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Juliet Wakefield

Juliet Wakefield

Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Staff Group(s)


Dr Juliet Wakefield is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology in the Department of Psychology at NTU.

Career overview

Juliet completed her PhD in Social Psychology at the University of Dundee in 2011. Her PhD research concerned the act of help-seeking, and investigated whether group members may use help-seeking as a tool to manage and enhance their group's image in the eyes of others.

Juliet then spent four years as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Dundee, working on Professor Fabio Sani's ESRC-funded Health In Groups project. This project investigated the relationships between membership of social groups (family, community, sports groups, etc.) and health.

Juliet joined NTU in August 2015.

Research areas

In general terms, Juliet's research interests lie within the domains of Social Identity Theory and Self Categorization Theory, and the implications of group membership for people's everyday lives. This includes intergroup / intragroup helping and help-seeking, the impact of groups on health and well-being, gender identity, national identity, and online identities.

External activity

Juliet is active on Twitter, and has written for The Conversation.

Juliet is a regular reviewer of manuscripts for a wide range of Social Psychology journals, including:

  • The European Journal of Social Psychology
  • The British Journal of Social Psychology
  • Journal of Experimental Social Psychology
  • Group Processes and Intergroup Relations
  • Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
  • Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology.

Sponsors and collaborators

Collaborators include:

  • Professor Fabio Sani (University of Dundee)
  • Dr. Nick Hopkins (University of Dundee)
  • Dr. Fhionna Moore (University of Dundee)
  • Dr. Ronni Michelle Greenwood (University of Limerick).

Sponsors include:

  • Economic and Social Research Council
  • The Scottish Crucible (Royal Society of Edinburgh)
  • University of Dundee.

Press expertise

Topics include:

  • social identity processes
  • relevance of group memberships to everyday life
  • intergroup and intragroup helping and help-seeking
  • impact of groups on health and wellbeing, gender identity and national identity.