Dr Lydia Woodyatt

Lecturer in Psychology

College of Education, Psychology and Social Work

place Social Sciences North (384)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia
B. Min., Grad. Dip Psych., B.A (Hons), PhD
Honours, awards and grants

Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence (2013)

Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence (2014)

Key responsibilities
Research expertise
Research interests

I am a social psychologist interested in how people work through wrongdoing, both personally (self-forgiveness, self-punishment, defensiveness, responsibility taking, shame, guilt, and hope), and also within relationships and groups (justice, whistleblowing, shaming). I am interested in the outcomes of these responses in terms of restoration of offenders, victims and communities. I am currently examining the motives that underlie these responses, especially the need for moral-social identity. I am broadly interested in the intersection between social and clinical psychology, especially in areas related to coping, e.g. hope, self-compassion, hope. As Director of First Year Studies (Psychology) I am also interested in research on psychological needs, coping, and resilience in relation to transitioning to University and succeeding in first year.

Teaching interests
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Personality and Social Psychology
  • Self-conscious Emotions
  • Psychology of Surviving and Thriving
  • Application of Psychological Science
Topic coordinator
PSYC1101 Psychology 1A
PSYC1102 Psychology 1B
Supervisory interests
Restorative justice
Social psychology
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Shame (1), The impact of dehumanisation on ingroup relationships (1), Liminality and Psychological Wellbeing through Transition (1), Divergent narratives of trasngressions and their impact on reconciliation
Associate supervisor: Vision Thinking and Social Change
Associate supervisor: Whistleblowing (1), Self-punishment (1), Distinguishing Hope and Optimism (1)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Cara Rossi

APS Honours Prize - NOV 2015

Simon Bury

Outstanding Postgraduate Research Award from the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists (SASP) - APR 2017

Farid Anvari

Endeavor Research Fellowship - NOV 2017

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  • Psychology
  • Psychological Wellbeing of University Students
  • Transition to University
  • hope
  • self-forgiveness
  • shame