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Denise M. Driscoll

Denise M. Driscoll

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Dr. Driscoll is currently the Director of Diversity and Inclusion for an NSF Engineering Research Center in the Davidson School of Chemical Engineering at Purdue University called CISTAR, which stand for Center for Innovative and Strategic Transformation of Alkane Resources. She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology at Purdue, a Purdue Faculty Affiliate for the Brock-Wilson Center for Women in Management in The Krannert School of Management, as well as the founder and president of Diversity Competency LLC, a consulting company started in 2008.

Dr. Driscoll's initial background was in experimental social psychology with an emphasis on social cognition and forming person impressions. As an Assistant Professor of Psychological Sciences at Purdue (1991 to 1999), she taught and conducted research on person impressions, attitude accessibility, persuasion, stereotyping, prejudice, nonverbal communication, sexual harassment, and intergroup relations.

After a hiatus as a visiting scholar at the University of Queensland to study diversity initiatives in Australia, Dr. Driscoll returned to Purdue as the Diversity Resource Specialist for the Vice President for Human Relations. From 2000-2007, she 1) Advised colleges, schools, and units about diversity issues and programs, 2) Played a major role in two assessments of Purdue's diversity and work-life climate, 3) Wrote, assessed, and consulted on diversity-related National Science Foundation grants, and 4) Developed, facilitated, and assessed diversity training workshops and programs across the Purdue campus as well as in the local community.

In 2008, she combined her experiences as an academic (with its focus on research and theory) with her experiences as an administrator (with its focus on applying research and theory to effect positive change in the workplace) and founded Diversity Competency LLC to help companies improve their diversity competency. Please see if interested in Dr. Driscoll's consulting business.

Dr. Driscoll re-joined the faculty at Purdue as a Continuous Lecturer in The Krannert School of Management from 2015 to 2019. She studied: (1) The types of managerial communication practices that create, and sustain, highly-effective diverse teams and (2) The types of educational and training methods that increase the global dexterity of managers. Dr. Driscoll taught several courses to MBA students, including Managerial Communication Skills, Intercultural Communication and Management, Mentoring and Socialization, and Managerial Business Writing.

In August of 2019, Dr. Driscoll joined "CISTAR" (a center with four other universities--Northwestern University, University of New Mexico, University of Notre Dame, and University of Texas at Austin--and many oil-n-gas company partners) to create an inclusive center where diverse learners, researchers, and teachers are ready to participate and lead in a global energy economy.

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

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
  • Krannert Leadership Development Program, MGMT 390
  • Managerial Business Writing, MGMT 69000
  • Managerial Communication Skills, MGMT 69200
  • Mentoring and Socialization, OBHR 560

Denise M. Driscoll
Hall for Discovery and Learning Research (DLR)
207 S. Martin Jischke Drive
Purdue University
West Lafayette, Indiana 47907
United States

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