Department of Psychology

Julie C. Herbstrith, Ph.D.

Julie Herbstrith, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
131G Waggoner Hall
Work: 309/298-1923
Fax: 309/298-2179


Additional Information

Education:

Majored in psychology at Marian University in Indianapolis, Indiana. Received a master’s degree in psychology from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Received Ph.D. in school psychology at Illinois State University. Dissertation: “A multi-method investigation of pre-service teacher prejudice toward gay and lesbian parents.”

Teaching:

Graduate courses (PSY 585 Psychological Problems of the Child, PSY 591 Behavioral Consultation, PSY 593 Interventions) and undergraduate courses (typically PSY 251 Personality and Adjustment)

Research:

Broadly, my program of research is designed to advance our current understanding of prejudice and microaggressions directed at people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or other (LGBTQ+). I am trained as a school psychologist but my research interests have always been in social psychology. Therefore, the projects I work on vary and I find myself working closely with other faculty and students from both school and experimental psychology, which is one of the most rewarding parts of my job

  • Social-psychological phenomena such as prejudice, microaggressions, and discrimination in school settings
  • Correlates of prejudice including personality traits, motivation to withhold prejudiced reactions
  • Self-awareness of microaggression perpetration toward people who are LGBTQ+
  • Relations among self-reported sexual identity, sexual behavior, and sexual attraction
  • Diversity training issues

Recent Scholarly Activities:

Helmers, B.R., Harbke, C.R., & Herbstrith, J.C. (2017). Sexual willingness with same- and other-sex prospective partners: Experimental evidence from the bar scene. Journal of Social Psychology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/00224545.2017.1314248

Kiebel, E.M., McFadden, S., & Herbstrith, J.C. (2017). Disgusted but not afraid: Feelings toward same-sex kissing reveal subtle homonegativity. Journal of Social Psychology, 157, 263-278. doi: 10.1080/00224545.2016.1184127

Herbstrith, J.C. (2017). Microaggressions toward LGB parents by pre-service teachers. Poster presented at the National Association of School Psychologists Convention in San Antonio, TX.

Kelly, R.M., & Herbstrith, J.C. (2017, February). Pre-law students’ interest in school psychology. Poster presented at the Trainers of School Psychology Conference in San Antonio, TX.

Herbstrith, J.C., & Roth, Z.C. (2016). Gender, motivation to control prejudice, and attitudes toward same-gender parents. Poster presented at the Midwestern Psychological Association Conference in Chicago, IL.

Additional recent scholarly activities and greater description of Dr. Herbstrith's research can be found here.