Lab Alumni

Andreea Constantin (former Visiting PhD Student)

Andreea was a visiting PhD student from the University of Almeria, Spain. Her research focused on examining the process linking the stereotype content of morality, sociability and competence, the emotions and the behavioural intentions of native adolescents towards distinct immigrant groups from the Spanish context. She also explored the role of other variables, including intergroup contact and perceived outgroup threat. She holds a PhD in Psychology, a master degree in Research in Behavioural Science and a BA in Psychology from Universidad de Almería, Spain. Andreea is currently involved in two projects exploring gender discrimination in the workplace, affiliated to the Center of Migration Studies and Intercultural Relations of the University of Almería.


Laura Beckess (former Final Year Project Student)

Laura’s Dissertation project with Prof. Rutland was investigating children and adolescents’ evaluations and justifications of immigrant exclusion. Her focus was on whether varying levels of English language ability would have an effect on children justifying the exclusion as more or less acceptable- a widely understudied phenomenon. Laura is now pursuing a Masters programme in the area of Developmental Psychology and is hoping to progress into completing a Doctorate, in order to advance into a career in the developmental field.

Dr Sally Palmer – Lecturer 

Sally Palmer was a post-doctoral research fellow in DIP Lab (2018-2020). She is now a Lecturer in Education within the Graduate School of Education at the University of Exeter.

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 bullying (e.g., bullying on the basis of group membership, such as ethnicity, nationality, or disability).


Dr Siân Jones – Lecturer

Siân Jones was an Early Career Fellow at Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK, when she was a member of DIPLab, and is now a Lecturer in Psychology and Education at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, UK.  She obtained her degrees from the University of Exeter and Cardiff University. Her research is primarily in the areas of social and educational psychology. Her research concerns social justice and social identity processes in UK classrooms, and has three key strands. The first strand concerns how children’s peer group memberships affect teachers and children’s responses to bullying.  A second strand of research focuses on children who belong to numerical minority groups, and concerns  how majority group children’s imagined play, using toy figures affects their responses to these children. At the same time, she considers how children who belong to numerical minority groups respond to their representation in classroom resources. A third strand of her research is looking longitudinally  at how Initial Teacher Education students develop their identity as teachers and embed social justice into their practice. 

Dr Lukas Wallrich  – LecturerLukas Wallrich

Lukas was a PhD student at Goldsmiths, where his research focused primarily on links between intergroup contact and prosocial behaviour, including bystander interventions and civic engagement. He now works as Lecturer at Birkbeck, University of London, in the Department of Organisational Psychology, where his research primarily focuses on how organisations can derive benefits from workforce diversity.

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.

Amy Robbins (Former Placement Student)
Amy was 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. She is currently completing her final year back in Cardiff.

Secil Gonultas

Dr. Seçil Gönültaş is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Bilkent University. She was a postdoctoral research scholar in the Department of Psychology at the University of Exeter working with Prof. Adam Rutland. She completed her Ph.D. at the Lifespan Developmental Psychology Program at North Carolina State University in the USA. She holds a master’s in Developmental Psychology (Koç University, Turkey) and a bachelor’s degree from Boğaziçi University (Turkey). Her research interest centers on investigating group processes (e.g., prejudice, discrimination, and threat perception) and social cognition (e.g., Theory of Mind) in relation to adolescents’ and children’s attitudes and behaviors in intergroup contexts. She is interested in 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.