Lauri Hyers, Ph.D. 

Lauri Hyers
  • Professor of Psychology
  • Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
  • Office: Wayne Hall 521
  • Phone: 610-436-2925
  • Email:

Office Hours: Spring 2024


  • As Requested


  • Monday 1:00-2:00 PM
  • Wednesday 1:00-2:00 PM
  • Friday 1:00-4:00 PM

Please email to reserve an appointment.

Courses Typically Taught

Undergraduate Level Courses:

  • Multicultural Psychology
  • Statistics
  • Social Psychology
  • Psychology of Women
  • Research
  • Positive Psychology
  • Senior Seminars (4):
    • Interdisciplinary Animal Studies
    • Qualitative Research Methods
    • Climate Change and Dystopian Futures
    • Psychology of Religion & Spirituality
  • Special topics:
    • Activism
    • Culture Shock
  • Women/Gender Studies:
    • Introduction
    • Practicum

Graduate Level Courses:

  • Psychology of Women
  • Seminar in Social Psychology
  • Research Report
  • Thesis
  • Individual Research
  • Special Topics:
    • Activism
    • Positive Psychology
    • Culture Shock

Brief Description of Research Interests

My overlapping teaching and scholarship concerns discrimination, activism, diversity, intergroup relations, group identity, gender socialization, mentoring and rites of passage, utopian communities, climate change and coping with dystopian futures, and animals and social justice. Taking a social psychological approach to these topics, I incorporate quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research designs.


  • Clerico, J., & Hyers, L. L. (2023). College students’ emotional responses to social distancing protocols during the Covid-19 pandemic: A qualitative diary study. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 1-16. 
  • Walmer, J. & Hyers, L. L. (2022). The resilience of adolescent girls: An archival diary study of the protective advantages of ordinary adolescence in the Holocaust-era diaries of Anne Frank and Renia Spiegel. Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma, 15(2), 375-389.
  • Hyers, L. L. & Walmer, J. (2021). Ensuring the continued success of diary research in higher education. In X. Cao & E. Henderson (Eds.). Higher Education Diary Research, London: United Kingdom: Routledge.
  • Hipple, E., Soltis, D., & Hyers, L. L. (2020). Queering study abroad: Web-based outreach to LGBTQ+ university students by study abroad programs, Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 32(2), 175-186.
  • Hyers, L. L. (2018). Diary methods: Understanding qualitative research. Oxford, U.K.: Oxford University Press. Available at: ds-9780190256692?cc=us&lang
  • Sullivan, J., Hipple, E., & Hyers, L. L. (2017). Female disempowerment disguised as a Halloween costume. The Open FamilyStudies Journal, (9), 60-75.Available at:
  • Joseph, R., Fernandes, S., Hyers, L. & O’Brien, K. (2016). Health literacy: A cross-disciplinary study in American undergraduate college students. Journal of Information Literacy, 10(2), 26-39.
  • Chuck, C., Fernandes, S. A., & Hyers, L. L. (2016). Awakening to the politics of food: Politicized diet as social identity. Appetite, 107, 425-436.
  • McMenamin, J. & Hyers, L. L. (2016). Review of Kevin Markwell’s (ed.) Animals and Tourism: Understanding Diverse Relationships, Journeys: The International Journal of Travel and Travel Writing, 17 (1), 124-132.
  • 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 2ndEdition, 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 & Tutoring, 22, 1-18.
  • Hyers, L. L. & Shivde, G. (2013). Building a solid foundation for our majors with the introductory psychology course. Psychology Learning and Teaching, 12 (2), 147-158.
  • Hyers, L.L. (2012, reprint). A Secondary Survey Analysis Study of African American Ethnic Identity Orientations in Two National Samples. In J. Goodwin (Ed.), SAGE Secondary Data Analysis. (Vol. 27, pp. 115 -145). London: Sage.
  • Hyers, L. L. & Merskin, D. (2012). Minding animals: Feminism and animal studies. International Society for Environmental Ethics Newsletter, 23 (3), 32- 34.
  • Hyers, L. L. (2012). Minding animals: Feminism and animal studies, International Society for Environmental Ethics Newsletter & Minding the individual: Compassionate conservation and the conservationists’ dilemma. International Society for Environmental Ethics Newsletter, 23 (3), 36.
  • Hyers, L.L. , Swim, J.K., Mallet, R. M. (2012, reprint). The personal is political: Using daily diaries to examine everyday prejudice-related experiences. In J. Goodwin (Ed.), SAGE Biographical Research. (Vol. 2, pp. 213-233). Los Angeles: Sage.
  • 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, NY: 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, New York, 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., Ritz, S., & Suzuki, 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. (2001). The social psychology of stigma. In N. J. Smelser & P. B. Baltes (Ed.s) The international encyclopedia of the social and behavioral sciences, pp. 15113-15115, Oxford, UK: Elsevier Science, Ltd.
  • 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, CA: Academic Press.

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