Dr Vance Locke
BA (Hons), MPsych (Clinical), PhD

Translational Clinical Researcher

About me

I started my career as a social psychologist looking at the role of individual differences in the judgements people make of others. More recently I have become interested in the intersection of Social and Clinical psychology. Specifically the role of self-judgments in psychological disorders and the importance of group processes in sporting teams. I also have a strong interest in Psychological Medicine, including pain management and the importance of interdisciplinary team treatment programs and the role of illness in psychological wellbeing. 

Relevant employment history:

  • Assistant Professor, School of Psychology, The University of Western Australia: Appointed in 1997.
  • Director of Undergraduate Studies, School of Psychology University of Western Australia 2010-2013 (level C).
  • PainCare private pain management program. January 2012-14.
  • Psychologist with the Australian Institute of Sport, Men’s Hockey Program. 2013-2015.
  • Lead Psychologist, Complex Pain Team, Princess Margaret Hospital (.8) till Jan-July  2015
  • Translational Clinical Researcher (Level C), Murdoch University, 2014-

 

 

Teaching area

Currently I coordinate:

  • PSY565 Clinical Psychology: Working with Adults
  • PSY610 - Professional Psychology: Research Project
  • PSY285 - Psychology: Social Bases of Behaviour
  • BRD210 - World of Sport 
I have previously taught the following Undergraduate units:
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Social psychology
  • Social and Developmental Psychology
  • Design and Analysis
  • Psychological Methods
  • Adult Psychopathology 
I have previously taught the following postgraduate units:
  • Social Dynamics in the classroom
  • Psychology in the courtroom 
I have coordinated the Honours program at The University of WA.
I have been the Director of Undergraduate Studies at The University of WA.

 

 

Awards and grants

Successful small grant applications

Page, A., Locke, V., & Neely, J.  (1996). The cognitive processes of thought suppression. The Australian Research Council small grant scheme.  $11,000 AUS

Locke, V. (1998).  Stereotyping of multi-categorisable targets. The Department of Psychology, Small Grant Scheme.  $6,000 AUS

A. Page, & Locke, V. (1998).  The mechanism of thought suppression: Inhibition of unwanted thoughts or excitation of the wanted thought? The Australian Research Council small grant scheme.  $6,000AUS

A. Page, & Locke, V. (2001). Defining some boundary conditions of thought suppression The Australian Research Council small grant scheme.  $11,390 AUS

Successful large grant applications

G. Rhodes, Hayward, W., Tanaka, J., & Locke, V. (2004). Understanding expertise and race effects in face perception. The Australian Research Council grants scheme.  $176,000 AUS

Events and speaking engagements

  • Pain and stress; Stigma and pain. Making Sense of Pain: Two day workshop in Pain Theory and Practice. Arthritis and Osteoporosis foundation. WA, August, 2013, 2014; 2015
  • Role of Clinical Psychologist in Assessment and Management of the Male Persistent Pelvic Pain. Assessment and Management of the Male Uro-Genital, Curtin university School of Physiotherapy. WA August, 2013; 2014; 2015
  • Kids Overcoming Pain Education Programme (KOPE), Arthritis & Osteoporosis WA– Perth, WA, October 2013 & February 2014.
  • Psychology of Pain, Arthritis and Osteoporosis Foundation, 2015.

Publications

Journals

  • Reid, C., Campbell, C., Locke, V., Charlesworth, R., (2015), Australian Men's Hockey Team: Virtually There. Telepsychology in Olympic Sport, Australian Psychologist, 50, 4, pages 279 - 284.

Locke, V., MacLeod, C., & Walker, I. (1994). Automatic and controlled activation of stereotypes: Individual differences associated with prejudice. British Journal of Social Psychology, 33, 29-46.

Johnston, L., Locke, V., Giles, L., Rattray, K. (1997). The good, the bad, and the ugly. Journal of Applied Social Psychology. 27, 725-741

Schmitt, D. P., et al., Locke, V., et al., (2003). Are men universally more dismissing than women? Gender differences in romantic attachment across 62 cultural regions. Personal Relationships, 10(3), 307-331.

Schmitt, D. P., et al.,  Locke, V. (2003).  Universal Sex Differences in the Desire for Sexual Variety: Tests From 52 Nations, 6 Continents, and 13 Islands.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 85, 85-104.

Schmitt, D. P., et al., Locke, V. (2004).  Patterns and Universals of Mate poaching Across 53 Nations: The Effects of Sex, Culture, and Personality on romantically Attracting Another Person’s Partner.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 86, 560-584.

Curtis, G,. & Locke, V., (2005). The effect of anxiety on impression formation: Affect-congruent or stereotypic biases?  British Journal of Social Psychology, 44, 1-20.

Page, A.,  Locke, V., & Trio, M.  (2005).  An ‘on-line’ measure of thought suppression. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 88, 421-431.

Locke V., Macrae, C. N., Eaton, J., (2005). Is Person Categorization Modulated by Exemplar Typicality?  Social Cognition. 

Zhou, G, Fu, X., Hayward, W. G., Locke, V., and Pellicano, E. (2005). Cultural difference in the application of the diagnosticity principle to schematic faces. Journal of Cognition and Culture

Curtis, G. J., & Locke, V. (2007). Anxiety and impression formation: Direct information rather than priming explains affect congruity. Cognition and Emotion, 21, 1455-1469.

Ree, M. J.,  French, D., MacLeod, C., & Locke, V. (2008). Distinguishing cognitive and somatic dimensions of state and trait anxiety: Development and validation of the State-Trait Inventory for Cognitive and Somatic Anxiety Symptoms (STICSAS). Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 36, 313-332.

Rhodes, G, Locke, V,  Ewing L & Evangelista,E (2009), Race coding and the cross-race deficit in face recognition,  Perception, 38, 232-241.

Electronic Journal publication

Schmitt, D. P. et al (2002). Are Sexual Promiscuity and Relationship Infidelity Linked to Different Personality Traits Across Cultures? Findings from the International Sexuality Description Project. In W. J. Lonner, D. L. Dinnel, S. A. Hayes, & D. N. Sattler (Eds.), Online Readings in Psychology and Culture.

Book Chapters

Locke, V., & Walker, I.  (1998). Stereotyping, processing goals, and social identity: Inveterate and fugacious characteristics of stereotypes. In D.Abrams & M. A. Hogg (Eds.), Social identity and social cognition. Oxford: Blackwells.

Locke, V., & Johnston, L. (2001). Stereotyping and prejudice: A cognitive approach.  In M. Augoustinos & K. J. Reynolds (Eds), Understanding the Psychology of Prejudice and Racism.  Sage: Sydney.

Conference papers

Locke, V., MacLeod, C., & Walker, I. (1993, September).  Automatic stereotype activation and prejudice.  Paper presented at the annual general meeting of the European Association of Experimental Social Psychology,  Lisbon, Portugal.

Locke, V., MacLeod, C., & Walker, I. (1993, September).  Prejudice and the role of stereotypes.  Paper presented at the British Psychological Society: Social Section meeting, Oxford, U.K.

Locke, V., MacLeod, C., & Walker, I. (1999, July).  Prejudice, stereotypes and processing goals. Paper presented at the annual general meeting of the European Association of Experimental Social Psychology,  Oxford, UK.

Andrew C. Page & Locke, V. (July, 1999). The cognitive mechanisms of thought suppression: Is Freud on the rebound after all this repression? at the 22nd Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy National Conference, Fremantle, WA.

Curtis, G., & Locke, V. (1999). The effect of anxiety on impression formation. Paper Presented to the University of Western Australia Psychology Department Annual Conference, Perth, Australia.

Curtis, G., & Locke, V. (2000). The effect of anxiety on impression formation. Paper Presented to Conference of the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists, Fremantle Australia.

Curtis, G., & Locke, V. (2000). Encoding and person memory: Investigating anxious-mood-congruent impression formation. Paper Presented to the University of Western Australia Psychology Department Annual Conference, Perth, Australia.

Ouschan, L. & Locke, V. (2001). The effects of sad and happy mood on stereotyping Paper Presented to the University of Western Australia Psychology Department Annual Conference, Perth, Australia.

Curtis, G., & Locke, V. (2001). We know what you’re thinking and it may not be much: How anxiety influences impression formation. Paper Presented to the University of Western Australia Psychology Department Annual Conference, Perth, Australia.

Andrew C. Page & Locke, V. (2002). The cognitive mechanisms of thought suppression. Paper Presented at the Institute of Advanced Studies: Consciousness, Cleverness and Human Nature. UWA, Perth, WA.

Ouschan, L. & Locke, V. (2002). From stereotype activation to prejudice – it’s not as bad as ‘they’ think! Paper Presented to the University of Western Australia Psychology Department Annual Conference, Perth, Australia.

Curtis, G., & Locke, V. (2003). Comparing priming and attributional explanations of anxiety-congruent impression formation. Paper Presented to Conference of the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists, Bondi Australia.

Locke. V & Page, A. (2003). The mechanisms of thought suppression. Paper Presented to Conference of the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists, Bondi Australia.

Ouschan, L. & Locke, V. (2003). Prejudice-linked Stereotype Activation: The Role of Processing Goals. Paper Presented to Conference of the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists, Bondi Australia.

Curtis, G., & Locke, V. (2004). Anxiety-related stereotypic biases in impression formation: Is it memory not judgments? Paper Presented to Conference of the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists, Auckland New Zealand.

Ouschan, L. & Locke, V.(2004). How do low-prejudice individuals avoid stereotype acitvation? Paper Presented to Conference of the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists, Auckland New Zealand.

Ouschan, L. & Locke, V. (2005). Is it what we do or what we think that really matters in automatic stereotype activation? Paper presented to the Experimental Psychology Conference – Melbourne, Australia.

Ouschan, L. & Locke, V. (2005). If you don’t activate the category you won’t activate the stereotype! How low-prejudice individuals might ‘avoid’ stereotype activation.  Paper presented to the  European Association of Experimental Social Psychology Annual Meeting – Wurzburg, Germany.

Curtis, G., & Locke, V. (2004). Anxiety-related stereotypic biases in impression formation: Is it memory not judgments? Paper Presented to Conference of the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists, Auckland New Zealand.

Curtis, G., & Locke, V. (2003). Comparing priming and attributional explanations of anxiety-congruent impression formation. Paper Presented to Conference of the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists, Bondi Australia.

Curtis, G., & Locke, V. (2001). We know what you’re thinking and it may not be much: How anxiety influences impression formation. Paper Presented to the University of Western Australia Psychology Department Annual Conference, Perth, Australia.

Curtis, G., & Locke, V. (2000). The effect of anxiety on impression formation. Paper Presented to Conference of the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists, Fremantle Australia.

Curtis, G., & Locke, V. (2000). Encoding and person memory: Investigating anxious-mood-congruent impression formation. Paper Presented to the University of Western Australia Psychology Department Annual Conference, Perth, Australia.

Curtis, G., & Locke, V. (1999). The effect of anxiety on impression formation. Paper Presented to the University of Western Australia Psychology Department Annual Conference, Perth, Australia.

Talati, Z., & Locke, V. (2011, April). Individual differences in self-esteem as a moderator of people’s desire for control. Paper presented at the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists 41st Annual Conference, Manly, Sydney.

Talati, Z., & Locke, V. (2010, September). The effect of mortality salience on worldview defence: An investigation of self-esteem and loss of control as moderators. Poster session presented at the British Psychological Society Social Psychology Section, Winchester, UK.

Talati, Z., & Locke, V. (2010, October). The effect of mortality salience on worldview defence:  An investigation of self-esteem and loss of control as moderators. Paper presented at the UWA School of Psychology Biennial Conference, Perth, Australia.

Published Conference abstracts

Walker, I,. Locke, V., & MacLeod. C. (1993).  Stereotypes and prejudice.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Australian Social Psychologist’s conference,  Newcastle, Australia

Locke, V.  (1996).  The role of affect in prejudice.  Paper presented at the Society for Australasian Social Psychology meeting,  Canberra, Australia.

Locke, V.  (1998).  The role of perceptual biases in stereotype maintenance. Paper presented at the Society for Australasian Social Psychology meeting,  Canterbury, New Zealand.

Curtis, G., & Locke, V. (2003). Comparing priming and attributional explanations of anxiety-congruent impression formation.  Australian Journal of Psychology, 55 (Supp), 39.

Curtis, G., & Locke, V. (2004). Anxiety related stereotypic biases in impression formation: is it memory, not judgements.  Australian Journal of Psychology, 56 (Supp), 62.

Eaton, J., & Locke. (2004). How sensitive is the social perceiver to subtle changes in category membership?  Anxiety related stereotypic biases in impression formation: is it memory, not judgements.  Australian Journal of Psychology, 56 (Supp), 63.

Hagan, P., & Locke. (2004). Thought suppression and anxiety: when not to think.  Australian Journal of Psychology, 56 (Supp), 69.

Hutchison, H., & Locke, V. (2004). The control paradox: the role of thought suppression in bulimia nervosa. Australian Journal of Psychology, 56 (Supp), 72.

Poster Presentations

Ouschan, L. & Locke, V.  (2003).  The Role of Processing Goals in Stereotype Activation. Presented to the Society of Personality and Social Psychology Annual Meeting – LA, California.

Clemkey, A., & Locke V. (2004). The cognitive and evaluative components of prejudice towards gay men. European Association of Experimental Social Psychologists.  Wuerzburg, Germany.