Dr. Chuma Owuamalam joined the School of Psychology, University of Nottingham in 2012. Prior to joining the School, he obtained an MSc in Group Processes and Intergroup Relations at the Centre for the Study of Group Processes (University of Kent) and, a PhD on 'Responses to Meta-stereotype Activation among Members of Devalued Groups' from the University of Keele. In 2010, Chuma moved to the University of Manchester where he worked on a multi-disciplinary project funded by the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC, UK) on the 'Social Complexity of Immigration and Diversity'. He then moved to Royal Holloway University of London in 2011 where he received the prestigious Postdoctoral Fellowship Award from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC, UK) to study the 'Consequences of Meta-stereotyping for Members of Disadvantaged Groups'. Chuma has received a number of awards for research excellence from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, and has received nominations for the "Most Inspiring Teacher" award in 2015, by the student association University of Nottingham, Malaysia campus.
Chuma's research has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as British Journal of Psychology; Current Directions in Psychological Science and European Journal of Social Psychology. Chuma is regularly invited to review papers for a number of leading journals including Political Psychology, Basic and Applied Social Psychology, Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, European Journal of Social Psychology, and Social Psychology. He serves on the editorial boards of Cogent Psychology as editor and, the British Journal of Social Psychology as editorial consultant.
The following undergraduate modules are representative of my current teaching:
- C81MPR Practical Methods in Psychology
- C82SAD: Social and Developmental Psychology
- C83SIP: Self and Intergroup Processes
- C83MPR: Research Project (final year dissertation)
Areas of current interest are:
- Intra- and Inter-group communication
- (Meta-)stereotyping and prejudice
- Stereotype threat in education (STEM)
- Social change and system stability
- Emotion regulation
- Experimental and applied social cognition
- Social and affective neuroscience
- Gender studies
See also my external webpage at (http://nottingham.academia.edu/ChumaOwuamalam/Papers) for selected outputs from completed projects.
Chuma is principal supervisor to 3 research students:
Jaya Kumar Karunagharan - The effect of social anxieties on classroom participation and academic performance of students from stereotyped backgrounds
Mass Mishaari Weerabangsa - The hunchback heuristic: When and why do people attribute anger to low status targets and calm to high status targets?
Andrea Soledad Matos Devesa - How and when does the hunchback heuristic influence peoples' compassion bias?
Completed research students:
Coey Kang Xin Wong - Competence and warmth judgments of different weight groups in Malaysia
OWUAMALAM, C. K., WEERABANGSA, M. M.,, KARUNAGHARAN, J. K., and RUBIN, M., 2016. Chip on the shoulder? The hunchback heuristic predicts the attribution of anger to low status groups and calm to high status groups Cogent Psychology. 3(1), 1210998
2017-2018: When and why do disadvantaged groups support societal systems that disadvantage them? A cross-cultural test of system justification predictions. The John and Daphne Keats Endowment Research Fund, University of Newcastle, Australia. (Value $7,700.00). Role: Principal investigator (with A/Prof. Mark Rubin).
2017: Could we enhance classroom outcomes simply by manipulating teacher characteristics? Faculty of Science pump priming research grants, University of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus (RM 10,000.00). Role: Co-Principal Investigator (with Mr. Jaya Kumar Karunagharan).
2016-2018: Responding to terror emergencies: Does compassion bias influence the provision of aid to victims? (#: FRGS/1/2016/SS05/UNIM/02/2, value RM 75,200.00). Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education - Fundamental Research Grant Scheme. Role: Principal Investigator (with Dr. Patricia Ang Mei Mei).
2017: A training workshop on multi-level modelling and social justice research method for faculty and postgraduate students of social psychology in Malaysia. Research and Knowledge Transfer Scheme (RKTS) grants, European Association of Social Psychology (Euro 3,500.00). Role: Principal investigator.
2015-2016: A cross-cultural examination of hunchback stereotype of emotional expression. University of Nottingham, Cross-Cultural Research Fund (Value RM 7,000.00). Role: Principal Investigator.
2014-2015: Examining the neural basis of judgments and experience of status-based emotions - A pilot study. Faculty of Science research grants, University of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus (#: P041/14, value RM 15,000.00). Role: Principal Investigator.
2014-2015. Testing the neural bases of judgments and experience of emotions when social status matters. European Association of Social Psychology, Seedcorn Grant (Euro 2,000.00). Role: Principal Investigator
2011-2012: The consequences of meta-stereotyping for members of disadvantaged groups (#: PTA-026-27-2685, value GBP 75,023.00). Economic and Social Research Council, UK. Role: Principal Investigator.