Dr Lisa A. Williams

Dr Lisa A. Williams

Dr Lisa A. Williams

Senior Lecturer

Ph.D. Northeastern University, 2009
M.A. Northeastern University, 2006
B.A. Lewis and Clark College, 2004

Contact details

Phone: (02) 9385 1643
Email: Dr Lisa A. Williams
Fax: (02) 9385 3641

Office: Mathews, Room 1302a

Research Summary

Research Areas: The influence of social emotions (e.g., pride, gratitude) in intrapersonal domains (goal pursuit, resilience, wellbeing), interpersonal domains (trust, negotiation, leadership), and intergroup domains (status, attitudes, intergroup aggression).

The processes by which expressions of emotion signal traits of the expresser (e.g., gratitude expressions signal interpersonal warmth, pride signals competence) and how inferences of these traits in turn drive interpersonal behavior.

The role of anticipatory, current, and reflected emotions in driving prosocial, community-oriented behavior (e.g., blood donation, voting).

Current Research Projects:
Project: The Emotional Psychology of Blood Donors
Project: Positive Emotions and Wellbeing


PSYC1001: Introduction to Psychology (1A)
PSYC2101: Assessment, Personality & Psychopathology
PSYC3121: Social Psychology


Selected recent publications

Williams, L., A. (in press). Emotions of excellence: The communal and agentic functions of pride, moral elevation, and admiration. In H. Lench (Ed), The functions of emotion. Springer.

Williams, L. A., Masser, B., van Dongen, A., Thijsen, A., & Davison, T. (in press). The emotional psychology of blood donors: A time-course approach. Vox Sanguinis/ISBT Science Series.

Williams, L. A., & Davies, J. (2017). Beyond the self: Pride felt in relation to others. In J. A. Carter & E. C. Gordon (Eds.), The moral psychology of pride (pp. 43-68)(part of a series: The moral psychology of emotions). Rowman & Littlefield.

Crone, D., & Williams, L. A. (2017). Crowdsourcing participants for psychological research in Australia: A test of Microworkers. Australian Journal of Psychology, 69(1), 39-47.

Williams, L. A., Schofield, T. P., & Whitford, T. J. (2017). Romantic red: Testing the characteristics of color-attraction effects in a novel paradigm. Collabra: Psychology, 3(1), 10.

Barrett-Cheetham, E., Williams, L. A., & Bednall, T. (2016). A differentiated approach to the link between positive emotion and wellbeing. Journal of Positive Psychology, 11(6), 595-608.

Williams, L. A., & Bliss-Moreau, E. (2016). Humans are ultrasocial and emotional. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 39, 39-40.

Williams, L. A., & Bartlett, M. Y. (2015). Warm thanks: Gratitude expression facilitates social affiliation in new relationships via perceived warmth. Emotion, 15(1), 1-5.

Williams, L. A., Masser, B., & Sun, J. (2015). Revisiting the effect of anthropomorphizing a social campaign. PLOS ONE, 10(9): e0138886.

For a full list of publications, visit my UNSW Research Gateway Profile.

Awards, Fellowships & Grants

CIs: LA Williams, B Masser  
Partner Organization: Australian Red Cross Blood Service
The emotional psychology of blood donors: Understanding and using the affective key to donor return

CI: LA Williams  PI: D DeSteno
To be or not to be proud: Identifying the functionality of pride in intergroup settings
CIs: R Pinkus, LA Williams, J Ciarrochi, J Fitness  PI: S Murray
Emotional responses to comparisons in romantic relationships: Implications for relationship wellbeing
CI: LA Williams
The role of pride in motivating and maintaining blood donations

Current Research Students

Honours: Do Thanh An Chu
Honours: Daniel Cohn
Honours: James Ly
PhD: Joel Davies
Postdoctoral Fellow: Anne van Dongen

Other Information

Eye Gazing: Where People Meet Up To Look Each Other In The Eye. SBS Australia
Various articles. The Conversation
How Embarrassing. Huffington Post Australia’s HuffPost Humans
Loneliness. Monocle’s The Urbanist
Milestones and the Measure of the Moral Life. ABC Radio National's The Minefield

Personal Links

Lab Website: www.williamssocialemotionslab.com
Twitter: @williamslisaphd