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Dr Warwick Hosking

PhD (UniMelb), BA Hons (UniMelb)

Senior Lecturer

Warwick is a full-time senior lecturer in psychology in the Clinical Services discipline group in the College of Health & Biomedicine. His general research area is gay men’s health and wellbeing, with a focus on relationships, sexual health, and body image. 

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 is currently involved in a large international project comparing the health and wellbeing of young Australian gay men with that of young Chinese gay men, in collaboration with the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS) at La Trobe University. This project examines a number of aspects of Australian and Chinese gay men’s lives and lifestyles, including:

  • mental health, physical health, and sexual health
  • relationships
  • body image and exercise
  • perceptions of social support and discrimination
  • aspects of gay identity.

Recent publications

Refereed journal articles

Hosking, W., Lyons, A., & van der Rest, B. (2017). The mental health impact of physical appearance concerns in the context of other life domains among Australian gay men. Archives of Sexual Behaviour, 46, 1453-1464. doi: 10.1007/s10508-016-0791-6

Kaufmann, L. M., Williams, B., Hosking, W., Anderson, J., & Pedder, D. J. (2015). Identifying as in, out, or sexually inexperienced: Perception of sex-related personal disclosures. Sensoria, 15, 28-40.

Lyons, A., Hosking, W., & Rozbroj, T. (2015). Rural-urban differences in mental health, resilience, stigma, and social support among young Australian gay men. Journal of Rural Health, 31, 89-97. doi: 10.1111/jrh.12089

Hosking, W. (2014). Australian gay men’s satisfaction with sexual agreements: The roles of relationship quality, jealousy, and monogamy attitudes. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 43, 823-832. doi: 10.1007/s10508-013-0197-7

Lyons, A., & Hosking, W. (2014). Prevalence and correlates of sexual partner concurrency among Australian gay men aged 18-39 years. AIDS and Behavior, 18, 801-809doi:10.1007/s10461-013-0613-y

Lyons, A., & Hosking, W. (2014). Health disparities among common subcultural identities of young gay men: Physical, mental, and sexual health. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 43, 1621-1635. doi: 10.1007/s10508-014-0315-1

Hosking, W. (2013). Agreements about extra-dyadic sex in gay men’s relationships: Exploring differences in relationship quality by agreement type and rule breaking behavior. Journal of Homosexuality, 60, 711-733. doi: 10.1080/00918369.2013.773819

Hosking, W. (2013). Satisfaction with open sexual agreements in Australian gay men’s relationships: The role of perceived discrepancies in benefit. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 42, 1309-1317. doi: 10.1007/s10508-012-0005-9

Conference presentations

Hosking, W., & Lyons, A. (2017). Associations between body image and mental health: Results from a national survey of Chinese gay men. Paper presented at the 46th Annual Society for Australian Social Psychologists (SASP) Conference. Melbourne, Australia. 

Hosking, W., & Lyons, A. (2013). Gay men and body image: Questioning the importance of physical appearance and pressure from the gay scene. Paper presented at the 43rd Annual Society for Australian Social Psychologists (SASP) Conference. Cairns, Australia.

Hosking, W. (2012). Different strokes for different folks: Variations in jealousy, sexuality, body image, and monogamy attitudes as a function of differing sexual agreements in gay men’s relationships. Paper presented at the 42nd Annual Society for Australian Social Psychologists (SASP) Conference. Adelaide, Australia.

Research grants

Internal Victoria University grant ($18,439) under Centre for Cultural Diversity and Wellbeing (CCDW) Seeding Research Grant Scheme in 2014

Postgraduate research students & fellows

Completions (primary supervisor): 20 Honours, three DPsych (Clinical)

Completions (co-supervisor): one PhD

Current supervision (primary): two Honours, one MPsych (Clinical), one PhD

Current supervision (co-supervisor): one MPsych (Clinical)

Memberships & associations

  • Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS), La Trobe University: Honorary Visiting research fellow
  • Society for Australasian Social Psychologists

Teaching responsibilities



Areas of expertise

  • Gay men’s health and wellbeing
  • Gay men’s body image
  • Psychology of relationships
  • Structure and dynamics of sexual agreements in gay men’s relationships

Contact details

+61 3 9919 2620
+61 3 9919 2218