Dr Tegan Cruwys

Honorary Principal Fellow

School of Psychology
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences


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 of Philosophy, Australian National University


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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • (2021) Doctor Philosophy

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Featured Publications


Book Chapter

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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. London, United Kingdom: Routledge.

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

  • Jetten, Jolanda, Haslam, S. Alexander, Cruwys, Tegan and Branscombe, Nyla R. (2017). Social identity, stigma, and health. The Oxford handbook of stigma, discrimination, and health. (pp. 301-316) Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190243470.001.0001

  • 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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Conference Publication

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