Dr. Sarah Gervais

Dr. Gervais has a dual PhD in Psychology and Women’s Studies from The Pennsylvania State University. She is an Associate Professor in the Social and Cognitive Psychology and the Law-Psychology programs. Broadly speaking, her research focuses on prejudice and violence. Examining phenomenon like objectification, sexual harassment, and relationship aggression, Dr. Gervais has found that discriminatory and aggressive acts are often more subtle and nuanced than previously thought, but they still have negative social and legal consequences for recipients. Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues and has been published in outlets such as the Journal of Personality and Social PsychologyPsychology of Women Quarterly, Psychological Science, Psychology of Violence, and the Journal of Social Issues. Dr. Gervais has been the recipient of the Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Prize (APA Div. 9) and the Georgia Babladelis Best Paper Award (APA Div. 35). She has also won the Distinguished Teaching Award and the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is a former Associate Editor at Psychology of Women Quarterly (2014-2015) and is a current Associate Editor at the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology and British Journal of Social Psychology

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Representative Publications

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

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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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