Lab Members

Professor Adam Rutland  – DIP Lab Director

Adam’s research focuses generally on social-cognitive development. His areas of expertise in a developmental context are: Prejudice, intergroup processes and relationships, social reasoning and morality; Peer exclusion, rejection, group dynamics and victimization; Cross-group friendships, intergroup attitudes, psychological well being; Interventions to reduce prejudice, intergroup contact; Children’s acculturation, ethnic and national identification.


Eirini Ketzitzidou Argyri – DIP Lab Manager

Eirini manages the activities and administration of the lab. She is also the Graduate Research Assistant on our ESRC-funded Bystander project. Eirini and the team look at children’s and adolescents’ bystander reactions to, and evaluations of, the social exclusion of immigrant peers, investigating the development of norms across childhood and adolescence. Eirini is interested in understanding the cognitive mechanisms behind prejudice, perspective change and open-mindedness and has published a philosophical psychological novel exploring the subjective nature of our perceived reality in Greece.


Dr Julie Pepper – Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Julie’s fellowship with Professor Rutland is on the impact of youth educator programs within informal science learning sites on children’s and adolescents’ psychological engagement with and attitudes towards STEM. Julie has just returned to academia after a career break to have her children. Her MSc, ESRC-funded PhD and 4 years of fellowship experience span social, organisational, economic, developmental and health psychology. Julie is passionate about interdisciplinary research, which she believes adds value in terms of bringing new ideas to topics and encouraging a lack of jargon. While Julie has a first-class mathematics degree and has used a range of quantitative measures, she is a big fan of mixed methods in her research.


Dr Luke McGuire Lecturer

Luke’s research explores social and moral development in middle childhood and adolescence. His areas of expertise include how resource allocation is influenced by social norms and group processes; STEM learning and gender stereotyping; peer inclusion and exclusion based on gender identity, as well as children’s attitudes to environmental and animal rights as moral issues.



Amy Robbins – Research Assistant


Amy is a third year placement student from Cardiff University working as a research assistant in Professor Rutland’s lab. She has particular interest in developmental and social psychology, specifically adolescents’ intergroup relations and social identity.


Steph Gibb – Final year PhD Student

Steph’s research looks at children’s social moral development during intergroup competitive contexts. Her current doctoral work looks at hypercompetitiveness as both a group norm and individual difference factor when children are making social moral decisions. Further doctoral studies of hers, explore children’s understanding of outgroup threat during an inter-schools tug of war competition. She is also interested in children’s social moral development during changing political contexts and would love to study this after the completion of the PhD.



Ayşe Şule Yüksel – Final year PhD Student

Ayse’s research focuses on children and adolescents’ behavioural and hypothetical reactions as bystanders to the exclusion of immigrants in interpersonal and intergroup contexts. She examines how intergroup factors such as group membership, group norms, stereotypes and social-moral reasoning influence young people’s evaluations of and actual bystander reactions to the social exclusion of immigrants. Ayse holds a Masters in Education (Psychology) from UCL, Institute of Educations and a Masters in Psychology of Religion from the University of Istanbul.



Fidelia Law – 3rd year PhD Student

Fidelia’s research explores children’s engagement at informal science learning sites (science centres and museums), motivation in learning and peer group influence on attitude towards science. She is a second year PhD student on the Wellcome Trust funded Science+ project. She holds an MA in International Development and Education from Newcastle University and has conducted research exploring the educational and occupational aspirations of children living in poverty at Accra, Ghana. Her current research employs an interdisciplinary approach to understanding STEM learning from a psychological and educational research perspective.


Aqsa Farooq – 2nd year PhD Student

Aqsa’s research focuses on children’s moral decision making in intergroup contexts, specifically when outgroup and ingroup members spread misinformation. She is interested in investigating if the group membership and intentionality of the individual spreading misinformation influences children’s moral evaluations. Aqsa is a first year PhD student and holds a Masters in Applied Social Psychology from Royal Holloway, University of London.



Lukas Wallrich  – Affiliate member & PhD student at Goldsmiths, University of London

Lukas’ research focuses primarily on links between intergroup contact and prosocial behaviour, including bystander interventions and civic engagement. In that, he is particularly interested in the contribution youth work interventions can make; to explore this he conducts research in partnership with The Challenge Network and the United World Colleges (UWC). He holds an MA in Education (Psychology) from the UCL Institute of Education and a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Oxford. In addition, he has experience in management consulting, and in youth work, there both as a trainer and board member of a German charity.

 Project Students

Emma Lynch UG Project Student

Emma’s final year project research is based on the social exclusion of immigrants by British adolescents. Emma looks at the different ratings of acceptability between Polish and Australian immigrants and whether it is influenced by who is doing the excluding, a friend or a peer. Her interests expand on how parental psychiatric disorders affect child development and mental health alongside social exclusion.

Csenge Maro – UG Project Student
Maro’s final year project looks at children’s and adolescents’ evaluations of the exclusion of a same-language or different-language immigrant student by either a peer or a friend. Maro is particularly interested in the psychology of children’s social moral development and hopes to be able to explore this area of research post-graduation too.