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Stephanie A. Shields Ph.D.

Stephanie A. Shields, Ph.D.


Professor of Psychology and Women's Studies


Professor Shields’ research is at the intersection of emotion, gender, and feminist psychology. In the area of emotion she focuses on perceptions of others’ emotion regulation, and on the use of emotion representation (e.g., emotion language; expressive regulation) to assert or challenge status and power. In the area of gender she is particularly interested in intersectionality of social identities and how psychological research can be more responsive to this perspective. Dr. Shields also studies the social context of psychological research, especially the history of the psychology of women and gender, and women's participation in American psychology. Speaking from the Heart: Gender and the Social Meaning of Emotion (Cambridge, 2002), received the Association for Women in Psychology’s Distinguished Publication Award, as did her special issue of Sex Roles on intersectionality of social identities. She coordinates Penn State’s dual-title Ph.D. in Women’s Studies and Psychology. She has served as Director of Women’s Studies at Penn State and the University of California, Davis, and was founding director of the UC Davis Consortium for Research on Women and Gender. She is a past-president of the Society for the Psychology of Women, Division 35 of the American Psychological Association. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Society of Experimental Social Psychology. In 2013 she received the Society for the Psychology of Women’s Carolyn W. Sherif Award, the society’s highest award which is given for research, mentoring, and service relevant to women.