Jessica J. Good, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology
Davidson, NC 28035
I am an Associate Professor of Psychology at Davidson College, specializing in Social Psychology. I am also a Core faculty member of the Gender & Sexuality Studies department at Davidson. I teach courses on Social Psychology, Research Methods, Introductory Psychology, and Prejudice & Discrimination. My current research investigates perceptions of women who are the targets of benevolent sexism, and factors that increase recognition and confrontation of sexism. I have an NSF-funded line of research investigating the impact of colorblind and multicultural diversity messages on White and underrepresented racial minority students. I also collaborate across disciplinary boundaries with a Computer Science lab to study psychological phenomena within immersive virtual environments.
I earned my Ph.D. from Rutgers University working primarily with Dr. Diana Sanchez (Stigma, Health, & Close Relationships Lab). My dissertation examined perceptions of female targets of benevolent and hostile sexism in a job interview context, as a function of their gender typicality and whether they accept or reject the sexist treatment.
I also completed my masters thesis at Rutgers, focusing on motivation to engage in gender conforming behavior and its effects on self-esteem and gender identity. The resulting paper was published in Psychology of Women Quarterly and won the Annual Award for Student Psychological Research on Women and Gender, given by the Society for the Psychology of Women and the Association for Women in Psychology.
I earned my B.A. from Washington & Lee University in Lexington, VA, with a major in Psychology and a minor in Women’s Studies. For my senior thesis, I completed a project on the effects of educational intervention on the acceptance of benevolent sexism, advised by Dr. Julie Woodzicka.
I am originally from Delaware, but currently reside in Davidson, NC with my husband (Steve), daughter (Ryan), and son (Tom).
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