Psychology Department




Lauri Hyers
Professor of Psychology
B.A., Chapman College
Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University

Office Phone: 610-436-2925
Office Room #: PB45
Preferred means of contact: Email

Fall 2016 Office Hours:

Monday        12:00pm - 3:00pm

Wednesday    7:15pm - 8:15pm

Thursday        2:00pm - 3:00pm

Courses typically taught:


Undergraduate Level Courses: Multicultural Psychology; Statistics; Social Psychology; Psychology of Women; Research; Senior Seminar: Psychology’s Place in Interdisciplinary Animal Studies; Introduction to Women’s & Gender Studies; Women’s & Gender Studies Practicum; Special Topics: Psychology and Activism; Special Topics: Psychology of Culture Shock, Qualitative Research Methods


Graduate Level Courses: Psychology of Women; Social Psychology Seminar; Individual Studies; Research Report; Thesis; Special Topics: Psychology and Activism; Special Topics: Psychology of Culture Shock


Brief description of research interests: My overlapping teaching and scholarship interests include social psychology, qualitative research methods, discrimination, activism, diversity, intergroup relations, group identity, gender socialization, mentoring and rites of passage, psychology of utopian community and well-being, and animals and social justice.


Okwumabua, T.M., Hyers, L. L., Watson, A. N., Walker, K., & Moreno, C. (2015). Supporting adolescent daughters as they come of age: Latina mothers' recommendations, Child & Adolescent Social Work Journal, (32), 1-10.

Arellano, J., Rodriguez, J., & Hyers, L. L. (2015). Constructing queer and trans in psychology: A call for continued feminist progress, Association for Women in Psychology Newsletter, 2, 7-9.

Hyers, L.L., Brown, E., & Sullivan, J. (2015). Social psychology of stigma. In J. D. Wright, (Ed.), International encyclopaedia of social & behavioral sciences 2nd Edition, Vol 23. Oxford, UK: Elsevier Ltd., 461-466.

Bean, N., Lucas, L., & Hyers, L. L. (2014). Mentoring in higher education should be the norm to assure success: Lessons learned from the Faculty Mentoring Program. West Chester University, 2008-2011, Mentoring and Tutoring Journal, 22 (1), 1-18.

Hyers, L. L. & Shive, G. (2013). Building a solid foundation for our majors with the introductory psychology

course, Psychology Learning & Teaching, 12 (2), 147-158.

Hyers, L. L. & Merskin, D. (2012). Minding animals: Feminism and animal studies, International Society for

Environmental Ethics Newsletter, 23 (3).

Hyers, L. L. (2012). Minding the individual: Compassionate conservation and the conservationists’ dilemma,

International Society for Environmental Ethics Newsletter, 23 (3).

Hyers, L. L., Syphan, J., Cochran, K., & Brown, T. (2012). Disparities in the professional development interactions

of university faculty as a function of their gender and ethnic underrepresentation, Journal of Faculty

Development, 26 (1), 18-28.

Hyers, L.L, Cochran, K. L. & Schaeffer, B. A. (2011). Fundamentalist demonstrations on the liberal arts campus:

Observations and recommendations. Journal of College Student Development,52(5), 598-609.

Hyers, L. L. (2010). Choosing alternatives to silence in face-to-face encounters with everyday heterosexism. Journal

of Homosexuality, 57, 539–565.

Hyers, L. L. and Hyers, C. (2008). Everyday discrimination experienced by conservative Christians at the secular

university. Analysis of Social Issues and Public Policy, 8,113-137.

Swim, J. K. & Hyers, L. L. (2008). Sexism: Evidence and challenges to documenting its prevalence. In T. D. Nelson

(Ed.) Handbook of Prejudice, Stereotyping, and Discrimination, New York, New York: Psychology Press.

Hyers, L. L. (2008). Rediscovering the joy of body love, Off Our Backs: The Feminist News Journal, 37, 50-54.

Hyers, L. L. (2007). Challenging everyday prejudice: The personal and social implications of women's assertive

responses to interpersonal incidents of anti-Black racism, anti-Semitism, heterosexism, and sexism, Sex

Roles, 56, 1 – 12.

Hyers, L. L. (2007). Myths used to legitimize the exploitation of animals: An application of Social Dominance

Theory. Anthrozoos, 19, 194 - 210.

Hyers, L. L., Swim, J. K., & Mallet, R.M. (2006). The personal is political: Using daily diaries to examine everyday

prejudice-related experiences. In S. Hesse-Biber & P. Leavy (Eds.) Emergent Methods in Social Research,

NY, NY: Sage.

Swim, J. K. & Hyers, L. L. (2006, reprint). Excuse me--What did you just say?!: Women's public and private

reactions to sexist remarks. In D. T. Miller (Ed.), An Invitation to Social Psychology: Expressing and

Censoring the Self, A Reader (p. 37). Belmont, CA: Thomson Wadsworth. (Reprinted from Journal of

Experimental Social Psychology, 35, pp. 68 - 88, 1999).

Swim, J. K., Hyers, L. L., Cohen, L. L., & Ferguson, M. J. (2005, reprint). Everyday sexism. In R. H. Lauer & J. C. Lauer (Ed.), Sociology: Windows on Society, Fifth Edition (p. 301). Los Angeles, CA: Roxbury Publishing.

(Reprinted from Journal of Social Issues, 57, pp. 31-54, 2001).

Suzuki-Crumly, J. & Hyers, L. L. (2004). The relationship between ethnic identification, psychological well-being,

and intergroup competence: An investigation of two biracial groups. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 10, 137-150.

Swim, J. K., Hyers, L. L., Cohen, L. L., Fitzgerald, D., & Bylsma, W. (2003). African American college

students' experiences with everyday racism: Characteristics of and responses to incidents. Journal of Black Psychology, 29, 38-67.

Hyers, L. L., Ritz, S., & Suzuki-Crumly, J. (2002). Perspectives on diversity and inequality. Psychology of Women

Quarterly, 26, 264-265.

Hyers, L. L. (2001). An examination of the Cross African American identity model in a national sample. Journal

of Black Psychology, 27, 139 -171.

Swim, J. K., Hyers, L. L., Cohen, L.L., & Fergusen, M. J. (2001). Everyday sexism: Evidence for its incidence

nature and psychological impact from three daily diary studies. Journal of Social Issues, 57, 31-54.

Shotland, R. L. & Hyers, L. L. (2000). Evidence for the Common Law as a hypothesis generating tool for

conflict resolution: What is fair? Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 30, 2534-2557.

Swim, J. K. & Hyers, L. L. (1999). Excuse me--What did you just say?!: Women's public and private reactions

to sexist remarks. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 35, 68-88.

Swim, J. K., Ferguson, M. J., & Hyers, L. L. (1999). Avoiding stigma by association: Subtle prejudice against

lesbians in the form of social distancing. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 21, 61-68.

Hyers, L. L., & Swim, J. K. (1998). A comparison of the experiences of dominant and minority group

members during an intergroup encounter. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 1, 143-163.

Swim, J. K., Cohen, L. L, & Hyers, L. L. (1998). Experiencing everyday prejudice and discrimination. In J. K.

Swim, & C. Stangor (Eds.). Prejudice: The target's perspective. San Diego: Academic Press.