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Margaret L. Signorella

Margaret L. Signorella

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Margaret L. Signorella, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology and Women's Studies and Director of Academic Affairs at Penn State Greater Allegheny. She previously served as Director of Academic Affairs for seven years and has coordinated the campus psychology program since 2003.

Trained as a social psychologist, her major research focus is on the development and consequences of gender schemas, and she is collaborating on two grants aimed at understanding gender differences in cognition and career interests. She frequently uses meta-analysis to examine the developmental and gender-related trends in stereotypical schemas. In her teaching, which includes introductory psychology, research methods, and various social psychology courses, she emphasizes involving undergraduate students in research projects.

Dr. Signorella is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (Psychology of Women, SPSSI). She serves as an Associate Editor for the multidisciplinary and international journal, Sex Roles, and recently co-edited a two-part special issue of the journal on single-sex education.

Primary Interests:

  • Gender Psychology
  • Internet and Virtual Psychology
  • Prejudice and Stereotyping
  • Social Cognition

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Other Publications:

  • Mazur, E., Signorella, M. L., & Hough, M. (2012). Older adults and their Internet behaviors. In Z. Yan (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Cyber Behavior (pp. 608-619). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
  • Signorella, M. L. (1999). Multidimensionality of gender schemas: Implications for the development of gender-related characteristics. In W. B. Swann Jr., J. H. Langlois & L. A. Gilbert (Eds.), Sexism and stereotypes in modern society: The gender science of Janet Taylor Spence. (pp. 107-126). Washington, DC, US: American Psychological Association.
  • Vegega, M. E., & Signorella, M. L. (1990). Carolyn Wood Sherif (1922-1982). In A. N. Connell & N. F. Russo, N. F. (Eds.). Women in psychology: A bio-bibliographic sourcebook. New York, NY, England: Greenwood Press.
  • Signorella, M. L., Vegega, M. E., & Mitchell, M. E. (1981). Subject selection and analyses for sex-related differences: 1968–1970 and 1975–1977. American Psychologist, 36(9), 988-990.

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Margaret L. Signorella
Penn State Greater Allegheny
102A Frable Building
4000 University Drive
McKeesport, PA 15132
United States

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