Faculty Profile

Joseph D. Wellman

  • Assistant Professor
  • Ph.D., University of Maine
  • Specialty: Social Psychology
  • Program Affiliation: General Experimental Psychology

Contact Information

Research and Teaching Interests

Stigma; Discrimination; Ideology; Emotion; Goals & Motivation; Psychophysiology

Research Summary:

My research focuses on examining the consequences of stigma and discrimination from the targets perspective. My work focuses on how being the target of stigma affects behavior, well-being (e.g., self-esteem, emotion, physiological and psychological stress), and performance (e.g., GPA, cognitive performance) among both low status (e.g., women, gay men, lesbian women, racial minorities) and high status (e.g., men, European Americans) groups. I also examine factors that may moderate individual’s response to discrimination (e.g., system-legitimizing beliefs, group identification, perceived sigma).

Teaching Interests:

Social Psychology; Research Methods; Statistics; Social Psychophysiology

Representative Publications:

†= Undergraduate Student Coauthor ††= Graduate Student Coauthor

††Araiza, A. M. & Wellman, J. D. (In Press). Weight stigma predicts inhibitory control and food selection in response to the salience of weight discrimination. Appetite (Shared First Author)

Wellman, J. D., ††Araiza, A., Newell, E. E., & McCoy, S.K. (In Press). Weight stigma facilitates unhealthy eating and weight gain via fear of fat. Stigma & Health DOI: 10.1037/sah0000088

Wilkins, C. L., Wellman, J. D., †Flavin, E. L., & †Manrique, J. A. (In Press). When men perceive anti-male bias: Status-legitimizing beliefs increase discrimination against women. Psychology of Men and Masculinity DOI: 10.1037/men0000097

Wilkins, C. L., Wellman, J. D., & ††Schad, K. (2017). Reactions to anti-male sexism claims: The moderating roles of status legitimizing belief endorsement and group identification. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 20(2), 173-185, doi: 10.1177/1368430215595109

Wellman, J.D., †Liu, X., & Wilkins, C. L. (2016). Priming status‐legitimizing beliefs: Examining the impact on perceived anti‐White bias, zero‐sum beliefs, and support for Affirmative Action among White people. British Journal of Social Psychology, 55: 426–437. doi:10.1111/bjso.1213

Wilkins, C. L., Wellman, J. D., Babbitt, L., Toosi, N., & ††Schad, K. (2015). You can win but I can't lose: Bias against high-status groups increases their zero-sum beliefs about discrimination. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 57, 1-14. doi:10.1016/j.jesp.2014.10.008

Wellman, J. D., & McCoy, S. K. (2014). Walking the straight and narrow: Examining the role of traditional gender norms in sexual prejudice. Psychology of Men & Masculinity, 15(2), 181-190. doi: 10.1037/a0031943

Wilkins, C. L., Wellman, J. D., & Kaiser, C. R. (2013). Status legitimizing beliefs predict positivity toward whites who claim anti-white bias. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 49 (6), 1114-1119. doi: 10.1016/j.jesp.2013.05.017 IF: 3.10

McCoy, S. K., Wellman, J. D., Cosley, B., Saslow, L. & Epel, E. (2013), Is the belief in meritocracy palliative for members of low status groups? Evidence for a benefit for self-esteem and physical health via perceived control. European Journal of Social Psychology, 43: 307–318. doi: 10.1002/ejsp.1959

RA Application

Currently Accepting graduate students in the MA in General Experimental Psychology Program.

Application for Research Assistant Position