Coursework

Faculty members in this department are committed to including topics related to diversity and inclusion, social justice, and equity in our courses.

Dr. Greenstein’s Cognitive Psychology course.

Students complete a “Cognition in the Courtroom” module that examines how biases (ex: race bias, age bias, confirmation bias, shooter bias) can all unduly influence legal outcomes.

Dr. Prehar’s Industrial-Organizational Psychology course.

Students learn about non-discrimination in the workplace and complete a “Work Around the World” project, in which they must examine cross-cultural differences in work environments and expectations.

Dr. Campbell-Obaid’s History and Systems course.

Students choose a historical figure from an underrepresented group, discuss their life and work, and explain how their research and theories can be used to better understand a current social issue.

Dr. Flanagan’s Seminar on Adolescent Coming of Age.

Students read The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian and Warriors Don’t Cry and analyze the racial identities of the main characters.

Dr. Steinhofer’s Introduction to Political and Social Philosophy course.

Students complete an assignment and engage in a class discussion on the characteristics of a racist joke.

More in-depth coursework:

Students looking for more in-depth coursework in this area may want to consider enrolling in: 

PSYC 354: Psychology of Prejudice, which provides an overview of prejudice from a social psychology perspective. Students examine how and why prejudices form, why biases continue to exist, the consequences of prejudice, and methods for reducing discrimination. 

Some of our Sociocultural Domain courses (PSYC 224: Social Psychology, PSYC 259: Cultural Psychology, PSYC 286: Psychology of Women).

Psychology Faculty

Diversity Committee

Our Department’s Diversity Committee has the mission to empower, educate, celebrate, and mentor students from underrepresented groups.

 

Specifically, the Diversity Committee seeks to:

  • Engage students to learn more about career paths with diversity, inclusion, and equity at the forefront.

  • Maintain an inclusive learning community to support students of all identities and backgrounds in collaboratively promoting social justice.

  • Gather student feedback on University climate

  • Give students a voice to express concerns related to equality/equity.

  • Create and advocate for initiatives, policies, and curriculum to better serve our diverse community.

  • Promote more inclusive teaching practices by creating a repository of teaching materials for Department faculty. 

Students interested in learning more about the Diversity Committee should contact the Committee’s faculty chairs:

Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship

Beliefs about human nature as good versus evil influence intergroup attitudes and values. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology.

A commentary on same-sex and different-sex parent households & child health outcomes. The Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 39(2), 180.

Widening the circle: Creating and sustaining a faculty institute for inclusive excellence. Presentation conducted at the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) 28th Annual International Conference. Memphis, TN.

Incorporating diversity and inclusion in a history of psychology course. Symposium conducted at the American Psychological Association Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA.

Prejudice against transgender individuals in healthcare facilities. Poster presented at the Massachusetts Statewide Undergraduate Research Conference, Amherst, MA.

Negative bias toward bisexuality. Poster presented at the Massachusetts Statewide Undergraduate Research Conference, Amherst, MA.

Contemporary issues surrounding education for Native Americans: Native American students’ experiences through the Massachusetts education system. Poster presented at the Massachusetts Statewide Undergraduate Research Conference, Amherst, MA.

Ageism in technology and employment. Poster presented at the Massachusetts Statewide Undergraduate Research Conference, Amherst, MA.

Perceptions and prejudices of body modifications. Poster presented at the Massachusetts Statewide Undergraduate Research Conference, Amherst, MA.

Gender bias in conflict resolution abilities within a clinical context. Poster presented at the Massachusetts Statewide Undergraduate Research Conference, Amherst, MA.

The exploration of racial bias in education. Poster presented at the Massachusetts Statewide Undergraduate Research Conference, Amherst, MA.