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Organizational Justice Research Team

Spring 2021  Research Team

Jason Ray

Rianna McMahon

Ava Frankovsky

Michael Trujillo

Ashley Smith

Brianna Gaul

Sophie Ammerman 

Tate Lipnicke

Noah Pleece

Alejandra Arredondo

Kaityln Locke 

Prof. Diana Grant (CCJS)





Thank you to everyone who has participated (in one form or another) in our research! Without your help, we could not complete any of these projects.

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We always can use help, so if the projects below interest you, please participate (please participate in any project just once). It is most effective if you complete these studies on a laptop or desktop, not a mobile phone.

Project 1. Did the T.A. cross the line? Evaluate a student complaint (SSU undergraduates only)

We are studying students' perceptions of undergraduate teaching assistants. This is a particularly important issue because of recent and future changes in the use of upper division undergraduates in these mentoring roles. The central part of this study requires you to read a brief description of a student complaint and then answer a set of questions about your reactions. 

To learn more about the study and participate, please click the link below:

Project 2. What went wrong? How an SSU student's response to a shove could impact SSU (SSU undergraduates only)

We invite you to participate in a study designed to learn SSU studentsí reactions to a video re-enactment of a recent student altercation. Volunteers will complete an online questionnaire in which they first watch the video, and then answer a series of questions about their reactions. It typically takes people about 20 to 30 minutes to complete the questionnaire.

To learn about the study and participate, please click the link below:

Project 3.Tell us what young people like you think about physicians (Anyone between 18 and 26 years old)

We are interested in young people's impressions of physicians' webpages. In this study, we will ask you to evaluate two web pages that describe a general practice physician. The study takes about 15 minutes to complete.

To learn more about the study and participate, please click the link below:

Evaluate Physician Webpages

Project 4.  Help improve the university by sharing your experiences (SSU undergraduates only)

You are invited to participate in a study designed to learn more about undergraduate students’ experiences. We plan to compare Sonoma State University students’ evaluations with Italian university students’ answers. The questionnaire includes questions about your feelings toward the university, your perceptions of faculty, your own study behavior and your evaluation of different discussion group formats. The questionnaire takes most participants about 20 minutes.

To learn more about the study and participate, please click the link below:

Classroom Experiences

Thank you for volunteering your time to further our research.

(2017-2018 Research Team, American Psychological Association, San Francisco, California)

(2016-2017 Research Team, Western Psychological Association, Sacramento, CA)

To learn more about current projects, please click on the relevant title.

  • Academic engagement and authority trustworthiness
  • Physician behavior, age differences, and patients' cooperation
  • Ingroup members' reactions to a victim's behavior
  • When observers'perceptions of another's mistreatment diverge: Can group affirmation reduce the gap?
  • SSU Psychology Department Senior Exit Survey
  • Assessment of the SSU Sophomore Year Experimence

    Heather Smith, Ph.D.
    Department of Psychology