School of Health and Life Sciences

Dr Angus McLachlan

Position: Associate
Discipline: Psychology


  • PhD
  • BA (Hons)

Professional associations

  • Australian Psychological Society
  • British Psychological Society

Research interests

I have a continuing interest in laughter and informal interaction, extending to notions of how humour is brought about and what it is to have a sense of humour - its form, measurement, and relation to health and well-being. Other topics with which I have been associated include mood, body image, physical attractiveness, self-esteem, social identity, and autism. Non-verbal communication and how we manage the fundamental social relationships of solidarity and status are also of interest but are not easy topics for research. Recently I have developed a passing interest in gender differences in visuospatial ability and have supervised two studies which explored the extent to which variations in this ability were related to biological sex, sexual orientation, motivation, and experience. Obviously, I lack a particular focus beyond laughter and humour and can be persuaded to supervise any project that a student is able to describe clearly, justify its importance, and is enthusiastic about. I have a distinct preference for experiments though I have also supervised a number of qualitative studies and a meta-analysis.

Publications (last 5 years)

Morris, S., McLaren, S., McLachlan, A. J., & Jenkins,M. (2015). Sense of belonging to specific communities and depressive symptoms among Australian gay men. Journal of Homosexuality, 62(6), 804-820.

Page, E., Shute, R., & McLachlan, A. (2015). A Self-Categorization Theory perspective on adolescent boys' sexual bullying of girls. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 30(3), 371-383.

Andronaco, J.A., Shute, R., & McLachlan, A. (2014). Exploring Asynchrony as a theoretical framework for understanding giftedness: A case of cognitive dissonance? Roeper Review, 36, 264–272.

McLaren, S., Turner, J., Gomez, R., McLachlan, A. J., &Gibbs, P. M. (2013). Housing type, sense of belonging and depressive symptoms among older adults: A test of mediation and moderation models. Aging and Mental Health, 17(8), 1023-9.

Maude, M., Shute, R., & McLachlan, A. (2012). Cognitive specificity in trait anger in relation to depression and anxiety in a community sample, Australian Psychologist, 47, 247-261..