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Jes Matsick Ph.D.

Jes Matsick, Ph.D.

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

Pronouns: she/her/hers

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


Dr. Matsick is accepting graduate students in the fall 2018 application cycle. 

Dr. Jes 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. 

Dr. Matsick's research program is at the intersection of gender, sexuality, and prejudice. Much of her work centers on the well-being of sexual and gender minorities in various contexts (e.g., intergroup relations, higher education, health, psychological measurement). Her theoretical and methodological approaches to research often prioritize the perspectives and experiences of stigmatized groups (e.g., women, LGBTQ people, people of color, and people in nontraditional relationships). In one area of her work, Dr. Matsick studies sexual prejudice, including intragroup dynamics within LGBTQ communities, bisexual prejudice, stereotypes and attitudes toward sexual minorities, and how LGBTQ people respond to cues of heterosexism (or, in contrast, allyship). In her second area of research, Dr. Matsick examines people's attitudes toward dominant groups. She aims to better understand how low status groups feel and think about the groups above them in social status. 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.

To learn more about Dr. Matsick's research and projects, please visit the Underrepresented Perspectives (UP) Laboratory website:

Selected Articles and Chapters

Matsick, J. L., & Rubin, J. D. (2018). Bisexual prejudice among lesbian and gay people: Examining the roles of gender and perceived sexual orientation. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, 5(2), 143-155.

Salomaa, A. C., & Matsick, J. L. (2018). Carving sexuality at its joints: Defining sexual orientation in research and clinical practice. Psychological Assessment. [Advance online publication, DOI: 10.1037/pas0000656].

Wardecker, B. M., Matsick, J. L., Graham-Engeland, J. E., & Almeida, D. M. (2018). Bisexuals’ life satisfaction across adulthood: Findings from the Midlife in the United States (MIDUS) Study. Archives of Sexual Behavior. [Advance online publication, DOI: 10.1007/s10508-018-1151-5].

Conley, T. D., Matsick, J. L., Moors, A. C., & Ziegler, A. (2017). Investigation of consensually non-monogamous relationships: Theories, methods, and new directions. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 12(2), 205-232.

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., 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.

Research Interests:

Filed under: spec-social
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