Dr James Stiller

Senior Lecturer

James Stiller


Dr James Stiller is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Chichester, and previously held a lecturer post at Nottingham Trent University between 2006 and 2021. James has taught, developed and lead on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate psychology modules and courses (from Cognitive Psychology to Developmental Psychology to Applied Research in Psychology). James has a PhD in Psychology from the University of Gloucestershire, a MSc in Evolutionary Psychology from the University of Liverpool and a BSC (Hons) in Zoology from Royal Holloway University of London.

James is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


James has a diverse range of research interests, including social network analysis and the evolution of social groups, the connection between engaging with nature and wellbeing, visual perception, reading and maths comprehension in children, bullying behaviour in schools, theory of mind within literature, social networks in Shakespeare’s plays, and bumblebee communication and conservation.


Journal articles:

  • Macaulay, P. J., Betts, L. R., Stiller, J., & Kellezi, B. (2020). “It’s so fluid, it’s developing all the time”: pre-service teachers’ perceptions and understanding of cyberbullying in the school environment. Educational Studies, 46(5), 590-606.
  • Gardner, S.E., Betts, L.R., Stiller, J. & Coates, J., (2017). The role of emotion regulation for coping with school-based peer-victimisation in late childhood. Personality and Individual Differences. 107: 108-113
  • Halder, M., Binder, J., Stiller, J., & Gregson, M. (2016). An overview of the challenges faced during cross‐cultural research. Enquire,(8), 1-18.
  • Mutale, G.J., Dunn, A.K., Stiller, J. & Larkin, R.F. (2016). Development of a Body Dissatisfaction Scale assessment tool. The New School Psychology Bulletin, 13 (2): 47-57
  • Underwood, J. D., & Stiller, J. (2014). Does Knowing lead to doing in the case of learning platforms?. Teachers and Teaching, 20(2), 229-246
  • Coyne, E., Farrington-Flint, L., Underwood, J.D.M. & Stiller, J. (2011). Children’s sensitivity to rime unit frequency and their early word-reading strategies. Journal of Research in Reading. 35(4): 393 – 410
  • Stiller, J. & Dunbar, R. I. M. (2007) Perspective-Taking and Memory Capacity Predict Social Network Size. Social Networks 29: 93 – 104
  • Stiller, J. Nettle, D. & Dunbar, R. I. M. (2003) The small world of Shakespeare’s plays. Human Nature 14: 397 – 408
  • Books chapters:
  • Stiller, J., & Banyard, P. (2018) The Evolution of Human Behaviour.  In P. Banyard, G. Dillon, C, Norman, & B. Winder (Eds.). Essential Psychology 3rd Edition. London: Sage.
  • Stiller, J., Betts, L., Larkin, R. & Williams, G. (2018) Development During the School Years. In P. Banyard, G. Dillon, C, Norman, & B. Winder (Eds.). Essential Psychology. London: Sage
  • Betts, L., Stiller, J., Larking, R. & Williams, G. (2018) Development In the Early Years. In P. Banyard, G. Dillon, C, Norman, & B. Winder (Eds.). Essential Psychology. London: Sage
  • Banyard, P., Underwood, J., Kerlin, L. & Stiller, J. (2011) Virtual Learning Environments: Personalising Learning or Managing Learners? in M. Thomas. Digital Education: Opportunities for Social Collaboration. London: Palgrave Macmillan

PhD Supervision

Areas of potential supervision: I am happy to supervise on a range of topics including Environmental Psychology, Nature and Wellbeing, Evolutionary Psychology, Social networks and Applied Developmental or Social psychology topic areas.

Current students:

  • Shem Williams (based at NTU):  The cloak of prejudice, from Gender Dysphoria to Gender Incongruence: A social/ cultural psychology perspective.
  • Previous students:
  • Dr Peter Macaulay: Perceptions of in school bullying/ peer victimisation.
  • Dr Sarah Gardner: Coping with School-based peer victimisation: The role of peers.
  • Dr Moon Moon Halder: An Intercultural Evaluation of Individualism and Collectivism on Communication Behaviour and Social Identity on Online Social Media.
  • Dr  Gabriella Mutale: Examining Perceived Pathogen Threat and Body Weight Preferences using Experimental Priming.
  • Dr Emily Coyne: Capturing reading strategies in young children.
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Other department members

Juan Du
Associate Lecturer

Juan is a researcher clinician, accredited integrative psychotherapist, and mindfulness teacher. She is currently at the final stage of completing her doctorate in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy with Metanoia Institute  and Middlesex University.

Victor Meirinhos
PhD Student

Victor’s research interests include safety behaviour and driving error, and he is currently finishing a PhD that explores the impact of organizational factors in occupational drivers as predictors of traffic accidents.

Toby Richards
Part-time PhD Student

My PhD is in the Social Psychology of Exercise, focusing on what participants experience as a result of engagement and participation in, in-home online exercise activities.

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