Laura Taylor


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I am a Lecturer in the School of Psychology at Queen’s University, Belfast. I earned a dual Ph.D. in Psychology and Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame. My research applies a risk and resilience framework, within a developmental psychopathology approach, to examine the impact of political violence on children, families, and communities in Colombia, Croatia and Northern Ireland. I am also expanding this international research to work with immigrant and refugee youth in the United States. In addition, I have research and operational knowledge in conflict transformation, mental health, and transitional justice with six years of field experience in rights-based empowerment in the Caribbean, Latin America, and Nepal.

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I teach on our Masters in Political Psychology, quantitative methods at the post-graduate level, and on social, political and developmental issues at the undergraduate level.

I have received the following awards, recognitions and certificates for my teaching:

  • 2016 Post-graduate Certificate in Higher Education and Teaching (PGCHET), Queen's University, Belfast
  • 2016 Most Inspiring/Motivating Teacher – finalist, Students’ Union, Queen’s University, Belfast
  • 2013 Striving for Excellence in Teaching Certificate from the Kaneb Center, University of Notre Dame
  • 2012 Advanced Teaching Scholar Certificate from the Kaneb Center, University of Notre Dame
  • 2011 Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Assistant, Kaneb Center, University of Notre

In the past, I have taught:

Queen’s University, Belfast

  • Political Behavior (Spring 2015)*
  • Quantitative Methods (Spring 2015, 2016)*
  • Childhood Adversity (Spring 2015, Autumn 2015)
  • Youth and Political Violence: Risk and Resilience Processes (Autumn 2015)

University of North Carolina at Greensboro 

  • International Human Rights Advocacy (Summer 2014)*
  • Research Methods Proseminar (Spring 2014)*
  • Research on Immigrant and Refugee Youth (Spring 2014)
  • Conflict Transformation: Reconciliation and Healing (Fall 2013)* 
  • Restorative Justice: Theory and Practice (Fall 2013)*
  • Conflict and Culture (Fall 2013)

University of Notre Dame

  • Latino Community Organizing against Violence (Fall 2012)
  • Youth and Political Violence (Spring 2012)
  • Quantitative Research Methods II (Teaching Assistant, Spring 2011)*
  • Quantitative Research Methods I (Teaching Assistant, Fall 2010)*

Haverford College

  • Peacebuilding (Teaching Assistant, Spring 2008)
  • Reconciliation (Teaching Assistant, Spring 2004)

* Graduate course


I was born and raised in Kwajalein, Marshall Islands, a small island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. We moved to the suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts, where I completed high school. I graduated from Haverford College, a small liberal arts school outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with a major in psychology and minors in Spanish and Latin American Studies. I worked in human rights and peacebuilding in Guatemala and Nepal, and obtained my Masters in Peace and Justices Studies from the University of San Diego, California. I earned a dual PhD in Psychology and Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, and then worked at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro before coming to Queen's University, Belfast, in 2015.

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Projects 2017 2019

Research Output 2011 2019

Open Access
ethnic group
ethnic relations
Open Access
Northern Ireland
Self Report

Evaluating supplemental samples in longitudinal research: Replacement and refreshment approaches

Taylor, L. K., Tong, X. & Maxwell, S. E., 02 Jul 2019, In : Multivariate Behavioral Research. 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

analysis procedure
longitudinal study
data analysis
1 Citation (Scopus)
Child Behavior


Advanced Teaching Scholar Certificate

Laura Taylor (Recipient), 2012

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Best Dissertation Award

Laura Taylor (Recipient), 2014

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honors and awards

Developmental Psychology Outstanding Research Award

Laura Taylor (Recipient), 2013

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Research Personnel
Developmental Psychology

DNA of Innovation V

Laura Taylor (Recipient), 2015

Prize: Other distinction


Early Career Award

Laura Taylor (Recipient), 2016

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Activities 2011 2018

LINKS Research Network Meeting (Brussels, June 2018)

Paul Connolly (Participant), Sarah Miller (Participant), Laura Dunne (Participant), Nicole Craig (Participant), Aoibheann Brennan-Wilson (Participant), Laura Taylor (Participant)
Jun 2018

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

LINKS Research Network Meeting (Yale, Nov 2018)

Paul Connolly (Participant), Sarah Miller (Participant), Laura Dunne (Participant), Nicole Craig (Participant), Laura Taylor (Participant)
Nov 2018

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

Jens Fuenderich

Laura Taylor (Host)
07 Jan 201707 Apr 2017

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting an academic visitor

Documentary Film and Discussion

Laura Taylor (Invited speaker), Marina Stambuk (Invited speaker)
08 May 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar

Daniel Bar Tal

Laura Taylor (Host)
26 Jun 201728 Jun 2017

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting an academic visitor


Beyond Procedural Justice: Responding to intergroup-level authority decisions

Author: Urbanska, K., Aug 2017

Supervisor: Pehrson, S. (Supervisor), Turner, R. (Supervisor) & Taylor, L. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy