DR Cassandra Govan

DR Cassandra Govan




  • After receiving her Ph.D. in experimental social psychology, Cassie spent two years in the USA as a Research Associate and Co-Director of the Behavioral Lab at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. On returning to Australia Cassie worked for Sweeney Research for five years where she was an Associate Director focusing heavily on advertising, communications and behaviour change research. Seeing a gap in the market for data-driven market and social research, she launched Empirica Research in 2010. Cassie is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Melbourne. Here she teaches into two courses ("Mind, Brain, and Behaviour" and "Applications in Psychology") along with teaching "Managing People" at Melbourne Business School. Cassie is also heading up the development of a new Masters course in the School of Psychological Sciences – Master of Applied Psychology – due to launch in 2018. Her academic research concentrated on the structure of attitudes and the use of non-conscious attitude measurement tools. Other areas of her academic research included negotiation, ostracism, juror decision-making and the framing of inequity. She has published in top academic journals and books and presented at psychology and marketing conferences across the USA and Australia. Her commercial research has focused heavily on communications and advertising development, behaviour change, social issues, and consumer attitudes.   


Selected publications


Education and training

  • PhD, Macquarie University 2003
  • BSc (Psych, Hons), University of New South Wales 2000