Dr Sally Palmer
Lecturer in Education
North Cloisters NC117
North Cloisters, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK
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).
- BSc Psychology (Hons), University of Kent (UK)
- Masters by Research in Psychology, University of Kent (UK)
- PhD (Psychology), University of Kent (UK)
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
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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.
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
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Publications by year
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
- Stephanie Anne Janet Gibb
- Ayse Sule Yuksel