Dr. Nadler runs an active experimental research lab in the Fall, Spring, and Summer and is always looking for talented and motivated students to work as research assistants (Psyc 491). Dr. Nadler’s research mainly focuses on the psychological impact of stereotypes in biased work place decision making (selection, promotion, performance appraisals, and compensation). Although the majority of Dr. Nadler’s studies focus on gender stereotypes, he has also researched sexual harassment, diversity training, stereotype threat, and sexual orientation.
Fall 2012/Spring 2013 Research Assistants (left to right)- Chelsie, Tiffany, Eric, Monica, Alyssa, Jordan.
Ageism in the Workforce: Ageism targeting aging workers has been the subject of many research studies and discrimination of workers over the age of 40 is illegal. However, little research has examined how stereotypes of other age groups of workers may result in discrimination based on age. This study examines the stereotypes and potential bias that may be present when evaluating younger (18-25) and older (30-37) workers.
Eliminating Bias: Knowledge of a person’s sexual identity can result in bias organizational decision making. This study attempts to examine ways to reduce this bias while simultaneously examining its sources. Participants are asked to watch and rate a video of an applicant for the position of Psychology Department Chair. Two variables are manipulated; first participants are either informed to attend to anything they see in the video to guide their decision making or they are specifically instructed to only attend to job relevant information. Second; the videos differ in one respect, an admission of sexual orientation. Participant’s explicit and implicit sex bias will also be measured. Through this study we are hoping to identify whether implicit or explicit bias drives heterosexism and whether this bias can be reduced through explicit instructions.
Current Research Assistants
Lauren Murphy is a Psychology and Sociology double major, and a Spanish minor. She will be graduating in May of 2013 and plans to continue on to graduate school. She hopes to get a Master's in Marriage and Family Therapy. When not studying, she enjoys watching the Boston Red Sox or the St. Louis Rams.
Rosemary (Rosey) Morr is a Psychology major with a minor in English. She is currently seeking a Bachelor's degree in psychology and plans to attend graduate school with the goal of obtaining her Ph.D in I/O Psychology. She hopes to utilize her knowledge of I/O psychology in a practical setting, specifically focusing on employee selection and performance appraisals. Outside of the classroom, she loves to travel, shop, and do crafty things with yarn and fabric.
Holly Reed is a Psychology major and a Spanish minor. She will be graduating in Spring 2013 and plans to continue on to graduate school. She hopes to receive her Doctorate in Clinical or I/O Psychology. Holly is an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers even though she is from Chicago.
Morgan Witzke is a senior Psychology major and a Sociology minor. She is graduating in May 2013 and is planning on pursuing a Masters of Social Work. She hopes to work in socio-economically challenged areas when she enters the field. Morgan writes, volunteers and spends time with her CRU and InterVarsity friends when she is not in the classroom.
Hannah Gauen is a Psychology major with a minor in music. She has a passion for statistics and data management, and plans to pursue a PhD in Quantitative Psychology. When not engaged in data entry, Hannah spends her time watching The Nanny with her sister and working on her Fran Drescher impression.