Haines Social Cognition Lab


Research Interests





Elizabeth L. Haines, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Department of Psychology
2038 Science Hall East (office)
2013 Science Hall  East (Lab)

telephone: 973.720.2500
fax: 973.720.3392
email: hainese@wpunj.edu 


Spring 2016

Social Cognition Lab
Psychology of Women
Experimental Psychology II: Research Methods


   Other Courses

Experimental I Experimental II
Social Psychology Psychology of Women
General Psychology Honors Social Science Honors II 
The Psychology of Stereotyping and Prejudice 444
Close Relationships

Research Interests

I am a social and personality psychologist interested in the basic processes underlying social perception. More specifically, I study the mechanisms causing  prejudice and discrimination. The ultimate goal in my research is to change stereotypical thought and prejudicial behavior.  I work collaboratively with undergraduate students and run a social psychology lab with a small group of students each semester. 


I regularly teach statistics, research methods, and social psychology. I rotate special topics courses (e.g., psychology of women, stereotyping and prejudice, or close relationships) each spring.  My goal as a teacher is to foster students' critical thinking and to enhance their self efficacy by practicing challenging research and statistical skills. I also help students to understand cognitive bias and how it operates in self and other evaluation. 

Educational and Professional Background

I am originally from Summit, New Jersey. I was first an English major at University of Delaware.  I  added psychology as a major after I fell in love with the feminist empiricist framework within the psychology of women.  Although I  identify as research scientist, I am connected to my literary background -- especially the themes of nature, emotion, and intuition in the Romantics(e.g., Wordsworth, Shelley, Byron, and Keats) and the moderns (E.g., William Carlos Williams, Erica Jong, James Dickey).

I earned my Ph.D. in Social and Personality Psychology in 1999 -- a program that was deeply immersed in critical and postmodern theory. I taught over thirty sections of undergraduate psychology courses while in graduate school (Hunter College, Montclair State University). After completing my Ph.D., I did my postdoctoral research in social cognition at University of Washington from 2000-2001.  I have been at William Paterson University since fall of 2002.  

I am a member of  APS, as well as APA's divisions 8 (social issues), 9 (social and personality), 14 (industrial and organizational ), 35 (women). 

I am married to a man who has always believed in me. I have two spirited children whom I adore. I am a long distance runner, skier, yoga practitioner, daydreamer, music lover, and photography hack.