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Dr Rose Meleady joined the School of Psychology in 2013. She previously obtained a PhD in Psychology from the University of Kent. At the same institution Rose also completed a Masters degree in Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, and a BSc degree in Psychology. She is a Social Psychologist with a specific focus on intergroup relations, prejudice and attitude change.

Indicative Publications

Meleady, R., Crisp, R.J., Dhont. K., Hopthrow, T. & Turner, R. (2020). Intergroup contact, social dominance, and environmental concern: A test of the cognitive liberalization hypothesis. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 118, 1146-1164.

Meleady, R., Crisp, R.J., Hodson, G., & Earle, M. (2019). On the generalization of intergroup contact: A taxonomy of transfer effects. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 28, 430-435.

Hodson, G., Crisp, R.J., Meleady., R & Earle, M. (2018). Intergroup contact as an agent of cognitive liberalization. Perspectives in Psychological Science, 13, 523-548.

Meleady, R., Seger, C., & Vermue, M. (2017). Examining the role of positive and negative intergroup contact and anti-immigrant prejudice in Brexit. British Journal of Social Psychology, 56, 799-808.

Key Research Interests

My research interests are centred around intergroup relations, group processes, and attitude and behaviour change. My work explores how people’s thought processes, perceptions of others, and behaviours are affected by their membership in social groups/ categories, and how this knowledge can be translated into effective behaviour change interventions to improve social outcomes. The bulk of my work has focused on the promotion of positive intergroup relations and prejudice reduction, with a particular focus on intergroup contact theory and social identity theory. Another strand of my research looks at how we can use group-based social influence to encourage more pro-environmental conduct.

Masters and PhD Supervision Interests:

Examining the consequences of positive and negative intergroup contact

Exploring the antedents of intergroup contact

Using group-based social influence to encourage pro-environmental behaviour

Key Responsibilities

Course Director MSc Social Psychology

Course Director MRes Social Science Research Methods

Teaching Interests

Year 2: Social and Developmental Psychology

Year 3: Social Perception and Behaviour: From Individuals to Relationships to Groups

Third Year Project Supervision

Masters: Social Psychology Theory and Methods

Areas of Expertise

Social psychology, intergroup relations, group processes, attitudes and behaviour change.


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