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Denise M. Driscoll

Denise M. 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.

Currently, Dr. Denise Driscoll is a Visiting Faculty Instructor at the Krannert School of Management. She teaches several courses to MBA students, including Managerial Communication Skills, Intercultural Communication and Management, and Managerial Business Writing. Her courses are designed to help MBA students hone their managerial communication and intergroup/cross-cultural skills.

As an independent consultant, Dr. Driscoll combines her expertise as a faculty member, an administrator, and a diversity consultant to help businesses and universities improve their diversity competency (see to learn more about how Diversity Competency, LLC can help your institution).

Primary Interests:

  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Attitudes and Beliefs
  • Communication, Language
  • Culture and Ethnicity
  • Gender Psychology
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Nonverbal Behavior
  • Person Perception
  • Persuasion, Social Influence
  • Prejudice and Stereotyping
  • Research Methods, Assessment
  • Social Cognition

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Journal Articles:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Driscoll, D. M., Kelly, J. R., & Henderson, W. L. (1998). Can perceivers identify likelihood to sexually harass? Sex Roles, 38, 557-588.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Pendry, L. F., & Driscoll, D. M. (2011). Five guiding principles to help improve diversity training assessment. Training and Management Development Methods, Vol 25(2).
  • 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:

  • Driscoll, D. M. (2016 release). “Diversity, Prejudice, & Stereotypes.” Sage Videos in Practice, Sage Publishers (
  • Driscoll, D. M. (2014). Stereotype Threat. An online module for a certificate program for faculty and administrators at Colleges/Schools of Veterinary Medicine, Center of Excellence for Diversity and Inclusion in Veterinary Medicine (
  • 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., & 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Courses Taught:

  • Intercultural Communication and Management, MGMT 69000
  • Managerial Communication Skills, MGMT 69200

Denise M. Driscoll
Krannert School of Management
403 W State St
Purdue University
West Lafayette, Indiana 47907-2003
United States

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