I am a Developmental Social Psychologist with a specific interest in pro-social bystander behaviours. I am mostly interested in the helpful behaviours of young people, when they witness bullying in their school. I am also interested in the following: cyberbullying and helpful online behaviour, attitudes towards different groups (e.g. people with disabilties and immigrants), special educational needs interventions (e.g. postural care and inclusion) and prejudice-reduction interventions (e.g. intergroup contact). I conduct my research working mainly with secondary schools, but also with primary schools. Before joining the Psychology Team at Canterbury Christ Church University in January 2014, I completed my PhD at the University of Kent.
Research and knowledge exchange
I am currently contributing to a Research and Knowledge Exchange (RKE) project that is funded by a Quality Research Grant, from Canterbury Christ Church University. This is a collaborative project with Dr. Stavroula Tsirogianni, aimed at promoting perspective taking and cultural openness amongst undergraduate students. Project title: Seeing oneself through the eyes of the other: Global Citizenship skills for Undergraduate Students.
A selection of previous RKE projects:
ESRC Festival of Social Science, CCCU (2014-present). I work closely with the Outreach Team at CCCU to coordinate the Psychology Outreach work. I organised the iTech: Understanding young people's use of technology event in 2014 and the Psychology: The good, the bad and the ugly event in 2015. In 2016, I collaborated with colleagues in Sociology and Politics to run a multipdisciplinary event entitled Migration: Seeing myself in others.
Richard Benjamin Memorial Trust (2014). This was a twelve month externally funded grant, where I was the Principle Investigator. The project piloted a disability-simulation intervention with school children, aimed at promoting more positive attitudes towards disabled peers. Project title: Disability simulation: Developing a school-based intervention to promote positive attitudes towards children with postural care needs.
I have also been successful at securing internal funding for a number of other RKE projects, including: 4 Quality Research Grants, 1 Higher Education Innovation Funding (HEIF) Grant and 1 RKE Internship Grant.
Teaching and subject expertise
My subject expertise lies within Developmental and Social Psychology (see Profile summary section above). I am a qualified teacher with experience in Higher Education teaching from September 2009. I supervise students in their undergraduate, Masters and PhD studies. I have been awarded a number of awards for my teaching, but I am most proud of those based on student nominations. I am the Undergraduate Programme Director for Psychology and my current teaching responsibilities, by level, are as follows.
Level 4 (Year 1): I convene the core Social and Developing Self module and I also co-convene the Graduate Attributes in Psychology module.
Level 5 (Year 2): I teach on the Social and Developmental Psychology module and the Psychology and Education module.
Masters Conversion Course: I teach on the Developmental Psychology module and the Learning and Development module.
EASP, Granada (2017, July). Intergroup name-calling: Comparing helpful bystander intentions to victim-perpetrator-bystander triads. Forthcoming oral presentation.
BPS Bullying Conference, Goldsmiths (2017, March). Tackling bullying in schools: Considering interpersonal, group and intergroup approaches. Invited talk.
Publications and research outputs
Spruin, L., & Abbott, N. & Holt, N. (in press). Examining the experiences of a short break scheme amongst adolescents with disabilities (service users) and their parents. International Journal of Disability, Development and Education.
Cameron, L. & Abbott. N. (2017). Intergroup contact in action: Using intergroup contact to change children’s outgroup orientation. In A. Rutland, D. Nesdale & C. Spears Brown (Eds.), The Wiley Handbook of Group Processes in Children and Adolescents (pp. 455-471). UK: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
Hotham, S., Hamilton-West, K. E., Hutton, E., King, A. & Abbott, N. (2017). A study in to the effectiveness of a postural care training programme aimed at improving knowledge, understanding, and confidence in parents and school staff. Child: Care, Health and Development. doi:10.1111/cch.12444
Abbott, N. & Cameron, L. (2014). What makes a young assertive bystander? The effect of intergroup contact, empathy, cultural openness, and in-group bias on assertive bystander intervention intentions. Invited contribution to the Journal of Social Issues, 70, (1), 167-182. doi: 10.1111/josi.12053