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Dr Sharon Grant

Senior Lecturer - Psychology


Dr Sharon Grant is based in the Department of Psychological Sciences, School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health, Arts and Design. She has held continuous appointments in Academic roles at Swinburne University since 2005. From 2005 to 2007, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship, Faculty of Business and Enterprise, at Swinburne University, Hawthorn campus. In 2008, she transitioned to a tenured position in the Faculty, as a Lecturer (Level B) in Organisation Studies and Human Resource Management. In 2009, Dr Grant relocated to the Faculty of Higher Education (Swinburne, Lilydale campus) as a Senior Lecturer in Psychology, where she principally convened Level 3 psychology units in Personality Psychology and Social Psychology, as well as convening and teaching into first year units and providing Honours, Masters and PhD supervision. Dr Grant was also the Faculty Research Ethics Advisor, as well as Chairing Swinburne Human Ethics Subcommittee 3 and residing on the main Swinburne Human Research Ethics Committee. In 2013, Dr Grant was appointed as the Acting Associate Dean, Research (December 2012-July 2013). Dr Grant relocated to the Faculty of Health, Arts and Design in the Department of Psychological Sciences, Hawthorn campus in mid-2013. Dr Grant was the Course Director for the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) from 2015-2017. 

Dr Grant has a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Psychology from the University of Melbourne and First Class (H1) Honours (Bachelor of Behavioural Science with Honours) from La Trobe University. She has more than 40 peer reviewed publications including 20 refereed journal articles. She has published in reputable Australian and international journals spanning research topics in applied psychology, entrepreneurship, organisational psychology, and personality and social psychology. Dr Grant's current research projects span Entrepreneurship, Industrial and Organisational Psychology, Personality Psychology and health-related aspects of Social Psychology, with particular emphasis on the following areas: occupational stress, coping and strain, especially among entrepreneurs; scale development (e.g., developed the Sources of Entrepreneurial Stress Scale); personality and work, especially the Five Factor Model ('Big Five' traits) and HEXACO; the predictive validity of factor- versus facet-level traits; workplace deviance; work-family conflict; subjective and psychological well-being; and weight stigma in obesity. 

Research interests

Social Psychology; Entrepreneurship; Social Psychology; Organisational Psychology; Personality Psychology

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.


Available to supervise honours students.

Honours topics and outlines

Topics in organisational and social psychology: Current projects span  Organisational Psychology, Personality Psychology and Social Psychology, including:Occupational violence and aggressionOccupational stress, coping and strainWeight stigma in obesityEntrepreneurship and mental health; and Personality assessment; personality and work; personality, health and well-being

Fields of Research

  • Industrial And Organisational Psychology (incl. Human Factors) - 520104
  • Business Systems In Context - 350300
  • Social Psychology - 520505
  • Social And Affective Neuroscience - 520207
  • Community Psychology - 520501

Teaching areas

Social Psychology;Social Psychology;Personality Psychology;Research Methods;Organisational Studies


Also published as: Grant, Sharon; Grant, S.; Code, Sharon; Grant, S. L.; Grant, Sharon L.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2020: Machine Learning Analysis of Obesity Portrayal in News Media *; VicHealth Partnership Grant
  • 2020: Using a community co-design process to develop non-confrontational anti--violence campaigns in a rural health service setting *; Rural Northwest Hospital
  • 2019: Best Practice Toolkit for Dealing with Occupational Violence and Aggression in Rural Health Services (The Code Grey Project) *; SmartRuralHealthNetwork_PT

* Chief Investigator