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Denise Driscoll

Denise Driscoll

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Dr. Driscoll is a social psychologist with expertise in creating, facilitating, and assessing diversity and equity programs. Currently she consults to help institutions (universities, businesses, corporations, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, schools) improve their diversity competency.

From 1991 to 1997, Dr. Driscoll was an Assistant Professor of Psychological Sciences at Purdue University with teaching and research interests in the cognitive and motivational processes involved in stereotyping, prejudice, and intergroup relations. In 1998, she accepted a joint faculty position in the Department of Psychological Sciences and the Office of the Vice President for Human Relations to work on diversity issues at Purdue University.

In 1999, Dr. Driscoll was a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Research on Group Processes at the University of Queensland to explore diversity initiatives in Australia. Dr. Driscoll then returned to Purdue University to work for the Office of the Vice President for Human Relations as their Diversity Resource Specialist.

From 2000 to 2007, Dr. Driscoll played a major role in two assessments of Purdue’s diversity climate, wrote grants to help fund diversity related programs, created surveys to assess diversity programs, advised schools, colleges, units, other universities, nonprofit organizations, local government agencies and businesses about diversity best practices, as well as developed, facilitated, and assessed diversity training programs for faculty, staff, graduate students, and others in the community (i.e., the police, staff at public agencies, etc.).

Some examples of the workshop topics Dr. Driscoll developed are as follows: Mentoring and Diversity; Diversity and Classroom Teaching; Building Institutional Diversity Competency; Communicating Cross-culturally; Assessing Diversity Initiatives.

Now, as an independent consultant, Dr. Driscoll combines her expertise as a faculty member, an administrator, and a diversity consultant to help improve the diversity competency of institutions (see diversitycompetency.com to learn more about how Diversity Competency, LLC can help).

Primary Interests:

  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Attitudes and Beliefs
  • Culture and Ethnicity
  • Gender Psychology
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Person Perception
  • Prejudice and Stereotyping
  • Research Methods, Assessment
  • Sexuality, Sexual Orientation
  • Social Cognition

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Journal Articles:

  • Kelly, J. R., Murphy, J. D., Craig, T. Y., & Driscoll, D. M. (2005). The effects of nonverbal behavior associated with sexual harassment proclivity on women’s performance. Sex Roles: A Journal of Research, 53, 689-701.
  • Craig, T. Y., Kelly, J. R., & Driscoll, D. M. (2001). Participant perceptions of potential employers who vary in the likelihood to sexually harass. Sex Roles: A Journal of Research, 44, 389-400.
  • Pendry, L. F., & Driscoll, D. M. (2011). Five guiding principles to help improve diversity training assessment. Training and Management Development Methods, Vol 25(2).
  • Murphy, J. D., Driscoll, D. M., & Kelly, J. R. (1999). Difference in the nonverbal behavior of men who vary in the likelihood to sexually harass. Journal of Social Behavior and Personality, 14, 113-128.
  • Ho, C. P., & Driscoll, D. M. (1998). Prejudiced responses and affect. British Journal of Social Psychology, 37, 275-285.
  • Ho, C. P., Driscoll, D. M., & Loosbrock, D. L. (1998). Great expectations: The negative consequences of falling short. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 28, 1743-1759.
  • Driscoll, D. M., Kelly, J. R., & Henderson, W. L. (1998). Can perceivers identify likelihood to sexually harass? Sex Roles, 38, 557-588.
  • Driscoll, D. M., & Gingrich, B. E. (1997). Effect of single-trait, social stereotype, and multi-trait expectancies on person impressions. Journal of Social Behavior and Personality, 12, 397-416.
  • Fazio, R. H., Blascovich, J., & Driscoll, D. M. (1992). On the functional value of attitudes: The influence of accessible attitudes upon the ease and quality of decision-making. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 18, 388-401.
  • Hamilton, D. L., Driscoll, D. M., & Worth, L. T. (1989). Cognitive organization of impressions: Effects of incongruency in complex representations. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 57, 925-939.
  • Pendry, L. F., Driscoll, D. M., & Field, S. C. T. (2007). Diversity training: Putting theory into practice. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 80(1), 27-50.

Other Publications:

  • Hamilton, D. L., Driscoll, D. M., & Stroessner, S. J. (1991). Stereotypes and prejudice. In R. Dulbecco (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Human Biology (Vol. 7, pp. 233-241). Orlando, FL: Academic Press.
  • Driscoll, D. M., & Koch, A. K. (2003, May). National Science Foundation Awards Indiana a Five-Year Louise Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Grant: How Academic Advisors at Participating Universities Can Be a Part of The Effort. Indiana Academic Advising Network Newsletter, Advising Update.
  • Hamilton, D. L., Stroessner, S. J., & Driscoll, D. M. (1994). Social cognition and the study of stereotyping. In P. G. Devine, D. L. Hamilton, & T. M. Ostrom (Eds.), Social cognition: Contributions to classic issues in social psychology. New York: Springer-Verlag.
  • Driscoll, D. M., Zawojewski, J. S., & Stahura, J. (2008). Learning from engineering students’ reactions to small group laboratories. In J. S. Zawojewski, H. Diefes-Dux, and K. Bowman (Eds.), Models and modeling in Engineering Education: Designing experiences for all students. Rotterdam, the Netherlands: Sense Publishers.
  • Fazio, R. H., Blascovich, J., & Driscoll, D. M. (2008). On the functional value of attitudes: The influence of accessible attitudes on the ease and duality of decision making (pp. 283-298). In R. H. Fazio, & R. E. Petty (Eds.), Attitudes: Their structure, function, and consequences. New York: Psychology Press.
  • Driscoll, D. M. (2004). Mentoring and diversity: A handbook for faculty mentoring LSAMP Indiana students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.
  • Driscoll, D. M., Kokini, K., Katehi, L. P. B., Wright, J. R., & Percifield, C. P. (2004). A new paradigm for diversity in engineering. Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition.

Denise Driscoll
Department of Psychological Sciences
Psychological Sciences Building
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2003
United States

  • Phone: (765) 427-3482

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