Rachel E. Tennial, Ph.D.

Courses Instructed

  • Social Psychology
  • Applied Social Psychology (Graduate Course)
  • Research Methods 1

Research Interests

 

As a social psychologist I am primarily interested in examining different facets of human behavior and interaction. My research interests have included the topics of stereotypes, prejudice, and racism. Currently, I am conducting research within the area of collective identity with specific studies on racial identity, racial identification, sexual identity, and sexual identification. This body of research is focused on developing a methodology to accurately conceptualize and assess identity constructs. My work also includes examination of the significance and meaning that humans place on skin tone (e.g. light skin vs. dark skin).

Recent Presentations

 

Tennial, R. E., & Harvey, R. D. (2015, February). Development and Preliminary Validation of the Sexual Identity and Sexual Identification Model. Poster presented at the 16th Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Long Beach, CA.

Memmott, C., Tennial, R. E., Sebesta, A., & Harvey, R. D. (2014, May). Current Television Trends and Their Impact on Societal Views Towards Women. Poster presented at the 86th Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

Tennial, R. E., Harvey, R. D., & Banks, K. H. (2014, February). Colorism: Development and Preliminary Validation of a Measure of Skin Tone Perception. Poster presented at the 15th Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Austin, TX.

Tennial, R. E., & Harvey, R. D. (2012, January). Separate, but related: A mixed methods approach to distinguishing identity and identification through the use of “piping”. Poster presented at the 13th Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, CA.

Tennial, R. E., Harvey, R. D., Blue, C., & Garczynski, A. M. (2011, January). The development and validation of an oppositional identity scale. Poster presented at the 12th Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Antonio, TX.

Tennial, R. E., Hackathorn, J., Bullock, M., Garczynski, A.., Solomon, E., & Harvey, R. D. (2010, January). Are all whites racist? Stereotype threat effects on explicit racism. Poster presented at the 11th Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Las Vegas, NV.

Tennial, R. E., Harvey, R. D., & Blue, C. (2009, May). The development and validation of an oppositional identity scale. Poster presented at the 81st Annual Midwestern Psychological Association Meeting Conference, Chicago, IL.

Recent Publications

Harvey, R. D., Banks. K.H., & Tennial, R. E. (2013). A new way forward: The development and preliminary validation of two colorism scales. Chapter to appear in K. J. Norwood (Ed.), Color matters: Skin tone bias & myth of a post racial America. New York, NY: Routledge.

Homa, N., Hackathorn, J., Brown, C. M., Garczynski, A., Solomon, E. D., Tennial, R. E., & Gurung, R. A. (2013). An analysis of learning objectives and content coverage in introductory psychology syllabi. Teaching of Psychology, 40(3), 169-174.*

Hackathorn, J., Solomon, E. D., Tennial, R. E., Garczynski, A. M., & Votaw, K. B.(2012). From teaching to assessment: Benefits of active lecture cues. Practice and Evidence of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 7(1), 47-62.

Harvey, R. D., Blue, C. D., & Tennial, R. E. (2012). The conceptualization and measurement of racial identity and racial identification within psychology. In J. Sullivan (Ed.), African American racial identity: Racial and cultural dimensions of the Black experience (pp. 29-52). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.