Dr. Alexa Hayley

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AH-June-2021

Lecturer in Psychology

Deakin University

Bio

Alexa Hayley is an early career researcher in social and forensic psychology with a broad range of topic interests, including prosocial and antisocial human-animal relations. With degrees in both Philosophy and Psychology, she is fascinated by humans’ social and moral relationship with, and use of, animals as individuals and social categories. Her research explores Australians’ cognitions and behaviours toward companion animals and ‘food’ animals, and the impact these have on human and animal well-being.

Much of Dr Hayley’s research in this domain is conducted with the assistance of passionate student researchers (Honours, Masters, Doctoral) and undergraduate research internships.

Dr Hayley’s recent projects focused on human-animal relations follow:

2020

Moral Concern for Animals, Social Norms, and Personal Well-Being

Lead Investigator: Dr Alexa Hayley; Associate Investigator: Dr Adam Cardilini; Student Investigators (Honours in Psychology): Charlotte Guthrie, Jake Todaro. Deakin University, VIC.

Loneliness, Pet Ownership, and Mental Health During COVID-19

Lead Investigator: Dr Alexa Hayley; Co-Investigators: Associate Professor Glenn Melvin, Kirrily Zablan (Clinical Doctorate candidate). Deakin University, VIC.

1080 Baiting: The Experiences of People and their Dogs

Lead Investigator: Dr Adam Cardilini; Co-Investigators: Associate Professor Bill Borrie, Dr Alexa Hayley; Student Investigator (Honours in Environmental Science): Melissa Zeven. Deakin University, VIC.

Global Animal Survey platform (development phase)

Lead Investigator: Dr Adam Cardilini; Co-Investigator: Dr Alexa Hayley; Associate Investigators: Dr Kelly Miller, Associate Professor Bill Borrie.

Scoping Review Series: Psychometric Tools Assessing Human Perception, Valuing, and Use of Animals and Animal Products across Knowledge Domains.

Lead Investigators: Dr Adam Cardilini and Dr Alexa Hayley; Associate Investigator: Melanie Andrews.

2019

Understanding Community Members’ Perceptions and Use of Animal Shelters and Companion Animal Care Practices

Lead Investigator: Dr Alexa Hayley; Student Investigators (Honours in Psychology): Kirrily Zablan, Riley Brown, Taylor Amos). Deakin University, VIC.

Well-Being and Professional Quality of Life of Animal Care Workers

Lead Investigator: Dr Alexa Hayley; Associate Investigator: Associate Professor Arlene Walker; Student Researchers (Master of Organisational Psychology): Zahra Hilton, Emma Cossar; (Honours in Psychology) Joanne Evans, Jeremy Durand. Deakin University, VIC.

Developmental and Personality Predictors of Aggression Experiences of Australian Adults

  • Sub-component focuses on companion animals abuse as a form of coercive controlling behaviour in the context of intimate partner violence using a community sample.
  • Sub-component focuses on dark triad personality traits as predictors companion animal abuse by intimate partner violence perpetrators using a community sample.

Lead Investigator: Dr Alexa Hayley; Co-Investigators: Dr Richelle Mayshak, Dr Shannon Hyder, Associate Professor Ross King. Deakin University, VIC.

Trauma, Substance Use, and Cognitive Function as Predictors of Antisociality in Australian Adults

  • Sub-component focuses on prevalence and individual difference predictors associated with aggression toward companion animals using a community sample.

Lead Investigator: Dr Alexa Hayley; Co-Investigators: Dr Ashlee Curtis, Dr David Skvarc, Dr Belinda Guadagno, Associate Professor Petra Staiger. Deakin University, VIC.

Assessing Stigma toward Vegans using Stereotype Content Theory

Lead Investigator: Dr Alexa Hayley; Associate Investigator: Dr Adam Cardilini.

2017

Veganism and Disparagement Humour

Lead Investigator: Dr Alexa Hayley; Student Investigator: David Nguyen (Honours in Psychology). Monash University, VIC.