jbr2013 Janet B. Ruscher, Ph.D.

Ph.D., 1991, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Curriculum Vitae

Phone: (504) 862-3309
3049 Percival Stern Hall and 201 Lindy Boggs Center
PhD Program:Psychological Science: Social Psychology

Research Interests

Dr. Ruscher's social cognition research focuses primarily on stereotyping and prejudice in communication and language. Current work considers the role of metaphors in social perception, as well as communication about stigmas associated with significant life challenges and loss.

Selected Publications

Ruscher, J. B. (in press). Adult attachment predicts advice, exemplar sharing, and questions to acquaintances recently diagnosed with cancer. Journal of Language and Social Psychology DOI: 10.1177/0261927X16667435

Boasso, A., Overstreet, S., & Ruscher, J. B. (2015). Community disasters and shared trauma: Potential implications of listening to a co-survivor narrative. Journal of Loss and Trauma, 20, 397-409 DOI: 10.1080/15325024.2014.912055

Ruscher, J. B. (2015). Expectations about re-entering the weekly cycle following disruption by familial death or holiday. Time and Society.  DOI: 10.1177/0961463X15577284

Van Bommel, T., Sheehy, A., & Ruscher, J. B. (2015). The role of attachment style in women's recognition of sexism. Personality and Individual Differences, 74, 235-240.

Tipler, C. N., & Ruscher, J. B. (2014). Agency’s role in dehumanization: Non-human metaphors of outgroups. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 8, 214-228.

Ruscher, J. B. (2012). Describing grief under cyclical versus linear conceptions of time. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 31, 533-546

Ruscher, J. B. (2011). Moving forward: The effect of spatial metaphors on perceptions about grief . Social Psychology, 42, 225-230. [Special issue: Spatial Constraints on Social Cognition]

Bradley-Geist, J. C., & Ruscher, J. B. (2011). Showcasing and subjugating minorities and women: Assignment to visible but trivial committees. Journal of Psychological Issues in Organizational Culture, 2, 5-18.

Ruscher, J. B., Wallace, D., Walker, K. M., & Bell, L. H. (2010). Constructive feedback in cross-race interaction. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 13, 603-619.

Kaplan, S. A., Santuzzi, A. M. & Ruscher, J. B. (2009). Elaborative meta-perceptions in outcome-dependent situations: The diluted relationship between default self-perceptions and meta-perceptions. Social Cognition, 27, 602-615

Ruscher, J. B., Cralley, E. L., & O'Farrell, K. J. (2005). How newly acquainted dyads develop shared stereotypic impressions of others through conversation. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 8, 259-270.

Ruscher, J. B. (2001). Prejudiced communication: A social psychological perspective. New York: Guilford Press.

Dr. Ruscher's Courses

Current and Former Students

Department of Psychology • 2007 Percival Stern Hall • New Orleans, LA 70118 • Phone: 504-865-5331 •