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Dr Sally Palmer

Dr Sally Palmer

Lecturer in Education

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 01392 722874

 North Cloisters NC117

 

North Cloisters, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK

Overview

Sally Palmer is a Lecturer in Education within the Graduate School of Education. 

Sally researches issues of social injustice and inequality in educational contexts, and the mechanisms that promote social inclusion, social cohesion and prosocial behaviour in childhood and adolescence. She focusses particularly on children and adolescents' prosocial bystander reactions to intergroup or "bias-based" bullying (e.g., bullying on the basis of group membership, such as ethnicity, nationality, or disability).

Qualifications

  • BSc Psychology (Hons), University of Kent (UK)
  • Masters by Research in Psychology, University of Kent (UK)
  • PhD (Psychology), University of Kent (UK)

Career

2020-Current: Lecturer in Education, Graduate School of Education, University of Exeter

2018-2020: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Psychology, University of Exeter

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

2014-2015: Teaching Fellow, 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

Research group links

Research

Research interests

Sally is broadly interested in the development of healthy peer relationships and social emotional wellbeing in schools. Using a range of methods (e.g., experimental questionnaires, reasoning data, and semi-structured interviews), she researches how children think and behave during social interactions with their peer group in school. 

Sally is particularly interested in how children react to, and reason about, incidents of bullying and social exclusion (being left out of the peer group) in school. She specialises in contexts of intergroup bullying (e.g., bullying that occurs due to a social group membership, such as ethnicity, nationality, or disability) and developmental differences. She examines how an understanding of group processes, such as group identity, group-loyalty, group norms and stereotypes, influences how children and adolescents think about intergroup contexts (for reviews, see Palmer, Mulvey & Rutland, 2021; Palmer & Abbott, 2018).

She is also interested in how the school environment influences attitudes, and how educational practitioners feel about discussing and identifying prejudice in the classroom.

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

Research networks

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Publications

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Publications by category


Journal articles

McGuire L, Palmer SB, Rutland A (In Press). Children’s and adolescents’ evaluations of peers who challenge their group: the role of gender norms and identity. Social Development
Yuksel AS, Palmer SB, Rutland A (In Press). Developmental Differences in Bystander Behavior towards Intergroup and Intragroup Exclusion. Developmental Psychology
Palmer SB, Filippou A, Argyri EK, Rutland A (In Press). Minority- and Majority-Status Bystander Reactions To, and Reasoning About, Intergroup Social Exclusion. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology Full text.
Wallrich L, Palmer SB, Rutland A (2021). Adolescents challenging discrimination: the benefits of a perspective-taking and action-planning intervention on self-efficacy. JOURNAL OF COMMUNITY & APPLIED SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY, 31(5), 530-536. Author URL.
Van de Vyver J, Leite AC, Abrams D, Palmer SB (2018). Brexit or Bremain? a person and social analysis of voting decisions in the EU referendum. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, 28(2), 65-79.
Palmer SB, Abbott N (2017). Bystander Responses to Bias-Based Bullying in Schools: a Developmental Intergroup Approach. Child Development Perspectives, 12(1), 39-44. Full text.
Palmer SB, Cameron L, Rutland A, Blake B (2017). Majority and minority ethnic status adolescents' bystander responses to racism in school. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, 27(5), 374-380.
Abrams D, Palmer SB, Van de Vyver J, Hayes D, Delaney K, Guarella S, Purewal K (2016). Adolescents' Judgments of Doubly Deviant Peers: Implications of Intergroup and Intragroup Dynamics for Disloyal and Overweight Group Members. Social Development, 26(2), 310-328.
Mulvey KL, Palmer SB, Abrams D (2016). Race-Based Humor and Peer Group Dynamics in Adolescence: Bystander Intervention and Social Exclusion. Child Development, 87(5), 1379-1391.
Palmer SB, Rutland A, Cameron L (2015). The development of bystander intentions and social-moral reasoning about intergroup verbal aggression. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 33(4), 419-433.
Abrams D, Rutland A, Palmer SB, Purewal K (2014). Children's responses to social atypicality among group members - advantages of a contextualized social developmental account. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 32(3), 257-261.
Abrams D, Palmer SB, Rutland A, Cameron L, Van de Vyver J (2014). Evaluations of and reasoning about normative and deviant ingroup and outgroup members: Development of the black sheep effect. Developmental Psychology, 50(1), 258-270.
Abrams D, Rutland A, Palmer SB, Pelletier J, Ferrell J, Lee S (2014). The role of cognitive abilities in children's inferences about social atypicality and peer exclusion and inclusion in intergroup contexts. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 32(3), 233-247.
Palmer S, Rutland A (2011). Do children want skinny friends? the role of "weight" in children's friendship preferences and intergroup attitudes. Anales de Psicologia, 27, 698-707.

Chapters

Palmer SB, Mulvey KL, Rutland A (2021). Developmental differences in evaluations of and reactions to bullying among children and adolescents. In Smith PK, O'Higgins-Norman J (Eds.) Handbook of Bullying, Wiley-Blackwell.
Abrams D, Powell C, Palmer S, Van de Vyver J (2017). Toward a contextualized social developmental account of children’s group-based inclusion and exclusion: the developmental model of subjective group dynamics. In Rutland A, Nesdale D, Spears Brown C (Eds.) The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Group Processes in Children and Adolescents, UK: John Wiley & Sons Ltd, 124-143.

Publications by year


In Press

McGuire L, Palmer SB, Rutland A (In Press). Children’s and adolescents’ evaluations of peers who challenge their group: the role of gender norms and identity. Social Development
Yuksel AS, Palmer SB, Rutland A (In Press). Developmental Differences in Bystander Behavior towards Intergroup and Intragroup Exclusion. Developmental Psychology
Palmer SB, Filippou A, Argyri EK, Rutland A (In Press). Minority- and Majority-Status Bystander Reactions To, and Reasoning About, Intergroup Social Exclusion. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology Full text.

2021

Wallrich L, Palmer SB, Rutland A (2021). Adolescents challenging discrimination: the benefits of a perspective-taking and action-planning intervention on self-efficacy. JOURNAL OF COMMUNITY & APPLIED SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY, 31(5), 530-536. Author URL.
Palmer SB, Mulvey KL, Rutland A (2021). Developmental differences in evaluations of and reactions to bullying among children and adolescents. In Smith PK, O'Higgins-Norman J (Eds.) Handbook of Bullying, Wiley-Blackwell.

2018

Van de Vyver J, Leite AC, Abrams D, Palmer SB (2018). Brexit or Bremain? a person and social analysis of voting decisions in the EU referendum. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, 28(2), 65-79.

2017

Palmer SB, Abbott N (2017). Bystander Responses to Bias-Based Bullying in Schools: a Developmental Intergroup Approach. Child Development Perspectives, 12(1), 39-44. Full text.
Palmer SB, Cameron L, Rutland A, Blake B (2017). Majority and minority ethnic status adolescents' bystander responses to racism in school. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, 27(5), 374-380.
Abrams D, Powell C, Palmer S, Van de Vyver J (2017). Toward a contextualized social developmental account of children’s group-based inclusion and exclusion: the developmental model of subjective group dynamics. In Rutland A, Nesdale D, Spears Brown C (Eds.) The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Group Processes in Children and Adolescents, UK: John Wiley & Sons Ltd, 124-143.

2016

Abrams D, Palmer SB, Van de Vyver J, Hayes D, Delaney K, Guarella S, Purewal K (2016). Adolescents' Judgments of Doubly Deviant Peers: Implications of Intergroup and Intragroup Dynamics for Disloyal and Overweight Group Members. Social Development, 26(2), 310-328.
Mulvey KL, Palmer SB, Abrams D (2016). Race-Based Humor and Peer Group Dynamics in Adolescence: Bystander Intervention and Social Exclusion. Child Development, 87(5), 1379-1391.

2015

Palmer SB, Rutland A, Cameron L (2015). The development of bystander intentions and social-moral reasoning about intergroup verbal aggression. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 33(4), 419-433.

2014

Abrams D, Rutland A, Palmer SB, Purewal K (2014). Children's responses to social atypicality among group members - advantages of a contextualized social developmental account. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 32(3), 257-261.
Abrams D, Palmer SB, Rutland A, Cameron L, Van de Vyver J (2014). Evaluations of and reasoning about normative and deviant ingroup and outgroup members: Development of the black sheep effect. Developmental Psychology, 50(1), 258-270.
Abrams D, Rutland A, Palmer SB, Pelletier J, Ferrell J, Lee S (2014). The role of cognitive abilities in children's inferences about social atypicality and peer exclusion and inclusion in intergroup contexts. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 32(3), 233-247.

2011

Palmer S, Rutland A (2011). Do children want skinny friends? the role of "weight" in children's friendship preferences and intergroup attitudes. Anales de Psicologia, 27, 698-707.

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Teaching

Sally enjoys teaching a range of subjects related to psychology in education, focussing on how children develop social cognition across development, and how this is relevant to their school experience.

Children's social experiences and peer interactions are directly related to their social and emotional wellbeing and academic engagement and achievement; so understanding the factors that shape these experiences (e.g., social influences, individual differences, developmental milestones) are crucial for informing positive educational experiences. 

Sally is the GSE Programme Director for the MSc Psychology (Conversion) programme, a programme shared with the Psychology department. She teaches on the following modules:

  • PSYM222 - Research Methods
  • PSYM220 - Research Project (Supervision)
  • ERPM006 - Cognitive and Developmental Psychology
  • ERPM007 - Personality and Individual Differences
  • ERPM008 - Children & Young People's Mental Health

Sally also teaches on the MA Education (Online) and supervises PhD students. Please refer to her research profile and publication list to see the sorts of topics Sally supervises.

Supervision / Group

Postgraduate researchers

  • Stephanie Anne Janet Gibb
  • Ayse Sule Yuksel

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