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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


***Please note: Dr. Matsick will be accepting graduate students in fall 2016***

Research Interests

Dr. Matsick is a feminist psychologist with a primary focus in sexuality and gender.  She draws on social psychological and feminist theories to highlight the standpoint of underrepresented groups (e.g., LGBQT individuals, women, and ethnic minorities) in research. In her primary areas of work, she examines (a) how people with less power (minority groups) perceive and respond to those with more power (dominant groups) and (b) how people with stigmatized sexual and gender identities experience relationships and health. In her work, she positions members of minority groups as active agents, rather than passive recipients, of stigma. In particular, she investigates individual difference factors and contexts that promote the various ways in which members of marginalized groups resist social constraints and/or cope with stigma. She is also interested in issues related to diversity and inclusion in academia.

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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