Dr Jennifer R.

Dr Jennifer R. Spoor


College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce

La Trobe Business School

Department of Management and Marketing

Donald Whitehead Building, Room 326B, Melbourne (Bundoora)


PhD (Purdue)



Area of study

Human Resource Management

Brief profile

My background is in Social and Organisational Psychology, and my research interests are in group and intergroup relations. I study emotions, social identity, and diversity and inclusion, particularly with respect to gender and persons with disabilities.

I am the program director for the Master of Management.

Research interests

Managerial psychology and decision science

- Emotions and decision making (group and individual)

Social relations in organisations

- Group and intergroup relations; workplace diversity (gender and disabilities)

Teaching units

MGT5OBR (Organisational Behaviour - Postgraduate)

BUA5HER (Human Resource Management and Employment Relations)

Recent publications

Refereed Journal Articles

    Spoor, J. R., & Chu, M-T. (forthcoming). The role of social identity and communities of practice in mergers and acquisitions. Group and Organization Management. Accepted March 2017.

     Hedley, D., Cai, R., Uljarevic, M., Wilmot, M., Spoor, J. R., Richdale, J., & Dissanayake, C. (forthcoming). Transition to work: Perspectives from the Autism Spectrum. Autism. Accepted December 2016

     Spoor, J. R., & Lehmiller, J. J. (2014 Sep 30). The impact of course title and instructor gender on student perceptions and interest in a women’s and gender studies course. PLOS One 9(9). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0106286

     Spoor, J. R., Jetten, J., & Hornsey, M. J. (2014). Overplaying the diversity card: When a superordinate group overrepresents the prevalence of minorities. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations. 17(2), 161-177. DOI: 10.1177/1368430213497063

     Spoor, J. R., & Hoye, R. (2014). Perceived support and women's intentions to stay at a sport organisation.  British Journal of Management, 25(3), 407-424. DOI: 10.1111/1467-8551.12018

     Esposo, S. R., Hornsey, M. J., & Spoor, J. R. (2013). Shooting the messenger: Outsiders critical of your group are rejected regardless of argument quality. British Journal of Social Psychology, 52, 386-395. DOI: 10.1111/bjso.12024

     Moons, W. G., Spoor, J. R., Kalomiris, A. E., & Rizk, M. K. (2013). Certainty broadcasts risk preferences: Verbal and nonverbal cues to risk-taking. Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, 37, 78-89. DOI: 10.1007/s10919-013-0146-0

     Spoor, J. R., & Schmitt, M. T. (2011). “Things are getting better” isn’t always better: Considering women’s progress affects perceptions of and reactions to contemporary gender inequality. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 33¸24-36. DOI: 10.1080/01973533.2010.539948

     Spoor, J. R., & Kelly J. R. (2009). Mood convergence in dyads: Effects of valence and leadership. Social Influence, 4(4), 282-297­. DOI: 10.1080/15534510902805366

     Kelly, J. R., & Spoor, J. R. (2007).  Naïve theories about the effects of mood in groups: A preliminary investigation.  Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 10, 203-222. DOI: 10.1177/1368430207074727

     Spoor, J. R., & Kelly, J. R. (2004). The evolutionary significance of affect in groups: Communication and group bonding.  Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 7, 398-412. DOI: 10.1177/1368430204046145

Book Chapters

     Kelly, J. R., & Spoor, J. R. (2013). Affective processes. In J. M. Levine (Ed.). Group processes (pp. 33-53). New York: Psychology Press.

     Schmitt, M. T., Spoor, J. R., Danaher, K., & Branscombe, N. R. (2009). Rose-colored glasses: How tokenism and comparisons with the past reduce the visibility of gender inequality. In M. Barreto, M. Ryan, & M. T. Schmitt (Eds.), The glass ceiling in the 21st century: Understanding barriers to gender equality (pp. 49-71). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

     Spoor, J. R., & Williams, K. D. (2007). The evolution of an ostracism detection system. In J. P. Forgas, M. Haselton, & W. von Hippel (Eds.), The evolution of the social mind: Evolutionary psychology and social cognition (pp. 279-292). New York: Psychology Press.

     Kelly, J. R., & Spoor, J. R. (2006). Affective influence in groups. In J. P. Forgas (Ed.), Affect in social thinking and behavior (pp. 311-325). New York: Psychology Press.

     Meyers, R. A., Berdahl, J. L., Brashers, D. E., Considine, J. R., Kelly, J. R., Moore, C., Peterson, J. L., & Spoor, J. R. (2005). Investigating groups from a feminist perspective. In M. S. Poole & A. B. Hollingshead (Eds.), Theories of small groups: Integrative perspectives (pp. 241-276). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Published Abstracts

     Hedley, D., Dissanayake, C., Richdale, A., Spoor, J., & Uljarević, M. (2016). Long-term benefits of supported employment for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 60, 679. doi: 10.1111/jir.12305


La Trobe University Building Healthy Communities Research Focus Area Grant, A $19,758 for Employee support for workplace inclusion of adults with autism (CIs: J. R. Spoor, D. Hedley, C. Dissanayake, A. Richdale, T. Bartram & M. Uljarevic)

Research projects

Emotions in individual and group decision making

Gender and sport

Diversity management

Workplace outcomes for individuals with autism

Teaching of diversity and social issues


See more about my research projects and publications here: