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Dr. Babatola Dominic Olawa

Gastwissenschaftler und Stipendiat der Alexander-von-Humboldt-Stiftung

Research focus

  • Biopsychosocial factors influencing emotional wellbeing at young adulthood and old age.
  • Emotional wellbeing of vulnerable populations including prison inmates, internally displaced persons and security personnel in war fronts.
  • Cross-cultural factors in subjective wellbeing among older adults.


2008: BSc. Psychology, University of Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria

2011: MSc. Psychology, University of Lagos, Nigeria

2017: Ph. D. Clinical Psychology, Ekiti State University, Nigeria

Important professional stations 

2009-2010: Teaching Assistant, University of Lagos, Nigeria

2010-2011: Clinical Intern, Lagos University Teaching Hospital

2019: Postdoctoral Visiting Researcher, Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS), Jacob University, Bremen, Germany

2019- January 2022: Postdoctoral Fellow, Lifestyle Diseases Research Entity, North-West University South Africa

2022 till date: Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, The Institute for Gerontology, University of Vechta, Germany

2012 till date: Lecturer, Department of Psychology, Federal University Oye-Ekiti, Nigeria


Research projects and collaborations

Health stressors and subjective wellbeing in the oldest-old: A comparison of coping resources in individualistic and collectivist cultures

Project collaborator: Prof. Maria K. Pavlova

This proposed study is aimed at testing whether optimism, social support and living standard moderate the impact of health stressors on SWB differently among oldest-old adults in the respective individualistic and collectivistic nations of Germany and Nigeria.  Data from 600 oldest adults from the latest wave of the German Ageing Survey (DEAS 2017) will be matched according to sex and age with 600 oldest-old adults to be recruited from the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria. Validated scales will be transadapted for data collection among the Nigerian sample following the DEAS protocols. Analyses of data will be carried out using structural equation modelling in SPSS AMOS. This study will provide the cultural lens through which psychological, social and economic resources promote SWB among oldest-old adults. Overall, outcomes will be useful for cross-cultural interventions and policy formations for enhancement of successful and happy ageing in the most advanced stage of human development.

Teachings and supervision

Teaching of undergraduate and postgraduate psychology courses in abnormal/clinical psychology, health psychology, psychology of the elderly, research methods, statistical methods in psychology and biopsychology. Supervision of undergraduate projects and postgraduate dissertations.


Olawa, B. D., Tsabedze, W. F., & Idemudia, E. S. (2022). Forgiveness Mediates the Protective Role of Religiosity on Psychological Distress: Findings from Inmates in Eswatini Correctional Centres. Journal of Religion and Health.

Ofili, M. A., Idemudia, E. S., Olawa, B. D (2022). Recruitment managers’ emotional intelligence and employment discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS: The mediating role of stigma, Journal of Psychology in Africa, 32(1), 73-78.

Olawa, B. D., & Idemudia, E. S. (2021). A bi-directional mediation analysis of psychological distress, happiness, and life satisfaction among community dwellers in a semi-urban setting. International Journal of Mental Health and Addition.

Olawa, B. D., Omolayo, B. O., & Azikiwe, J. C.  (2021). Gender influence on loneliness and family and nonfamily support among older adults: The confounding role of widowhood. Journal of Women and Aging, 33(2), 268-287. Taylor & Francis. .

Olatunji, O. A., Idemudia, E. S., & Olawa, B. D. (2021).  Examining the influence of personality traits and family income on psychological distress among farmers: the role of educational status. Open Psychology Journal, 14.

Olawa, B. D., & Idemudia, E. S. (2020). The extraversion-neuroticism and geriatric depression relations: Do social engagements and social supports have roles to play? Heliyon, 6(12):e05719.

Olawa, B. D., Adebayo, S.O., Mokuolu, B.O., Omolayo, B.O., & Umeh, C.S.  (2020). Physical health burdens and emotional distress in later life: The mediating effects of self-rated health. Aging and Mental Health, 24(1), 15-21

Olawa, B. D., & Idemudia, E. S. (2020). Gender differences in the associations between forms of social engagements and loneliness in later life: A cross-sectional survey. Psychological Studies, 65, 370-380.

Olawa, B. D., & Idemudia, E. S. (2020). Association between schizotypal personality trait and dispositional optimism among prisoners: Findings from some selected male prisoners in a Nigerian prison. International Journal of Mental Health, 49(3), 254-270.

Olawa, B. D., Arimih, C. I., Umeh, C. S., & Arinze, N. C. (2020) Development and validation of a measure of fear of charm within the Nigerian population. Psychological Studies, 65, 504-512.

Olawa, B. D. Idemidia, E. S., & Umeh, C. S. (2020). The association between psychological commitments to team and mental health of football fans within an academic. Journal of Happiness Studies, 21(5), 1549-1559.

Idemidia, E. S., Olawa, B. D., Wyatt, G. E., & Milburn, N. (2020). Pre-displacement stressors, psychological morbidity, and PTSD symptoms among displaced women by Boko-Haram in North-East Nigeria: The buffering roles of psychological capital. Journal of Psychology in Africa, 30(4), 307-314. Taylor & Francis.

Olatunji, O. A., Idemudia, E. S., & Olawa, B. D. (2020).  Family support, self-efficacy and suicidal ideation at emerging adulthood: a mediation analysis. International Journal of Adolescence and Youth, 25(1), 920-931.

Umeh C. S., & Olawa, B. D. (2020). Development and validation of a shyness scale. Nigerian Journal of Psychological Research, 16(2), 89-95.

Olawa, B.D., & Idemudia, E.S. (2019). Later-life satisfaction with adult children’s achievements: Does parents’ personality matter? Heliyon, 5(e02406). Elsevier. 

Olawa, B. D., & Idemudia, E. S. (2019). Later-life satisfaction with adult children’s achievements is associated with depression and loneliness: the mediating roles of children’s supports and gratitude. Educational Gerontology, 45(4), 269-282.

Olawa, B.D. & Idemudia, E. S. (2019). Differences of paternal and maternal parenting on attitude towards premarital sex among some selected youths in an academic setting. Gender and Behavior, 17(2), 13314-13324. IBSS

Umeh, C.S. & Olawa, B.D. (2018).   Personality characteristics and self-esteem as predictors of job stress among health care professionals in a teaching hospital in Lagos, Nigeria. FULafia Journal of Social Sciences, 1(4), 105-114.

Olawa B. D., Aroso, S., Ayodele, I. O. & Ajiboye A. (2018). The protective impact of religiosity on risky sexual behavior: the confounding roles of sex, age and extraversion trait. Contemporary Journal of Psychology. Benue State University.

Nwadiogo, C. A.  & Olawa, B. D. (2017). Sexual Satisfaction and family relationships as indicators of marital satisfaction. Ekpoma Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 6(1), 55-64. Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma.

Olawa, B. D., Kemmer, I., Nwadiogo, C. A., Olagundoye, H. F. (2016). Gender disparity in hopelessness among unemployed graduates: the aftermath of traditional gender-role expectations. Gender and Behavior, 14 (3), 7816-7832. IBSS

Adebayo, S. O., Olawa, B .D. & Ogunbor, O. (2015).  Quality of family relationships: The contributions of family structures and gender-role orientations. Social and Natural Sciences Journal, 9 (1), 1-4. Central Bohemia University, Praha, Czech Republic.

Adebayo, S. O., & Olawa, B. D. (2014). Influence of psychopathy and cultic dispostion on attitude toward violence among students of tertiary institutions in Ekiti State. Asian social science, 10 (17), 258-264. Canadian Center of Social Science and Education. SCOPUS coverage (2011-2016).

Omolayo, B. O., Olawa, B. D., & Omole, O. C. (2013). Attitude of university undergraduates Students towards physical activity and fitness exercise in Ekiti State, Nigeria. Asian Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, 2 (3), 230-237.

Omolayo, B. O., Mokuolu, B. O., Balogun, M. O., Omole, O. C. & Olawa, B. D. (2013). Attitude of care-givers towards mental illness, social support and coping strategy as predictors of relapse among mental patients. American International Journal of Social Sciences, 2 (5), 89-98. Center for Promoting Ideas, USA.

Ogunleye, A. J. & Olawa, B. D. (2013). Self-concept, family background and personality characteristics as factors influencing conflict resolution strategies among couples in Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria. International Journal of Social and Behavioral Sciences, 1 (2), 49-54.  Academe Research Journals.,-family-background,-and-personality-characteristics-as-factors-influencing-conflict-resolution-strategies-among-couples-in-ado-ekiti,-nigeria. Others

Ogunleye, A. J., & Olawa, B. D. (2013). Gender is a psychological issue. International Journal of Humanities and Social Science Intervention, 2(3), 40-44.


Idemudia E.S., & Olawa B.D. (2021). Once Bitten, Twice Shy: Trust and Trustworthiness from an African Perspective. In: Kwantes C.T., Kuo B.C.H. (eds) Trust and Trustworthiness across Cultures. Springer Series in Emerging Cultural Perspectives in Work, Organizational, and Personnel Studies. Springer, Cham.

Olawa, B. D. & Omolayo, B. O. (2019). Referencing in psychological research. In B. O. Omolayo (Ed), Fundamentals of Psychological Research (pp. 181-196). Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria: Ekiti State University Printing Press

Adebayo, S .O. & Olawa, B. D. (2019). Improving psychological research for better psychology in Africa. . In B. O. Omolayo (Ed), Fundamentals of Psychological Research (pp. 181-196). Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria: Ekiti State University Printing Press

Ogunleye, A. J. & Olawa, B. D. (2016). The psychology of politics. In C. T. Oluwadare, & T. Adefolaju (eds), Political Sociology: perspectives and practice (pp. 1-10). Ibadan, Nigeria: Penthouse