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About Jessica L. Cundiff

I am a social psychologist with expertise in the psychology of gender, stereotyping, and discrimination. My research focuses on the psychological processes that contribute to social inequality, with an emphasis on subtle forms of bias – biases that are often unintentional and seemingly minor, yet consequential. My work aims to raise awareness about subtle bias and develop practical and effective solutions for improving social equity. Most recently my work has focused on understanding gender gaps in STEM participation and developing strategies for increasing diversity and inclusion in STEM fields.

I joined the faculty of Missouri University of Science and Technology as an Assistant Professor of Psychology in 2015. In addition to conducting research, I teach graduate and undergraduate courses in social psychology, social influence, and general psychology. 


2015 - Present Assistant Professor, Missouri University of Science and Technology Psychological Science
2014 - 2015 Visiting Assistant Professor, Colgate University ‐ Psychology
2013 - 2014 Research Analyst, Center for Evaluating the Research Pipeline Computing Research Association


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Honors and Awards

  • Teaching Resources Award from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI), 2020
  • Association for Psychological Science, Research Grant, 2019
  • Missouri S&T, Educational Research Mini-Grant, 2019
  • Missouri S&T, Diversity and Inclusion Research Grant, 2018
  • Missouri S&T, Early Career Faculty Professional Development Grant, 2018-2019
  • University of Missouri System, Affordable and Open Education Resources Initiative Award, 2018-2019
  • Missouri S&T, Freshman Year Research Experience Faculty Advisor, 2017-2019
  • University of Missouri System, Faculty Scholar, 2016-2017
  • Colgate University, Discretionary Research Grant, 2014-2015
  • The Pennsylvania State University Department of Psychology, Research Grant, 2013
  • APA Div. 35 Geis Memorial Dissertation Award, Honorable Mention, 2012
  • SPSP Summer Institute in Social Psychology Fellowship, 2011


  • Psych 5603: Advanced Social Influence
  • PSYCH 5600: Advanced Social Psychology
  • PSYCH 4993: Psychology of Gender
  • PSYCH 4600: Social Psychology
  • PSYCH 1101: General Psychology


2013 Ph.D. in Social Psychology and Women’s Studies, The Pennsylvania State University
2009 M.S. in Social Psychology, The Pennsylvania State University
2006 B.A. in Psychology, University of Texas

Contact Information

Department of Psychological Science
Missouri University of Science and Technology
115 Humanities and Social Sciences
500 W 14th St
Rolla, MO 65409



Conference Presentations/Symposia (2)

Course Materials (1)

Research Works (12)