Personality and Social Norms Research Lab

Janice Habarth, Ph.D., Principle Investigator

The Personality & Social Norms (PSN) Lab examines topics involving socially normative attitudes and beliefs.  Our projects are inspired by feminist and intersectionality theories as well as scholarship on intergroup contact, personality, and prejudice.  Most of our projects focus on how personality and social demographic variables relate to attitudes about gender and sexual orientation.  As a lab team, we also share interests in stigma, marginalization, and minority stress.  Commonly examined constructs in lab include healthcare provider cultural competencies, tolerance of ambiguity, heteronormativity, sexual and gender minority stress, and a range of outcomes such as couple functioning, mental health, and life satisfaction.   

PSN lab members commonly develop and propose their dissertation project by the end of their third doctoral training year and often contribute to new data collection, data analysis projects, conference proposals, and/or preparation of empirical manuscripts for publication beginning in their second doctoral training year.  Current and potential new projects:

  1. Trans and gender nonbinary competencies among healthcare providers    
  2. Feminist attitudes, identities, and psychological well-being
  3. Mindfulness and personality-based prejudice reduction studies
  4. Intersecting identities as they relate to experiences of marginalization, minority stress, and socially normative attitudes

Desirable characteristics for new lab members include strong commitments to cultural humility and the examination of prejudice as well as demonstrated interest in:

  • Contributing to literature reviews, new study development, and IRB proposal development - e.g., support of advanced students' dissertation projects
  • Collaborating as co-authors on publications and posters
  • Developing statistical skills and confidence
  • Engaging in meaningful reflection and ongoing professional growth

We are an active, collaborative research lab.  We generally meet weekly throughout the academic year to discuss research projects as well as broader topics related to professional development.  Current PAU Ph.D. students wishing to apply to work with PSN and Dr. Habarth should submit a cover letter, CV listing 3 references, and an unofficial transcript to 

For additional information, please contact:

Faculty P.I.:   

PSN Lab Coordinator:   

PSN Assistant Lab Coordinator:

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