Associate Professor Trevor Case

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I am a social-evolutionary psychologist and my research focuses on gaining a better understanding of the features and functions of emotions, especially disgust. In addition, with my graduate students, I have investigated such topics as gullibility, dehumanization, inspiration, and the source effect for disgust. My main teaching area is social psychology, which I teach at undergraduate level. I am Director of the Psychology Honours program, and I have held several key service roles in the university including Deputy Chair of the University Human Research Ethics Committee. I serve on several journal editorial boards and as an Assessor for the Australian Research Council.

Research interests

  • Disgust
  • Revenge
  • False beliefs 


I am Unit Convenor for the 2nd year core unit in Social and Personality Psychology, and I regularly deliver lectures at all undergraduate levels on social and evolutionary psychological topics. I also supervise Honours and post-graduate students each year. I currently teach on the following courses.

PSYU1105 Introduction to Psychology II

PSYU2234 Social and Personality Psychology (Unit Chair)

Through my teaching and research, I hope to inspire others to value learning for its own sake.

Research student supervision

I have supervised over 15 graduate students in a variety of social and evolutionary topics.

Community engagement

I have held several key administrative service roles within the university. Over the past 5 years I have been Deputy Chair of the University Human Research Ethics Committee, and I have served on the University Academic Standards and Quality Committee. I am currently Director of the Psychology Honours program. I have served as an Assessor for the Australian Research Council for over a decade, and on the editorial boards of Personal Relationships and Frontiers: Evolutionary Psychology.

Research engagement

Together with my colleagues, we have attracted over half-a-million dollars of funding from the ARC for our research on disgust. My research has been described in the leading textbook on the field of evolutionary psychology by David Buss and is reported in local and international media. 


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