Janet B. Ruscher, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair



3049 Percival Stern Hall
Department of Psychology
Tulane University
New Orleans, LA 70118
Phone: (504) 862-3309
Fax: (504) 862-8744
Email: ruscher@tulane.edu




EDUCATION

University of Massachusetts at Amherst: Doctor of Philosophy, Personality and Social Psychology, 1991

University of Massachusetts at Amherst: Master of Science, Personality and Social Psychology, 1989

Nazareth College of Rochester: magna cum laude, English Literature; Psychology, 1985




TABLE OF CONTENTS

Research Summary

Professional Experience

Publications

Presentations

Awards and Grants

Courses

Students



RESEARCH SUMMARY

Dr. Ruscher's research focuses primarily on stereotyping and prejudice in communication, and her book Prejudiced communication: A social psychological perspective provides an in-depth analysis of this topic. At Tulane, she and her students have examined a.) the conditions that exacerbate and attenuate the formation of shared stereotypic impressions during conversation, b.) the impact that exposure to communicated stereotypic impressions or assertions have on receivers, and c.) how communicated stereotypic impressions can serve as implicit "justifications" for discriminatory behavior. Her more general interest in social cognition occasionally leads her to collaborate with colleagues who are interested in mental representations of romantic partners, biased information processing, attribution, and the relation between stereotyping and aggression. Her current interest lies specifically with the transmission of discriminatory performance feedback in intergroup settings.




PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Professor
Department of Psychology, Tulane University, 2003 - present
Associate Professor
Department of Psychology, Tulane University, 1997-2003
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology, Tulane University, 1991-1997
Instructor
Department of Continuing Education, University of Massachusetts at Amherst 1989-1990
Research Assistant
NIMH Grant 41801 to Susan T. Fiske Interdependence and Stereotyping 1989-1990 and 1987-1988
Trainee
NIMH Training Grant MH 18827 Cognitive and Emotional Responses to Adversity 1988-1989

Administrative Appointments

Chair, Department of Psychology (July 2003 - present)
Associate Chair, Department of Psychology (July 1998-June 2003)
Director of Graduate Training, Department of Psychology (July 1997-June 2003)
Chair, Uptown Institutional Review Board (July 2001-June 2003)

Recent Service (selected)

Convention Program Chair, American Psychology Society (June 2003 Atlanta; June 2004 Chicago)
Editorial Boards, Social Cognition(2001-present), Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin(2000-present)
Promotion and Tenure Committee, Tulane Liberal Arts and Sciences (July 2002-June 2004)
Executive Committee, Tulane Liberal Arts and Sciences (Sept 1999 - June 2002)



GRANTS AND AWARDS

Honors and Awards

Fellow, American Psychological Society

Alpha Lambda Delta Award for Meritorious Service as Faculty Advisor (1997)

Junior Faculty Sabbatical Leave (1994)

Lilly Endowment Teaching Fellowship (1993)

American Psychological Society Student Caucus Award (1991)

Society for Personality and Social Psychology Student Publication Award (1991)

University of Massachusetts Graduate Merit Fellowship (1990)

American Psychological Association Dissertation Research Award (1990)

Undergraduate Psychology Award, Nazareth College of Rochester (1985)

Extramural Grants

PI. Louisiana Education Quality Support Fund 2003-2007 ($60,000,direct)
Recruitment of superior graduate students in psychology
CO-PI. Louisiana Education Quality Support Fund 1999-2003 ($60,000,direct)
Recruitment of superior graduate students in the social sciences
Co-PIs Beth Rubin, Ronald Marks, and Thomas Langston

CO-PI. Louisiana Education Quality Support Fund 1998-2002 ($60,000,direct)
Recruitment of superior graduate students in the social sciences
Co-PIs Joel Devine, Barbara Moely, and Ronald Marks

PI. Louisiana Education Quality Support Fund FY 1992-1995 ($83,382 direct)
Impression change processes following revelation of previously-unknown category membership.




COURSES
Graduate Course Descriptions and Syllabi
Undergraduate Course Descriptions and Syllabi



STUDENTS
Former Honors Students

Former Graduate Students

Current Students




Department of Psychology Tulane University 2007 Percival Stern Hall New Orleans LA 70118
Phone: (504)865-5331 Fax: (504)862-8744 psych@tulane.edu