Stefan is a Teaching Focused Academic in the First Year College, specialised in teaching psychology. Stefan is also completing his PhD investigating higher order cognitive abilities in the Institute of Health and Sport at Victoria University.

Stefan has research expertise in evaluating higher order cognitive abilities, these include abilities which are involved in regulating emotions, and goal directed and problem-solving behaviour. Stefan also conducts research into implicit cognition, investigating biases towards individuals from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and implicit interest in firesetting behaviour. Stefan has recently collobrated with senior academics to expand his areas of research interest to include investigating the impacts of body disatisfaction on romantic relationships, and predicting repeated firesetting behaviour in young people.

Areas of expertise

  • Executive functioning and emotional intelligence
  • Implicit cognition
  • Risk taking and decision -making
  • Personality and consciousness

Contact details

+61 (3) 9919 4043


Co-supervision of 10 psychology Honours students.


Refereed Journal Articles


Sambol, S., Suleyman, E., Scarfo, J., & Ball, M. (2022). Distinguishing between trait emotional intelligence and the five-factor model of personality: additive predictive validity of emotional intelligence for negative emotional states. Heliyon8(2).

Dadswell, K., Sambol, S., Yager, Z., Van Dyke, N., Pascoe, M., Dallat, C., Brown, C., & Parker, A. G. (2022). Together we grow: evaluation of a design thinking professional development workshop for outdoor educators indicates improvements in growth mindset. Journal of Adventure Education & Outdoor Learning, 1–13.

Dadswell, K., Sambol, S., Bruck, D., & Ball, M. (2022). The predictive validity of the family risk survey and child risk survey for identifying persistent firesetting risk. Journal of clinical psychology.

Ata, A. W., & Sambol, S. (2022) Intergroup Contact and Social Distance Hypothesis: Australian University Students’ Views on Islam and Muslims. Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, 42(2), 227-238.


Conference Presentations

Sambol, S. (30th April 2021). Overcoming Implicit Biases and Covert Racism. Presented at the Student Leadership Conference: Resilience & Reinvention. Victoria University.

Sambol, S. (4th November 2021). Emotional Intelligence: fad, fiction, or the key to general wellbeing. Presented at the iHes seminar. Victoria University.