Claire Gravelin

Assistant Professor of Psychology
Bailey 137

Member of the Geneseo faculty since 2019

Office Hours

Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:50-3:20 (Drop-ins welcome, appointments prioritized), and by advance appointment.

Appointments can be scheduled 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

  • 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 191: Orientation to Psyc at Geneseo

    An introductory course for students who are considering a career in Psychology. Weekly meetings will focus on career opportunities in psychology, pertinent academic information, campus and department resources and opportunities, and effective strategies to be a successful student in the major and beyond. This course also intends to facilitate a close working relationship between students and faculty in psychology.

  • PSYC 390: Top:Professional Devel in Psyc

    An in-depth study of a selected topic in psychology, chosen to allow an integrated consideration of the topic from the points of view of various approaches to psychological inquiry. Examples may include: The Nature-Nurture Question; Approaches to Understanding Aggression; Great Ideas in Psychology; or other topics.

  • PSYC 452: Topic: Subtle Sexism

    A selected-topic seminar that integrates, at an advanced level, a particular content area with its appropriate literature, research methods, and statistics. In the course of study of the selected issue, students review literature, design research, collect data, analyze and interpret results, and produce both oral and written reports.