Claire Gravelin

Assistant Professor of Psychology
Bailey 137

Member of the Geneseo faculty since 2019

Office Hours

Drop-Ins Tuesdays 1:50-3:20; Appointments Monday - Thursday through navigate.


Research Interests

My research focuses on understanding the causes and consequences of the marginalization of women particularly in the domains of sexual assault and the underrepresentation of women in positions of leadership and STEM fields. In particular, I focus on subtle forms of sexism and socio-cultural factors that shape perceptions of women in these domains, and how these perceptions impact women’s behavior, self-esteem, and self-perceptions. 

Student Research Opportunities


Jennifer Gibson

Curriculum Vitae


  • B.A., College at Brockport
    M.A., Social Psychology, University of Kansas
    Ph.D., Social Psychology, University of Kansas

Selected Publications

  • Gravelin, C.R., Biernat, M., & Kerl*, E. (2024). Assessing the impact of media on blaming the victim of acquaintance rape. Psychology of Women Quarterly. Advance online publication.

    Katz, J., Gravelin, C.R., & McCabe*, E. (2021). White U.S. college students’ perceptions of prospective international students differ by race and stereotypical attributes. Journal of Comparative & International Higher Education, 13(4), 135-148. doi: 10.32674/jcihe.v13i4.2868

    Soylu Yalcinkaya, N., Gravelin, C.R., & Adams, G. (2021). Gendered STEM spaces as barriers to women’s STEM participation. Social Psychology of Education: An International Journal, 24, 361-386. doi: 10.1007/s11218-021-09618-x

    O’Brien, L.T., Garcia, D.M., Adams, G., Hammer, E.D., Blodorn, A., & Gravelin, C.R. (2019). An educational intervention to improve women’s academic STEM outcomes: Divergent effects on well-represented vs. underrepresented minority women. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology. doi: 10.1037/cdp0000289

    Gravelin, C.R., Biernat, M.R., & Bucher*, C. (2018). Blaming the victim of acquaintance rape: Individual, situational, and sociocultural factors. Frontiers in Psychology, 9 (22). doi:

    Katz, J., Gravelin, C.R., & O’Brien*, C. (2017). Neoliberal beliefs of unintended adolescent pregnancy after consensual or forced sex. Sex Roles. doi: 10.1007/s11199-017-0842-z

    Gravelin, C.R., Baldwin, M.W., & Biernat, M.R. (2017). The impact of power and powerlessness on blaming the victim. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 22(1), 98-115. doi: 10.1177/1368430217706741

    Baldwin, M., Keefer, L.A., Gravelin, C.R., Biernat, M. (2012). Perceived importance of cross race targets facilitates recall: Toward a subjective-importance model of face recognition. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 16(4). doi: 10.1177/1368430212460893

Recent Courses Taught

  • PSYC 191: Orientation to Psychology at Geneseo

  • PSYC 250: R/Intro-Behavioral Statistics

  • PSYC 251: Intro to Behavioral Res Methods

  • PSYC 308: Psychology of Women

  • PSYC 350: Social Psychology

  • PSYC 390: Selected Topics: Professional Development in Psychology

  • PSYC 452: Advanced Research in Psychology: Subtle Sexism


  • PSYC 251: Intro to Behavioral Res Method

    A systematic study of the principles of research design and methods. Topics include scientific methods of descriptive, correlational, basic experimental, quasi-experimental, and single-subject approaches, issues of validity and experimental control, ethical considerations, and skills in accessing and using psychological literature, critical reading, and scientific writing using American Psychological Association style.

  • PSYC 350: Social Psychology

    A study of the behavior of the individual in the social context, with attention to leadership and small group phenomena, social motivation, attitudes and attitude change. Selected research techniques in social psychology.