Lauri Hyers

Lauri Hyers
  • Professor of Psychology
  • B.A., Chapman College
  • Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
  • Office Phone: 610-436-2925
  • Office Room Number: Wayne Hall 5th Floor Room 521
  • Preferred Means of Contact: Email
  • Email Lauri Hyers

Office Hours Spring 2021

Via Zoom

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday  1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

HOW TO COMMUNICATE (VIRTUALLY) WITH YOUR PROFESSOR: The WCU policy re: covid-19 does not allow for in person office hours this fall. Email remains the easiest way to reach me. Typically, I am online throughout the day and well into the night. If you ever have a question, just email right then and I will usually respond quickly. You don’t have to wait for my regular office hours! If you need a specific meeting during office hours, please reach out by email before you intend to meet so we can set up an appointment and decide upon the easiest mode of communication for both of us. Our meeting can take place in one of three formats: immediate back and forth “live” email exchange through our WCU email accounts (always use your WCU email or it may get bumped to junk by the server), phone call via the university cisco jabber application, or a meeting via zoom. Whichever format you choose, it will be through one of WCU’s safe and secure communications platforms. Whether it is during my office hours (which can fill up) or at an alternative time that works for both of us, make an appointment and I will send you any communication instructions necessary. Note about D2L: Comments submitted to me on D2L along with uploaded assignments may go unnoticed. If you have a specific matter about an assignment uploaded to D2L, email me about it rather than including a comment with the assignment. I do not want to overlook your communication! Now, when I grade your work on D2L, I will OFTEN add comments within in the D2L grading window. You need to BE SURE to read any comments from me on D2l, found in a feedback window in the “Grades” scre

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.


  • Hyers, L. L. (February, 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:
  • Hyers, L. L. (In press). Diary Methods: Understanding Qualitative Research, Oxford, U.K.: Oxford University Press.
  • 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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