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Professor Rhiannon Turner

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Rhiannon Turner

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I am a social psychologist with a specific focus on intergroup relations, prejudice, and prejudice-reduction. I got my first degree in Psychology from Cardiff University in 2000, before receiving a Masters in Social and Applied Psychology from the University of Kent in 2002. I was awarded a D.Phil. from the University of Oxford in 2006, before taking up an ESRC postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Birmingham. I was appointed as a Lecturer in Social Psychology at the University of Leeds in February 2007, and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in August 2010. I took up the post of Chair in Social Psychology here at Queen’s University Belfast in September 2012. I am a past recipient of the BPS Award for Outstanding Doctoral Research Contributions to Psychology (2007), the Society for Personality and Social Psychology’s Robert B. Cialdini Award for excellence in field research (2008), and the Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Prize (2011). From 2012-2015 I was an associate editor of the Journal of Applied Social Psychology, and from 2015-2017 I am an action editor for the journal Group Processes and Intergroup Relations. I am also a consulting editor on the editorial board of the European Journal of Social Psychology.

Research Interests

My research looks at which forms of intergroup contact best reduce prejudice, how and why they do so, and what consequences they have for intergroup relations. Specifically, I have studied the effect of several different forms of intergroup contact in reducing prejudice, including cross-group friendship (Turner & Feddes, 2011; Turner et al., 2014), extended contact (Turner, Hewstone, Voci, & Vonofakou, 2008; West & Turner, 2014; Paterson, Turner, & Conner, 2015), and imagined contact (Crisp & Turner, 2012; Turner & West, 2012). I am also interested in the impact of social identity (Turner & Crisp, 2010) and multiple categorization (Crisp & Turner, 2011) on intergroup relations. My research also extends into applying research on nostalgia to the study of intergroup relations (Turner, Wildschut, & Sedikides, 2011; Turner, Wildschut, Sedikides & Gheorghiu, 2013). I have held research grants from the ESRC, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), the Leverhulme Trust, and the British Academy.


At the undergraduate level, at Level 1 I teach social psychology as part of PSY1001 Introduction to Psychology. I also teach on Body Language and Deception as part of PSY1003 The Psychology of Everyday Life. At Level 2, I cover Prejudice-Reduction, Personality and Prejudice, and Attitudes for PSY2060 Social Psychology and Individual Differences. At Level 3, with Dr Clifford Stevenson, I convene PSY3097 The Psychology of Prejudice and Discrimination: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches. I also supervise a number of students for the PSY3001 Research Thesis.

At postgraduate level, I cover social cognition, evolutionary and personality perspectives on prejudice as part of the MSc Political Psychology module, PSY7054 Theoretical Perspectives and Focal Issues in Political Psychology. I also currently supervise 3 MSc Political Psychology student theses, and 6 PhD students: Debbie Kinghan, Megan Miller, Rene Verheesen, Aline Muff, Thia Dickey and Karolina Urbanska.

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