Dr Sarah Bentley

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

School of Psychology
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences

Research Fellow

School of Psychology
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
+61 7 334 69563


Research Interests

  • Social psychology
    My research targets three domains: the psychometric articulation and measurement of social connectedness; assessing the impact of connectedness on psychological function and well-being; and working collaboratively with stakeholders in educational, clinical and organisational domains to design, deliver and validate psychological interventions — and with a particular emphasis on digital deliveries.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland


  • Haslam, S. Alexander, Haslam, Catherine, Cruwys, Tegan, Jetten, Jolanda, Bentley, Sarah V., Fong, Polly and Steffens, Niklas K. (2022). Social identity makes group-based social connection possible: implications for loneliness and mental health. Current Opinion in Psychology, 43, 161-165. doi: 10.1016/j.copsyc.2021.07.013

  • Jetten, Jolanda, Bentley, Sarah V., Crimston, Charlie R., Selvanathan, Hema Preya and Haslam, S. Alexander (2021). COVID‐19 and social psychological research: A silver lining. Asian Journal of Social Psychology, 24 (1) ajsp.12465, 34-36. doi: 10.1111/ajsp.12465

  • Hornsey, Matthew J., Chapman, Cassandra M., Alvarez, Belen, Bentley, Sarah, Casara, Bruno Gabriel Salvador, Crimston, Charlie R., Ionescu, Octavia, Krug, Henning, Selvanathan, Hema Preya, Steffens, Niklas K. and Jetten, Jolanda (2021). To what extent are conspiracy theorists concerned for self versus others? A COVID‐19 test case. European Journal of Social Psychology, 51 (2) ejsp.2737, 285-293. doi: 10.1002/ejsp.2737

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  • Doctor Philosophy

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Book Chapter

  • Bentley, Sarah V. (2020). Social isolation. Together apart: the psychology of COVID-19. (pp. 73-78) edited by Jolanda Jetten, Stephen Reicher, S. Alexander Haslam and Tegan Cruwys. London, United Kingdom: Sage.

  • Greenaway, Katharine, Amiot, Catherine E., Louis, Winnifred R. and Bentley, Sarah V. (2017). The role of psychological need satisfaction in promoting student identification. Self and Social Identity in Educational Contexts. (pp. 176-192) Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781315746913-ch10

Journal Article

Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision