Dr Aífe Hopkins-Doyle
Academic and research departmentsSchool of Psychology, Social Emotions and Equality in Relations (SEER) research group, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences.
Dr Aífe Hopkins-Doyle is a Lecturer in Social Psychology. Her research interest is in the social-cognitive and ideological factors influencing meta-perception and related attitudes, with a particular focus on gender relations, sexuality, political actions and social issues.
She gained her BSc degree in Psychology (Hons) at the National University of Ireland at Maynooth (2008-2012) before moving to the University of Kent to complete a Master’s degree in Social and Applied Psychology (2013-2014) and a PhD in Social Psychology (2015-2019). Her PhD research examined the role of warmth in misperceptions of benevolent sexism as negatively related to hostile sexism and other known correlates (e.g. opposition to gender equality measures).
Upon completion of her PhD, Aífe was a Lecturer in Social and Organisational Psychology at University of Kent (2018-2020). She joined the School of Psychology at University of Surrey in April 2020.
In addition to her research, she enjoys teaching and working on initiatives that promote greater social diversity and inclusion in academia. She is a member of the Athena Swan Self Assessment Team in the School of Psychology.
Areas of specialism
The overarching theme of my research is understanding the sense that people make of gender relations, investigating the socio-cognitive and ideological factors, which influence the accuracy of our judgements about gender (e.g. personal and social identity) and gender relations (e.g. sexism, feminism, intimate relationships).
Current research projects/questions include:
- Benevolent sexism: do people accurately understand benevolent sexism as prejudice? How do our personal perceptions of men (and women) who endorse benevolent sexism influence our identification of prejudice?
- Feminism and stereotyping: how accurate are stereotypes about feminists and their attitudes? what factors influence our beliefs about feminists' attitudes (i.e. meta-perceptions)? Who can identify as feminist? Feminist ideology including radical and women of colour feminism.
- Collective action: what socio-ecological and identity factors influence engagement and participation in collective and political actions both online (e.g. #MeToo) and offline (e.g. protest marches).
- Sexual exchange in intimate relationships: Do heterosexual people endorse beliefs about who exchanges sex in relationships for other benefits (i.e. commitment, intimacy, gifts)? How does this belief relate to modern dating practices (e.g. sugar baby-sugar daddy)?
I am interested in supervising students on projects in these areas. Please send me an email if interested.
- PSY3120/PSYM146 - The Social Psychology of Gender (Module Convenor)
- PSY2016 - Social Psychology with Research Methods 2 (Contributing Lecturer)
- PSYM093 - Fundamental Concepts in Social Psychology with Research Methods (Contributing Lecturer)
Hopkins-Doyle, A., Sutton, R. M., Douglas, K. M., & Calogero, R. M. (2019). Flattering to deceive: Why people misunderstand benevolent sexism. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 116(2), 167–192. https://doi.org/10.1037/pspa0000135