Jocelyn Dautel


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Jocelyn Dautel is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology. Before arriving at Queen's, Jocelyn completed her undergraduate degree at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania in Psychology with minors in sociology and education (2005). During this time, she was first a participant, and then later a teaching assistant, for Bucknell in Northern Ireland, a service learning and study abroad program on the 'Psychology and Sociology of the Troubles' in collaboration with the University of Ulster, Magee.  Jocelyn then went on to complete both her Master's (2007) and PhD degrees (2013) in developmental psychology at the University of Chicago. During her PhD work, Jocelyn was awarded an international dissertation fellowship and spent the 2011-2012 academic year as a visiting research fellow at the Institute for Culture and Cognition at Queen's University, Belfast.

Research Interests

Jocelyn Dautel's research investigates the development of social cognition with a particular emphasis on how children and adults categorize others into social groups, and how these categories then guide further inferences and behavior. One line of current research explores children's reasoning about language and accent as particularly meaningful social categories that influence multiple aspects of person perception and social evaluation. A second line of current research explores children's reasoning about ethno-religious and national categories and intergroup relations in contexts of historic group division, including Northern Ireland, Croatia, Israel, Kosovo, and the Republic of Macedonia. Jocelyn is a co-founder of the Helping Kids! Lab at Queen's University, Belfast and the Principal Investigator of the Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland sites of the Developing Belief Network. Further research interests include morality and blame in intergroup contexts, the development of social essentialism, and the development of epistemic vigilence and truth-seeking.


Jocelyn Dautel teaches developmental, social, and cognitive psychology and psychology research methods and statistics at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She is an Advisor of Studies, personal tutor, and dissertation student supervisor.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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