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About Julie Van de Vyver

I am a Social and Developmental Psychologist interested in uncovering and testing effective strategies for promoting prosocial behaviours and reducing prejudice and discrimination. My research employs experimental, cross-sectional, and longitudinal methods and lab-based and field-based studies to further develop our understanding of prosociality and prejudice. My approach is to understand not just the processes at work but also the practical steps for intervention. In particular I am interested in employing research to help advance the effectiveness of public and civil sector endeavours. I completed my undergraduate (2007-2010), masters (2011-2012), and doctoral (2012-2016) degrees at the University of Kent (supervised by Professor Dominic Abrams). I joined the University of Lincoln in 2016 as a Lecturer in Social Psychology. 

Department Responsibilities

- Lecturer on: cross-cultural psychology (3rd year elective module), research skills (2nd year core module), advanced research methods and skills (MSc core module), and advanced topics in developmental psychology (MSc core module). - Academic tutor - UG, PGT, and PhD dissertation supervisor - Ethics committee member - Deputy lead, Development and Social Behaviour Research Group - Student conference co-organiser My office hours are held Mondays from 15.00-16.00, so do drop-in. Alternatively, you can make an appointment via e-mail.

Subject Specialism

Social and Developmental Psychology, Prosocial Behaviour, Prejudice and Discrimination, Moral Emotions, Equality and Human rights, Intergroup and Intragroup Dynamics, Social Cohesion, Gender Equality, Arts Participation


  • PhD in Social Psychology — University of Kent, 2016
  • MSc in Social and Applied Psychology — University of Kent, 2012
  • BSc in Psychology — University of Kent, 2010


Research consultant for People United (, evaluating the impact of arts based interventions to promote prosocial behaviour and kindness. Editorial consultant for the British Journal of Social Psychology (

Research Interests

  • Arts and creativity

  • Equality and Human Rights

  • Intergroup and Intragroup Dynamics

  • Moral Emotions

  • Prejudice

  • Prosocial behaviour

Research Projects

  • Story-telling and prejudice: A practical indirect contact intervention for reducing prejudice against asylum seekers among adults in the UK — awarded £9001 by BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grants in 2017
  • Exploring the impact of socio-cognitive skills on the development of prejudice: Developing a novel framework (CoI) — awarded £10910 by Institute of Education, UCL (Seed Funding Scheme) in 2017
  • Exploring the relationship between socio-cognitive skills and prejudice (PI) — awarded £3030 by College of Social Sciences, University of Lincoln in 2016
  • How to knowledge exchange for social change — awarded £1500 by The Graduate School, University of Kent (Researcher Development Award Scheme) in 2015
  • Arts and prosocial motivation (Co-I) — awarded £108190 by Arts Council England (Research Grants Scheme) in 2015
  • Graduate student travel award for conference attendance — awarded £350 by Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues in 2014
  • Secondment in Whitehall — awarded £6000 by Economic and Social Research Council in 2014
  • Early career researcher bursary for conference attendance — awarded £250 by National Centre for Research Methods in 2013
  • Arts and kindness experiment (Co-I) — awarded £2500 by Prosper (via Arts Council England) in 2012
  • Prosocial behaviour: Exploring the role of moral outrage and moral elevation — Economic and Social Research Council (CASE Research Studentship with People United) in 2012

Research in the Lincoln Repository

Professional Affiliations

  • Society for Personality and Social Psychology — Early career member
  • International Society for Justice Research — Full member
  • European Association of Social Psychology — Full Member