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Carolyn Weisz

Carolyn Weisz

I have taught at the University of Puget Sound, a 4-year liberal arts university, for 20 years. My current research interests include social perception, racism, and homelessness. Most recently, I have conducted research on homelessness in collaboration with other scholars and with the Pierce County Department of Community Connections. These studies focus on links between stigma, psychological distress, and physical health; racial disparities in homelessness; trauma; smoking; emotional labor among service providers; and organizational diversity climate. I serve on the leadership team of the University’s Race and Pedagogy Initiative, which stages a national conference on the University of Puget Sound Campus every four years and other events to achieve equity in education in the South Puget Sound region.

I received my BA at Stanford University in 1987 and my MA and PhD from Princeton University in 1989 and 1992, respectively. Before joining the faculty at the University of Puget Sound, I also completed a National Institute of Drug Abuse Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco, and served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of California, Davis, and the California School of Professional Psychology.

Primary Interests:

  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Causal Attribution
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Person Perception
  • Prejudice and Stereotyping
  • Self and Identity

Journal Articles:

  • Weisz, C. (1996). Social identities and response to treatment for alcohol and cocaine abuse. Addictive Behaviors, 21, 445-458.
  • Weisz, C., & Jones, E. E. (1993). Expectancy disconfirmation and dispositional inference: Latent strength of target-based and category-based expectancies. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 19, 563-573.
  • Weisz, C., & Wood, L. F. (2005). Social identity support and friendship outcomes: A longitudinal study predicting who will be friends and best friends 4 years later. Journal of Personal and Social Relationships, 22, 416-432.
  • Weisz, C., & Wood, L. F. (2000). Social identities and friendships: A longitudinal study of support for social identities. Journal of Social Behavior and Personality, 15, 441-448.

Other Publications:

  • Oleson, K. C., & Weisz, C. (2010). Being teacher-scholars in a liberal arts setting. Dialogue: Newsletter of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, 25, 18-19.

Courses Taught:

  • Experimental Methodology and Applied Statistics II
  • Perceiving Self and Others
  • Senior Seminar in Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • The Experience of Prejudice

Carolyn Weisz
Department of Psychology
University of Puget Sound
1500 North Warner, CMB #1046
Tacoma, Washington 98407
United States

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  • Home: (253) 759-1079

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