Alyssa Croft

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Assistant Professor, Social Psychology
Director, Social Roles and Identity Lab
(520) 621-9852
Psychology 456
Research Interests: 
  • Understanding how the self-concept is changed by social roles and societal expectations
  • Examining the effects of group membership on perceptions and evaluations of the social world
  • Identifying ways to promote positive and productive interactions within and between social groups

My research interests span a range of psychological topics relating to social roles, identity, and group membership. I am drawn to questions of how, when, and why people are constrained by invisible psychological barriers, such as stereotypes and societal expectations. The studies being conducted in my lab can be roughly categorized into three related (but not always overlapping) programs of research:

1)     Self and identity: Who am I? What do I want? Who will I become? What social factors predict/influence the answers to these questions?
2)     Belonging and success in social roles: What is my place in the world? Why do some contexts feel like a better/worse “fit” for me than others?
3)     Self-regulation: How and when do I change my behavior in social interactions? What are the potential consequences of trying to censor my automatic biases?

Selected Publications: 

Croft, A., Schmader, T. & Block, K. (2015). An under-examined inequality: Cultural and psychological barriers to men’s engagement with communal roles. Personality and Social Psychology Review19, 343-370. doi: 10.1177/1088868314564789

Croft, A., Schmader, T., Block, K., & Baron, A.S. (2014). The second shift reflected in the second generation: Do parents’ gender roles at home predict children’s aspirations? Psychological Science, 25, 1418-1428. doi: 10.1177/0956797614533968

Schmader, T., Croft, A., Whitehead, J., & Stone, J. (2013). A peek inside the target’s toolbox: How stigmatized targets deflect prejudice by invoking a common identity. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 35, 141-149. doi: 10.1080/01973533.2012.746615

Croft, A. & Schmader, T. (2012). The feedback withholding bias: Minority students do not receive critical feedback from evaluators concerned about appearing racist. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48, 1139-1144. doi: 10.1016/j.jesp.2012.04.010

Schmader, T., Croft, A., Scarnier, M., Lickel, B., & Mendes, W. B. (2012). Implicit and explicit emotional reactions to witnessing prejudice. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 15, 379-392. doi: 10.1177/1368430211426163

Courses Taught: 

Graduate:Special Topics in Social Psychology: Gender Identity

Undergraduate: Introduction to Social Psychology

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