Jenny Paterson

Short description

Ph.D., social psychologist, senior lecturer in Psychology at Northumbria University, United Kingdom

Places of work

Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Northumbria University, UK.

Member of the Sussex Hate Crime Project, International Network for Hate Studies (INHS), the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI).

Received her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Leeds, UK.

Summary of research

Intergroup relations, prejudice reduction, intergroup contact, hate crime, intergroup victimisation, intergroup emotions theory, hypodescent, identification with all humanity

Research interests

My principle research interests lie in intergroup relations and prejudice reduction.

In my research, I draw on social psychological theories to examine the impacts of hate crime on victimised communities. Using this research, I work with governmental agencies in the UK (e.g., Crown Prosecution Service) to help shape and inform hate crime policies.

In addition, I examine how different forms of intergroup contact (e.g., friendships and romantic relationships) can reduce prejudice by examining potential mediators (anxiety and norms) and moderators (ingroup identity and hypodescent) in an effort to increase understanding of how prejudice can be reduced and for whom.

In the Identification with All Humanity Lab I have been testing the associations between reactions to hate crimes, IWAH and other psychological characteristics.