Dr Philip Cozzolino

Department of Psychology
Dr Philip Cozzolino
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    4.721, Colchester Campus



Dr Philip Cozzolino obtained his PhD in Social Psychology in the spring of 2006 from the University of Minnesota. He was appointed to a lectureship at Essex in 2006.

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Mortality awareness

Open to supervise

The psychology of liberty

Perceptions of, and reactions to, (in)equality and (un)fairness

The formation and maintenance of trust and helping in society

Current research

Dr Cozzolino studies the motivated social-cognitive processes on which individuals rely to make sense of themselves and the world. In particular, he explores the varied ways in which individuals attempt to find a balance between satisfying internal needs and motives, while also satisfying and living up to the obligations of external social demands.

Conferences and presentations

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Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Social Psychology and Economics (EC957)

  • Introduction to Personal Development and Employability (PS117)

  • Social Psychology (PS407)

  • Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology (PS908)

  • Advanced Social Psychology (PS923)

  • Special Topics in Psychology (PS933)

Previous supervision

Steven John Haworth
Steven John Haworth
Thesis title: It's How You Said It and What I Heard: A Comparison of Motivational and Emotional Tone of Voice
Degree subject: Psychology
Degree type: Master of Science (by Dissertation)
Awarded date: 5/11/2018
Laura Elizabeth Rebecca Blackie
Laura Elizabeth Rebecca Blackie
Thesis title: A Test of Dual-Existential Systems: Exploring Approach and Avoidance Motivation as a Function of Mortality Awareness
Degree subject: Psychology
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 24/1/2012


Journal articles (13)

Dawtry, RJ., Cozzolino, PJ. and Callan, M., (2019). I Blame Therefore it Was: Rape Myth Acceptance, Victim Blaming, and Memory Reconstruction. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. 45 (8), 1269-1282

Weinstein, N., Legate, N., Ryan, WS., Sedikides, C. and Cozzolino, PJ., (2017). Autonomy Support for Conflictual and Stigmatized Identities: Effects on Ownership and Psychological Health.. Journal of Counseling Psychology. 64 (5), 584-599

Blackie, LER., Cozzolino, PJ. and Sedikides, C., (2016). Specific and Individuated Death Reflection Fosters Identity Integration. PLoS ONE. 11 (5), e0154873-e0154873

Paulmann, S., Furnes, D., B√łkenes, AM. and Cozzolino, PJ., (2016). How Psychological Stress Affects Emotional Prosody. PLoS ONE. 11 (11), e0165022-e0165022

Cozzolino, PJ., Blackie, LER. and Meyers, LS., (2014). Self-Related Consequences of Death Fear and Death Denial. Death Studies. 38 (6), 418-422

Cozzolino, PJ., (2011). Trust, cooperation, and equality: A psychological analysis of the formation of social capital. British Journal of Social Psychology. 50 (2), 302-320

Blackie, LER. and Cozzolino, PJ., (2011). Of Blood and Death. Psychological Science. 22 (8), 998-1000

Morison, LA., Cozzolino, PJ. and Orbell, S., (2010). Temporal perspective and parental intention to accept the human papillomavirus vaccination for their daughter. British Journal of Health Psychology. 15 (1), 151-165

Niemiec, CP., Brown, KW., Kashdan, TB., Cozzolino, PJ., Breen, WE., Levesque-Bristol, C. and Ryan, RM., (2010). Being present in the face of existential threat: The role of trait mindfulness in reducing defensive responses to mortality salience.. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. 99 (2), 344-365

Cozzolino, PJ., Sheldon, KM., Schachtman, TR. and Meyers, LS., (2009). Limited time perspective, values, and greed: Imagining a limited future reduces avarice in extrinsic people. Journal of Research in Personality. 43 (3), 399-408

Cozzolino, PJ. and Snyder, M., (2008). Good Times, Bad Times: How Personal Disadvantage Moderates the Relationship Between Social Dominance and Efforts to Win. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. 34 (10), 1420-1433

Cozzolino, PJ., (2006). Death Contemplation, Growth, and Defense: Converging Evidence of Dual-Existential Systems?. Psychological Inquiry. 17 (4), 278-287

Cozzolino, PJ., Staples, AD., Meyers, LS. and Samboceti, J., (2004). Greed, Death, and Values: From Terror Management to Transcendence Management Theory. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. 30 (3), 278-292

Book chapters (1)

Cozzolino, PJ. and Blackie, LER., (2013). I Die, Therefore I Am: The Pursuit of Meaning in the Light of Death. In: The Experience of Meaning in Life. Springer Netherlands. 31- 45. 9400765266. 9789400765269

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