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Professor Diane Houston

Diane Houston, M.A, PhD, CPsychol, FBPsS, FAcSS

Professor of Psychology and Pro Vice Master, Education


Contact Details

Birkbeck, University of London

Room G06, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HX


Tel: 0207 631 6396


Academic Background

I was appointed to Birkbeck as Pro-Vice Master for Education in December 2016. Before joining Birkbeck, I was Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Kent from 2008-2015, and Head of Kent’s School of Psychology from 2006-2008.


Research Interests

Examples of my recent publications are listed below. Alongside my personal research I have considerable experience in the organisation and management of doctoral training, and in Government research and policy advice. I have also served on a number of ESRC panels, competitions and advisory boards.  My research interests are broadly within social psychology and its interface with sociology and social policy. I continue to supervise and would welcome PhD applications in the following areas:

  • Theoretical approaches to women’s work participation, occupational segregation and career development.
  • Processes of discrimination, particularly sexism.
  • Social and personal predictors of academic performance.
  • Work-life balance and career consequences of flexible working.


Recent Publications

  • Abrams, D., Van de Vyver, J., Houston, D.M., & Vasiljevic, M. (2017, in press) - Does terror defeat contact?  Intergroup contact and social distance from Muslims before and After the London bombings. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology
  • Thomae, M., & Houston, D.M. (2016) - The impact of gender ideologies on men's and women's desire for a traditional or non-traditional partner. Personality and Individual Differences, 95, 152-158. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2016.02.026
  • Abrams, D., Houston, D.M., Van de Vyver, J., & Vasiljevic, M. (2015) - Equality hypocrisy, inconsistency, and prejudice: The unequal application of the universal human right to equality. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology21, 28-46. doi:10.1037/pac0000084
  • Houston, D.M. (2015) - Revisiting the Relationship between Attributional Style and Academic Performance. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 1-9. doi:10.1111/jasp.12356
  • Van de Vyver, J., Houston, D.M., Abrams, D., & Vasiljevic, M. (2015) - Boosting belligerence: How the July 7, 2005, London bombings affected Liberals’ moral foundations and prejudice. Psychological Science27, 169-177. doi:10.1177/0956797615615584
  • Herrera, M., Exposito, F., Moya, M., & Houston, D. (2012) - Having it all: The Impact of female promotion on threat of domestic violence. Spanish Journal of Psychology15.


Membership and Awards