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Dr Sally Palmer

Dr Sally Palmer

Postdoctoral Research Fellow


 (01392) 724693

 Washington Singer 307


Washington Singer Laboratories, University of Exeter, Perry Road, Prince of Wales Road, Exeter, EX4 4QG, UK


I am a postdoctoral researcher on an ESRC funded project examining bystander responses to the social exclusion of immigrant peers across childhood and adolescence (2018-2021).


BSc Psychology, MRes (Psychology), PhD in Psychology - School of Psychology, University of Kent, UK



Previously I was a social and developmental lecturer at UCL Institute of Education (2015-2018), a teaching fellow at Goldsmiths University of London (2014-2015), and graduated with a PhD in social and developmental psychology from the University of Kent summer 2015. 

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Research interests

I study how intergroup processes (i.e., group membership, group identity, group norms, stereotypes, group status) influence attitudes and behaviours. Mostly I examine these processes in childhood and adolescence in the context of bystander responses to intergroup "bias-based" bullying (e.g., Palmer & Abbott, 2018, Child Development Perspectives ; Palmer et al., 2017, JCASP; Palmer et al., 2015, BJDP).

More generally I am interested in tackling broader issues of social injustice and inequality, and the mechanisms that promote social inclusion, social cohesion and prosocial behaviour.

Research projects

Economic and Social Research Council (£499.321.71), awarded July 2018

Co-Investigator on “Bystander reactions to the intergroup exclusion of immigrants among British children and adolescents”

PI: Prof Adam Rutland, Goldsmiths, University of London

International Consultant: Prof Melanie Killen

British Psychological Society Undergraduate Research Assistantship Scheme (£1,600), awarded June 2017

PI: “Enhancing the inclusion of autistic children in London schools” (June-July 2017)

Co-Investigators: Prof Liz Pellicano, Macquarie University, Australia 

UCL Institute of Education Seed Award – Research strand (£10,910.45), awarded March, 2017

PI: “Exploring the Impact of Socio-Cognitive Skills on the Development of Prejudice: Developing a novel framework” (March – Dec, 2017)

Co-Investigators: Dr Julie Van de Vyver, Lincoln University; Prof. Dominic Abrams, University of Kent; Prof. Emily Farran, UCL

British Academy/Leverhulme Trust Small Research Grant Spring 2016 (£9,956), awarded September 2016

PI on “Interethnic helping behavior: When children cross group boundaries to help one another”

Co-Investigator: Dr Jellie Sierksma, University of Madison-Wisconsin, USA

British Psychological Society International Collaboration Award (£1,182.66), awarded March, 2016

Awarded travel and accommodation funds to assist with an overseas collaboration with Dr Jellie Sierksma at Radboud University, Nijmegen Holland


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