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


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.”


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)


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.