Originally from the United Kingdom, Dr Jonathan Ramsay came to Asia in 2009 and is now an Associate Professor of Psychology and Associate Dean for Student Engagement at James Cook University, Singapore. He received a PhD in psychology from Nanyang Technological University in 2014, and a BA in psychology and physiology from the University of Oxford in 2005. Prior to joining JCU he was a Lecturer and then a Senior Lecturer at the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS).

His research interests span areas of personality and social psychology, with a particular emphasis on the psychology of religion and spirituality. His current research projects examine the ways in which religion influences supernatural explanations of events, as well the relationships between openness to experience facets, tolerance, and prejudice.

Jonathan has published in many international peer-reviewed journals, such as Nature Human Behaviour, the Journal of Personality, Political Psychology, and Psychology of Religion and Spirituality. He is an editorial board member for the Asian Journal of Social Psychology, the International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, and Frontiers in Psychology. He is also the recipient of several internal and external research grants.

I am currently seeking expressions of interest from potential PhD students wishing to work in one of the research areas listed below.

  • BU3101: Professional Internship (Level 3; SIN)
  • BU3103: Independent Project (Level 3; SIN)
  • BU3104: Internship B (Level 3; SIN)
  • CP3101: Professional Internship (Level 3; SIN)
  • CP3103: Independent Project (Level 3; SIN)
  • LB5520: Professional Project/Internship (Level 5; SIN)
  • PY3106: Historical Foundations of Modern Psychology (Level 3; SIN)
  • PY3201: Applied Psychology Internship (Level 3; SIN & TSV)
  • PY3202: Applied Psychology Project (Level 3; TSV)
  • SC3008: Professional Placement (Level 3; SIN)
  • SC5008: Professional Placement (Level 5; SIN)
  • Religion/Spirituality, Supernatural Explanations, and Well-Being
  • The Psychology of Eastern Religions (esp. Buddhism, Taoism)
  • Sacred moments and self-transcendence
  • Openness, Tolerance, and Prejudice
  • Authoritarianism across Cultures
  • 2016 to 2018 - Senior Lecturer, Singapore University of Social Sciences (Singapore)
  • 2014 to 2016 - Lecturer, Singapore University of Social Sciences (Singapore)
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  • 2010 to 2014 - NTU Research Scholarship, Nanyang Technological University
  • 2013 - Best Group Presentation Award, East Asian University Institute for Asian Regional Integration Summer School, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan, July 2013
  • 2012 to 2013 - Home Team Research Award, Singapore Ministry of Home Affairs

These are the most recent publications associated with this author. To see a detailed profile of all publications stored at JCU, visit ResearchOnline@JCU. Hover over Altmetrics badges to see social impact.

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 29+ research outputs authored by A/Prof Jonathan Ramsay from 2012 onwards.


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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Levels of religiosity and spirituality, and attitudes towards discussing them in therapy - A study on clients and psychotherapists in Singapore (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Curiosity and Video Gaming: How Curiosity Relates to Video Gaming Behaviours and Addiction (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Exploring Spirituality?s Mediating Effect on Self-Transcendent Influences on Prosocial Behaviour (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • The development and validation of a Buddhist religiosity scale using a combined emic and etic approach (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Finding the Facet-structure and Facet of Openness that Best Predict Prejudice and Social Tolerance: An Investigation of Predictive Utilities and Cross-cultural Stability (2024, PhD , Primary Advisor)

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