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Faculty

ltobrien Laurie O’Brien, Ph.D.
associate Professor

Ph.D., 2002, University of Kansas
Curriculum Vitae 

Email: lobrien2@tulane.edu
Phone: (504) 862-3320
Website: Laurie O'Brien's Home Page
PhD Program:Psychological Science: Social Psychology

3013 Percival Stern Hall

Research Interests

Prejudice and stigma from the perspective of both targets and perpetrators. Research encompasses topics such as stereotype threat, status legitimizing ideologies, and perceptions of prejudice and discrimination.

Selected Publications


Moss, A., Blodorn, A., Van Camp, A., & O’Brien, L.T. (in press). Gender Equality, Value Violations, and Prejudice Toward Muslims. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations.

O’Brien, L.T., Hitti, A., Schaffer, E., Van Camp, A., Gilbert, P., & Henry, D.  (2017). Improving girls’ sense of fit in science: Increasing the impact of role models. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 8, 301-309.

Blodorn, A., O’Brien, L.T., Cheryan, S., & Vick, S.B. (2016). Perceptions of racism in Katrina-related events: Understanding racial differences in perceptions of racism. Social Justice Research, 29, 139-158.[1]

O’Brien, L.T., Garcia, D.M., Adams, G., Villalobos, J.G., Hammer, E., & Gilbert, P. (2015). The threat of sexism in a STEM educational setting: Moderating impacts of ethnicity and legitimacy beliefs. Social Psychology of Education, 18, 667-684.

Simon, S. & O’Brien, L.T. (2015). Confronting sexism: Exploring the effect of nonsexist credentials on the costs of target confrontations. Sex Roles, 73, 245-257. 

O’Brien, L.T., Blodorn, A., Adams, G., Garcia, D. & Hammer, E. (2015). Ethnic variation in gender-STEM stereotypes and STEM participation: An intersectional approach. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 21, 169-180.

Gilbert, P.N., O’Brien, L.T., Garcia, D.M., & Marx, D. (2015). Not the sum of its parts: Decomposing implicit academic stereotypes to understand academic outcomes for men and women. Sex Roles, 72, 25 – 39.

Simon, S., Kinias, Z. O’Brien, L.T., Major, B.N., & Bivolaru, E. (2013). Prototypes of discrimination: How status asymmetry and stereotype asymmetry affect judgments of racial discrimination. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 35, 525-533.

Blodorn, A., & O’Brien, L.T. (2013). Evaluations of White American versus Black American discrimination claimants’ political views and prejudicial attitudes. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 49, 211-216.

Blodorn, A., O’Brien, L.T., & Kordys, J. (2012). Responding to sex-based discrimination: Gender differences in perceived discrimination and implications for legal decision making. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 15, 409-424.

O’Brien, L.T., Major, B.N., & Gilbert, P.N. (2012). Gender differences in entitlement: The roles of system justifying beliefs. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 34, 136-145.

O’Brien, L.T., Major, B., & Simon, S. (2012). Why did you choose him over me? Outgroup favoritism and attributions to discrimination. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48, 1225-1233.

O’Brien, L.T., Mars, D., & Eccleston, C.P. (2011). System justifying ideologies and academic outcomes among first-year Latino college students. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 17, 406-414.

Blodorn, A., & O’Brien, L.T. (2011). Perceptions of racism in Hurricane Katrina-related events: Implications for collective guilt and mental health among White Americans. Analysis of Social Issues and Public Policy, 11, 127-140.

O’Brien, L.T., Crandall, C.S., Horstman-Reser, A., Warner, R., Alsbrooks, A., & Blodorn, A. (2010). But I’m no bigot: How prejudiced Americans maintain unprejudiced self-images. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 40, 917-946.

O’Brien, L.T., Garcia, D.G., Crandall, C.S., & Kordys, J. (2010). White Americans’ opposition to affirmative action: Group interest and the harm to beneficiaries objection. British Journal of Social Psychology, 49, 895-903.

Kaiser, C.R., Drury, B., Spalding, K.E., Cheryan, S., & O’Brien, L. T. (2009). The ironic consequences of Obama’s election on support for remedying racial injustice. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45, 556-559.

O’Brien, L.T., Blodorn, A., Alsbrooks, A., Dube, R., Adams, G., & Nelson, J.C. (2009). Understanding White Americans’ perceptions of racism in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 12, 431-444.

Dr. O'Brien's Courses


  • Introduction to Social Psychology – PSYC 343
  • Social Stigma – PSYC 662
  • Social Psychology – PSYC 700

Department of Psychology • 2007 Percival Stern Hall • New Orleans, LA 70118 • Phone: 504-865-5331 • psych@tulane.edu