Current Research

In Lab

Sexual Harassment Project

In a series of studies, we have examined the influence of gender, legal standard, emotion, mortality salience and many other factors upon perceptions of hostile work environment sexual harassment. Prior research has shown specific advantages of one type of legal standard over another in offsetting observer biases in evaluating allegations of sexual harassment. Current investigations are examining the role of sexual orientation, ethnicity, and race on worker judgments of what constitutes sexual harassment. This series of studies has been and continues to be funded by the National Science Foundation.


A series of studies examine the mechanisms that link stigma to discrimination against those with mental illness. The current study investigates both explicit and implicit attitudes towards a target presented as having a mental illness. Previous research shows that the general public often infers mental illness from social cues (Corrigan, 2004) that are often misattributed. The misattribution or actual presence of a mental illness may result in discriminatory behaviors (Corrigan, 2004).  Additionally, emotions characterized by certainty appraisals promote heuristic processing, which should lead people to rely more on stigma and avoid others with mental illness, while emotions characterized by uncertainty appraisals promote systematic processing, which should lead people to rely less on stigma and choose not to avoid others with mental illness (Tiedens & Linton, 2001).  The results of this study contribute to strategies that improve interventions for people who interact with mentally ill populations.  

Applied work

Program Evaluation

Adult Probation


Our work evaluates programs provided by the Nebraska Office eof Probation administration. Examining programs with evidence based practice (e.g. relapse prevention) as well as those that do not (e.g. pretreatment). The lab has examined the use of the LS/CMI and NAPS.