Nicola Schutte

Associate Professor - Faculty of Medicine and Health; School of Psychology

Nicola Schutte

Phone: +61 2 6773 3779



M.A. Arizona State University; Ph.D. Arizona State University

Teaching Areas

PSYC 307 Learning, Motivation and Emotion

Supervision Areas

Positive Psychology

Research Interests

Associate Professor Schutte's research focuses on positive psychology constructs such as emotional intelligence, self-efficacy and positive affect. With regard to emotional intelligence, she is interested in exploring the ways in which high emotional intelligence may lead to positive outcomes and approaches to increasing emotional intelligence. The study of self-efficacy provides a promising avenue for facilitating beneficial outcomes in a variety of behavioural realms. Positive affect is linked to many desirable life outcomes and she is interested in exploring approaches to effectively increasing sustainable positive affect.


Schutte, N.S., & Malouff, J.M. (in press). Comment on developments in trait emotional intelligence research: A broad perspective on trait emotional intelligence.  Emotion Review.

Scott-Hamilton, J. Schutte, N.S., & Brown, R.F. (in press). Effects of a mindfulness intervention on sports-anxiety, pessimism and flow in competitive cyclists. Applied Psychology: Health and Well-being.

Scott-Hamilton, J. Schutte, N.S., Moyle, G.M., Brown, R.F. (in press). The relationship between mindfulness-acceptance, sport anxiety, pessimistic attributions and flow in competitive cyclists. International Journal of Sport Psychology.

Schutte, N.S., & Malouff, J.M. (2015). The association between depression and leukocyte telomere length:  A meta-analysis.  Depression and Anxiety, 32, 229-238.

Schutte, N.S., & Malouff, J.M. (2015). General and realm-specific self-efficacy: Connections to life functioning.  Current Psychology. Early on-line view at

Bhullar, N., Surman, G. & Schutte, N.S. (2015). Dispositional gratitude mediates the relationship between a past-positive temporal frame and well-being.  Personality and Individual Differences, 76, 52–55.

Schutte, N.S., & Malouff, J.M. (2015). Facility for sustained positive affect as an individual-difference characteristic.  Cogent Psychology. 2, 1-20.

Hui-Hua, Z., & Schutte, N. S. (2015). Personality, emotional intelligence and other-rated task performance. Personality and Individual Differences, 87, 298-301.

Schutte, N.S. & McNeil, D.G.  (2015). Athletic identity mediates between exercise motivation and beneficial outcomes.  The Journal of Sport Behavior, 38, 234-251.

Schutte, N.S., & Malouff, J.M. (2014). The relationship between perceived stress and telomere length:  A meta-analysis.  Stress and Health. Early on-line view at

Greenhalgh, E.M., Watt, S.E. & Schutte, N.S. (2014). Mechanisms of moral disengagement in the endorsement of asylum seeker policies in Australia. Ethics & Behavior. Early on-line view at

Schutte, N.S. (2014).  Social environment contexts of trait emotional intelligence.   Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 24, 741-750.

Malouff, J.M. & Schutte, N.S. (2014).  Activities to enhance social, emotional, and problem solving skills,  3rd edition. Springfield, USA:  Charles C. Thomas, Publisher, Ltd.

Wright, C. J. & Schutte, N. S. (2014).  The relationship between greater mindfulness and less subjective experience of chronic pain: Mediating functions of pain management self-efficacy and emotional intelligence.  Australian Journal of Psychology. on-line pre-print doi: 10.1111/ajpy.12041

Schutte, N.S.  (2014). The Broaden and Build Process: Positive affect, ratio of positive to negative affect and general self-efficacy. The Journal of Positive Psychology, 9, 66-74.

Malouff, J. M, Schutte, N.S., & Thorsteinsson, E. (2014). Trait emotional intelligence and romantic relationship satisfaction: A meta-analysis. American Journal of Family Therapy, 42, 53–66.

Schutte, N.S., & Malouff, J.M. (2014). A Meta-Analytic Review of the Effects of Mindfulness Meditation on Telomerase Activity.  Psychoneuroendocrinology, 42, 45-48.

Schutte, N.S., & Loi, N. M. (2014).  Connections between emotional intelligence and workplace flourishing.  Personality and Individual Differences, 66, 134–139.

Schutte, N.S., & Malouff, J.M. (2014). A Comprehensive Model of Emotional Intelligence. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.

Loh, M.I., Schutte, N.S., & Thorsteinsson, E.B. (2014). Be happy: Resilience mediates between characteristic affect and symptoms of depression. Journal of Happiness Studies. Pre-print on-line

Schutte,  Malouff, J.M., & Thorsteinsson, E.B. (2013).  Increasing emotional intelligence through training: Current status  and future directions.  International Journal of Emotional Education, 5, 56-72.

Schutte, N.S., & Marks, A.D.G. (2013). smoking status and intention to quit:  The role of affective associations and expectancies. Journal of Drug Education, 43, 321-329.

Bhullar, N., Schutte, N.S., & Malouff, J.M. (2013). The nature of well-being: The roles of hedonic and eudaimonic processes and trait emotional intelligence. The Journal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied, 147, 1-16 .

Malouff, J., Emmerton, A., & Schutte, N. (2013). Changes in smoking level after viewing graphic cigarette warnings: Preliminary findings.  American Journal on Addictions, 22, 388-390.

Malouff, J., Schutte, N., & Emmerton, A. (2013). The risk of bias as a reason to keep students anonymous during grading. Teaching of Psychology, 40, 233-237.

Schutte, N.S., & Malouff, J.M. (2013). Adaptive Emotional Functioning: A Comprehensive Model of Emotional Intelligence.   In  C. Mohiyeddini, M. Eysenck, & S. Bauer  (Eds),  Handbook of Psychology of Emotions:  Recent Theoretical Perspectives and Novel Empirical Findings (469-488).   Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.

Malouff, J. M., Zucker, L., & Schutte, N. S. (2013). Do work groups have personalities? In  E.E. Crossman, & M.A. Weiler (Eds.).  Personality traits: Causes, conceptions and consequences (67-80).  Hauppauge,NY: Nova Science Publishers.

Schutte, N.S.,  Searle, T., Meade, S.,  &  Dark, N. (2012).  The Effect of Meaningfulness and Integrative Processing in Expressive Writing on Positive and Negative Affect and Life Satisfaction.  Cognition and Emotion, 26, 144-152.

Malouff, J., Calic, A., McGrory, C., Murrell, R., & Schutte, N. (2012). Evidence for a needs-based model of organizational-meeting leadership. Current Psychology. 31, 35-48.

Bhullar, N., Schutte, N.S., & Malouff, J.M. (2012). Associations of individualistic-collectivistic orientations with emotional intelligence, mental health and satisfaction with life: A tale of two countries. Individual Differences Research, 10, 165-175.

Schutte, N.S., & Malouff, J.M. (2012). Priming ability emotional intelligence.  Intelligence, 40 , 614-621.

Bhullar, N., Schutte, N.S., & Malouff, J.M. (2012). Trait emotional intelligence as a moderator of the relationship between psychological distress and satisfaction with life. Individual Differences Research, 10, 19-26.

Malouff, J.M, Schutte, N.S., Rooke, S., & MacDonell, G. (2012).  Effects on smokers of exposure to graphic warning images. American Journal on Addictions, 21, 555-557.

Malouff J. M.,  Coulter, K.,  Receveur,H.,  Martin K,  James, P.,  Gilbert,  S. J. ,  Schutte,  N.  S.,  Hall L. E.,  Elkowitz,  J. M.  (2012). Development and Initial Validation of the Four-Factor Romantic Relationship Scales. Current Psychology, 31, 349-364.

Schutte, N.S., & Malouff, J.M. (2011).  Emotional Intelligence Mediates the Relationship between Mindfulness and Subjective Well-Being.  Personality and Individual Differences, 50,  1116-1119.

Schutte, N.S., Malouff, J.M., & Hine, D.W. (2011). The association of ability and trait emotional intelligence with alcohol problems.  Addiction Research and Theory, 19,  260-265.

Schutte, N.S., & Malouff, J.M. (2011).  Development and Validation of a Brief Measure of Therapeutically-Induced Change.  Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 39, 627-630.

Kirk, B.A., Schutte, N.S., & Hine, D.W. (2011). The effect of an expressive writing intervention for employees on emotional self-efficacy, emotional intelligence, affect, and workplace incivility.  Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 41, 179-195.

Malouff, J., Schutte, N., & Zucker, L. (2011). Tinnitus-related distress: A review of recent findings. Current Psychiatry Reports. 13,  31-36.

Bhullar, N., Schutte, N.S., & Malouff, J.M. (2011).  Writing about satisfaction processes increases well-being. Individual Differences Research, 9, 22-32.