Psychology Department

Leslie Zorwick, Ph.D.

Zorwick, Leslie

Leslie Zorwick, Ph.D.

Margaret Berry Hutton Odyssey Professor of Psychology

Chair, Department of Psychology

She/Her/Hers zorwick@hendrix.edu Donald W. Reynolds Center 106 501-450-1493 501-450-4547

Academic Background

  • B.A. , Emory University, 2000
  • M.A., Ohio State University, 2003
  • Ph.D. , Ohio State University, 2007

Courses I teach


  • PSYC 230  Social Psychology 
    PSYC 255  Stereotyping and Prejudice 
    PSYC 290  Statistics 
    PSYC 352  Social Cognition 
    PSYC 367  Psychology and Law 
    PSYC 480  Advanced Research: Stereotyping and Identity 
    PSYC 110  Introduction to Psychology
    PSYC 190  Social Psychology in Film - taught during Maymester

    Research Interests

    Broadly, my research examines three different types of research questions.  First, how are people are influenced by the presence and absence of group stereotypes?  Second, how does a person's sense of identification with social groups affect their perception? Third, what are effective remedies for stereotyping and prejudice?

    More specifically, I have research interests in the following topics:
    • Perspective taking in teacher-student relationships
    • Perspective taking as a remedy for stereotyping and prejudice
    • Gender stereotypes and gender identity
    • Southern stereotypes
    • Intergroup contact and prejudice reduction
    • Perceptions of women in the legal system
    • Social justice and perceptions of fairness
    • Stereotypes of athletes and identification with being a sports fan
    • How behavior changes to become more like what we see or think about
    • Trust and support for legal authorities
    • Morality and how moral issues affect behavior

    I currently co-lead the Social Psychology Research Interest Group (SPRING) with Dr. Kennedy.  For interested students, we have weekly meetings where we read and discuss articles, design research, develop experimental materials, program experiments, analyze data, and where students can have hands-on experience working with research participants.  Any interested students are welcome to email me about this potential opportunity.

    Upcoming Presentations (* denotes Hendrix undergraduate collaborator)

    *Battle, J., *Hill, H., & Zorwick, M. L. W. (2015). "Are You Allowed to Say That?" Evaluations of Professors Teaching Race-Related Courses.  Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Wichita, Kansas.

    *McClellan, C., *Jordan, A., Zorwick, M. L. W., & *Erickson, P. (2015). Role of Moral Convictions on Ingroup and Outgroup Judgments.  Talk presented at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Wichita, Kansas.

    *Showalter, C., Zorwick, M. L. W., *Arnold, K., & *Westerfield, K. (2015). Group Dynamics: How Status Influences the Perception of In-Group Transgressors.  Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Wichita, Kansas.

    Zorwick, M. L. W. (2015). Perceived Perspective Taking in Teacher-Student Relationships.  Talk presented at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Wichita, Kansas.


    Recent Publications and Presentations  (* denotes Hendrix undergraduate collaborator)

    *Allee, H., & Zorwick, M. L. W. (2012). Priming the golden rule in secular and religious contexts.  Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

    *Gatlin, D., & Zorwick, M. L. W. (2012). The mitigative effects of individuation on stereotype threat in women. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

    *Graves, C. M., & Zorwick, M. L. W. (2012). The effect of group stereotypes and exemplars on aggressive behavior. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

    *Nelson, M., & Zorwick, M. L. W. (2012). The effect of gender priming on gender stereotype activation.  Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

    *Sizemore, A., & Zorwick, M. L. W. (2012). The "SlutWalk" movement, gender identity, and perception of women. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

    *Smith, J., & Zorwick, M. L. W. (2012). The effects of perspective taking and counterfactual thinking on policy decisions. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

    *Smith, M., & Zorwick, M. L. W. (2012). The influence of political affiliation on stereotype threat and self-stereotyping. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

    *Vuper, T., & Zorwick, M. L. W. (2012). The effect of identity fusion on punishment and self protection. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

    *Sanning, B. K., & Zorwick, M. L. W. (2011).  Getting away with prejudice: Attributional ambiguity and in-group sexism.   Poster session presented at the 12th annual meeting of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, San Antonio, Texas.

    Zorwick, M. L. W. (2010). Working relationships in legal settings: The role of status, warmth, and competence. Talk presented at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Dallas, Texas.

    *Anderson, K. M., & Zorwick, M. L. W. (2010). The effect of racial stereotypes on aggression. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Dallas, Texas.

    *Bondurant, L. L., & Zorwick, M. L. W. (2010). Stereotyping in those with ADHD. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Dallas, Texas.

    *Lenard, E. M., & Zorwick, M. L. W. (2010).  Meritocracy priming and the interpretation of ambiguous effort. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Dallas, Texas.

    *Morse, M. C., & Zorwick, M. L. W. (2010).  Public self-awareness and prosocial behavior. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Dallas, Texas.

    *Sanning, B. K., & Zorwick, M. L. W. (2010).  The effects of gender on perceptions of prejudice towards women. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Dallas, Texas.

    *Woody, W. A., & Zorwick, M. L. W. (2010).  Race and system justification. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Dallas, Texas.

    Zorwick, M. L. W., Wade, M. M., & *Heilmayr, D. P (2009).  Urban debate and prejudice reduction: The contact hypothesis in action.  Contemporary Argumentation and Debate, 30, 29-39.

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