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Dr Laura K Taylor

Dr Laura K Taylor


Laura K Taylor (PhD) is a Lecturer in the School of Psychology in the Centre for Identity and Intergroup Relations. She has a dual doctorate in psychology and peace studies. Laura’s research is framed by an intergroup developmental approach to study risk and resilience processes for youth in settings of protracted conflict. Her work has implications for youth outcomes, such as aggression, prosocial behaviours and social identity, as well as broader psychosocial processes, such as shared education and intergroup relations, which may fuel or constrain conflict. Toward this end, she studies how and why violence affects behaviours and attitudes related to conflict transformation, primarily during adolescence. Through teaching and mentoring, Laura engages undergraduate and graduate students in research that is sensitive to the psychological needs of individuals and communities, particularly in divided societies.

Jocelyn Dautel

Dr Jocelyn Dautel

Jocelyn Dautel is a Lecturer (Education) in the School of Psychology at Queen’s University, Belfast. Jocelyn holds a PhD in Developmental Psychology from the University of Chicago.  Jocelyn is interested in the development of social cognition, or in other words, how young children think about the world around them and navigate their social relationships. Her research uses experimental methods from cognitive and social psychology to understand the processes underlying children’s thinking about social groups, with a particular emphasis on how social context influences these processes.

Dean O’ Driscoll

Dean O’ Driscoll is a PhD student within the School of Psychology, Queen’s University Belfast.Operating within a developmental intergroup framework, Dean’s research investigates the role of empathy in the development of intergroup attitudes and helping behaviours of primary school children living in post-accord Northern Ireland.  The research aims to develop effective interventions within Northern Ireland’s shared education system, to foster positive intergroup relations among children in a post-conflict generation. Dean’s research also looks at children’s recognition of group membership cues such as symbols, forenames and labels within the context of Northern Ireland.



Nicole graduation

Nicole Craig

Nicole Craig is a Summer Research student within the School of Psychology, Queen’s University Belfast. Nicole has recently graduated from Queen’s completing an undergraduate degree in Psychology. Her final year thesis examined the topic of intergroup contact, outgroup attitudes and prosocial behaviour among children in Northern Ireland. During the summer research programme Nicole has been involved in the Helping Kids! project which focuses on children’s empathy, sympathy and prosocial behaviour.