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Katie Sullivan BSc, MBPsS

Technical Tutor

E-mail: katie.sullivan@uwtsd.ac.uk

I am responsible for running the Psychology Laboratory in the IQ Building, assisting in the teaching of lab-based modules on all programme levels and providing support for the research studies carried out in the Psychology department. I also teach on a number of social psychology-related modules at undergraduate level in my specialist area of research.

In the 2019-20 academic year my teaching roles include:

  • Psych Labs (Level Four)
  • Research in Action (Level Five)
  • Social Psychology: Global Perspectives (Level Five)
  • Prejudice and Discrimination (Level Six)
  • Combating Prejudice and Discrimination in Education (Level Eight)

I completed my degree in Counselling Studies and Psychology in 2014, and am now writing up my PhD in the area of social and political psychology.

  • Member of the British Psychological Society (MBPsS)
  • Member of the International Society for Political Psychology (ISPP)

My primary research areas are in social and political psychology, and in particular the use of experimental research methods to examine attitudes. My teaching across all levels reflects this expertise, with Psych Labs (Level Four) allowing me to work with students to create online and computer-based research tasks and Research in Action (Level Five) involving wider research ethics and professionalism teaching. In the more traditional teaching formats (Social psychology at Level Five and Prejudice & Discrimination at Level Six) I am able to use my subject knowledge to discuss many of the issues relating to these topic areas.

The focus of my PhD research has been on the impact of implicit and explicit prejudice attitudes, and their interaction, relating to real-world topics such as immigration, terrorism, and EU Referendum voting behaviour and attitudes. Over the last four years I have also been involved with examining cultural attitudes towards gender, and how prejudice may impact upon behaviours of professional groups such as teachers.

In addition to my research on prejudice and discrimination attitudes towards immigration, terrorism, and political voting behaviour, I have also been involved in the planning and delivery of workshops and talks relating to inclusivity, asylum-seeking and refugee-status issues, and have been heavily involved in national Black History Month campaigns and race equality campaigns.

Alongside Dr Paul Hutchings I have founded Project ImpEx, a project that looks to carry out research and educate the wider public on issues of the interactions between implicit and explicit prejudice. Please see the Psychology PERCH pages for further details.

Hutchings, P. B., & Sullivan, K. E. (2019). Prejudice and the Brexit vote: A tangled web. Springer Communication, 5. https://doi.org/10.1057/s41599-018-0214-5

Sullivan, K. E., & Hutchings, P. B. (2018a, May). Symbolic and realistic threat attitudes toward legal and illegal migration. Paper presented at British Psychological Society Annual Conference. Nottingham, UK

Sullivan, K. E., & Hutchings, P. B. (2018b, July). Prejudice and the Brexit vote. In: Andreouli E (Chair), The Politics of Prejudice and Social Change. Symposium conducted at the meeting of International Society of Political Psychology, San Antonio, Texas.

Hutchings, P. B., & Sullivan, K. E. (2015, May). Opposition to Immigration Raised When Out-group Salience Focuses on Muslims. Conference presentation to the Association for Psychological Science, New York.

Sullivan, K. E., & Hutchings, P. B. (2014, Sept). Differential recognition of ambiguous-race faces linked to levels of implicit and explicit prejudice. Presentation to the British Psychological Society Annual Conference, Canterbury.

Sullivan, K. E. (2014, April). Are you angry because I dislike you or do I dislike you because you are angry? Examining prejudice and emotion. Conference presentation to the British Conference for Undergraduate Research, Nottingham.