Julie Woodzicka Professor of Cognitive and Behavioral Science

Julie Woodzicka

Parmly Hall 240


Ph.D. - Boston College, 2000
M.A. - University of Dayton, Ohio, 1994
B.A. - University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, 1991


I research issues of stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination. Specifically, I am interested in how targets of prejudice (e.g., women, African-Americans) are affected by everyday instances of unfair treatment. Recently I have been studying the effects of disparagement humor, specifically sexist and racist humor. I am also interested in the nonverbal communication of emotion.


PSYC 114: Introduction to Social Psychology
PSYC 214: The Psychology of Humor
PSYC 250: Research Design and Analysis
PSYC 269: Stereotyping, Prejudice, and Discrimination
PSYC 369: Directed Research in Social Psychology
INTR 120: Introduction to Women's Studies and Feminist Theory

Selected Publications

  • Woodzicka, J. A., Mallett, R. K., Hendricks, S., & Pruitt, A. V. (2015). It's just a (sexist) joke: Comparing reactions to sexist versus racist communications. HUMOR: International Journal of Humor Research.
  • Woodzicka, J. A., Ford, T. E., Caudill, A., Ohanmamooreni, A. (2015). A successful model of collaborative undergraduate research: A multi-faculty, multi-project, multi institution team approach. Teaching of Psychology.
  • Ford, T. E., Triplett, S. R., Woodzicka, J. A., Kochersberger, A. O., & Holden, C. (2014). Not all groups are equal: Differential vulnerability of social groups to the prejudice-releasing effects of disparagement humor. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 17, 178-199.