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Jes Matsick

Jes Matsick

Assistant Professor of Psychology and Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

416 Moore Building
Office Phone: (814) 863-0126


Dr. Matsick received her Ph.D. in Psychology and Women’s Studies from University of Michigan. As faculty at The Pennsylvania State University, she holds a joint appointment in the Department of Psychology and the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her work connects social psychological theories and concepts to feminist issues. 


The common theme of her research program centers on the well-being of sexual and gender minorities in various contexts (e.g., intergroup and intragroup relations, higher education, health). Dr. Matsick’s research has been supported by the American Institute of Bisexuality, the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. Her two areas of research involve (1) sexual prejudice and (2) attitudes toward dominant groups, and within each line of research, her approach often focuses on the perspectives and experiences of minority groups (e.g., women, LGBTQ people, people of color, and people in nontraditional relationships). To learn more about Dr. Matsick's research and projects, please visit her lab's website:


Selected Articles and Chapters

Matsick, J. L., & Conley, T. D. (2016). Cultural stereotypes and personal beliefs: Perceptions of heterosexual men, women, and people. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, 3(1), 113-128.

Matsick, J. L., & Conley, T. D. (2016). The positive, negative, and ambivalent: Attitudes toward whites as held by ethnic minorities in the U.S. In A. Pratt (Ed.), Ethnic minorities: Perceptions, cultural barriers, and health inequalities. New York, NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.

Matsick, J. L., & Conley, T. D. (2015). Maybe “I do,” maybe I don’t: Respectability politics in the same-sex marriage ruling. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, 15(1), 409-413. [commentary]

Conley, T. D., Rabinowitz, J. L., & Matsick, J. L. (2015). U.S. ethnic minorities’ attitudes toward whites: The role of shared reality theory in intergroup relations. European Journal of Social Psychology, 46(1), 13-25.

Conley, T. D., Ziegler, A., Moors, A. C., Matsick, J. L., & Valentine, B. A. (2013). A critical examination of popular assumptions about the benefits and outcomes of monogamous relationships. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 17(2), 124-141.

Conley, T. D., Moors, A. C., Matsick, J. L., Ziegler, A., & Valentine, B. A. (2011). Women, men, and the bedroom: Methodological and conceptual insights that narrow, reframe, and eliminate gender differences in sexuality. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 20(5), 296-300.

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