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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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Project 1a. Online Assessment of Attitudes Toward University

This online questionnaire is a short test of a possible online assessment of your attitudes toward SSU. It should take about 15 minutes, but it works best if you access the questionnaire on a larger screen (like a laptop). To begin the study, please go to the internet address below:

Project 1. Undergraduate Mentor Relationships

We are studying gender differences in students' general feelings about undergraduate teaching assistants. This is a particularly important issue now because of recent and future changes in the use of upper division undergraduates in these mentoring roles. Previous research shows that successful student mentor relationships are linked to both academic and career success but research also show that male and female students define successful and unsuccessful mentor relationships in different ways. The central part of this study requires you to read a brief description of a recent student complaint and then answer a set of questions about your reactions. 

If you identify as a female CSU student, please go to the internet address below:

If you identify as a male CSU student, please go to the internet address below:

Project 2. How do you evaluate faculty behavior?

You are invited to participate in a study designed to learn more about how students in the United States and Italy evaluate faculty behavior. To begin the study, please go to the internet address below:


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