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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


Sally is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow on an ESRC funded project examining children and adolescents bystander reactions to the social exclusion of immigrant peers.

Her main research focus is on how children and adolescents evaluate and react as bystanders to intergroup social exclusion and bullying in schools (see Palmer & Abbott, 2018, for a review).


  • BSc Psychology (Hons)
  • Masters by Research in Psychology
  • PhD (Psychology)


2018-Current: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Psychology, University of Exeter

2015-2018: Lecturer, Department of Psychology and Human Development, UCL Institute of Education

2014-2015: Teaching Fellow in the Department of Psychology, Goldsmiths University of London

2011-2014: ESRC +3 PhD student and Associate Lecturer, School of Psychology, University of Kent

2009-2011: Research Assistant, School of Psychology, University of Kent

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Research interests

Sally examines how the development of intergroup processes (i.e., understanding of group membership, group identity, group norms, stereotypes, group status) influence attitudes and behaviours from childhood into adolescence (e.g., Mulvey, Palmer & Abrams, 2016, Child Development; Palmer et al., 2017, JCASP; Palmer, Rutland & Cameron, 2015, BJDP).

More generally Sally is interested in tackling broader issues of social injustice and inequality, and the mechanisms that promote social inclusion, social cohesion and prosocial behaviour in childhood and adolescence.

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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