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Contact Info

Office Phone: (585) 395-2685
E-mail: jratclif@brockport.edu
137 Holmes Hall

Education

  • 2007-2008 - JFK School of Government
    Harvard University
    Postdoctoral Training
  • 2001-2007 - Ohio University Ph.D., Experimental Social Psychology, August 2007
    Concentration: Quantitative methods
  • 1998-2001 - M.S., Experimental Social Psychology, 2004
    University of Dayton
    M.S., Community Counseling, 2001

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.

Publications

  • Ratcliff, J.J., Lieberman, L., Miller, A.K., & Pace, B.* (2017). Bullying as a source of posttraumatic growth in individuals with visual impairments. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 29, 265-278. doi: 10.1007/s10882-016-9523-z

  • Hutchings, R.*, Morgan, E.*, & Ratcliff, J.J. (2016). Beyond politics: The relationship between opposition to marriage equality, behavioral intentions, and reactions to LGBT hate crimes. Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research, 20(4), 197-207.Krolikowski, A*, Rinella, M.*, & Ratcliff, J.J. (2015). The influence of subtle and blatant prejudice on group identity. Journal of Homosexuality.  DOI: 10.1080/00918369.2015.1083776

  • Elek, J.K., Ware, L.J., & Ratcliff, J.J. (2012). When the camera lies: Judicial instructions mitigate the camera perspective bias. Legal and Criminological Psychology, 17, 123-135.
  • Ratcliff, J.J., Lassiter, G.D., Jager, V.M. *, Lindberg, M.J., Elek, J. & Hasinski,A. E.* (2010). The hidden consequences of racial salience in videotaped interrogations and confessions. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law.
  • Lassiter, G.D., Ware, L.J., Ratcliff, J.J., Irvin, C.R. (2009). Evidence of the camera perspective bias in authentic videotaped interrogations: Implications for emerging reform in the criminal justice system. Legal and Criminological Psychology, 14, 157-170.
  • Ratcliff, J.J., & Lassiter, G.D. (2007). On the induction and consequences of variation in behavior perception. Current Psychology: Developmental, Learning, Personality, Social. 26, 16-36.
  • Markman, K.D., Elizaga, R.A., Ratcliff, J.J., & McMullen, M.N. (2007). The interplay between counterfactual reasoning and feedback dynamics in producing inferences about the self. Thinking and Reasoning, 13, 188-206.
  • Lassiter, G.D., Ratcliff, J.J., Ware, L.J., & Irvin, C.R. (2006). Videotaped confessions: Panacea or Pandora’s Box? Law and Policy, 28, 192-210.
  • Ratcliff, J.J., Lassiter, G.D., Markman, K.D., & Snyder, C.J. (2006). Gender differences in attitudes toward gay men and lesbians: The role of motivation to respond without prejudice. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 33, 1325-1338.
  • Ratcliff, J.J., Lassiter, G.D., Schmidt, H.C., & Snyder, C.J. (2006). Camera perspective bias in videotaped confessions: Experimental evidence of its perceptual basis. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 12, 197-206.
  • BOOK CHAPTERS & OTHER PUBLICATIONS
    • Gentile, D.* & Ratcliff, J.J. (2010, September 1). Research at pride picnic examines role of ethnicity in perceptions of sexual fluidity. Empty Closet, p. 3. Retrieved from http://www.gayalliance.org/emptycloset/page/3/
    • Ratcliff, J.J., & Hoock, A.* (2010, September 1). Research examines effectiveness of Rochester pride parade. Empty Closet, p. 3. Retrieved from http://www.gayalliance.org/emptycloset/page/3/
    • Lassiter, G. D., Lindberg, M. J., Ratcliff, J. J., & Ware, L. J. (2010) Top-down influences on event perception. In E. Balcetis & G. D. Lassiter (Eds.), Top-down influences on visual perception. New York: Psychology Press.
    • Lassiter, G. D., Ware, L. J., & Lindberg, M. J., & Ratcliff, J. J. (2010). Videotaping police interrogations: Dos and don’ts. In G. D. Lassiter & C A. Meissner (Eds.), Interrogations and confessions: Current research, practice, and policy. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
    • Pittinsky, T. L., Ratcliff, J. J., & Maruskin, L. A. (2008). Coexistence in Israel: A National Study. Center for Public Leadership, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
    • Rosenthal, S. A., Pittinsky, T. L., Moore, S., Ratcliff, J. J., Maruskin, L. A., & Gravelin, C. R.* (2008). National Leadership Index 2008: A National Study of Confidence in Leadership. Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
    • Lassiter, G.D., Ratcliff, J.J., Lindberg, M.J. (2007). Sunk cost. In R. Baumeister & K. Vohs (Eds.), Encyclopedia of social psychology. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
    • Lassiter, G.D., Ware, L.J., & Ratcliff, J.J. (2007). Videotaping confessions. In B. L. Cutler (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Psychology and Law. (Vol.2, pp. 844-847). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications Inc.
    • Markman, K.D., Ratcliff, J.J., Mizoguchi, N., McMullen, M.N., & Elizaga, R.A. (2007). Assimilation and contrast in counterfactual thinking and other mental simulation-based comparisons. In D.A. Stapel & J. Suls (Eds.), Assimilation and contrast in social psychology (pp. 314-347). Psychology Press.
    • Lassiter, G.D., & Ratcliff, J.J. (2004). Exposing coercive influences in the criminal justice system: An agenda for legal psychology in the 21st century. In G.D. Lassiter (Ed.), Interrogations, Confessions, and Entrapment. New York: Kluwer Academic/ Plenum Press.

Awards & Grants

  • Awards
    • 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
  • Grants
    • Ratcliff, J.J. (under review). Bullying, posttraumatic growth, and mental health outcomes in vulnerable populations. National Institute of Health, LRP.
    • Goldsmith, E.* & Ratcliff, J.J. (2015). Visual attention as a mediator between suspect race and perceptions of guilt in videotaped confessions. Psi Chi Undergradate Research Award for Summer Research ($5,000.00).
    • Goldsmith, E.* (2015). Visual attention as a mediator in the relationship between Perceived minority status and perceptions of guilt in videotaped confessions. The Brockport Foundation Summer Research Program ($1200.00 + housing). Faculty sponsor: Jennifer J. Ratcliff
    • Ratcliff, J.J. (2015). Video-recorded Interrogations: Beyond Camera Perspective. Subaward with Ohio University, National Science Foundation ($4,860).
    • Tombari, J.* & Ratcliff, J.J. (2015). Bullying and posttraumatic growth in LGBT individuals. Psi Chi Undergraduate Research Award for Summer Research ($5,000.00).
    • Tombari, J.* (2015). Bullying as a source of posttraumatic growth. The Brockport Foundation Summer Research Program ($2400.00 + housing). Faculty sponsor: Jennifer J. Ratcliff
    • Ratcliff, J.J. (under revision). Bullying experiences as a source of posttraumatic growth in LGBT individuals. National Institute of Health, NICHD($424,937).
    • Bonafede, E.* (2013). The “coming out” experience as a potential source of posttraumatic growth across the lifespan. The Distinguished Professor Award ($450.00). Faculty supervisor: Jennifer J. Ratcliff
    • Pace, B.* (2012). Individual Differences in Beliefs about Sexual Fluidity: Correlates and Consequences. The Brockport Foundation Summer Research Program ($1600.00 + housing). Faculty sponsor: Jennifer J. Ratcliff
    • Ratcliff, J.J. (2012). Pretenure Grants Development Award. The role of empowerment in reactions to ostracism and bullying experiences: Post traumatic stress versus post traumatic growth responses. The College at Brockport, SUNY ($2000.00).
    • Ratcliff, J.J. (2009). Scholarly Incentive Award. The College at Brockport, SUNY ($211.00).
    • Rinella, M.* & Ratcliff, J.J. (2012). Pride in context: The impact of protesters on observers reactions to LGBT pride parades. Psi Chi Undergraduate Research Award for Summer Research ($5,000.00).
    • Rinella, M.* (2012). The perception of pride in context. The Brockport Foundation Summer Research Program ($1600.00 + housing). Faculty sponsor: Jennifer J. Ratcliff
    • Krowlikowski, A.* & Ratcliff, J.J. (2010). The black sheep effect: When do majority members distance from group members who express prejudice? Psi Chi Undergraduate Research Award for Summer Research ($5,000.00).
    • Krowlikowski, A.* (2010). The role of perceived pride in reactions of majority group members to pride displays. The Brockport Foundation Summer Research Program ($1600.00 + housing). Faculty sponsor:Jennifer J. Ratcliff
    • Gentile, D.* (2009). The roles of gender, sexual orientation, and attractiveness in perceived sexual fluidity.” The Brockport Foundation Summer Research Program ($1600.00 + housing). Faculty sponsor: Jennifer J. Ratcliff
    • Gravelin, C.* & Ratcliff, J.J. (2009). “The impact of power on the perception of minorities.” Psi Chi Undergraduate Research Award for Summer Research ($5,000.00).
    • Ratcliff, J.J. (2009). UUP Individual Development Grant to present research at the annual meeting of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, The College at Brockport, SUNY ($211.00).
    • Ratcliff, J.J. (2005). “Visually salient minorities and the camera perspective bias.” Competitive Research Award for Graduate Students, Psychology Department, Ohio University ($300.00).
    • Ratcliff, J.J. (2004). “The consensus attitude primacy effect.” Competitive Research Award for Graduate Students, Psychology Department, Ohio University ($1,000.00).
    • Ratcliff, J.J. (2003). “The consequences of prejudice-related discrepancies for behavior perception.” Competitive Research Award for Graduate Students, Psychology Department, Ohio University ($182.00).

Master's and Honor's Theses

  • Bonafede, E.* (June 2015). The “coming out” experience as a source of posttraumatic growth across the lifespan.
  • Hutchings, R.* (May 2015). The role of motivation to respond without prejudice in differential visual attention and pupillary responses in the Own-Race-Bias.

Courses

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

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Last Updated 10/12/17

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