Originally from the United Kingdom, Dr Jonathan Ramsay came to Asia in 2009 and is now a Senior Lecturer of Psychology and Head of Academic Group 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 (including the consequences of religious belief and non-belief) and the relationships between personality, attitudes, and well-being. His current research projects examine the way religious individuals explain daily events, as well as individual differences in the relationship between subjective authenticity and well-being.

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

Current Projects:

  • Religiosity, supernatural explanations, positive emotions and well-being
  • Understanding diversity in salvation beliefs within and across religions
  • Moral reasoning and decision-making in members of Eastern religions
  • Openness to experience facets, tolerance, and prejudice

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

  • PY2110: Intersections of Psychology and Law: Forensic Psychology (Level 2; SIN)
  • PY4402: Social and Organisational Psychology (Level 4; SIN)
  • PY5410: Enhancing Performance and Enabling Change (Level 5; SIN)
  • Religion/Spirituality, Supernatural Explanations, and Well-Being
  • The Psychology of Eastern Religions (esp. Buddhism, Taoism)
  • Authoritarian Personality across Cultures
  • Openness, Tolerance, and Prejudice
  • Antecedents and Consequences of Religious Non-Belief
  • 2016 to 2018 - Senior Lecturer, Singapore University of Social Sciences (Singapore)
  • 2014 to 2016 - Lecturer, Singapore University of Social Sciences (Singapore)
Research Disciplines
  • 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

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 18+ research outputs authored by Dr 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)
  • Characterisation, measurement, and enhancement of interfaith curiosity: A multi-study investigation (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • The development and validation of a Buddhist religiosity scale using a combined emic and etic approach (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Interfaith Curiosity: Scale Development, Validation and Intervention Effort to Promote Interfaith Tolerance (PhD , Primary Advisor)

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