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Peter Macaulay

  • Job title: Lecturer
  • Department: School of Life Sciences and Education


I am a social developmental psychologist interested in the social development across childhood to adulthood. I previously completed my BSc in Psychology at the University of Chester (2012 – 2015), followed by an MSc in Family and Child Psychology at the University of Chester (2015 – 2016). In 2016 I was awarded a PhD scholarship at Nottingham Trent University (2016 – 2019) where my PhD explores the perceptions and responses of teachers and young people when responding to cyberbullying. I am now in the final stages of writing my PhD, due to be submitted early 2020. I joined the Department of Psychology here at Staffordshire University as a Lecturer in Social Psychology and Individual Differences in September 2019.


Journal articles:

MACAULAY, P.J.R., Betts, L.R., Stiller, J., Kellezi, B., (Under review). ‘The more public it is, the more severe it is’: Teachers’ perspectives on the roles of publicity and severity in cyberbullying. Research Papers in Education

MACAULAY, P. J.R., Boulton, M.J., Betts, L.R., Boulton, L., Camerone, E., Huges, J., Kirkbride, C., Kirkham, R (Under review). Subjective versus objective knowledge of online safety/dangers as predictors of children's perceived online safety and attitudes towards e-safety education. Journal of Children and Media

MACAULAY, P.J.R., Betts, L.R., Stiller, J., Kellezi, B., (2019). “It’s so fluid, it’s developing all the time”: Pre-service teachers’ perceptions and understanding of cyberbullying in the school environment. Educational Studies. 1-17

MACAULAY, P. J.R., Boulton, M. J., & Betts, L. R. (2019). Comparing early adolescents’ positive bystander responses to cyberbullying and traditional bullying: the impact of severity and gender. Journal of Technology in Behavioral Science, 4(3), 253-261.

MACAULAY, P.J.R., Betts, L. R., Stiller, J., & Kellezi, B. (2018). Perceptions and responses towards cyberbullying: a systematic review of teachers in the education system. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 43, 1-12.

Boulton, M. J., Boulton, L., Camerone, E., Hughes, J., Kirkbride, C., MACAULAY, P.J.R., & Sanders, J. (2016). Enhancing primary school children's knowledge of online safety and risks with the CATZ Cooperative Cross-Age Teaching Intervention: results from a pilot study. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 19(10), 609-614. IF: 2.689

Book Chapters:

Oonagh, S.L., MACAULAY, P.J.R., Betts, L.R., (In Press). Understanding Child and Adolescent Cyberbullying. In Wright, M., Schiamberg. L., eds., Child and Adolescent Exposure to Online Risks

MACAULAY, P.J.R., Oonagh, S.L., Betts, L.R., (In Press). Factors leading to cyber victimisation. In Benson, V., McAlaney, J., eds., Emerging Cyber Threats and Cognitive Vulnerabilities. 1st ed. Elsevier.

Buglass, S., Harkin, L., MACAULAY, P.J.R., Vinter, L.P, Daly, R., (2019). How psychology became a science. In: Banyard, P., Dillon, G., Norman, C., Winder, B., eds., Essential psychology. 3rd ed.