I work primarily in stereotyping and intergroup relations. My work includes the role of race in decisions to shoot armed and unarmed targets, and in particular how expertise can facilitate cognitive control over such decisions. A second line concerns implicit role associations between women and childrearing, and men and work. We argue well-learned implicit cultural associations increase the likelihood that professionally trained women will leave their positions when tensions between work and family responsiblities become too great, and decrease the likelihood that men will make these tradeoffs. A third area concerns ideologies towards interethnic interactions and the conditions under which these can facilitate versus harm interethnic relations. A fourth line of research extends race ideologies to gender ideologies examining the role these play in the underrepresentation of women in STEM fields.
Stereotyping and intergroup relations, person perception, Retention of women in professional careers, interethnic ideologies, gender stereotypes, STEM participation
PSYC 4011 - Senior Thesis
Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020
Critically reviews some aspect of psychological literature, scholarly analysis of a major psychological issue, and/or empirical research project. See the psychology honors director for further information.
PSYC 4376 - Research Methods in Social Psychology
Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
Introduces the study of social psychological processes, emphasizing the social cognition perspective (e.g., stereotyping, person perception, theory of planned behavior) and the methods utilized in studying these processes. Students will complete research projects as part of the course.
PSYC 5606 - Proseminar: Social-Personality Psychology
Provides a thorough introduction to methods and theories in social psychology concerned with topics such as the self, social cognition, judgment and decision making, attitude formation and change, small group processes, inter-group relations, health and social psychology, and others. May be repeated up to 12 total credit hours. Instructor consent required.
PSYC 7536 - Personality and Social Psychology
Selected topics in the area of social-personality psychology. Students may register for more than one section of this course within the term and/or within their graduate career. These seminars may be on one of the following topics: stereotyping and prejudice, social neuroscience, person perception, social psychology and the self, health and social psychology, race and ethnic identity, or social cognition. May be repeated up to 8 total credit hours.