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

Lecturer in Psychology

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Department of Psychology

Phone: 01970 628709


Dr Jiaqing O (OJ) is an evolutionary-minded, clinically-trained 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 and social environment from a multifaceted evolutionary perspective. More specifically, OJ is passionately curious about evolutionary mismatch in the modern world, with a primary focus on the detrimental effects of urbanised (vs. natural) physical and social environment on well-being (including the evolutionarily-novel occurrence of maladaptive mental health issues) and interpersonal functioning; coupled with innovative strategies to resolve them. He is also a keen proponent and researcher in terms of examining evolutionary hypotheses from a cross-cultural lens.

His work has been published in influential journals such as PNAS, Perspectives on Psychological Science, Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Behavioral and Brain Sciences and Schizophrenia Research, among others; and they have been mentioned in international outlets including the World Economic Forum, BBC News, U.S. News & World Report, Hindustan Times, and Psych Central. He has also been awarded 6 different research grants since 2017. 

Research interests

My program of research revolves around 2 main themes:

1) The effects of (and solutions for) evolutionary mismatch (e.g., the ubiquitous presence of evolutionarily-unnatural, urbanised physical and social environmental factors) in the modern world. 

          -> Evolutionary mismatch and mental well-being

          -> Evolutionary mismatch and interpersonal functioning

2) The cross-cultural examination of hypotheses that are derived from evolutionary approaches. Working with collaborators from all around the world is one of the most interesting aspects of this research focus.

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.

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Director of Postgraduate Studies