Sabina Čehajić-Clancy

Sabina Cehajic-Clancy


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Works at Department of Psychology
Telephone 08-16 46 17
Visiting address Frescati hagväg 8, 9, 12 B, 14
Postal address Psykologiska institutionen 106 91 Stockholm

About me

I work as an associate professor of social psychology at Stockholm University. I am also affiliated with Sarajevo School of Science and Technology in Bosnia and Herzegovina, associated with psychophysiology lab at Stanford University and the emotion lab at Karolinska Institute. Together, we examine psychological processes of intergroup behaviour in complex social situations such as conflict. My research is funded by different governmental research councils and agencies such as the Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, ESRC and the British Academy. I also act as a consulting and associate editor for the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, European Journal of Social Psychology and Political Psychology. In addition, I also provide review services for a number of international peer-reviewed journals and research funding agencies.


For over twelve years, I have been teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses in social and political psychology, research methods, conflict and peace studies. 


My research aims to understand psychological processes of intergroup relations. More specifically and using experimenal and observational methods, I focus on intergroup reconciliation processes in societies affected or threatened by conflict. Questions that drive my research are:

  1. How do people deal with information perceived as threatening to social identities (such as atrocities committed by their own group)?
  2. Which psychological processes facilitate positive forms of group behavior (such as intergroup forgiveness and contact intentions)?
  3. Which psychological processes facilitate regulation of emotions in groups (such as hatred, empathy and trust)?
  4. How do peoples' perceptions and emotions about the 'other' shape the outcomes of intergroup contact and dialoque?

To address these questions, I employ a combination of laboratory, field and intervention studies. It is my strong belief that no social process can be completely understood without utilizing a combination of different methodological approaches as well an interdisciplinary communication. In addition to conducting basic and process oriented research, I am very much motivated in knowledge application. Together with governmental and non-governmental agencies, I use my research to design reconciliation-oriented interventions and inform education and integration policies. Both my research and community work have received national and international recognition.

Last updated: September 9, 2020

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