University College Dublin, Ireland

Positive Development in Settings of Political Violence and Armed Conflict

Short Bio

Laura K Taylor is assistant professor in the School of Psychology, University College Dublin. She earned a dual PhD in psychology and peace studies from the University of Notre Dame. Her research innovatively investigates the impact of political violence on children and their communities. Challenging the narrative that youth are either victims or perpetrators of political violence, she studies how conflict-affected youth may also make positive contributions to society. Toward this end, Taylor has published the Developmental Peacebuilding Model, which outlines how to understand and promote youth peacebuilding across cultures and levels of the social ecology. She has advanced statistical training (e.g. longitudinal SEM, multilevel modelling, cross-national analysis); 10 years of applied research in conflict settings with children and families (e.g. draw-and-tell, PhotoVoice); 6 years of peacebuilding practice. Taylor is PI of Helping Kids! lab ( and is currently involved in numerous projects funded by H2020, SEUPB, DECIDY, ESRC, IRC, Templeton, and Colciencias, with a focus on LMICs. Among other professional commitments, Taylor serves on the Governing Council of the International Society for Political Psychology (ISPP) and is part of the organising committed for the European Association for Research on Adolescence (EARA) conference in Dublin in 2022.