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

Departmental Postings

PsycStat

Research Summary

Professional Experience

Publications

Presentations

Awards and Grants

Courses

Students

Preliminary Results of Research



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
Assistant Professor (1991-1997); Associate Professor (1997-2003)
Department of Psychology, Tulane University

Administrative Appointments

Chair, Department of Psychology (July 2003-present; sabbatical leave Fall06)
Associate Chair, Department of Psychology (July 1998-June 2003)
Director of Graduate Training, Department of Psychology (July 1997-June 2003)
Chair, Behavioral Sciences Institutional Review Board (July 2001-June 2003)

Recent Service (selected)

Co-Editor, Special Issue on Hurricane Katrina. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy
Convention Program Chair, American Psychology Society (June 2003 Atlanta; June 2004 Chicago)
Editorial Boards, Social Cognition(2001-present), Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin(2000-2003)
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

Distinguished Service Award, Tulane Honors Program (2005)
Fellow, American Psychological Society (2003)
Alpha Lambda Delta Award for Meritorious Service as Faculty Advisor (1997)

Extramural Grants

PI. Louisiana Education Quality Support Fund 2009-2013 ($152,000,direct)
Recruitment of superior graduate students in psychology
PI. Louisiana Education Quality Support Fund 2003-2007 ($60,000,direct; extended to December 2009)
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


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