Dr Tegan Cruwys


Tegan is an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow and Clinical Psychologist at the Australian National University, with an Honorary Senior Research Fellowship at the University of Queensland. Her research investigates how social relationships shape mental and physical health; work that is at the intersection of social, clinical and health psychology.

Up-to-date information about Dr Tegan Cruwys, including her recent work and best contact information, is available at her ANU webpage: https://researchers.anu.edu.au/researchers/cruwys-tl

Research Interests

  • Social Identity and Health
    Tegan uses a social identity framework to address questions such as why are strong social relationships important for preventing and treating depression? How does stress influence changes in identity, and vice versa? Can we develop treatments for mental illness that are more affordable and less stigmatising, especially for vulnerable members of the community? Which social groups are more likely to influence health behaviours? How do our social relationships affect the spread of contagious disease?


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Australian National University
  • Bachelor, Australian National University


  • Haslam, S. Alexander, Haslam, Catherine, Cruwys, Tegan, Sharman, Leah S., Hayes, Shaun, Walter, Zoe, Jetten, Jolanda, Steffens, Niklas K., Cardona, Magnolia, La Rue, Crystal J., McNamara, Niamh, Këllezi, Blerina, Wakefield, Juliet R. H., Stevenson, Clifford, Bowe, Mhairi, McEvoy, Peter, Robertson, Alysia M., Tarrant, Mark and Dingle, Genevieve (2024). Tackling loneliness together: a three-tier social identity framework for social prescribing. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations. doi: 10.1177/13684302241242434

  • Cruwys, Tegan, Bevelander, Kirsten E. and Hermans, Roel C. J. (2014). Social modeling of eating: A review of when and why social influence affects food intake and choice. Appetite, 86, 3-18. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2014.08.035

  • Cruwys, Tegan, Haslam, S. Alexander, Dingle, Genevieve A., Haslam, Catherine and Jetten, Jolanda (2014). Depression and social identity: an integrative review. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 18 (3), 1-24. doi: 10.1177/1088868314523839

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Featured Publications


  • Haslam, Catherine, Jetten, Jolanda, Cruwys, Tegan, Dingle, Genevieve and Haslam, S. Alexander (2018). The new psychology of health: unlocking the social cure. Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781315648569

Book Chapter

  • Bentley, Sarah V., Haslam, S. Alexander, Greenaway, Katherine H., Cruwys, Tegan and Steffens, Nik (2023). A picture is worth a thousand words: social identity mapping as a way of visualizing and assessing social group connections. Handbook of research methods for studying identity in and around organizations. (pp. 87-102) edited by Ingo Winkler, Stefanie Reissner and Rosalía Cascón-Pereira. Cheltenham, United Kingdom: Edward Elgar Publishing. doi: 10.4337/9781802207972.00018

  • Allen, Kelly-Ann, Riley, Kathryn, Gowing, Annie, Lim, Michelle H., Boyle, Christopher, Vota, Roby Michalangelo, Richardson, Mark, Wolfe, Melissa J., Cruwys, Tegan, Stevens, Mark, Leif, Erin, Marwan, Syed, van Der Zwan, Rick and Ammermann, Mark (2022). Coming together: a comprehensive overview of the transdisciplinary perspectives of school belonging. Handbook of positive psychology in schools: supporting process and practice. (pp. 246-266) edited by Kelly-Ann Allen, Michael J. Furlong, Dianne Vella-Brodrick and Shannon M. Suldo. New York, NY: Taylor and Francis. doi: 10.4324/9781003013778-20

  • Bentley, Sarah, Haslam, Catherine, Cruwys, Tegan, Cao, Yuan and Milic, Jelena (2022). Groups 4 health in later life. Comprehensive clinical psychology. Second Edition. (pp. 402-414) edited by Gordon J. G. Asmundson and Nancy A. Pachana. San Diego: Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-818697-8.00037-6

  • Haslam, S. Alexander, Haslam, Catherine, Jetten, Jolanda, Cruwys, Tegan and Dingle, Genevieve A. (2020). Social Identity. Wiley Encyclopedia of Health Psychology. (pp. 679-688) edited by K. Sweeny and M. Robbins . Abingdon, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom: Wiley. doi: 10.1002/9781119057840.ch119

  • Cruwys, Tegan (2020). Risk Perception. Together Apart: The Psychology of COVID-19. (pp. 55-58) 1 Oliver’s Yard, 55 City Road  London  EC1Y 1SP : SAGE Publications Ltd. doi: 10.4135/9781529751680.n8

  • Haslam, Catherine, Haslam, S. Alexander and Cruwys, Tegan (2019). Social scaffolding: supporting the development of positive social identities and agency in communities. Social scaffolding: applying the lessons of contemporary social science to health and healthcare. (pp. 244-256) edited by Richard Williams, Verity Kemp, S. Alexander Haslam, Catherine Haslam, Kamaldeep S. Bhui and Susan Bailey. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press. doi: 10.1017/9781911623069.025

  • Jetten, Jolanda, Haslam, S. Alexander, Cruwys, Tegan and Branscombe, Nyla R. (2018). Social identity, stigma, and health. The Oxford handbook of stigma, discrimination, and health. (pp. 301-316) edited by Brenda Major, John F. Dovidio and Bruce G. Link. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190243470.013.18

  • Haslam, S. Alexander, Haslam, Catherine, Cruwys, Tegan, Jetten, Jolanda, Dingle, Genevieve A. and Greenaway, Katharine H. (2017). Applying the social identity approach in clinical and health domains: key principles and insights. Addiction, behavioral change and social identity: the path to resilience and recovery. (pp. 14-33) edited by Sarah A. Buckingham and David Best. Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • Haslam, Catherine, Cruwys, Tegan, Haslam, S. Alexander and Jetten, Jolanda (2017). Social connectedness and health. Encyclopedia of geropsychology. (pp. 2174-2182) edited by Nancy A. Pachana. Singapore, Singapore: Springer Singapore. doi: 10.1007/978-981-287-082-7_46

  • Cruwys, Tegan, Gaffney, Amber M. and Skipper, Yvonne (2017). Uncertainty in transition: the influence of group cohesion on learning. Self and social identity in educational contexts. (pp. 193-208) Abingdon, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom: Taylor and Francis. doi: 10.4324/9781315746913-ch11

  • Haslam, Catherine, Cruwys, Tegan, Haslam, S. Alexander and Jetten, Jolanda (2015). Social connectedness and health. Encyclopedia of geropsychology. (pp. 1-10) Singapore: Springer Singapore. doi: 10.1007/978-981-287-080-3_46-2

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Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Note for students: Dr Tegan Cruwys is not currently available to take on new students.

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision