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Jennifer Ratcliff

Dr. Jennifer Ratcliff

Associate Professor 
(585) 395-2685
Office:  Holmes Hall 137


  • Ph.D., Experimental Social Psychology, Ohio University - 2007
    Concentration: Quantitative methods
  • M.S., Experimental Social Psychology, Ohio University - 2004
  • M.S., Community Counseling, University of Dayton - 2001
  • B.S., Psychology, Slippery Rock University - 1996

Research Interests

  • Stigma
  • Post traumatic growth and bullying
  • Stereotyping, prejudice, discrimination
  • Social Perception
  • The impact of pride displays on behavior toward marginalized groups
  • The role of race in juror decision making

Research Descriptions

  • Dr. Ratcliff's primary research program focuses on understanding the processes by which individuals develop and maintain both positive and negative attitudes toward marginalized outgroups. To this end, her research explores two antecedents for outgroup liking and prejudice: (a) cultural displays exhibited by the group in question, (e.g., pride displays), and (b) socio-cultural norms (e.g., expectations regarding how men and women should behave in a given society). Her work in this area additionally elucidates the distinct implications of outgroup liking and prejudice for behavior toward marginalized groups. This work has been applied to understanding how to bring about positive relations between marginalized groups and majority groups in America (e.g., gay men and heterosexual individuals; Caucasian Americans and African Americans), as well as in Israel (e.g., Arab Israelis and Jewish Israelis).
  • In her second line of research, Dr. Ratcliff explores the influence of perceptual factors on social judgment. More precisely, she examines the impact of perceptual constraints such as the relative salience of one actor over another during an ongoing interaction on the way people interpret and ultimately evaluate videotaped criminal confessions.


  • Social Psychology
  • Research Methods
  • Prejudice and Discrimination
  • Advanced Social Psychology
  • Principles of Psychology
  • Advanced Personality and Social Psychology
  • Understanding Intergroup Relations in New Zealand


  • Kathy Mangione Award for Diversity Engagement, The College at Brockport
  • 2012-2013 - Faculty Award for Student Scholarly Engagement, The College at Brockport
  • 2010-2011 - Nominated for the Academic Advisement Award, School of Mathematics and Science, The College at Brockport
  • 2009-2010 - Academic Advisement Award, School of Mathematics and Science, The College at Brockport
  • 2005-2007 - Research Fellowship, NSF (SES-0453302), Ohio University
  • 2003-2005 - University Doctoral Fellowship, Ohio University
  • 2001-2003 - Moates Fellowship, Ohio University

Last Updated 6/3/19

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