Melissa Burkley Personal Information

Melissa Burkley , Ph.D.




Melissa Burkley, Ph.D., 2006, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.
Associate Professor, Social Psychology
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Dr. Burkley is currently looking for graduate students to join her lab for the Fall 2014 year. 


Dr. Burkley teaches undergraduate courses in multicultural psychology (PSYC 4133) and experimental methods (PSYC 3914). She also teaches a graduate course in research design (PSYC 6223). 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.

  • Payne, B. K, Brown-Iannuzzi, J., Burkley, M., Arbuckle, N., Cooley, E., Cameron, C. D., & Lundberg, K. B. (2013). Intention invention and the Affect Misattribution Procedure: Reply to Bar-Anan and Nosek (2012). Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 39, 375-386.

  • Cotner, C., & Burkley, M. (2013). Queer eye for the straight guy: Sexual orientation and stereotype lift effects on performance in the fashion domain. Journal of Homosexuality, 60, 1-13.

  • Burkley, M., Andrade, A., Stermer, S. P., & Bell, A. (2013). The double-edged sword of negative in-group stereotyping. Social Cognition, 31, 15-30.

  • Stermer, P., & Burkley, M. (2012). Xbox or SeXbox: An examination of sexualized content in video games. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 6/7, 525-535.

  • 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). Who’s chasing whom: The impact of gender and relationship status on mate poaching. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45, 1016-1019.

  • Burkley, M. & Blanton, H. (2009). The positive (and negative) consequences of endorsing negative self-stereotypes. Self & Identity, 8, 286-299.

Dr. Burkley's research has been featured in Women's Health, Esquire, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, and Oprah Radio. Dr. Burkley also writes a blog for Psychology Today entitled "The Social Thinker" 

  • Outstanding Support Award from Non-Traditional Student Org (2011)

  • Outstanding Faculty Member from College of Arts and Sciences (2008)