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Dr Shelley McKeown Jones winner of American Psychology Association Early Career Award

25 July 2018

Many congratulations to Dr Shelley McKeown Jones was one of two winners of the American Psychology Association (APA) Division 48 Ed Cairns Early Career Award.

The award is given by the Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict and Violence: Peace Psychology Division (AKA division 48 of APA) for substantial contributions to peace psychology by an early career researcher. 

Shelley McKeown Jones, who teaches on the BSc Psychology in Education programme and is the Programme Director for MSc Psychology of Education (BPS), said, ‘This award is particularly meaningful for me because it is named after the late Professor Ed Cairns who happened to be my PhD supervisor’.

Shelley’s research focuses on how social psychological theories, such as social identity theory and intergroup contact theory, can be used to understand and improve intergroup relations in diverse settings. Applied to education, Shelley is interested in how these social psychological processes can be used to understand the impact of diversity on educational outcomes as well as the role of education in building peace.

From everyone at the School, well done Shelley!

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