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Dr. Nesa Wasarhaley

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Associate Professor of Psychology
Hart Hall, Room 342

BA, Hamilton College
MA, Columbia University Teachers College
MS, PhD, University of Kentucky

Dr. Wasarhaley joined the BSU psychology department in 2014. Her specialty area is social psychology with a research focus on psychology and law. Her research investigates the effect of victim stereotypes, crime schemas and juror attitudes on decision-making, principally as these phenomena relate to violence against women and victimization of people from marginalized groups. She has an active research lab at BSU in which she works with student collaborators, and mentors honors thesis and Adrian Tinsley Program summer grant students. Dr. Wasarhaley teaches various courses including Social Psychology, Orientation to the Psychology Major, Introductory Psychology (including an honors section) and applied courses on social justice issues including a course on the Psychology of Injustice and an Honors Colloquium on Psychological Perspectives on Social Inequality. She previously taught a First-Year Seminar/Colloquium in the BSU Honors Program's interdisciplinary Social Inequality themed cluster. Dr. Wasarhaley is also the co-team leader for the Council on Undergraduate Research's (CUR) Transformations Project within BSU's Department of Psychology. With the support of this National Science Foundation grant-funded project, the CUR leadership team is facilitating faculty-driven efforts to embed undergraduate research skills in inquiry-driven psychology courses, with the goals of increasing student success and retention.