Dr Daniel Jolley

Job Title and Responsibilities

  • Lecturer in Psychology

About Me

I joined Staffordshire University as a Lecturer in Psychology in September 2015.  As an alumni, I received my BSc (Hons) in Forensic Science and Psychology from Staffs in 2010.  I then moved to the University of Kent to complete an MSc in Social and Applied Psychology in 2011, before beginning my PhD in Social Psychology at Kent.  My PhD aimed to examine and attempt to address the social psychological consequences of conspiracy theories, which was supervised by Prof Karen Douglas.  During my PhD, I worked as an Associate Lecturer at Kent and a Sessional Academic at Canterbury Christ Church University.  I also worked as a Research Assistant on several projects. After completing my PhD in 2014, I then moved to Lancaster University to work as a Research Associate, with Prof Paul Taylor. 

Alongside my PhD and postdoctoral role, I have been an active member of the British Psychological Society.  I am a current committee member of the Social Psychology Section.  I was the Section’s Postgraduate Officer for two years, before being appointed as their Web Officer.  I am also a member of the BPS Research Board, where I represent the views of early career researchers.

I blog at conspiracy psychology and tweet @DrDanielJolley


  • PhD in Social Psychology, University of Kent (Thesis title: The social psychological consequences of conspiracy theories)

  • MSc in Social and Applied Psychology

  • BSc in Forensic Science and Psychology

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Graduate Member, British Psychological Society (Chartered Psychologist application pending)

  • Committee Member, Social Psychology Section, British Psychological Society

  • Postdoctoral Representative, Research Board, British Psychological Society


  • Psychology of conspiracy theories

Research Interests

My research interest (and expertise) is exploring the psychology of conspiracy theories.  I am particularly interested in using experimental methods to examine the social consequences of exposure to conspiracy theories – such as examining the impact on vaccination intentions after exposure to anti-vaccine conspiracy theories.  My research is also examining the effectives of interventions that aim to address the potential impact of conspiracy theories – such as aiming to improve vaccine uptake after exposure to conspiracy theories.  I am therefore broadly interested in social cognition, persuasion and attitude-change, to name a few key areas.  Ultimately however, I am interested in investigating real-world topical issues that span the diverse and interesting area of social psychology.

Selected Publications


Jolley, D. & Douglas, K.M. (2014). The effects of anti-vaccine conspiracy theories on vaccination intentions. PLoS ONE, 9 (2): e89177. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0089177 [Impact Factor: 3.534, 15+ citations]

Jolley, D. & Douglas, K.M. (2014). The social consequences of conspiracism: Exposure to conspiracy theories decreases intentions to engage in politics and to reduce one’s carbon footprint. British Journal of Psychology, 105, 35-36. doi: 10.1111/bjop.12018  [Impact Factor: 3.389, 22+ citations]

Book chapters:

Douglas, K.M, Sutton, R.M., Jolley, D., & Wood, M. J. (2015). The social, political, environmental, and health-related consequences of conspiracy theories.  In:  M. Bilewicz, A. Cichocka, & W. Soral (Eds.), The psychology of conspiracy. Abingdon, Oxford, UK: Taylor & Francis.

Jolley, D., Griffiths, A. W., Friel, N., Ali, J. B., & Rix, K. (2015). The importance of peer support in getting through a PhD.  In: E. Norris (Ed.), The PsyPAG Guide for Psychology Postgraduates: Surviving postgraduate study. London, UK: PsyPAG

Commentary pieces:

Jolley, D. (2013). Are conspiracy theories just harmless fun. The Psychologist, 26(1), 60-62.  [4 citations]

Jolley, D. (2013). The detrimental nature of conspiracy theories. PsyPAG Quarterly, 88, 35-39.

Conference talks (recent):

Jolley, D. (2015, July). The social psychological consequences of conspiracy theories. Oral presentation at Security Lancaster Summer School, Twente, Netherlands.

Jolley, D. & Douglas, K.M. (2014, September).  Attenuating the potentially harmful effects of anti-vaccine conspiracy theories. Oral presentation at BPS Social Section Annual Conference, held at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Jolley, D. Douglas, K.M, & Sutton, R. (2014, June). Conspiracy theories and system justification beliefs. Oral presentation at European Association of Social Psychology, held at University of Amsterdam.

Jolley, D. & Douglas, K.M. (2013, September). The effects of anti-vaccine conspiracy theories on vaccination intentions. Poster presentation at BPS Division of Health Psychology Annual Conference, held at Brighton Inn, Brighton.

Invited talks:

Jolley, D. (2016, March).  The social psychological consequences of conspiracy theories.  Oral presentation at APRU Invited Speaker Series, held at Goldsmiths University, London.

Invited workshops:

PsyPAG 2015 Annual Conference, Viva Workshop (sponsored by the BPS London and Home County Branch), University of Gasglow, UK (Workshop organiser)

PsyPAG 2013 Annual Conference, Blogging Workshop (sponsored by The Psychologist), University of Lancaster, UK (Workshop presenter)

Current Teaching


  • I am a personal tutor to students in Level 4 and 5, and I supervise undergraduate projects at Level 6. 

I also contribute to the following modules:

  • Understanding the Social World (lectures and seminars)

  • Foundations of Psychology (seminars)

  • Contemporary Issues in Psychology (guest lecture)

  • Perspectives in Psychology (guest lecture and seminars)

  • People Behaving Badly (guest lecture)


Dr Daniel Jolley
School of Psychology, Sport and Exercise (P/G. Partnerships & Distance Learning in Psychology)
Faculty of Health Sciences
Staffordshire University
Science Centre
Leek Road
t: +44 (0)1782 294896
e: daniel.jolley@staffs.ac.uk
twitter: @DrDanielJolley