Tanya Schrader

P/T Lecturer (Hrly) - Psychology

School of Health, Science and Wellbeing

I am a part-time lecturer and PhD researcher, with a background in social psychology. My research area includes attitudes, prejudice, stereotypes with a focus on conspiracy theory beliefs and how they impact society.

I started as a foundation student at Staffordshire University in 2014 and graduated with a BSc (Hons) Forensic Psychology in 2018. I went straight on to a PhD program undertaking a project entitled The Dark Side of Conspiracy Theories. My thesis investigates the role of intergroup conspiracy theory beliefs in harmful conduct towards people perceived as conspirators, across two interlinked contexts: support for violence and the criminal justice system.

Professional memberships and activities

Member of British Psychological Society 

Academic qualifications

BSc (Hons) Forensic Psychology 


  • Conspiracy Theory Beliefs
  • Intergroup Behaviour
  • Social Dominance Orientation

Research interests

  • Conspiracy Theory Beliefs
  • Gender and Ethnic Stereotypes
  • Social Dominance Orientation
  • Feminist Psychology
  • Jury Decision-making



  • Social Psychology
  • Cyberpsychology
  • Research Methods


Jolley, Douglas, K. M., Leite, A. C., & Schrader, T. (2019). Belief in conspiracy theories and intentions to engage in everyday crime. British Journal of Social Psychology, 58(3), 534–549. https://doi.org/10.1111/bjso.12311  

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of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021