Zoe has a background in social and clinical psychology, and her research so far has examined the psychosocial factors that contribute to wellbeing and mental health in socially disadvantaged populations. Her research interests include social connectedness and identity, stigmatised and marginalised group membership, and interpersonal and individual emotion regulation.

Zoe’s current research focuses on an evaluation of a government project designed to integrate social housing with health and social service systems to improve housing, health and social outcomes for social housing tenants with mental health problems and complex needs.

Research Interests:

  • Housing, homelessness and social policy
  • Wellbeing
  • Social identity, connectedness and group belonging
  • Social Support
  • Publications

    Ferris, L.J., Jetten, J., Johnstone, M.G., Girdham, E.,  Parsell, C., & Walter, Z.C. (2016). The Florence Nightingale effect: Organizational identification explains the peculiar link between others’ suffering and workplace functioning in the homelessness sector. Frontiers in Psychology, 7(16), doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00016.

    Johnstone, M., Jetten, J., Parsell, C., Dingle, G. A., & Walter, Z. C. (2015). Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness: Housing stability and social support as predictors of long-term wellbeing. Housing Studies, 1 - 17.

    Walter, Z. C., Jetten, J., Dingle, G. A., & Parsell, C. (2015). The impact of self-categorizing as homeless on well-being and service use. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, 15: 333–356. doi: 10.1111/asap.12089

    Walter, Z. C., Jetten, J, Dingle, G., Parsell, C., & Johnstone, M. (2015). Two pathways through adversity: predicting well-being and housing outcomes among homeless service users. British Journal of Social Psychology, advanced online copy. doi: 10.1111/bjso.12127

    Jetten, J., Branscombe, N. R., Haslam, S. A., Haslam, C., Cruwys, T., Jones, J. M., Cui, L., Dingle, G. A., Liu, J., Murphy, S., Thai, A., Walter, Z., & Zhang, A. (2015). Having a lot of a good thing: multiple important group memberships as a source of self-esteem. PLoS One, 10(6): e0131035. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0131035

    Johnstone, M., Jetten, J., Dingle, G. A., Parsell, C. and Walter, Z. C. (2015). Discrimination and well-being amongst the homeless: The role of multiple group membership. Frontiers in Psychology, 6:739. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00739

    Cruwys, T., Dingle, G. A., Hornsey, M. J., Jetten, J., Oei, T. P. S., & Walter, Z. C. (2014) Social isolation schema responds to positive social experiences: longitudinal evidence from vulnerable populations. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 53, 265–280.

    Dingle, G., Cruwys, T., Jetten, J., Johnstone, M., & Walter, Z. (2014). The benefits of participation in recreational group activities for adults at risk of homelessness. Parity, July 2014, 18-19.

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Postdoctoral Research Fellow


Bachelor of Psychological Sciences (Hons 1)
Current PhD/MClin Candidate