Dr. Sarah Gervais

My name is Dr. Sarah Gervais (she/her/hers) and I am a Professor of Psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. My research focuses on sexual objectification, dehumanization, and violence and lies at the intersections between gender, social psychology, the law, and public health. It is funded by the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation. I also direct the Objectification of Women Lab (OWLab) and train both PhD graduate students and undergraduates in social psychology. I have been the recipient of the Georgia Babladelis Best Paper Award from the Society for the Psychology of Women as well as the Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Prize from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. I teach courses in social psychology, psychology of gender, intergroup relations, social cognition, and applied social psychology. I currently serve as Associate Chair in the Psychology Department and am past Associate Editor of Psychology of Women Quarterly, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, and British Journal of Social Psychology. I regularly present research to scholarly audiences and the public (e.g., my work has been covered in several media outlets such as the New York Times, Glamour, Psychology Today, Lincoln Journal Star). I also provide expert testimony for relevant court cases related to gender discrimination and sexual harassment and assault. On this site, you can learn more about my research and teaching, the OWLab, and the latest news from my lab, department, and field. Take a look around, and learn more about my work and me.

Learn more about the research I do here and on my Google Scholar page here!

Representative Publications

Recommendation Letters


Dr. Gervais teaches courses in social cognition, social psychology, applied social psychology, and psychology of gender.

Learn more about me as a teacher here

Graduate Student Applicants

If you are a potential graduate student and are interested in more information about the social, cognitive, and/or law psychology graduate programs (PhD, PhD/MLS, or PhD/JD) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, please visit the Psychology Department, the Social Psychology and Cognitive Psychology Program, or the Law Psychology Program webpages. Please check out my Publications above. Click here to learn more about my research approach and ongoing research projects.  I will be accepting students into my lab during the upcoming academic year. I strongly encourage you to apply if you have interests in social psychology, law psychology, objectification, aggression, or sexism.

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