Amber Garcia

Associate Professor of Psychology

Phone: 330-263-2629
Office Address: 111 Morgan


  • B.A. Saint Mary’s College of California
  • M.A. Claremont
  • Ph.D. Purdue University

Courses Taught:

  • PSYC 100: Introduction to Psychology
  • PSYC 215: Psychology of Women and Gender
  • PSYC 220: Stereotypes and Prejudice
  • PSYC 250: Statistics and Experimental Design
  • PSYC 325: Personality: Theory and Research
  • PSYC 330: Social Psychology: Theory and Research
  • PSYC 399: Emotion and Motivation
  • First Year Seminar
  • The Global HIV/AIDS Crisis (team-taught course)


Clayton, S., Garcia, A. L., & Crosby, F. J. (2010). Women in the workplace: Acknowledging difference. In H. Landrine & N. F. Russo (Eds.), Handbook of Diversity in Feminist Psychology. New York: Springer.

Miller, D. A., Cronin, T., Garcia, A. L., & Branscombe, N. R. (2009). The relative impact of anger and efficacy on collective action is affected by feelings of fear. Group
Processes and Intergroup Relations, 12(4), 445-462.

Riggio, H., & Garcia, A. (2009). The power of situations: Jonestown and the fundamental attribution error. Teaching of Psychology, 36, 108-112.

Cooley, E. L., Garcia, A. L., & Hughes, J. (2008). Undergraduate research in psychology: Reflections on collaboration and mutual benefits. North American Journal of Psychology, 10, 463-472.

Riggio, H. R., Garcia, A. L., & Riggio, R. E. (2008). Instructor’s manual and test bank to accompany Introduction to Industrial/Organizational Psychology (5th ed.). New York: Prentice Hall.

Garcia, A. L., Miller, D. A., Smith, E. R., & Mackie, D. M. (2006). Thanks for the compliment? Emotional reactions to remarks directed at the group vs. individual level. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 9, 307-324.

Recent Conference Presentations

Garcia, A. L. & Goodwin, W. (2010, January). Service learning and teaching psychology: Working with community organizations. Paper presented at the Teaching Pre-conference at the annual meeting of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology in Las Vegas, NV.

Miller, D. A. & Garcia, A. L. (2009, May). Let them hate so long as they fear! The
relationship between collective action and anger is suppressed by feelings of fear.
Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association in
Chicago, IL.

Cooley, E. L., Hughes, J., Garcia, A. L. (2009, February). Usefulness of psychological
research: Perspectives of undergraduates vs. alumni. Panel presented at the annual
meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association in New Orleans, LA.

Garcia, A. L. & Riggio, H. R. (2009, February). Latinos’ attitudes toward interethnic
couples. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality
and Social Psychology in Tampa, FL.

Invited Talks

Garcia, A. L. (2010, October). Impression Formation in Dyads. Social and Personality Reading Group, University of Oregon.

Garcia, A. L. (2009, February). Why can’t we all get along? Identity and Intergroup Relations. Faculty Research Lunch, The College of Wooster.

Projects Supervised

Elizabeth Clark
The Effects of Parental Conflict and Divorce on Attachment Security and Perception of Couples on College Students

S. Onyx Marosi
Rethinking Recovery: Women’s Experiences of Self-Efficacy in Court-Sanctioned Chemical Dependency Treatment

Eli Millette 
Competitive Victimhood in an Academic Setting

Sophie Nathanson
Let’s Talk About Sex: Sex Positivity and Message Framing Among Young Women

Robert Park
The Mentality of Strength: A Study on the Effects of Grit, Self-Control, and Conscientiousness on Rate of Progress in Powerlifting

Daniel Boyce
Faulty Product Predictions: Exploring Affective Misforecasting in Relation to Future versus Current Advertising

Sarah Freeman
The Happiness Regime: A Feminist Critique of Positive Psychology

Rozalyn Gordon
Examining the Role of Personality and Parenting Styles on Risky Sexual Behavior

Darleny Urena
The Effect of Relationship Length on Empathy toward a Victim of Sexual Assault Using Benevolent Sexist Ideology as an Explanatory Variable

Michelle Baker
Sexism, Masculinity, and Entitlement as Predictors of Rape Culture Support, and the Role of Empathy as a Possible Explanation

Michael Evans
Freedom isn’t Free: The Role of Political Orientation and Authoritarianism in Predicting Citizen’s Vaccination Attitudes

Maya Jones
“Black is Beautiful”: The Effect of Skin Color Bias on Perceptions of Attractiveness and Likability for African Americans

Gabriel Joseph
The Influence of News on Implicit Racial Prejudice

Sasha Maharaj
Selling the Pill: Elaboration Likelihood Model and Hormonal Birth Control Messages

Devin Grandi
Go Greek or Go Home: Investigating Greek Versus Non-Greek Perceptions of Fairness

Gabriela Jaramillo
You’ll Only Date Who?: The Effects of Race and Racial Preference in Dating on Perceptions of Prejudice

Stephanie McShane
The Effect of Context on the Evaluation of Obese vs. Average-Weight Children As a Function of Antifat Attitude

Nathaniel Partee
Group Interactions of Ostracized People

Elaine Wilcox-Cook
Insults to Significant Others

Caroline Denzer
Pornographic Influence: Men’s Perception of Women and their Relationship Reflections

Abigail Fitzsimons
Effect of Power and Accountability on Cognitive Performance

Carmen Guess
Comparing Success and Satisfaction of Black and White Students Attending Predominantly White Institutions

Amanda Koehn
Climate Change in the Media: Collective Guilt and Behavioral Effects of News Reports and Environmental Identity

Ricco Gordon
Social Loafing: Insider and Outsider Perspectives

Elissa Lauber
College Students’ Perceptions of Public Displays of Affection

George Porter
Do You Have Love for New York? The Effects of “I Love New York” on Empathy, Governmental Responsibility and Governmental Support.

Lindsay Ryan
To Label or Not to Label: The Effect of Labels on Person Perception of Autistic Adults

Valeriya Spektor
A Date with Culture: The Roles of Cultural Values and Personality Traits in Emerging Adults’ Dating Attitudes and Sociosexual Behavior

Robert James Crumpler II—Social Facilitation, Competition, and Personality: Individual Differences in Simulated Bowling Performance

Anna Quinn Denzer—Gingerism: Negative Stereotypes of Redheads

Robert Fitzgerald—Self-Determination and Wilderness Experiences

Meredith Gavin—Why Can’t We Get Along? An Analysis of the Influence of Attachment Style and Drive to Marry on Conflict Resolution (double major with Communication;

James Hikens, co-advisor)

Bryan Loy- What Makes Me Smile When I Sweat? How Components of Exercise Influence a Change Between Pre and Post-Exercise Mood

Rachel Ricketts—Personality as a Predictor for Conflict Resolution Styles

Jilliene Johnson – Make the Decision: Do You Promote or Deny Based on a Disease?

LuAnn Markley – Trains, Planes, and Racial Bias: The Effects of Context on Implicit and Explicitly Activated Attitudes

Milena Mauric – Children of Divorce Versus Children of Intact Families: Does Parental Status Influence How One Evaluates Different Marital Situations?

Melissa Petkovsek – Aggressive Affect and Racial Stereotyping of Latino Suspects: Video Games as a Mood Modifier to Investigate Perceptions of Criminality

Daniel Keith Terlonge – Guns and Sexuality: Pulling the Trigger of Attractiveness

Emily Wilson – You (Don’t) Sound Gay! A Study on the Effects of Homosexual Speech and Expectancy Violation in Target Likeability

Joseph Witkowski – Maintaining Stereotypes within Gender Communication Using Serial Reproduction Chains

Katherine Patton
Laundry is the Only Thing that Should be Sorted by Color: The Role of Anxiety in Deterring Interracial Interactions

Patrick Litam
Birds of a Feather Flock Together: A Study of Ethnicity and Personality Value Similarities Concerning Interpersonal Attraction

Maria Gonzalez
Experiences and Thoughts: A Daily Diary Study of Psychological Well-Being

Divya Gopikumar
Evaluations of Advertisements by Cultural Values