Melissa Burkley, Ph.D., 2006, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.
Associate Professor, Social Psychology
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Dr. Burkley teaches courses in research methods and motivation.
Dr. Burkley's research focuses on stereotypes and prejudice. In particular, she is interested in studying the positive and negative consequences of being a member of a stigmatized group. Most recently, she has investigated why women endorse negative gender stereotypes. Her research shows that negative stereotypes are often endorsed after failure in order to protect one's self-esteem. In another line of work, she has helped develop a new measure of implicit attitudes known as the Affect Misattribution Procedure (AMP). This method combines cognitive priming with projective tests in order to create a more valid and user-friendly measure of implict affect, cognition, and prejudice. Other interests include intergroup relations, and social cognition.
- Burkley, M., Parker, J., Stermer, P. S., & Burkley, E. (2010). Trait beliefs that make women vulnerable to math disengagement. Personality and Individual Differences, 48, 234-238
- Parker, J. & Burkley, M. (2009). Whos chasing whom: The impact of gender and relationship status on mate poaching. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45, 1016-1019.
- Burkley, M. & Blanton, H. (2008). Endorsing a negative in-group stereotype as a self-protective strategy: Sacrificing the group to save the self. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 44, 37-49.
- Payne, K., Burkley, M., & Stokes, M. (2008). Why do implicit and explicit attitude tests diverge? The role of structural fit. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 94, 16-31.
- Burkley, M., & Blanton, H. (in press). Research designs in applied social psychology. In L. Steg, B. Buunk, & T. Rothengatter (Eds.), Applied social psychology: Understanding and managing social problems.
- Blanton, H., & Burkley, M. (in press). Deviance regulation theory: Applications to adolescent social influence. In M. Prinstein & K. A. Dodge (Eds.). Peer contagion processes among youth: Peer contagion processes in youth Duke series on child development and public policy. Guilford Press.
- Burkley, M. & Blanton, H. (2005). When am I my group? Self-enhancement versus self-justification accounts of perceived prototypicality. Social Justice Research, 18, 445-463.
- 2005-2006 Graduate Mentor Support Grant
- 2005 Graduate and Professional Student Federation Award