional involvement....

New evidence shows self-esteem moderates the relationship between narcissism and selfies

Recent statistics show that millions of ‘selfies’ (defined as a self-portrait taken with a...

Predicting Short- and Long-Term Mating Orientations: The Role of Sex and the Dark Tetrad

Previous literature has extensively considered factors that influence short- and long-term mating...

Strategies for Ph.D. Completion: A Critical Reflection by Completed Ph.D. Candidates.

A review of prevalence studies of Autism Spectrum Disorder by latitude and solar irradiance impact

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a lifelong disability with no known cause or cure. Among the...

Constructing the cyber-troll: Psychopathy, sadism, and empathy

Online trolling is of particular concern due to the harmful negative outcomes its victims...

Predicting perpetration of intimate partner cyberstalking: Gender and the Dark Tetrad

Stalking behaviours performed against former and current intimate partners account for the...

Sending nudes: Sex, self-rated mate value, and trait Machiavellianism predict sending unsolicited explicit images

Modern dating platforms have given rise to new dating and sexual behaviors. In the current study,...

Trolling on Tinder (and other dating apps): Examining the role of the Dark Tetrad and impulsivity

No longer conceptualised as only for the “desperate�, online dating offers many benefits over...

Current prescriptions of men and women in differing occupational gender roles

The gender roles of masculinity and femininity are considered not only to be descriptive of...

Social-economic theory and short-term mate preferences: The effects of gender roles and socioeconomic status

ObjectiveMen's and women's mate preferences in long-term relationships have been extensively...

The dark side of Facebook : The Dark Tetrad, negative social potency, and trolling behaviours

Trolling behaviours on social networking sites (SNSs) are problematic for other computer mediated...

Sex, sexual orientation, and the necessity of physical attractiveness and social level in long-term and short-term mates

In comparison to biological sex differences and mate preferences, differences in sexual...

More of a (wo)man offline? Gender roles measured in online and offline environments

The increased availability of and access to the Internet has resulted in online psychological...

Sex Differences in Mate Preferences in Australia: Exploring Evolutionary and Social-Economic Theories

Extensive research on sex differences in mate preferences has found that men desire the physical...