Dr Sebastian E Bartos
My current research aims to explain how individuals and societies become less homophobic. My doctoral project, Changing Homophobia: A Global Perspective, (Surrey, 2016) was supervised by Peter Hegarty and Chris Fife-Schaw. Before that, I obtained a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology, Psychological Counselling and Psychotherapy (2010) and a Bachelor's degree in Psychology (2008), both from the Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Although I am open to many topics with practical and policy implications (especially in health and education), most of my research has been focusing on the rights and wellbeing of sexual minorities.
Within the School, I am a member of the Social Emotions and Equality in Relations (SEER) Research Group, and I work closely with the Food, Consumer Behaviour and Health (FCBH) Research Centre. I am also a member of the European Association of Social Psychology.
My main research interests are:
- Gender and sexuality
- Inequality, prejudice and discrimination
- Queer theory and the history of sexualities
- Internet-based research and online human relationships
- Political psychology and public policies
- Methodological pluralism and research integration
In the 2017/2018 academic year, I teach on the following modules:
- PSYM028 (Crafting Research: Linking Theories and Methods)
- PSYM095 (Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology)
- PSY2016 (Social Psychology with Research Methods 2)
Apart from my usual teaching duties, I provide advice on data analysis for final year dissertations, on both quantitative and qualitative research. I also contribute to the supervision of PsychD and MSc dissertations.
Bartoş, S.E., Hegarty, P. & Fife-Schaw, C. (2017, July). The decline of homophobia in Europe and the US: Examining possible causes. Part of the symposium “Sexual prejudice across EU: beliefs, language, and norms” at the 18th General Meeting of the European Association of Social Psychology. Granada, Spain.
Bartoş, S.E., Hegarty, P. & Russell, P.S. (2017, June). Queer heroes: A content analysis of mainstream and queer news media. Short presentation at the BSA Early Career Regional Event “Queer Studies: Looking Back, Looking Forward.” Guildford, UK.
Bartoş, S.E., Hegarty, P. & Fife-Schaw, C. (2015, September). The decline of homophobia: Causes and consequences. Paper submitted to the BPS Social Section Annual Conference, Manchester, UK.
Timotijevic, L., Bartoş , S.E., Kugelberg, S., Zolotonosa, M. & Gemen, R. (2015, June). Study of young people's beliefs about policy interventions targeting childhood obesity in the context of PlayDecide participatory event. Poster presented at the International Society for Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity Annual Conference, Glasgow, UK.
Bartoş, S.E. (2014, April). Changing Homophobia across Cultures: Insights from the World Values Survey. Paper presented at the Annual Psychology Research Student Conference, School of Psychology, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK.
Bartoș, S.E. (2013, April). Can psychological interventions reduce homophobia? A study-space analysis and meta-analytic review. Oral presentation at the Annual Psychology Research Student Conference, School of Psychology, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK.
Bartoş, S.E., & Hegarty, P. (2013, March). Reducing homophobia: The ups and downs of forty years. Paper presented at the BPS History & Philosophy of Psychology Section Annual Conference, Guildford, UK.
Bartoș, S.E., Balş, M.A., & Berger, I. (2012, October). Since Trajan and Decebalus: Online media reporting of the 2010 GayFest in Bucharest. Paper presented at the conference Queer Sexualities, Nationalism and Racism in the New Europe. Weeks Centre for Social and Policy Research, London South Bank University, London.
Bartoş, S.E., & Băban, A. (2010, September). Predictors of emotional distress in Romanian gay men. Poster presented at Health in Context, the 24th European Health Psychology Conference, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
Zlati, A., Bartoş, S.E., Racz, M., Lucăcel, R., Cosma, & Băban, A. (2010, September). Media portrayal of mental illness in Romanian print media. Poster presented at Health in Context, the 24th European Health Psychology Conference, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
In April-October 2017, was a named research on Peter Hegarty's and Sophie Russell's on project “Heroes against Homophobia,” funded by a BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grant.
Since January 2017, I have been working with the Department of Widening Participation and Outreach to enhance the University's understanding of equality and diversity issues.
In 2015, I received funding from the University of Surrey for a workshop to accelerate the impact of the School's research among non-academic stakeholders. The workshop (“What psychologists know about reducing homophobia”) was delivered by Prof Peter Hegarty and myself, with the assistance of PACE Health and the LGBT Consortium.
In 2013-2014, I worked with Prof Peter Hegarty, Prof Andrew King, and Katherine Hubbard on a funded project to assess the wellbeing of LGBT+ students and staff at the University of Surrey. Our research resulted in a report and series of recommendations. A summary can be downloaded here: A change in the weather? A study of the campus climate for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender staff and students at the University of Surrey.
I have reviewed manuscripts for Sex Roles, Journal of Sex Research, Journal of Homosexuality, Social Psychology, Journal of Sex Education, and Cambridge University Press.
Bartoș, S.E. & Rusu. A.S. (Eds.; 2011) Psihobiologia sexualităţii: idei de cercetare. [The psychobiology of sexuality: Research ideas.] Cluj-Napoca, Romania: Sinapsis.
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
Bartoș, S.E., & Hegarty, P. (accepted). Negotiating theory when doing practice: A systematic review of qualitative research on interventions to reduce homophobia. Journal of Homosexuality.
Bartoș, S.E., & Banks, A. (2015). How do students learn critical thinking? Challenging the osmosis model. History and Philosophy of Psychology, 16, 36-40.
Bartoș, S.E., Berger, I., & Hegarty, P. (2014). Interventions to reduce sexual prejudice: A study-space analysis and meta-analytic review. Journal of Sex Reseach, 51, 363-382.
Bartoș, S.E., Balş, M.A., & Berger, I. (2013). Since Trajan and Decebalus: Online media reporting of the 2010 GayFest in Bucharest. Psychology & Sexuality (Online).
Bartoș, S.E. & Rusu. A.S. (2010). Do Romanian heterosexual men differ from homosexual men in expressing their mate preferences? A preliminary evolutionary psychological investigation of online personal advertisements. Journal of Cognitive and Behavioral Psychotherapies, 10, 199-210.
Bartoș, S.E., Phua, V.C. & Avery, E. (2010). Romanian men's masculinities in online personal advertisements. Culture, Society and Masculinities, 2, 120-153.
Bartoș, S.E., Phua, V.C., & Avery, E. (2009). Differences in Romanian men's online personals by sexualities: a brief report. Journal of Men's Studies, 17, 45-54.
Hegarty, P., Bartoș, S.E., & Hubbard, K. (2015). Social psychological theory, History of. In J.D. Wright (Ed.), International encyclopedia of the social & behavioral sciences, (2nd ed., Vol. 22, pp. 525-531). Oxford: Elsevier.
Bartoș, S.E., & Hegarty, P. (2014). Gender, race, and ethnic relations. In C. Kinvall, T. Capelos, H. Dekker, & P. Nesbitt-Larking (Eds.), Palgrave handbook of global political psychology, (pp. 207-225). London: Palgrave.
Bartoș, S.E., & Speranza, C.M. (2011). Queering death: Dying and mourning in the Romanian gay community. In M. Rotar, C. Rotar, & A. Teodorescu (Eds.), Dying and death in 18th-21st century Europe, pp. 467-472. Alba Iulia, Romania: Annales Universitatis Apulensis.
Bartoș, S.E. (2009). SexIT: Studying sexuality through the Internet. In E. Abrudan, A. Mogoş, & R. Meza (Eds.), Interdisciplinary new media studies conference proceedings (pp. 11-16). Cluj-Napoca, Romania: Napoca Star.
Bartoş, S.E. (2008). Why cybersex? An experimental study of putative reasons for engaging in online sex. In M.L. Kohlke & L. Orza (Eds.), Probing the problematics: Sex and sexuality (pp. 221-229). Oxford: Interdisciplinary Press.
Bartoş, S.E. (in press). [Review of the book The Straight Line: How the Fringe Science of Ex-Gay Therapy Reoriented Sexuality by Tom Waidzunas]. Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences.
King, D. & Bartoş, S.E. (2017). Differential performance. [A report on equality and diversity issues in student performance.] Unpublished report, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK.
Bartoş, S.E. (2015). [Review of the book De-Centring Western sexualities: Central and Eastern European perspectives edited by R. Kulpa & J. Mizielińska]. Psychology of Sexualities Review, 6, 120-122.
Hegarty, P., Bartoş, S.E., Hubbard, K.A., & King, A. (2014). A change in the weather? A study of the campus climate for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender staff and students at the University of Surrey. Unpublished report. University of Surrey, Guildford, UK.