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Dr James Stiller

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

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.

Key Publications

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.

Research Output


Wilkes, R., Prozesky, H. E., Stannard, C. G., Cilliers, D., Stiller, J. and Whitehouse-Tedd, K. (2023) Recruitment and satisfaction of commercial livestock farmers participating in a livestock guarding dog programme. Journal of Vertebrate Biology, 72 (23029). pp. 1-13. ISSN 2694-7684 10.25225/jvb.23029

Macaulay, P., R., Betts, L. R., Stiller, J. and Kellezi, B. (2022) Bystander responses to cyberbullying: The role of perceived severity, publicity, anonymity, type of cyberbullying, and victim response. Computers in Human Behavior, 131. ISSN 0747-5632 10.1016/j.chb.2022.107238

Other department members

Alex Rawlinson
Psychology Laboratory Technician
Alison Hounsome
Programme Administrator
Benjamin Sharpe
Dr Benjamin T. Sharpe
Lecturer in Cognitive Psychology, Programme Coordinator for the BSc Criminology and Forensic Psychology, and Academic Board Member

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