University of Vermont

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Psychological Science

Carol Miller

Social Psychology

Carol Miller

Carol Miller

  • B.A. Purdue University, 1974
  • M.S. Purdue University, 1977
  • Ph.D. Purdue University, 1979
C.V. (PDF)
Phone: (802) 656-4158
Room: 360

Office Hours: By appointment only

Website: Person Environment Zone Projects

I am interested in how people who are stigmatized (devalued) by society cope with the prejudice and discrimination they face. I also study factors that promote or inhibit claims of prejudice by stigmatized people and the expression of prejudice by nonstigmatized people. Examples of current research includes studies of:

  • how people with HIV/AIDS cope with the stigma of this illness.
  • the relationship of community attitudes toward people with HIV/AIDS and perceptions of stigma by people with HIV/AIDS who live in those communities.
  • what explains the negative reactions that people have to a stigmatized person (an African American) who says he or she was discriminated against even when the complaint is very justified.
  • what influences whether women actively confront sexist behavior in their social interactions.


The Person Environment Zone Projects (PEZ) attempt to better understand how people cope with the stigma of HIV/AIDS.

Accepting Graduate Students Fall 2015
Professor Miller is potentially accepting graduate students who enter the program in the Fall of 2015.

Representative Publications

  • Major, B. N., Hunger, J. M., Bunyan, D. P., & Miller, C. T. (2014). The ironic effects of weight stigma. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 51, 74-80. Published online December 2013
  • Miller, C. T., Bunn, J. Y., Grover, K. W., & Solomon, S. E. (2014). Perceptions of behavioral norms related to HIV transmission by people with HIV and by residents of their communities. Social Influence, 9, 1-19. (published on-line first) DOI:10.1080/15534510.2012.712548
  • Grover, K. W., & Miller, C. T. (2012). Does expressed acceptance reflect genuine attitudes?: A bogus pipeline study of the effects of mortality salience on acceptance of a person with AIDS. The Journal of Social Psychology, 152, 1-5.
  • Varni, S.E, Miller, C.T., McCuin, T., Solomon, S.E. (2012). Disengagement and engagement coping with HIV AIDS stigma and psychological wellbeing of people with HIV/AIDS. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 31, 123-150.
  • Miller, C. T., Grover, K. W., Bunn, J. Y., & Solomon, S. E. (2011). Community norms about suppression of AIDS-related prejudice and perceptions of stigma by people with HIV or AIDS. Psychological Science, 22(5), 579-583.
  • Roy, R. E., Weibust, K. S., & Miller, C. T. (2009). If she’s a feminist it must not be discrimination: The power of the feminist label on observers’ attributions about a sexist event. Sex Roles, 60 (5-6), 422-431. 10.1007/s11199-008-9556-6
  • Miller, C. T. (2006). Social psychological perspectives on coping with stressors related to stigma. In Levin, S., & van Laar, C. (Eds.). Stigma and group inequality: Social psychological perspectives, pp.21-44. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum
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