Irina Anderson

Dr Irina Anderson

Principal Lecturer

Department of Psychological Sciences , School of Psychology

I graduated from the University of Sheffield with a degree in Psychology. I then stayed on at Sheffield University, having gained an ESRC Postgraduate Studentship, to complete a PhD in social psychology on attributional reasoning about sexual violence. Upon completion, I joined the School of Psychology at the University of Birmingham as a lecturer before moving to the School of Psychology at the University of East London as Senior Lecturer and then Principal Lecturer.


  • BA
  • PhD

Areas Of Interest

  • Financial trader psychology and decision making
  • Attribution theory
  • Attitudes
  • Language and discourse 
  • Violence and aggression 
On This Page


Irina is a member of the British Psychological Society and, within that, the Social Psychology Section and the Psychology of Women Section. Irina and her colleagues have investigated System-1 and System-2 processes (quick versus slow decision making) in a recent paper. Currently, they are examining intuitive reasoning in traders. She works within both quantitative and qualitative methods and is interested in social cognitive judgements. 


Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

  • Anderson, I. (2017). Sexual Violence and Rape. The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social Theory. Edited by Bryan S. Turner. ©2017JohnWiley&Sons, Ltd. Published 2017 by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. DOI:10.1002/9781118430873.est0334
  • Anderson, I. (2017). Social Psychology. The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social Theory. Edited by Bryan S. Turner. ©2017JohnWiley&Sons, Ltd. Published 2017 by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. DOI:10.1002/9781118430873.est0812
  • Thoma, V., White, E., Panigrahi, A., Strowger, V., & Anderson, (2015). Good Thinking or Gut Feeling? Cognitive Reflection and Intuition in Traders, Bankers and Financial Non-Experts. PLOS ONE, 10(4), e0123202. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0123202
  • Anderson, I. & Bissell, H. (2011). Blame and fault attributions in sexual violence: Are these distinct? Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research, 3(4), 222-229. doi:10.1108/17596591111187747
  • Rogers, P., Lowe, M., Anderson, I. & Potton, A. (2011). Can Norm Theory Explain the Effects of Victim Age and Level of Physical Maturity on Perceptions of Child Sexual Abuse? Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 26(10), 1911-1933. doi:10.1177/0886260510372936
  • Anderson, I. & Quinn, A. (2009). Gender differences in medical students' attitudes toward male and female rape victims. Psychology, Health & Medicine, 14(1), 10-110. doi:10.1080/13548500802241928
  • Anderson, I., Lowe, M., Rogers, P. (2009).  Gender's role in attributions about child sexual abuse. . In J. H. Urlich & B. T. Cosell (Eds.), Handbook on gender roles: Conflicts, attitudes and behaviours. New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.
  • Anderson, I. & Doherty, K. (2007). Accounting for rape: Psychology, feminism and discourse analysis in the study of sexual violence. London: Routledge.
  • Anderson, I. (2007). What is a typical rape? Effects of victim and participant gender in female and male rape perception. British Journal of Social Psychology, 46(1), 225-245. doi:10.1348/014466606X101780
  • Dell, P., & Anderson, I. (2005). Practising critical psychology: Politics, power and psychology departments. International Journal of Critical Psychology, 13, 14-31.
  • Anderson, I. & Lyons, A. (2005). The Effect of Victims' Social Support on Attributions of Blame in Female and Male Rape. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 35(7), 1400-1417. doi:10.1111/j.1559-1816.2005.tb02176.x
  • Anderson, I. (2004). Explaining negative rape victim perception: Homophobia and the male rape victim. Current Research in Social Psychology, 10(4), 44-57
  • Anderson, I. & Doherty, K. (2004). Making sense of male rape: Constructions of gender, sexuality and experience of rape victims. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, 14(2), 85-103. doi:10.1002/casp.765
  • Anderson, I., & Ahmed, B. (2003). Sexism in psychology and how to end it: Feminist and critical debates in applied contexts. In R. Bayne (Ed.), Applied psychology: Current issues and new directions (pp.172-183). London: Sage
  • Anderson, I. (2002). Gender, psychology and law: Studies in feminism epistemology and science. Feminism and Psychology, 12(3), 379-388. doi:10.1177/0959353502012003009
  • Anderson, I., Beattie, G. & Spencer, C. (2001). Can Blaming Victims of Rape be Logical? Attribution Theory and Discourse Analytic Perspectives. Human Relations, 54(4), 445-467. doi:10.1177/0018726701544003
  • Anderson, I. & Beattie, G. (2001). Depicted rapes: How similar are vignette and newspaper accounts of rape?. Semiotica, 132, 1-21. doi:10.1515/semi.2001.10
  • Anderson, I., & Swainson, V. (2001). Perceived motivation for rape: Gender differences in beliefs about female and male rape. Current Research in Social Psychology, 6(8), 107-123.
  • Anderson, I. (1999). Characterological and behavioural blame in conversations about female and male rape. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 18(4), 377-394. doi:10.1177/0261927X99018004002
  • Anderson, I. (1999). Editorial. Psychology of Women Section Review, 1(1), 38-39.
  • Doherty, K., & Anderson, I. (1998). Talking about rape: Perpetuating rape supportive culture. The Psychologist, 11(12), 583-587.
  • Anderson, I., & Doherty, K. (1997). Psychology, sexuality and power: Constructing sex and violence. Feminism & Psychology, 7, 549-554. doi:10.1177/0959353597074009
  • Anderson, I., & Beattie, G. (1996). How important is Kelley's model of the attribution process when men and women discuss rape in conversation? Semiotica, 110, 1-21. doi:10.1515/semi.1996.110.1-21

In Press

  • Anderson, I. & Thoma, V. (in press). The edge of reason: A thematic analysis of how professional financial traders understand analytical decision making. European Management Journal
  • O'Mahoney, J. & Anderson, I. (in press). Using Narrative Analysis to Inform About Female and Male Sexual Victimization. In 'Stories Changing Lives' (C. Squire Ed.). Oxford University Press. 


  • PY 6317 - Critical Social Psychology (Module leader)
  • PY5202: Social Psychology and CHiPS
  • PYM 7153: Masters in Research Methods
  • PY4202: Assessing the Individual


  • BSc Psychology
  • MSc Psychology