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About Clifton M. Oyamot

Dr. Clifton Oyamot earned his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Minnesota in 2004. He spent a year as a visiting assistant professor at Carleton College prior to joining the faculty at San José State University. He is currently a Professor in the Psychology Department and part of the MA in Experimental Psychology Program. Dr. Oyamot's research integrates personality and social psychological perspectives in three main lines of inquiry:

"Psychology of Clutter" and Implicit Self-Concept. Exploring the implicit link between the self-concept and peoples' personal possessions, and the implications of this link for understanding phenomena such as materialism, clutter, as well the general processes by which characteristics (e.g., roles, identities, possessions) become a part of our sense of self.

Intergroup Relations. Currently testing and extending a model that incorporates personality (Right-Wing Authoritarianism), social norms, and values (egalitarianism) in predicting under what circumstances prejudice towards various groups (e.g., immigrants, gays and lesbians, African Americans) will be exacerbated or attenuated.

Interpersonal Relationships. Investigating how personality characteristics (e.g., self-monitoring, the need for status and influence) impact closeness, satisfaction and other outcomes in interpersonal relationships.

Positions

Present Professor, Department of Psychology, San Jose State University Psychology
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Curriculum Vitae


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Grants

2014 Psychology Research Committee Grant
San José State University
$7,500
2013 Psychology Research Committee Grant
San José State University
$7,500
2012 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (RSCA) Grant
San José State University
2011 - 2012 Google Research Award
Google
$28,000
2011 Psychology Research Committee Grant
San José State University
$5,029
2007 - 2008 Undergraduate Conference Grant
Psi Chi
$900
2007 Psychology Research Committee Grant
San José State University
$6,000
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2014 - Present Member, Program Planning Committee, San José State University
2014 - Present Member, Research Grant Committee, San José State University, College of Social Science
2014 - Present Chair, Chair Review Committee, San José State University, Psychology Department
2014 - Present Member, Research Participation (ad hoc) Committee, San José State University, Psychology Department
2012 - Present Member, Program Planning, San José State University, Psychology Department
2011 - Present Member, Assessment Committee, San José State University, College of Social Science
2011 - Present Associate Chair, San José State University, Psychology Department
2011 - Present Chair, Assessment Committee, San José State University, Psychology Department
2008 - Present Member, Curriculum Committee, San José State University, Psychology Department
2007 - Present Psychology 100W General Education Coordinator, San José State University, Psychology Department
2006 - Present Member, M.A. Research and Experimental Psychology Program, San José State University, Psychology Department
2012 - 2014 Advisor, McNair Scholars Program
2010 - 2014 Member, Recruitment Committee, San José State University, Psychology Department
2007 - 2013 Faculty Advisor, Spartan Psychological Association Research Conference, San José State University, Psychology Department
2011 - 2012 Member, Retention, Tenure, and Promotion (RTP) Committee, San José State University, Psychology Department
2011 - 2012 Member, Statistics Lab Renovation Committee (ad hoc), San José State University, Psychology Department
2010 Advisor, McNair Scholars Program
2007 - 2008 Advisor, Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) Program
2007 Psychology Major Advisor, San José State University, Psychology Department
2006 - 2007 Faculty Co-Advisor, Spartan Psychological Association Research Conference, San José State University, Psychology Department
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Courses

  • Stereotype Threat
  • Self and Society
  • Personality and Social Behavior
  • Advanced Personality Seminar
  • Advanced Social Psychology Seminar
  • Research Methods in Social and Personality Psychology
  • Junior Colloquium
  • Major Project in Psychology
  • Writing Workshop
  • Social Psychology
  • Personality Psychology
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Elementary Statistics

Education

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2004 Ph.D., University of Minnesota - Twin Cities ‐ Social Psychology
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1994 B.A., Reed College ‐ Psychology
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Contact Information

clifton.oyamot@sjsu.edu

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Publications (8)

Professional Presentations (14)