Dr Orkun Yetkili


I obtained my PhD from University of Kent (UK) where I studied the role of category salience in imagined intergroup contact. I then worked at the Middle East Technical University (Northern Cyprus) as a lecturer in Social and Organisational Psychology. I joined the Department of Psychology at the University of Westminster in 2016 where I am the module leader for the Level 4 ‘Social Psychology’ module.


I am interested in the broad field of group processes and intergroup relations. My research has focused on developing and evaluating interventions to reduce prejudice and discrimination across various social settings including; ethnic groups in Cyprus, and religious groups in the United States.

 

Another line of my work focuses on the social psychology of deviance. My research in this area has examined how people are guided with social norms and in particularly how they react to individuals who violate these norms.

 

Finally, I am interested in the social psychology of attachment. My research has examined how attachment insecurity can interfere with the experience, expression, and benefits of positive emotions, across individualistic and collectivist cultural domains.

 

I would welcome applications from potential doctoral students in these areas.


In brief

Research areas

I am a senior lecturer in Social Psychology at the University of Westminster. I am interested in the broad field of group processes and intergroup relations. My research has focused on developing and evaluating interventions to reduce prejudice and discrimination across various social settings including; ethnic groups in Cyprus, religious groups in the United States and political parties in the United Kingdom. Another line of my work focuses on the social psychology of deviance. My research in this area has examined how people are guided with social norms and in particularly how they react to individuals who violate these norms. Finally, I am interested in the social psychology of attachment. My research has examined how attachment insecurity can interfere with the experience, expression, and benefits of positive emotions, across individualistic and collectivist cultural domains. I would welcome applications from potential doctoral students in these areas.

Supervision interests

I am interested in supervising research projects on: Prejudice and stereotyping, intergroup contact, the reduction of intergroup conflict, self and identity, leadership, social norms and deviance.