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Associate Professor in the Department of PsychologyRH007+44 (0) 191 33 40624
Fellow of Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing  

Biography

I joined Durham University as Assistant Professor in Quantitative Social Psychology in September 2018.

Prior to joining DU, I was a Senior Research Associate at the Institute of Public Health, University of Cambridge. At Cambridge I was a member of the Behaviour and Health Research Unit (BHRU: https://www.bhru.iph.cam.ac.uk), a policy research unit funded by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR).

I continue my collaborative work with the University of Cambridge, where I am currently an Honorary Senior Visiting Fellow.

Research Interests

Drawing on social psychological principles, I investigate how cues in the environment impact health behaviours, and how this knowledge can be translated into effective behaviour change interventions to improve health and reduce inequalities. The bulk of my work to date has looked at how cues such as labelling and advertising affect people’s decisions to eat (un)healthily, drink alcohol, and/or smoke tobacco. Another strand of my research has focused on developing and evaluating interventions to increase societal equality and egalitarianism more generally.

Conducting laboratory, online, and field experiments, I specialise in testing samples drawn from the general population (both adult and children), using complex stratification techniques to examine socio-economic and other demographic differences between participants. My work is policy-focused and has contributed to national and international policies.

Publications

Chapter in book

  • Vasiljevic, M. & Pechey, R. (2021). Altering choice architecture to alter drinking behaviour: Evidence from research on lower strength alcohol labelling and glass design. In The Palgrave Handbook of the Psychology of Alcohol Consumption. Cooke, R., Conroy, D., Davies, E., Hagger, M. S. & de Visser, R. O. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Van de Vyver, J., Travaglino, G., Vasiljevic, M. & Abrams, D. (2015). The group and cultural context of restorative justice: A social psychological perspective. In The psychology of restorative justice. Gavrielides, T. Ashgate Publishing.
  • Vasiljevic, M. & Viki, G. T. (2013). Dehumanization, moral disengagement, and public attitudes to crime and punishment. In Humanness and Dehumanization. 129-146.

Conference Paper

  • Vasiljevic, M., Couturier, D-L., Frings, D., Moss, A. C., Albery, I. P. & Marteau, T. M. (2018), IMPACT OF LOWER ALCOHOL STRENGTH LABELS ON CONSUMPTION OF WINE AND BEER: A BAR LAB RANDOMISED CONTROLLED TRIAL, 52: SBM 39th Annual Meeting. S158-S158.
  • Vasiljevic, M., Richard, C. J., Francesca, P. & Monica, R. (2016), When Diversity Creates Tolerance: A New Intervention to Reduce Generalized Prejudice, 51: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY. 430-430.
  • Vasiljevic, M., Petrescu, D. C., Pepper, J. K., Ribisl, K. M. & Marteau, T. M. (2016), WHAT IS THE IMPACT OF E-CIGARETTE ADVERTS ON CHILDREN'S PERCEPTIONS OF TOBACCO SMOKING? A RANDOMISED CONTROLLED TRIAL, 23: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE. S196-S196.

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