Section: Overview
Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching

Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Gay men’s health and wellbeing
  • Suicidal thinking and behaviours
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Structure and dynamics of sexual agreements in gay men’s relationships
  • Personality pathology in the general population

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

About Warwick Hosking

Dr Warwick Hosking is a Senior Lecturer in psychology in the College of Sport, Health & Engineering and a Research Fellow in the Institute for Health and Sport (IHES).

He has published a number of research articles about agreements gay men have in their relationships about sex with outside partners, and the factors that influence satisfaction with these agreements. He authored an entry on sexual agreements in gay men's relationships in The SAGE Encyclopedia of LGBTQ Issues.

Warwick is also currently involved in projects examining psychosocial predictors of suicidal thinking and behaviour, as well as projects exploring the role of masculinity norms in men's perpetration of intimate partner violence.

An additional research interest is personality psychopathology in the general population. The DSM-5 describes several personality disorders that impair psychological, social, and occupational functioning; however, the traits that characterise these disorders can also occur to varying extents within individuals who do not qualify for a formal diagnosis, and can similarly impact on intra- and interpersonal functioning. Warwick is especially interested in narcissism and borderline personality traits and their relation to self-regulation and mental health.


  • Phd, University of Melbourne, Australia, 2007
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Melbourne, Australia, 2002
  • Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education, Victoria University, Australia, 2010

Key publications

Year Citation
2023 Rainbow, C., Baldwin, P. A., Hosking, W., & Blashki, G. (230901). Help-seeking preferences in Australian mental health website visitors: A latent profile analysis. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 57(9), (1271-1280).

doi: 10.1177/00048674231166595

2023 Bourke, M., Pogrmilovic, B. K., Dash, S., Pila, E., & Hosking, W. (230101). Men s goal-oriented motives, physical activity experiences and body-related perceptions: a latent profile analysis. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology,

doi: 10.1080/1612197X.2023.2214152

2023 Rainbow, C., Baldwin, P., Hosking, W., Gill, P., Blashki, G., & Shand, F. (230101). Psychological Distress and Suicidal Ideation in Australian Online Help-Seekers: The Mediating Role of Perceived Burdensomeness. Archives of Suicide Research, 27(2), (439-452).

doi: 10.1080/13811118.2021.2020191

2022 Plant, K., Connell, A., Hosking, W., & Lyons, A. (221001). Internalized Homonegativity and Mental Health Among Chinese Gay and Bisexual Cisgender Men: Exploring the Moderating Influences of Psychosocial and Sexual Identity Factors. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 51(7), (3541-3556).

doi: 10.1007/s10508-022-02314-7

2022 Griffin, L., Hosking, W., Gill, P. R., Shearson, K., Ivey, G., & Sharples, J. (220901). The Gender Paradox: Understanding the Role of Masculinity in Suicidal Ideation. American Journal of Men's Health, 16(5),

doi: 10.1177/15579883221123853

2022 Parker, A., Dash, S., Bourke, M., Patten, R., Craike, M., Baldwin, P., Hosking, W., Levinger, I., Apostolopoulos, V., & de, Courten. (220201). A Brief, Daily, Online Mental Health and Well-being Intervention for University Staff During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Program Description and Outcomes Using a Mixed Methods Design. JMIR Formative Research, 6(2),

doi: 10.2196/35776

2018 Marmara, J., Hosking, W., & Lyons, A. (181101). Body Image Disturbances as Predictors of Reduced Mental Health Among Australian Gay Men: Being in a Relationship Does Not Serve as a Protective Factor. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 47(8), (2467-2479).

doi: 10.1007/s10508-018-1208-5

2017 Hosking, W., Lyons, A., & van, der. (170701). The Mental Health Impact of Physical Appearance Concerns in the Context of Other Life Domains Among Australian Gay Men. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 46(5), (1453-1464).

doi: 10.1007/s10508-016-0791-6

2014 Hosking, W. (140101). Australian gay men's satisfaction with sexual agreements: The roles of relationship quality, jealousy, and monogamy attitudes. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 43(4), (823-832).

doi: 10.1007/s10508-013-0197-7

2013 Hosking, W. (131001). Satisfaction with open sexual agreements in Australian gay men's relationships: The role of perceived discrepancies in benefit. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 42(7), (1309-1317).

doi: 10.1007/s10508-012-0005-9

Research funding for the past 5 years

Funding details for this researcher are currently unavailable.


Many thanks to the following organisations for their support and essential contributions to my research:

  • Institute for Health and Sport

Supervision of research students at VU

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

Completed supervision of research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
1 PhD Associate supervisor
2 PhD Principal supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (1) Associate supervisor
PhD (2) Principal supervisor

Teaching activities & experience

Key academic roles

Dates Role Department / Organisation
Jan 2008 - Present
Senior Lecturer
Victoria University
Jan 2012 - Dec 2017
Honorary Visiting Research Fellow
La Trobe University
Dates Role & Department/Organisation
Jan 2008 -
Senior Lecturer
Victoria University
Jan 2012 -
Dec 2017
Honorary Visiting Research Fellow
La Trobe University

Professional memberships

  • Professional member, Society for Australasian Social Psychologists