Postgraduate Research Fellow
Seçil Gönültaş is a postdoctoral research fellow studying with Dr. Adam Rutland. Seçil finished her Ph. D. at the Lifespan Developmental Psychology Program at North Carolina State University in the USA. She received a Master’s in Developmental Psychology at Koç University in Turkey and completed her Bachelor’s degree at Boğaziçi University IN Turkey. Seçil’s research interest centers on investigating how group processes (e.g., prejudice, discrimination, and threat perception) and social cognition (e.g., Theory of Mind) relate to adolescents’ and children’s attitudes and behaviors in intergroup contexts. She aims to broaden her focus on both Theory of Mind and intergroup processes into different areas of social development across childhood and adolescence. Her other research interest is to investigate bullying and bystander interventions in intergroup contexts. Through her research, she hopes to translate this research agenda into policy-focused intervention programs aimed at fostering equity and social justice, especially in school settings.