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Heather J. Smith


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Organizational Justice Research Team



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(Spring 2015)

We investigate how people change their definitions of fairness and their reactions to disadvantage or conflict when they identify themselves as members of different groups.  For example, an individual’s willingness to accept an ingroup authority’s decision increases if the individual perceives the decision-maker as treating them fairly, but an individual’s willingness to accept an outgroup authority’s decision increases if they receive favorable outcomes.

A list of current research projects is available at:

If you would like to read more about my background, you can read my "FRESCA" profile.

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We always can use help, so if the projects below interest you, please participate:

Project 1. Tell us about your SSU experience and earn a WOLFBUCKS card

You are invited to participate in a study designed to understand your experiences as a Sonoma State student. If you would like to be involved in our study, please sign up for for a time slot below. All participants will receive a $4.00 wolfbuck card as a thank for your time. To make an appointment please go to the internet address below:

(If the sign-up link does not work, try copying and pasting the link into your browser, or emailing us directly. THANKS!)

Project 2. Tell us what young people like you think about physician visits

We are interested in young people's attitudes and feelings toward physicians.  First, we will ask you to read and respond to a short description of a visit to a hypothetical physicians.  Second, we will ask you a few questions about your most recent visit to a physician. The study takes about 20 minutes to complete. To begin the study, please go to the internet address below:

If you want to stop and start the survey again later, just return to the above link.

Thank you for volunteering your time to further our research.





Heather Smith, Ph.D.
Psychology Department
Sonoma State University
1801 E. Cotati Ave
Rohnert Park, CA 93928