Dr Arthur A

Dr Arthur A Stukas

Associate Professor

College of Science, Health and Engineering

School of Psychology and Public Health

Department of Psychology and Counselling

George Singer Building, room 404, Melbourne (Bundoora)

Research centres

Centre for Sport and Social Impact


BA William and Mary, PhD Minnesota.



Membership of professional associations

Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (Fellow), Association for Psychological Science, Society of Australasian Social Psychologists

Area of study


Brief profile

Dr Stukas is a social psychologist who uses experimental social psychological theories and methods to address questions of practical and societal importance. In line with his discipline, he sees behaviour as a function of both the person and the environment.

Generally speaking, Art's work focuses on how people's beliefs and expectations about the self, others, and the social world guide their perceptions and their behaviour. His colleagues and he have examined such varied behaviors as the presentation of self (in social interaction and in close relationships), engagement in volunteerism and community service, and ways to reduce stigma and prejudice.

In the Bachelor of Psychological Science, he offers lectures on the self, close relationships, personality, prosocial behavior, and research methodology, along with other social psychological topics.  Dr Stukas is currently Executive Editor of the Journal of Social Psychology, published by Taylor and Francis.

Research interests

Social psychology

- Volunteerism and prosocial behaviour; self; close relationships; stigma.

Recent publications


Doley, J. R., Hart, L. M., Stukas, A. A., Morgan, A. J., Rowlands, D. L., & Paxton, S. J. (online 21 November 2017).  Development of guidelines for giving community presentations about eating disorders: A Delphi study.  Journal of Eating Disorders.  doi.org/10.1186/s40337-017-0183-x  

Serrat, R., Villar, F., Pratt, M. W., & Stukas, A. A. (in press, May 2017). On the quality of adjustment to retirement: The longitudinal role of personality traits and generativity. Journal of Personality.

Doley, J. R., Hart, L. M., Stukas, A. A., Petrovic, K., Bouguettaya, A., & Paxton, S. J. (online 27 February 2017).  Interventions to reduce the stigma of eating disorders: A critical narrative synthesis and meta-analysis. International Journal of Eating Disorders. doi:10.1002/eat.22691

Stukas, A. A., Snyder, M., & Clary, E. G. (2016). Understanding and encouraging volunteerism and community involvement. The Journal of Social Psychology, 156, 243-255.

Honeyman, K. L., Stukas, A. A, & Marques, M. D. (2016). Human trafficking: Factors that influence willingness to combat the issue. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 46, 529-543doi: 10.1111/jasp.12381

Wright, B. J., O’Halloran, P. D., & Stukas, A. A. (2016). Enhancing self-efficacy and performance: An experimental comparison of psychological techniques. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 87, 36-46. doi:10.1080/02701367.2015.1093072

Stukas, A. A., & Snyder, M. (2016). Self-fulfilling prophecies. In H. S. Friedman (Ed), Encyclopedia of mental health (2nd edition, Vol. 4, pp. 92-100). San Diego, CA: Academic Press.   

Stukas, A. A., Hoye, R., Nicholson, M., Brown, K., & Aisbett, L. (2016). Motivations to volunteer and their associations with volunteers’ well-being. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 45, 112-132. doi:10.1177/0899764014561122 

Ah Gang, G. C., & Stukas, A. A. (2015). The effects of reciprocity, type of relationship, and culture on relationship processes. Jurnal Psikologi Malaysia, 29(2), 20-31.  http://spaj.ukm.my/ppppm/jpm/article/view/157

Stukas, A A., Snyder, M., & Clary, E. G. (2015). Volunteerism and community involvement: Antecedents, experiences, and consequences for the person and the situation. In D. A. Schroeder & W. Graziano (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of prosocial behavior (pp. 459-493). New York: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195399813.013.012

Stukas, A. A., & Cumming, G. (2014). Interpreting effect sizes: Toward a quantitative cumulative social psychology. European Journal of Social Psychology, 44, 711-722.

Stukas, A. A., Clary, E. G., & Snyder, M. (2014). Mentor recruitment and retention. In D. L. DuBois & M. J. Karcher (Eds.), Handbook of youth mentoring (2nd Ed., pp. 397-409). Newbury Park, CA: Sage.

Giacobbe, M. R., Stukas, A. A., & Farhall, J. (2013). The effects of imagined versus actual contact with a person with a diagnosis of schizophrenia.  Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 35, 265-271.

Brown, J. N., Stukas, A. A., & Evans, L. (2013). Appearance feedback in intimate relationships: The role of self-verification and self-enhancement. Body Image, 10, 131-134

Stukas, A. A., & Clary, E. G. (2012). Altruism and helping behavior. In V. S. Ramachandran (Ed.), Encyclopedia of human behavior (2nd ed., Vol. 1, pp. 100-107). Kiddlington, UK: Academic Press.

Tanti, C., Stukas, A. A., Halloran, M. J., & Foddy, M. (2011). Social identity change: Shifts in social identity during adolescence. Journal of Adolescence, 34, 555-567.

Nicholls, E., & Stukas, A. A. (2011). Narcissism and the self-evaluation maintenance model: Effects of social comparison threats on relationship closeness. The Journal of Social Psychology, 151(2), 201-212.

Tandos, J., & Stukas, A. A. (2010). Identity negotiation in psychotherapy: The influence of diagnostic and rapport-building strategies on the effects of clinical expectations. Self and Identity, 9, 241-256.

Stukas, A. A., Bratanova, B., Peters, K., Kashima, Y., & Beatson, R. M. (2010). Confirmatory processes in attitude transmission: The role of shared reality. Social Influence, 5(2), 101-117. 

Stukas, A. A., Worth, K. A., Clary, E. G., & Snyder, M. (2009). The matching of motivations to affordances in the volunteer environment: An index for assessing the impact of multiple matches on volunteer outcomes. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 38(1), 5-28. 

Stukas, A. A., Snyder, M., & Clary, E. G. (2008). The social marketing of volunteerism: A functional approach. In C. P. Haugtvedt, P. Herr, & F. Kardes (Eds.), Handbook of consumer psychology (pp. 959-979). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum. 

Collins, D. R., & Stukas, A. A. (2008). Narcissism and self-presentation: The moderating effects of accountability and contingencies of self-worth. Journal of Research in Personality, 42(6), 1629-1634. 

Tanti, C., Stukas, A. A., Halloran, M. J., & Foddy M. (2008). Tripartite self-concept change: Shifts in the individual, relational, and collective self in adolescence. Self and Identity, 7(4), 360-379.

Snyder, M., & Stukas, A. A. (2007). Interpersonal processes in context: Understanding the influence of settings and situations on social interaction. In K. Fiedler (Ed.), Social communication (Frontiers of Social Psychology series, J. Forgas & A. Kruglanski, series eds., pp. 363-388). New York: Psychology Press.

Evans, L., & Stukas, A. A. (2007). Self-verification by women and responses of their partners around issues of appearance and weight: “Do I look fat in this?” Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 26(10), 1163-1188. 

Stukas, A. A., Daly, M., & Clary, E. G. (2006). Lessons from research on volunteering for mobilizing adults to volunteer for positive youth development. In E. G. Clary & J. E. Rhodes (Eds.), Mobilizing adults for positive youth development:  Strategies for closing the gap between beliefs and behaviors (pp. 65-82). New York, NY: Springer.

Stukas, A. A. (2006). Principled stands against racism. Race, Gender, and Class, 13, 108-123. 

Collins, D. R., & Stukas, A. A. (2006). The effects of feedback self-consistency, therapist status, and attitude toward therapy on reaction to personality feedback. The Journal of Social Psychology, 146(4), 463-483. 

Stukas, A. A., Daly, M., & Cowling, M. J. (2005). Volunteerism and social capital: A functional approach. Australian Journal on Volunteering, 10(2), 35-44. 

Stukas, A. A., & Tanti, C. (2005). Recruiting and sustaining volunteer mentors. In D. L. DuBois & M. J. Karcher (Eds.), Handbook of youth mentoring (pp. 235-250). Newbury Park, CA: Sage.


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Older publications

Ewing, V. L., Stukas, A. A., & Sheehan, E. P. (2003). Student prejudice against gay male and lesbian lecturers. The Journal of Social Psychology, 143(5), 569-579. 

Stukas, A. A., & Dunlap, M. R. (2002). Community involvement: Theoretical approaches and educational initiatives. Journal of Social Issues, 58(3), 411-427. 

Stukas, A. A., & Snyder, M. (2002). Targets’ awareness of expectations and behavioral confirmation in ongoing interactions. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 38, 31-40.

Snyder, M., Clary, E. G., & Stukas, A. A. (2000). The functional approach to volunteerism. In G. R. Maio & J. M. Olson (Eds.), Why we evaluate: Functions of attitudes (pp. 365-393). Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. 

Stukas, A. A., Clary, E. G., & Snyder, M. (1999). Service learning: Who benefits and why. Social Policy Report: Society for Research on Child Development, 13, 1-19. 

Stukas, A. A., Dew, M. A., Switzer, G. E., DiMartini, A., Kormos, R. L., & Griffith, B. P. (1999). Post-traumatic stress disorder in heart transplant recipients and their primary family caregivers. Psychosomatics, 40, 212-221.  

Stukas, A. A., Switzer, G. E., Dew, M. A., Goycoolea, J. M., & Simmons, R. G. (1999). Parental helping models, gender, and service-learning. Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community, 18(1/2), 5-18.

Switzer, C. L., Switzer, G. E., Stukas, A. A., & Baker, C. E. (1999). Medical students’ motivations to volunteer. Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community, 18(1/2), 53-64. 

Stukas, A. A., Snyder, M., & Clary, E. G. (1999). The effects of “mandatory volunteerism” on intentions to volunteer. Psychological Science, 10(1), 59-64. 

Snyder, M., & Stukas, A. A. (1999). Interpersonal processes: The interplay of cognitive, motivational, and behavioral activities in social interaction. Annual Review of Psychology, 50, 273-303.

Stukas, A. A., Dew, M. A., Switzer, G. E., & Simmons, R. G. (1999). Potential bone marrow donors and their spouses: The effects of volunteerism on distress levels. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 29(1), 1-22. 

Clary, E. G., Snyder, M., Ridge, R. D., Copeland, J., Stukas, A. A., Haugen, J., & Miene, P. (1998). Understanding and assessing the motivations of volunteers: A functional approach. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 74(6), 1516-1530. 

Clary, E. G., Snyder, M., & Stukas, A. A. (1996). Volunteers’ motivations: Findings from a national survey. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 25(4), 485-505. 

Research projects

2017-2020       VicHealth, with M. Nicholson, M. Sparks, P. O’Halloran, E. Randle, E. Sherry, & E. Seal

                        “This Girl Can Evaluation”

2017-2018       Australian Sports Commission, with E. Randle, M. Nicholson, P. O’Halloran, & E. Seal

                        “Australian Sports Commission Provision of Framework Design and Delivery of Physical Literacy Pilot Program”