Job Title and Responsibilities
Lecturer in Psychology
Level 6 Tutor
Ethics Committee Member
I joined Staffordshire University as a Lecturer in Psychology in September 2015. As alumni, I received my BSc (Hons) in Forensic Science and Psychology from Staffordshire University in 2010. I then moved to the University of Kent to complete an MSc in Social and Applied Psychology, graduating in 2011, before staying at the University of Kent to begin my PhD in Social Psychology. 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 the University of Kent and a Sessional Academic at Canterbury Christ Church University. I also worked as a Research Assistant on several projects. After submitting my PhD in late-2014 (and completing my viva in 2015), I then moved to Lancaster University to work as a Research Associate, with Prof Paul Taylor.
Throughout my acadamic career to date, I have been an active member of the British Psychological Society. I am a current committee member of the BPS Social Psychology Section, where I am the Honorary Secretary. I am also a member of the BPS Research Board, where I represent the views of early career researchers.
Postgraduate Certificate in Higher and Professional Education, Staffordshire University
PhD in Social Psychology, University of Kent (Thesis title: The social psychological consequences of conspiracy theories)
MSc in Social and Applied Psychology, University of Kent
BSc in Forensic Science and Psychology, Staffordshire University
Professional Memberships and Activities
Chartered Psychologist, British Psychological Society
Honorary Secretary, Social Psychology Section, British Psychological Society
Postdoctoral Representative, Research Board, British Psychological Society
- Psychology of conspiracy theories
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 effectivesness 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.
Jolley, D., Douglas, K.M., & Sutton, R. M. (in press). Blaming a few bad apples saves the barrel: The system justifying function of conspiracy theories. Political Psychology.
Jolley, D. & Douglas., K. M. (in press) Prevention is better than cure: Addressing anti-vaccine conspiracy theories. Journal of Applied Social Psychology.
Davies, E.M., Jolley, D., & Coiffait, F. (2016). Reflection and connection: Psychologists’ views and experiences about blogging. E-Learning and Digital Media, 13 (5), 196-211. doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/2042753016689634
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
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
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
Jolley, D., Coiffait, F., & Davies, E.M. (2016). Psychologists and ‘blogademia’: Purpose, positives and pitfalls. The Psychologist, 29 (4), 284-287.
Jolley, D. (2013). Are conspiracy theories just harmless fun. The Psychologist, 26(1), 60-62.
Jolley, D. (2013). The detrimental nature of conspiracy theories. PsyPAG Quarterly, 88, 35-39.
Conference talks (hand-picked recent):
Jolley, D. & Mahmood, L. (2017, July). Mindfulness and belief in conspiracy theories. Oral presentation at EASP, Granada.
Jolley, D. Seger, C., Meleady. R. (2016, September). "I'm not racist, but they did it": Conspiracy theories as a subtle form of bias. BPS West Midlands Branch Annual Conference, Birmingham, UK.
Jolley, D. Seger, C., Meleady. R. (2016, September). "I'm not racist, but they did it": Conspiracy theories as a subtle form of bias. BPS Social Psychology Section Annual Conference, Cardiff, UK
Jolley, D. & Douglas, K.M. (2016, April). Prevention is better than cure: Testing interventions to address anti-vaccine conspiracy theories. Poster presentation at BPS Annual Conference, held in Nottingham.
Invited talks (hand-picked recent):
Jolley, D. (2017, May). Psychology of conspiracy theories? Invited presentation at Brighton Skeptic’s in the Café, Brighton (open to the public).
Jolley, D. (2017, Feb). Are conspiracy theories harmless? Oral presentation at BPS West Midland’s Branch Psychology in the Pub, Stoke-on-Trent, UK (open to the public).
Jolley, D. (2016, Dec). Are conspiracy theories harmless? Oral presentation at BPS North West Branch Psychology in the Pub, Manchester, UK (open to the public).
Jolley, D. (2016, March). The social psychological consequences of conspiracy theories. Oral presentation at Goldsmith’s APRU Invited Speaker Series, London, UK (open to the public)
Jolley, D. (2016, Feb). The social psychological consequences of conspiracy theories. Oral presentation at University of Derby’s Psychology Research Seminar, Derby, UK.
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 undergraduate modules:
The Psychology of Social Perception (Module Leader, lectures)
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)
I do some minor teaching on the MSc in Applied Research. I can also supervise MSc and PhD students.
ContactDr Daniel Jolley
Department of Psychology
School of Life Sciences and Education
t: +44 (0)1782 294896