New CAS Faculty
Associate Professor of Psychology
Dr. Elizabeth Pinel, Associate Professor of Psychology, received her B.A. in Psychology from Hamilton College and her Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Pinel comes to us from the Pennsylvania State University, where she served on the psychology department faculty since receiving her Ph.D. in 1998.
Dr. Pinel's research concerns the interface between individual experience and the socially constructed nature of reality. This focus emerges in her three main lines of inquiry: stigmatization, self and relationships, and coping. Her work on stigmatization concentrates largely on what role self-consciousness with regard to one's stigmatized status plays in rendering targets of stigma vulnerable to the widely held (and often quite negative) beliefs about members of their group. Her work on self and relationships concentrates on the magnetism that results from encounters that validate one's subjective experience. Her work on coping asks how implicit and explicit messages that one's plight "could have been worse" interrupt the coping process, even when they are offered in the spirit of helping.
Dr. Pinel has published her work in several of her field's top journals, including the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. She received a competitive grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to pursue her work on the self and relationships. She will be teaching the survey course in social psychology at the University of Vermont and will broaden the scope of her research by concentrating on its implications for the greater Burlington community.
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