Haines Social Cognition Lab


Research Interests





Elizabeth L. Haines, Ph.D.

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

telephone: 201.618.7054
email: hainese@wpunj.edu 


Spring 2016

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


   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, stereotyping, and prejudice. More specifically, I study how social categories -- such a gender, race, age, and attractiveness -- affect initial impressions in positive and negative ways.   I also have a specialty in implicit measurement in organizations.  Implicit measures provide promise for understanding how unexamined bias contributes to counterproductive work behavior and as an additional tool for employee assessment. 

I work collaboratively with undergraduate students and run a social cognition lab with these co-researchers each semester. Co-researchers   develop their critical thinking, statistical reasoning, and research methodology skills. They also gain expertise in implicit measurement, advanced statistical analyses, survey design, and online data collection methods (e.g, IAT, Qualtrics, SPSS, M-Turk).  


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.