Ian Rivers

International scientific advisory board

Ian received his BA in Education and History from the College of Ripon and York St John in 1991 before studying for an MA in Psychology at the University of Liverpool in 1992. He completed his PhD in 1999 which he received from the University of Surrey. Ian is currently Professor of Human Development at Brunel University London and has previous held chairs in Applied and Community Psychology. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the British Psychological Society.

Ian is Professor of Human Development within the Department of Education at Brunel University London and a visting professor in School of Psychological Sciences and Health at the University of Strathclyde and Education at Anglia Ruskin University. He is a patron of two charities in the UK, National LGBTHistory Month and FFLAG and a trustee of Schools-OUT UK and Ditch the Label. Ian is a former trustee and Council member of the British Psychological Society and currently serves of the Fellows Committee of the American Psychological Association.


For over 20 years, Ian has devoted his research career to the study of bullying behaviour and, specifically, homophobic bullying. His most recent research has focused on the impact of bullying among bystanders – their mental health and suicide ideation.


Ian teaches Child Development to students on the BA in Contemporary Education at Brunel University London. He also regularly contributes to the MA in Education and supervises EdD and PhD students in the field of inclusion.


  • Rivers I. & Duncan N. (2013) (Eds.) Bullying: Experiences and discourses of sexuality and gender, London: Routledge (Taylor & Francis), ISBN-13: 978-0-41550-502-4;
  • Rivers I. (2011) Homophobic bullying: Research and theoretical perspectives, New York: Oxford University Publishers, ISBN-13:  978-0-1951-6053-6;
  • Rivers I. & Noret N. (2013) “Potential suicide ideation among bystanders of bullying behavior”, Journal of Adolescent Health, Vol. 53, Issue 1, S32-S36; DOI: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2012.10.279;
  • Robinson J.P., Espelage D.L. & Rivers I. (2013) “Developmental trends in peer victimization and emotional distress in LGB and heterosexual youth”, Pediatrics, Vol. 131, Issue 3, 423-430, DOI: 10.1542/peds.2012-2595;
  • Rivers I., Poteat V.P., Noret N. & Ashurst N. (2009) “Observing bullying at school: The mental health implications of witness status”, School Psychology Quarterly, Vol. 24, Issue 4, 211-223, DOI: 10.1037/a0018164.