About The Academics
Laura K Taylor (PhD) is an Assistant Professor in the School of Psychology at University College Dublin (UCD), and Reader at Queen’s University, Belfast. She earned a dual Ph.D. in Psychology and Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame. Laura’s research with children, families and communities facing adversity focuses on constructive outcomes, such as prosocial behaviours, helping across group lines, civic engagement and peace building. She leads the Helping Kids! lab, which is conducting research with collaborators in Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland and Israel. As part of Helping Kids!, the team has researched the role of empathy and how it influences children’s out group helping, such as toward newcomers as well as former conflict rivals. Before academia, Laura worked in peacebuilding and mental health for six years in the Caribbean, Colombia, Guatemala and Nepal.
“Empathy is listening to your heart and acting on that feeling for others.”