The Social Psychology Program

Student Research Interests

James J. Hodge

James Hodge

Broadly, my research explores stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination.

In conjunction with Carol Miller and Sondra Solomon, I am currently examining the various experiences of those living with HIV/AIDS, the social, physical and psychological burdens they face, and the various ways in which they cope with these adversities.

Another line of current work, in conjunction with Carol Miller, examines third party reactions to gender discrimination. Pointedly, we are interested in how women who merely witness an act of discrimination perceive the perpetrator, whether they choose to confront the perpetrator, and what predicts and influences these outcomes.

Another avenue I am pursuing is to understand how people perceive those who are diagnosed with a mental illness. I am particularly interested in exploring the consequences of labeling on first impressions.

Finally, I am interested in pursuing research that involves the "stereotype threat" framework. Using this framework as a theoretical guide, I strive to understand the disparity between men and women in performance and occupational domains related to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Particular emphasis involves examining the various ways in which experiencing stereotype threat can create these disparities, and how changing the situation to minimize stereotype threat can alleviate them."

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Nolan M. Rampy

Nolan Rampy My research interests primarily focus on issues in existential psychology (e.g. problems of death, meaninglessness, isolation, and freedom). I came to the University of Vermont to work with Dr. Elizabeth Pinel and become involved in her research on I-sharing, which addresses existential isolation. My work involves combining I-sharing with other lines of research, such as terror management theory and infrahumanization. In addition, I have a side interest in neuroscience and I recently gave a talk on how the methodology used in terror management research could be applied to research on split-brain patients.

Jennifer Zangl

Jennifer Zangl My research interests primarily center around romantic relationships. I am particularly interested in how an individual's sensitivity to social rejection can influence their relationships with romantic partners. In conjunction with Carol Miller, I am currently examining how stigma influences the romantic relationships of people living with HIV/AIDS. In addition, I am also interested in how individuals utilize the internet to fulfill romantic relationship needs.