David Rast III

Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts - Psychology Dept


Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts - Psychology Dept
(780) 492-5264
P-319H Bio Science - Psychology Wing
11355 - Saskatchewan Drive
Edmonton AB
T6G 2E9



My research focuses on the psychological processes of leadership that occur within and between small dynamic groups, such as teams or divisions, and larger social categories ranging from organizations to ethnic and national groups. More specifically, my research examines the social psychology of leadership and influence. I investigate the role of social identity processes in shaping group and organizational behavior, specifically leadership and followership. This research draws on and extends the social identity theory of leadership (Hogg, van Knippenberg, & Rast, 2012a, European Review of Social Psychology) and the theory of intergroup leadership (Hogg, van Knippenberg, & Rast, 2012b, Academy of Management Review) to examine the dynamic nature of leadership within and between groups. In my research, these theories are applied to real-world contexts such as political elections, organizational leadership, and intergroup conflicts.


PSYCH 405 - Special Topics in Psychology II

Review and discussion of special theoretical or methodological topics, or a novel or emerging research areas in contemporary psychology. Prerequisites: PSYCH 104 or SCI 100, and PSYCH 105, STAT 141 or 151 or 161, and a 300-level PSYCH course. Note: Consult the Department of Psychology's website for the specific(s) topic offered each year and any additional prerequisites. [Faculty of Arts].

PSYCH 505 - Conference Course in Psychology

[Faculty of Science]

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Featured Publications

Gaffney, A. M., Rast, D. E. III, Hackett, J. D., & Hogg, M. A.

Social Influence. 2014 January;

Hogg, M. A., van Knippenberg, D., & Rast, D. E. III

European Review of Social Psychology. 2012 January;

Hogg, M. A., van Knippenberg, D., & Rast, D. E. III

Academy of Management Review.

Rast, D. E. III, Hogg, M. A., & Giessner, S. R.

Self & Identity.