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Claire Gravelin

Assistant Professor of Psychology
Bailey 117

Member of the Geneseo faculty since 2019

Office Hours

MW 10:30 - 11:30, T 2:30 - 3:30, and by appointment

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. 


Claire Gravelin

Curriculum Vitae


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

Selected Publications

  • 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. (2019). 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. (2019). 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


  • PSYC 308: Psychology of Women

    An examination of a variety of topics related to women's lives, such as work, personal relationships, sexuality, motherhood, physical health, mental health, violence, and old age. The course also explores psychological aspects of gender stereotypes, gender-role development, and gender comparisons. Prerequisites: PSYC 250 or PSYC 251 or permission of instructor. Offered every year

  • 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. Prerequisites: Proficiency in Basic Requirements. Offered every semester