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Jocelyn Dautel


  • Room 03.534 - David Keir Building

    United Kingdom


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Jocelyn Dautel is a lecturer (education) 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 categories in homogeneous and heterogenous educational contexts in Northern Ireland.  Further research interests include morality and blame in intergroup contexts, the development of social essentialism, and the effects of contexts of conflict on social categorization.


Jocelyn Dautel teaches developmental, social, and cognitive psychology and is a personal tutor for Level 1 and Level 2 students.  Jocelyn also supervises MSc students in the Psychology of Childhood Adversity programme.

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Research Output

Children’s essentialist reasoning about language and race

Kinzler, K. & Dautel, J., 2012, In : Developmental science. 15, 1, p. 131-138 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 58 Citations (Scopus)

    The Cost of Conflict: Children's Reasoning about Ethno-religious Identity in Northern Ireland

    Dautel, J., 2012, In : Perspectives on Europe. 42, 2, p. 74 78 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Applying a Collective Academic Supervision Model to the Undergraduate Dissertation Experience

    Dautel, J., 06 Jan 2020, (Accepted) In : Psychology Teaching Review.

    Research output: Contribution to journalSpecial issue

  • Open Access
  • Prizes

    Council for European Studies Pre-Dissertation Award

    Jocelyn Dautel (Recipient), 2010

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

    International Dissertation Research Fellowship

    Jocelyn Dautel (Recipient), 2011

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

  • John Dewey Lectureship Prize

    Jocelyn Dautel (Recipient), 2012

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

    Nicholson Center for British Studies Graduate Fellowship

    Jocelyn Dautel (Recipient), 2011

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

    School of Psychology Teaching Award

    Jocelyn Dautel (Recipient), 2017

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


    External Examiner Course

    Jocelyn Dautel (Participant)
    21 Jan 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    SRCD-Jacobs Foundation Workshop

    Jocelyn Dautel (Participant)
    05 Sep 201908 Sep 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    University of Notre Dame

    Jocelyn Dautel (Visitor)
    07 Nov 2019

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution

    Irene Razpurker Apfeld

    Jocelyn Dautel (Host)
    04 Apr 2019

    Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting an academic visitor

    Hosted Kutztown University Students and Staff at QUB

    Jocelyn Dautel (Organiser)
    03 Jun 2019

    Activity: Other activity typesHosting a delegation or group

    Press / Media