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Associate Professor in the Department of PsychologyRH003+44 (0) 191 33 43272
Fellow of the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing  


I am a social and organisational psychologist with business and academic experience. Before beginning my PhD, I worked for Deloitte (consulting). During this period, I worked with a variety of clients from different industries in developing and improving their HR strategies. This experience now informs my research in organisational psychology and consultancy work.

I joined Durham University as an Assistant Professor in Social/ Organisational Psychology in June 2019. Previously, I was a Lecturer in Social and Organisational Psychology and a Research Associate at the University of Kent, and a Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Roehampton.

I continue my collaborative work with the University of Kent, where I am currently an Honorary Lecturer.

Research Interests

My research interests focus on areas of leadership, identity, and social inclusion and exclusion of individuals and groups across different contexts.

Current research projects include:

  • Leadership and employee well-being
  • Social identity, health, and well-being
  • Gender and ethnic bias in organisations
  • Speciesism and moral inclusion of animals
  • Sustainability and pro-environmental behaviour


Chapter in book

  • Dhont, K., Hodson, G., Leite, A.C. & Salmen, A. (2019). The Psychology of Speciesism. In Why We Love and Exploit Animals: Bridging Insights from Academia and Advocacy. Dhont, K. & Hodson, G. Routledge.

Journal Article

Newspaper/Magazine Article

  • Ana Leite, Damien Ridge & Nisreen Alwan (Published). What's it like being a young person with long COVID? You might feel like a failure (but you're not). The Conversation
  • Ana Leite, Damien Ridge & Nisreen Alwan (Published). Four ways to support a friend or loved one with long COVID. The Conversation


  • Van de Vyver, J. & Leite, A.C. (2019). Story-telling and Prejudice: A practical indirect intervention for reducing prejudice against Asylum Seekers and Refugees among adults in the UK.

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