Sofia Stathi

Dr Sofia Stathi BSc, PGCHE, PhD

Associate Professor of Social Psychology

Key details

Dr Sofia Stathi

Associate Professor of Social Psychology


Dr Sofia Stathi is an Associate Professor of Social Psychology in the School of Human Sciences at the University of Greenwich. Sofia obtained a BSc Psychology from the University of Crete, Greece and then a PhD from the University of Birmingham, UK. She joined the University of Greenwich as Senior Lecturer in 2011. Prior to this, Sofia was a post-doctoral researcher and then Lecturer at the University of Kent. Sofia teaches social psychology, social cognition, and cross-cultural psychology.

Posts held previously:

  • 2008-11, University of Kent, Lectureship
  • 2007-08, University of Kent, Postdoctoral Research Associate

Responsibilities within the university

  • Associate Professor of Social Psychology, School of Human Sciences
  • Chair of Research Ethics Panel, School of Human Sciences
  • Co-Chair, Faculty of Education, Health and Human Sciences Research Ethics Committee
  • Faculty of Education and Health Representative in the University Research Ethics Committee

PhD Supervisor:

  • Melissa Pavetich (first supervisor)
  • Claudia Roscini (first supervisor)
  • Frantiska Halaszova (second supervisor)
  • Jane Matonhodze (second supervisor)

Awards

    • 2016, Allocation of Vice-Chancellor PhD Scholarship, University of Greenwich
    • 2012, University of Greenwich Early Career Research Excellence Award
    • 2012, Allocation of Vice-Chancellor PhD Scholarship, University of Greenwich

Research / Scholarly interests

Sofia is a social psychologist, exploring primarily processes that relate to intergroup relations. Sofia's research focuses on prejudice and prejudice-reduction among majority and minority groups via direct and indirect intergroup contact. Furthermore, Sofia's research examines social categorisation and social identity; multiculturalism and acculturation processes; collective action; social exclusion.

Key funded projects

  • 2014, FAR University of Modena and Reggio Emilia Grant: Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia. Direct and indirect intergroup contact interventions for primary and secondary school children
  • 2014, ESRC Seminar Series, Youth mental health and well-being
  • 2014, Research and Enterprise Investment Programme Grant: University of Greenwich. Identity threats in the UK and Europe: Understanding the underlying processes and testing solutions
  • 2010, Small Research Grant: British Academy. Raising awareness and reducing the social stigma of the homeless
  • 2010, Cátedra Real Madrid – UEM. Attitudes of future teachers of physical education on the inclusion of the students with incapacity in the classes of physical education: a comparative study between Spain and the United Kingdom
  • 2009, Study visit grant: European Association for Social Psychology. Enhancing bi-cultural identity integration: the role of intercultural contact
  • 2009, Small Research Grant: British Academy. Imaginary contact: developing and evaluating a new prejudice-reduction intervention for schools

Recent publications

Article

Vezzali, Loris , Capozza, Dora, Di Bernardo, Gian Antonio, Falvo, Rossela , Stathi, Sofia , Hodson, Gordon (2021), Strategies for the promotion of humanity attribution to outgroups. Routledge. In: , , , . Routledge, European Review of Social Psychology ISSN: 1046-3283 (Print), 1479-277X (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/10463283.2021.1963156) NB Item availability restricted.

Di Bernardo, Gian Antonio , Vezzali, Loris, Birtel, Michèle D., Stathi, Sofia , Ferrari, Barbara , Giovannini, Dino , Pettigrew, Thomas F. (2021), The role of optimal conditions and intergroup contact in promoting positive intergroup relations in and out of the workplace: A study with ethnic majority and minority workers. SAGE. In: , , , . SAGE, Group Processes & Intergroup Relations ISSN: 1368-4302 (Print), 1461-7188 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/13684302211010929).

Stathi, Sofia and , Guerra, Rita (2021), Unpacking the social psychology of populism: A brief introductory note. Wiley. In: , , , . Wiley, Journal of Theoretical Social Psychology, 5 (2) . pp. 50-53 2475-0387 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1002/jts5.98).

Pavetich, Melissa and , Stathi, Sofia (2020), Meta-humanization reduces prejudice, even under high intergroup threat. American Psychological Association. In: , , , . American Psychological Association, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 120 (3) . pp. 651-671 ISSN: 0022-3514 (Print), 1939-1315 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1037/pspi0000259).

Bagci, Sabahat Cigdem , Stathi, Sofia, Vezzali, Loris, Turnuklu, Abbas , Piyale, Zeynep Ecem (2020), I (dis)like the way you (dis)like them: The role of extended contact on social distance and attitudes towards the ingroup. Wiley. In: , , , . Wiley, British Journal of Social Psychology, 60 (1) . pp. 95-120 ISSN: 0144-6665 (Print), 2044-8309 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/bjso.12381).

Stathi, Sofia , Di Bernardo, GA, Vezzali, L, Pendleton, S , Tropp, LR (2020), Do they want contact with us? The role of intergroup contact meta-perceptions on positive contact and attitudes. Wiley. In: , , , . Wiley, Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, 30 (5) . pp. 461-479 ISSN: 1052-9284 (Print), 1099-1298 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1002/casp.2452).

Stathi, Sofia , Pavetich, Melissa, Di Bernardo, Gian Antonio, Cadamuro, Alessia , Cocco, Veronica Margherita , Vezzali, Loris (2020), Intergroup fears and concerns among minority and majority groups: Implications for contact and attitudes. Wiley. In: , , , . Wiley, Journal of Community Psychology, 48 (3) . pp. 1010-1027 ISSN: 0090-4392 (Print), 1520-6629 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1002/jcop.22322).

Di Bernardo, Gian Antonio , Vezzali, Loris, Stathi, Sofia, McKeown Jones, Shelley , Cocco, Veronica Margherita , Saguy, Tamar , Dixon, John (2019), Fostering social change among advantaged and disadvantaged group members: Integrating intergroup contact and social identity perspectives on collective action. SAGE Publications. In: , , , . SAGE Publications, Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 24 (1) . pp. 26-47 ISSN: 1368-4302 (Print), 1461-7188 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/1368430219889134).

Vezzali, Loris , Di Bernardo, Gian Antonio, Birtel, Michèle D., Stathi, Sofia , Brambilla, Marco (2019), Outgroup morality perceptions mediate secondary transfer effects from direct and extended contact: Evidence from majority and minority members. SAGE. In: , , , . SAGE, Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 23 (7) . pp. 1066-1084 ISSN: 1368-4302 (Print), 1461-7188 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/1368430219879223).

Wang, Changcheng , Fei, Huang, Stathi, Sofia, Vezzali, Loris (2019), Positive and negative intergroup contact and willingness to engage in intergroup interactions among high-status (Han) and low-status (Uyghur) group members in China: The moderating role of social dominance orientation. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 75 . pp. 132-140 ISSN: 0147-1767 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijintrel.2018.09.002) NB Item availability restricted.

Vezzali, Loris , Birtel, Michèle D., Di Bernardo, Gian Antonio, Stathi, Sofia , Crisp, Richard John , Cadamuro, Alessia , Visintin, Emilio Paolo (2019), Don’t hurt my outgroup friend: A multifaceted form of imagined contact promotes intentions to counteract bullying. SAGE Publications. In: , , , . SAGE Publications, Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 23 (5) . pp. 643-663 ISSN: 1368-4302 (Print), 1461-7188 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/1368430219852404).

Moore, Anna and , Stathi, Sofia (2019), The impact of feminist stereotypes and sexual identity on feminist self-identification and collective action. Taylor & Francis. In: , , , . Taylor & Francis, The Journal of Social Psychology, 160 (3) . pp. 267-281 ISSN: 0022-4545 (Print), 1940-1183 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/00224545.2019.1644280).

Stathi, Sofia , Vezzali, Loris, Waldzus, Sven, Hantzi, Alexandra (2019), The mobilising and protective role of national identification on normative and non-normative collective action. Wiley. In: , , , . Wiley, Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 49 (9) . pp. 596-608 ISSN: 0021-9029 (Print), 1559-1816 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/jasp.12619).

Stathi, Sofia , Guerra, Rita, Di Bernardo, Gian Antonio, Vezzali, Loris (2019), Spontaneous imagined intergroup contact and intergroup relations: Quality matters. Wiley. In: , , , . Wiley, European Journal of Social Psychology, 50 (1) . pp. 124-142 ISSN: 0046-2772 (Print), 1099-0992 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1002/ejsp.2600).

Birtel, Michèle D. , Di Bernardo, Gian Antonio, Stathi, Sofia, Crisp, Richard J. , Cadamuro, Alessia , Vezzali, Loris (2019), Imagining contact reduces prejudice in pre-school children. Wiley. In: , , , . Wiley, Social Development, 28 (4) . pp. 1054-1073 ISSN: 0961-205X (Print), 1467-9507 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/sode.12374).

Bagci, Sabahat Cigdem , Stathi, Sofia, Piyale, Zeynep Ecem (2018), When imagining intergroup contact mobilizes collective action: The perspective of disadvantaged and advantaged groups. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 69 . pp. 32-43 ISSN: 0147-1767 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijintrel.2018.12.003).

Bagci, Cigdem Sabahat , Stathi, Sofia, Piyale, Zeynep Ecem (2018), Imagined contact facilitates acculturation, Sometimes: Contradicting evidence from two socio-cultural contexts. American Psychological Association. In: , , , . American Psychological Association, Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 25 (4) . pp. 539-552 ISSN: 1099-9809 (Print), 1939-0106 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1037/cdp0000256).

Vezzali, Loris , Di Bernardo, Gian Antonio, Stathi, Sofia, Visintin, Emilio Paolo , Hewstone, Miles (2018), Using intercultural videos of direct contact to implement vicarious contact: A school-based intervention that improves intergroup attitudes. SAGE Publications. In: , , , . SAGE Publications, Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 22 (7) . pp. 1059-1076 ISSN: 1368-4302 (Print), 1461-7188 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/1368430218809885).

Birtel, Michèle D. , Vezzali, Loris, Stathi, Sofia (2018), Extended contact and affective factors: A review and suggestions for future research. Cises Srl. In: , , , . Cises Srl, Testing, Psychometrics, Methodology in Applied Psychology, 25 (2) . pp. 213-238 ISSN: 1972-6325 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.4473/TPM25.2.4).

Vezzali, Loris , Di Bernardo, Gian Antonio, Stathi, Sofia, Cadamuro, Alessia , Lášticová, Barbara , Andraščiková, Simona (2018), Secondary transfer effect among children: The role of social dominance orientation and outgroup attitudes. Wiley. In: , , , . Wiley, British Journal of Social Psychology, 57 (3) . pp. 547-566 ISSN: 0144-6665 (Print), 2044-8309 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/bjso.12248).

Gravani, Maria , Soureti, Anastasia, Stathi, Sofia (2017), Using nostalgia to reduce prejudice toward immigrants. Wiley. In: , , , . Wiley, European Journal of Social Psychology, 48 (2) . pp. O168-O174 ISSN: 0046-2772 (Print), 1099-0992 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1002/ejsp.2294).

Stathi, Sofia and , (2017), Reducing workplace bias toward people with disabilities with the use of imagined contact. Wiley-Blackwell. In: , , , . Wiley-Blackwell, Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 47 (5) . pp. 256-266 ISSN: 0021-9029 (Print), 1559-1816 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/jasp.12435) NB Item availability restricted.

Stathi, Sofia and , (2017), Vicarious, extended and imagined intergroup contact: A review of interventions based on indirect contact strategies applied in educational settings. TPM - Testing, Psychometrics, Methodology in Applied Psychology. In: , , , . TPM - Testing, Psychometrics, Methodology in Applied Psychology, TPM - Testing, Psychometrics, Methodology in Applied Psychology, 24 (1) . pp. 3-21 ISSN: 1972-6325 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.4473/TPM24.1.1).

Stathi, Sofia , Husnu, Shenel, Pendleton, Samantha (2017), Intergroup contact and contact norms as predictors of postconflict forgiveness. American Psychological Association. In: , , , . American Psychological Association, Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice, 21 (1) . pp. 20-39 ISSN: 1089-2699 (Print), 1930-7802 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/gdn0000060) NB Item availability restricted.

Vezzali, Loris , Gocłowska, Małgorzata A., Crisp, Richard J., Stathi, Sofia (2016), On the relationship between cultural diversity and creativity in education: The moderating role of communal versus divisional mindset. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Thinking Skills and Creativity, 21 . pp. 152-157 ISSN: 1871-1871 (Print), 1878-0423 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tsc.2016.07.001) NB Item availability restricted.

Vezzali, Loris , Stathi, Sofia, Crisp, Richard J., Capozza, Dora (2015), Comparing direct and imagined intergroup contact among children: effects on outgroup stereotypes and helping intentions. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 49 . pp. 46-53 ISSN: 0147-1767 (Print), (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijintrel.2015.06.009) NB Item availability restricted.

Vezzali, Loris , Stathi, Sofia, Crisp, Richard J., Giovannini, Dino , Capozza, Dora , Gaertner, Samuel L. (2015), Imagined intergroup contact and common ingroup identity. Hogrefe Publishing. In: , , , . Hogrefe Publishing, Social Psychology, 46 (5) . pp. 265-276 ISSN: 1864-9335 (Print), 0044-3514 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1027/1864-9335/a000242) NB Item availability restricted.

Vezzali, Loris , Stathi, Sofia, Giovanni, Dino, Visintin, Emilio Paolo (2015), 'And the best essay is...': Extended contact and cross-group friendships at school. Wiley. In: , , , . Wiley, British Journal of Social Psychology, 54 (4) . pp. 601-615 ISSN: 0144-6665 (Print), 2044-8309 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/bjso.12110).

Vezzali, Loris , Stathi, Sofia, Giovannini, Dino, Capozza, Dora , Trifiletti, Elena (2015), The greatest magic of Harry Potter: Reducing prejudice. Wiley Periodicals, Inc.. In: , , , . Wiley Periodicals, Inc., Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 45 (2) . pp. 105-121 ISSN: 0021-9029 (Print), 1559-1816 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jasp.12279).

Vezzali, Loris , Crisp, Richard J., Stathi, Sofia, Giovannini, Dino (2014), Imagined intergroup contact facilitates intercultural communication for college students on academic exchange programs. SAGE Publications. In: , , , . SAGE Publications, Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 18 (1) . pp. 66-75 ISSN: 1368-4302 (Print), 1461-7188 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1368430214527853) NB Item availability restricted.

Stathi, Sofia , Cameron, Lindsey, Hartley, Bonny, Bradford, Shona (2014), Imagined contact as a prejudice-reduction intervention in schools: the underlying role of similarity and attitudes. Wiley Periodicals, Inc. In: , , , . Wiley Periodicals, Inc, Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 44 (8) . pp. 536-546 ISSN: 0021-9029 (Print), 1559-1816 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jasp.12245).

Vezzali, L. , Crisp, R. J., Stathi, Sofia, Giovannini, D. (2013), The affective consequences of imagined contact: A review and some suggestions for future research. TPM. In: , , , . TPM, TPM - Testing, Psychometrics, Methodology in Applied Psychology, 20 (4) . pp. 343-363 ISSN: 1972-6325 (Print), (doi: http://www.tpmap.org/the-affective-consequences-of-imagined-contact-a-review-and-some-suggestions-for-future-research/) NB Item availability restricted.

Book

Vezzali, Loris and , Stathi, Sofia (2020), Using intergroup contact to fight prejudice and negative attitudes: psychological perspectives. Routledge. In: , , , . Routledge, London and New York (1st) . ISBN: 9780815353485 ; 9781351136341 (doi: https://doi.org/10.4324/9781351136341) NB Item availability restricted.

Book section

Vezzali, Loris and , Stathi, Sofia (2016), The extended intergroup contact hypothesis: state of the art and future developments. Routledge. In: , , In: Loris Vezzali, Sofia Stathi (eds.), Intergroup Contact Theory: Recent Developments and Future Direction. Routledge, London, UK Intergroup Contact Theory: Recent Developments and Future Directions (1st) . ISBN: 9781315646510 (doi: https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315646510).

Vezzali, Loris and , Stathi, Sofia (2016), The present and the future of the contact hypothesis, and the need for integrating research fields. Routledge. In: , , In: Loris Vezzali, Sofia Stathi (eds.), Intergroup Contact Theory: Recent developments and future direction. Routledge, London, UK Intergroup Contact Theory: Recent Developments and Future Directions (1st) . ISBN: 9781315646510 (doi: https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315646510).

Edited book

Vezzali, Loris and , Stathi, Sofia (2016), Intergroup contact theory: recent developments and future directions. Routledge. In: , , , . Routledge, London, UK Intergroup Contact Theory: Recent Developments and Future Directions (1st) . ISBN: 9781138182318 (doi: https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315646510).