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Faculty

obrienLaurie O’Brien, Ph.D.
associate Professor

Ph.D., 2002, University of Kansas
Curriculum Vitae 

Email: lobrien2@tulane.edu
Phone: (504) 862-3320
Website: Laurie O'Brien's Home Page
PhD Program:Psychological Science: Social Psychology

3013 Percival Stern Hall

Research Interests

Prejudice and stigma from the perspective of both targets and perpetrators. Research encompasses topics such as stereotype threat, status legitimizing ideologies, and perceptions of prejudice and discrimination.

Selected Publications

Blodorn, A., & O’Brien, L.T. (2013). Evaluations of White American versus Black American discrimination claimants’ political views and prejudicial attitudes. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 49, 211-216.

Simon, S., Kinias, Z. O’Brien, L.T., Major, B.N., & Bivolaru, E. (2013). Prototypes of discrimination: How status asymmetry and stereotype asymmetry affect judgments of racial discrimination. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 35, 525-533.

Blodorn, A., O’Brien, L.T., & Kordys, J. (2012). Responding to sex-based discrimination: Gender differences in perceived discrimination and implications for legal decision making. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 15, 409-424.

O’Brien, L.T., Major, B.N., & Gilbert, P.N. (2012). Gender differences in entitlement: The roles of system justifying beliefs. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 34, 136-145.

O’Brien, L.T., Major, B., & Simon, S. (2012). Why did you choose him over me? Outgroup favoritism and attributions to discrimination. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48, 1225-1233.

Blodorn, A., & O'Brien, L.T., & (2011). Perceptions of racism in Hurricane Katrina-related events: Implications for collective guilt and mental health among White Americans. Analysis of Social Issues and Public Policy, 11 127-140.

O'Brien, L. ., Mars, D., & Eccleston, C.P. (2011). System justifying ideologies and academic outcomes among first-year Latino college students. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 17, 406-414.

O'Brien, L.T., Crandall, C.S., Horstman-Reser, A., Warner, R., Alsbrooks, A., & Blodorn, A. (2010). But I'm no bigot: How prejudiced Americans maintain unprejudiced self-images. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 40, 917-946.

O'Brien, L.T., Garcia, D.G., Crandall, C.S., & Kordys, J. (2010). White Americans' opposition to affirmative action: Group interest and the harm to beneficiaries objection. British Journal of Social Psychology, 49, 895-903.

O'Brien, L.T., Blodorn, A., Alsbrooks, A., Dube, R., Adams, G., & Nelson, J.C. (2009). Understanding White Americans' perceptions of racism in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 12, 431-444.

O'Brien, L.T., Kinias Z., & Major, B.N. (2008). How status and stereotypes impact attributions to discrimination: The stereotype-asymmetry hypothesis. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 44, 405-412.

Major, B.N., Kaiser, C.K., O'Brien, L.T., & McCoy, S.K. (2007). Fairing well in an unfair world: How worldviews moderate the impact of perceived discrimination on self-esteem. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 92, 1068-1086.

Adams, G., O’Brien, L.T., & Nelson, J.C. (2006). Perceptions of Racism in Hurricane Katrina: A Liberation Psychology Analysis. Analysis of Social Issues and Public Policy, 6, 215-235.

Adams, G., Thomas, Tormala, T., & O'Brien, L. T. (2006). The effect of self-affirmation on attributions of racism. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 42, 616-626.

O'Brien, L. T., & Hummert, M. L. (2006). Self-stereotyping, stereotyping threat, and memory performance in middle-aged adults. Social Cognition, 24, 338-358.

O’Brien, L.T., & Major, B.N. (2005). System justifying beliefs and psychological well-being: The roles of group status and identity. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 31, 1718-1729.

O’Brien, L.T., & Crandall, C.S. (2005). Perceiving self-interest: Power, ideology, and maintenance of the status quo. Social Justice Research, 18, 1-24.

*Winner of 2005 Morton Deutsch Award of the International Society of Justice Research.

Major, B. N., & O’Brien, L. T. (2005). The social psychology of stigma. Annual Review of Psychology, 56, 393-421.

O’Brien, L. T., & Crandall, C. S. (2003). Stereotype threat and arousal: Effects on women’s math performance. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 29, 782-789.

Crandall, C. S., Eshleman, A., & O’Brien, L. T. (2002). Social norms and the expression of prejudice: The struggle for internalization. Journal for Personality and Social Psychology, 82, 359-378.

Hummert, M.L., Garstka, T.A., O’Brien, L.T., Greenwald, A.G., & Mellot, D.S. (2002). Age differences in implicit social perceptions: Analysis and interpretation of response latencies. Psychology and Aging, 17, 482-495.

Dr. O'Brien's Courses


  • Introduction to Social Psychology – PSYC 343
  • Social Stigma – PSYC 662
  • Social Psychology – PSYC 700

Department of Psychology • 2007 Percival Stern Hall • New Orleans, LA 70118 • Phone: 504-865-5331 • psych@tulane.edu