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Dr Ross Hollett


Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5638
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO30.123  

Ross is a psychology Lecturer and the Course Coordinator of the undergraduate psychology program within the School of Arts and Humanities.

Current teaching

  • PSY2102 - Fundamentals of Psychological Inquiry
  • PSY2204 - Learning, Memory and Cognition
  • PSY5128 - Research Skills.


Ross Hollett completed his PhD at the University of Western Australia in 2015. His PhD investigated the role of alcohol craving on decision-making using traditional and novel forms of risk assessment. Since his appointment as a lecturer at Edith Cowan University, he has primarily taught research methods and statistics to undergraduate and postgraduate students in addition to his research activities.

Ross is currently using eye tracking technology to understand how certain types of visual media (e.g., video games, pornography, fashion imagery) influence real world attitudes and behaviour. He also conducts research on substance use and risk taking behaviour. Ross is a member of the Experimental Psychology Unit at Edith Cowan University.

Awards and recognition

  • 2019: Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching

Research areas and interests

  • Gender representations in violent and sexual media
  • Substance use and risk taking
  • Student engagement


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Western Australia, 2015.
  • Honours in Psychology, The University of Western Australia, 2010.
  • Bachelor of Science(Psychology), The University of Western Australia, 2009.

Research Outputs

Journal Articles

  • Hollett, R., Fairclough, J., Butt, J., Mills, B. (2024). Exposure to preference-matched alcohol advertisements from national sports broadcasts increases short-term alcohol consumption inclinations in risky drinkers. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 2024(Article in press), 8 pages.

Journal Articles

Journal Articles

  • Fraser, A., Branson, I., Hollett, R., Speelman, C., Rogers, S. (2022). Expressiveness of real-time motion captured avatars influences perceived animation realism and perceived quality of social interaction in virtual reality. Frontiers in Virtual Reality, 3(2022), article number 981400.
  • Hollett, R., Tomkinson, S., Illingworth, S., Power, B., Harper, T. (2022). Evidence that digital game players neglect age classification systems when deciding which games to play. PLoS One, 17(2), Article Number: e0263560. pone.0263560.
  • Hollett, R., Rogers, S., Florido, P., Mosdell, B. (2022). Body Gaze as a Marker of Sexual Objectification: A New Scale for Pervasive Gaze and Gaze Provocation Behaviors in Heterosexual Women and Men. Archives of Sexual Behavior: an interdisciplinary research journal, 51(6), 2759-2780.
  • Rogers, S., Hollett, R., Li, Y., Speelman, C. (2022). An Evaluation of Virtual Reality Role-Play Experiences for Helping-Profession Courses. Teaching of Psychology, 49(1), 78-84.

Journal Articles

  • Hollett, R., McMahon, M., Monson, R. (2021). Associating Psychological Factors With Workplace Satisfaction and Position Duration in a Sample of International School Teachers. Frontiers in Psychology, 11(20 January 2021), Article number 601554.

Journal Articles

  • Hollett, R., Morgan, H., Chen, N., Gignac, G. (2020). Female Characters from Adult-Only Video Games Elicit a Sexually Objectifying Gaze in Both Men and Women. Sex Roles: a journal of research, 83(1-2), 29–42.
  • Hollett, R., Gignac, G., Milligan, S., Chang, P. (2020). Explaining lecture attendance behavior via structural equation modeling: Self-Determination Theory and the Theory of Planned Behavior. Learning and Individual Differences: journal of psychology and education, 81(July), Article number 101907.

Journal Articles

  • Hollett, R., Gately, N. (2019). Risk intentions following pill test scenarios are predicted by MDMA use history and sensation seeking: A quantitative field study at an Australian music festival. Drug and Alcohol Review, 38(5), 473-481.
  • Janson, D., Harms, C., Hollett, R., Segal, R. (2019). Differences between Men and Women Regarding Early Maladaptive Schemas in an Australian Adult Alcohol Dependent Clinical Sample. Substance Use and Misuse, 54(2), 177-184.

Journal Articles

  • Hollett, R., Stritzke, WG., Edgeworth, P., Weinborn, M. (2017). Changes in the Relative Balance of Approach and Avoidance Inclinations to Use Alcohol Following Cue Exposure Vary in Low and High Risk Drinkers. Frontiers in Psychology, 8(May 2017), Article number 645.

Research Projects

  • Using eye movements to investigate the effect of experimental exposure to video game violence against women on subsequent attentional biases to violent and sexual material, Edith Cowan University, ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2017, 2017 ‑ 2019, $30,000.
  • Algorithmic Matching of Employee Attributes with Employer Contexts and Needs, AusIndustry, Innovation Connections Grant, 2018 ‑ 2019, $99,998.
  • Development and validation of a new objectification scale, Edith Cowan University, School of Arts and Humanities Research Grant Scheme 2017, 2017 ‑ 2018, $2,000.
  • Current and national need to understand the effectiveness of implementing pill testing facilities at music festivals in Australia as a form of harm prevention, Edith Cowan University, School of Arts and Humanities Research Grant Scheme 2016, 2016 ‑ 2017, $11,950.
  • Why some students attend lectures and why some do not, and how this pattern changes across the course of the semester?, Edith Cowan University, School of Arts and Humanities Research Grant Scheme 2016, 2016 ‑ 2017, $3,600.

Research Student Supervision

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The Impact of Listening to Music on Reading Comprehension

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Closing the Virtual Divide with Realistic Avatars
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