Dr. Spencer-Rodgers received her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the Dept. of Psychology and Child Development at California Polytechnic University-San Luis Obispo and an Adjunct Professor at Tsinghua University (Beijing, China). She has been an Assitant Research Professor at the Dept. of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of California, Santa Barbara, an Assistant Professor at the Dept. of Psychology at the University of Victoria (British Columbia, Canada), and a Statistician at the Institute of Personality and Social Research at the University of California, Berkeley.
Dr. Spencer-Rodgers' research interests lie in the areas of culture and the self, social stigma and its mental/physical health consequences, and traumatic stress. In her current research, she is examining variables (e.g., group affirmation, dialectical thinking) that moderate the relationship between perceptions of discrimination and mental and physical health outcomes (e.g., neuroendocrinological and cardiovascular responses). She has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in statistics and research methods, as well as health, cultural, and social psychology.
Dr. Spencer-Rodgers' professional honors include the Early Career Award from the International Academy of Intercultural Research (2011) and the Otto Klineberg Intercultural and International Relations Award from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (2004).
- Culture and Ethnicity
- Emotion, Mood, Affect
- Gender Psychology
- Health Psychology
- Intergroup Relations
- Prejudice and Stereotyping
- Research Methods, Assessment
- Self and Identity
- Social Cognition
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- Spencer-Rodgers, J., Williams, M. J., & Peng, K. (2012). Culturally-based lay beliefs as a tool for understanding intergroup and intercultural relations. International Journal of Intercultural Relations. 36, 169-178.
- Ma-Kellams, C., Spencer-Rodgers, J., & Peng, K. (2011). I am against us? Unpacking cultural differences in ingroup favoritism via naïve dialecticism. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 37, 15-27.
- Williams, M. J., Palluck, E. L., & Spencer-Rodgers, J. (2010). The masculinity of money: Automatic stereotypes predict gender differences in estimated salaries. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 34, 107-120.
- Spencer-Rodgers, J., Williams, M. J., & Peng, K. (2010). Cultural differences in expectations of change and tolerance for contradiction: A decade of empirical research. Personality and Social Psychology Review.
- Spencer-Rodgers, J., Boucher, H. C., Mori, S., Wang, L., & Peng, K. (2009). The dialectical self-concept: Contradiction, change, and holism in East Asian cultures. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 35, 29-44.
- Spencer-Rodgers, J., Peng, K., & Wang, L. (2009). Dialecticism and the co-occurrence of positive and negative emotions across cultures. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology.
- Spencer-Rodgers, J., Boucher, H. C., Peng, K., & Wang, L. (2009). Cultural differences in self- verification: The role of naïve dialecticism. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45, 860-866.
- Eadie, E. M., Runtz, M. G., & Spencer-Rodgers, J. (2008). Posttraumatic stress symptoms as a mediator between sexual assault and physical health status in adult women. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 21, 540-547.
- Spencer-Rodgers, J., Hamilton, D. L., & Sherman, S. J. (2007). The central role of entitativity in stereotypes of social categories and task groups. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 92, 369-388.
- Spencer-Rodgers, J., Williams, M. J., Hamilton, D. L., Peng, K., & Wang, L. (2007). Culture and group perception: Dispositional and stereotypic inferences about novel and national groups. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 93, 525-542.
- Spencer-Rodgers, J., & Collins, N. L. (2006). Risk and resilience: Dual effects of perceptions of group disadvantage among Latinos. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 42, 729-737.
- Spencer-Rodgers, J., Peng, K., Wang, L., & Hou, Y. (2004). Dialectical self-esteem and East-West differences in psychological well-being. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 30, 1416-1432.
- Spencer-Rodgers, J., & McGovern, T. (2002). Attitudes toward the culturally different: The role of intercultural communication barriers, consensual stereotyping, affective responses, and perceived threat. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 26, 608-630.
- Spencer-Rodgers, J., Gilbert, M., & Peng, K. (2013). The Racial/Ethnic Group Disadvantage Scale: A scale for use with multiple groups in diverse geographical contexts. International Journal of Psychological Studies, 5 (2), 39-51.
- Phone: (805) 280-8092
Department of Psychology and Child Development
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
1 Grand Avenue
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407-0387