Dr Jiaqing O PhD in Clinical Psychology (With a Special Interest in Evolutionary Theory) - Australian National University

Dr Jiaqing O

Lecturer in Psychology

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Jiaqing O (OJ) is an evolutionary-minded researcher who is profoundly involved in examining the kinds of (and potential solutions for some of the) modern-day problems deriving from the interactions between humans and their physical/social environment from a multifaceted evolutionary perspective. More specifically, OJ is passionately curious about evolutionary mismatch in the modern world, the evolutionary origins of psychopathology, and evolutionary approaches to environmental psychology.



• Human-environment interactions from a multi-disciplinary evolutionary perspective

• Evolutionary mismatches between prehistorically-adaptive traits and modern environment

• Evolutionary origins of mental disorders

• Effects of natural vs. urban environment on well-being and psychological functioning

•. Evolutionary approaches to environmental psychology

I am certainly happy to collaborate with a wide array of researchers and to supervise a broad range of students, anyone I'd say who is keen and open to be doing a project related to any one of the above-mentioned research domains. On a more personal level, I like to adopt a very honest and respectful dialogue between collaborators/students and myself and if you are keen to work on something related to any one of these research areas and are happy with such an interactive approach, please feel free to contact me.

Office Hours (Student contact times)

  • Wednesday 16.00-17.30
  • Thursday 11.00-12.30



Brüne, M., O, J., Schojai, M., Decker, C., Edel, M. 2017. Mating strategies and experience of early adversity in female patients with borderline personality disorder: Insights from life history theory. Personality and Individual Differences 113 pp. 147-154. 10.1016/j.paid.2017.03.024 Cadair

Sznycer, D., Al-Shawaf, L., Bereby-Meyer, Y., Curry, O.S., De Smet, D., Ermer, E., Kim, S., Kim, S., Li, N.P., Lopez Seal, M.F., McClung, J., O, J., Ohtsubo, Y., Quillien, T., Schaub, M., Sell, A., Van Leeuwen, F., Cosmides, L., Tooby, J. 2017. Cross-cultural regularities in the cognitive architecture of pride. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 114 (8) pp. 1874-1879. 10.1073/pnas.1614389114 Cadair


Li, N.P., Lim, A.J.Y., Tsai, M., O, J. 2015. Too Materialistic to Get Married and Have Children? PLoS One 10 (5) 0126543 10.1371/journal.pone.0126543 Cadair


Ang, R.P., O, J. 2012. Association Between Caregiving, Meaning in Life, and Life Satisfaction Beyond 50 in an Asian Sample. Social Indicators Research 108 (3) pp. 525-534. 10.1007/s11205-011-9891-9 Cadair


Tang, C.S.K., Chua, Z., O, J. 2010. A gender perspective on Chinese social relationships and behavior. In M. H. Bond. (ed) Oxford Handbook of Chinese Psychology. Oxford Library of Psychology Oxford University Press Cadair


Collinson, S.L., Mackay, C.E., O, J., James, A.C.D., Crow, T.J. 2009. Dichotic listening impairments in early onset schizophrenia are associated with reduced left temporal lobe volume. Schizophrenia Research 112 (1-3) pp. 24-31. 10.1016/j.schres.2009.03.034 Cadair