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Dr Julie Van de Vyver

Assistant Professor

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Assistant Professor in the Department of PsychologyRH007 
Fellow in the Durham Energy Institute  
Fellow of Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing  



Research interests summary

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.

Short biography

  • 2018-present: Assistant Professor in quantitative social psychology, Durham University
  • 2016-2018: Lecturer in psychology, University of Lincoln
  • 2012-2016: ESRC-funded PhD in moral emotions and prosocial behaviour, University Kent, supervised by Professor Dominic Abrams
  • 2011-2012: MSc in Social and Applied Psychology, University of Kent
  • 2007-2010: BSc Psychology, University of Kent

Research interests

  • Prosocial behaviour
  • Pro-environmental behaviour
  • Prejudice
  • Good relations
  • Social identity and intergroup and intragroup dynamics
  • Arts engagement
  • Moral emotion
  • Behaviour change
  • Intergroup contact

Esteem Indicators

  • 2020: Early Career Award, Social Psychology Section, British Psychological Society:


Chapter in book

  • Van de Vyver, J & Abrams, D (2017). Promoting third-party prosocial behaviour: The potential of moral emotions. In Intergroup helping. Van Leeuwen, E & Zagefka, H Springer.
  • Abrams, D., Powell, C., Palmer, S.B. & Van de Vyver, J. (2017). Toward a contextualized social developmental account of children?s group dynamics: The developmental model of subjective group dynamics. In The Wiley Handbook of Group Processes in Children and Adolescents. Rutland, A., Nesdale, D. & Spears Brown, C. John Wiley & Sons Ltd. 124-143.
  • Van de Vyver, J., Travaglino, G., Vasiljevic, M. & Abrams, D. (2015). The group and cultural context of restorative justice: A social psychological perspective. In The psychology of restorative justice. Gavrielides, T. Ashgate Publishing.

Journal Article

Newspaper/Magazine Article

  • Van de Vyver, J & Crisp, R (2019). Crossing Divides: The friends who are good for your brain. BBC


  • Van de Vyver, J. & Leite, A.C. (2019). Story-telling and Prejudice: A practical indirect intervention for reducing prejudice against Asylum Seekers and Refugees among adults in the UK.
  • Van de Vyver, J. & Abrams, D. (2017). Community connectedness through the arts. British Academy.
  • Broadwood, J, Bunting, C, Andrews, T, Abrams, D & Van de Vyver, J (2012). Arts and kindness. People United Publishing.

Supervision students