Associate Professor

Degrees: Ph.D. in Social Psychology, Washington University

Expertise: Social Psychology

Fall 2017 Courses

PS 241-51  SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY  M W F  11:00-11:50 am
PS 241-52   SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY  M W F   1:00-1:50 pm
PS 342-51 PSYCHOLOGY OF PREJUDICE  T R  12:30-1:45 pm

Fall 2017 Office Hours

M W F 2:00-3:00 pm
T R 12:00-12:30 pm; 2:00-3:00 pm
and by appointment

Selected Research Publications

  • Yost, J.H., & Rainey, D.W. (2014). The consequences of disappointment in team performance among baseball fans. Journal of Sport Behavior, 37, 407-425.
  • Rainey, D.W., Yost, J.H., & Larsen, J. (2011). Disappointment theory and disappointment among football fans. Journal of Sport Behavior, 34, 175-87.
  • Rainey, D.W., Larsen, J., & Yost, J.H. (2009). Disappointment theory and disappointment  among baseball fans.  Journal of Sport Behavior, 32, 339-356.
  • Oleson, K., Poehlmann, K., Yost, J.H., Lynch, M., & Arkin, R.A. (2000). Subjective overachievement: Individual differences in self-doubt and concern with performance. Journal of Personality, 68, 491-524
  • Yost, J. H., & Weary, G.  (1996).  Depression and the correspondent inference bias: Evidence for more effortful cognitive processing.  Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 22, 192-200.

Current Research Interests:

My personal research interests are in the areas of prejudice, implicit cognition, and Terror Management Theory. However, the major focus of my research efforts over the last several years has been in mentoring students and encouraging them to pursue their own research interests. Over the past 10 years or so, I have mentored over 150 independent undergraduate research projects and over 20 Honors Theses at John Carroll University. In addition, I have mentored over 50 student conference presentations, including the sponsoring of 10 Midwestern Regional Psi Chi Research Award winners  (competitive awards traditionally given to top 3% of over 500-600 submissions each year).

Sample of Midwestern Regional Psi Chi Award Winners Mentored:

  • Otis, Z. (May, 2017).  Fear of a Woman President: The Effect of Precarious Manhood on the 2016 Presidential Election. Presented at the 89th annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago.
  • Corridoni, G. (May, 2016). Twitter vs. Textbook: Differences in Source Memory and the Bizarreness Effect.  Presented at the 88th annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago.
  • Palmieri, S. (May, 2014). The Effect of Collective Self-Esteem on Heterosexual Assessment of Same-Sex Relationship Quality. Presented at the 86th annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago.
  • Polasky, S. (May, 2013). Obama’s Digging My Grave: Worldview Threat Reduces Predicted Age of Death.  Presented at the 85th annual meeting of  the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago.
  • Benich, M. (May, 2008). Recategorization Due to Disability Information: A Test of the Continuum Model.  Presented at the 80th annual meeting of  the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago.
  • Widman, S. (May, 2007). Rationalizing Away Guilt: The Role of Cognitive Dissonance in Academically Dishonest Behaviors.  Presented at the 79th annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago.
  • Williams, A. (May, 2007). Rape Myth Acceptance and the Unobtrusive Presentation of Sexually Degrading Images.  Presented at the 79th annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago.
  • Stiffler, S., Healy, K., & Anderson, R. (May, 2002). The effect of schema-incongruent information on impression formation and affect. Presented at the 74th annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago.

Other Recent  Student Research Presentations Reflecting My Interests:

  • Trautman, K. & Simonovic, N. (May, 2016). Smells Like Summer: Scent of Sunscreen Implicitly Primes Body-Image Word.  Presented at the 88th annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago.
  • Farrell, K. (May, 2015). The Scent of Summer: Implicit Activation of Body-Image Concerns.  Presented at the 87th annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago.
  • Berry, B.  (May, 2014). Ego-Depletion in the Context of Stereotype Suppression. Presented at the 86th annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago.
  • Yost, J.H., & Sauter, M.J. (May, 2011). Tombstones in the Rocks: Biased Attention to Mortality-Salient Stimuli.  Paper presented at the 83rd annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago.

 Background Information:

  • B.A., Temple University, Phila, PA, 1985
  • M.A., Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 1990
  • Ph.D., Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 1992
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 1991-1992
  • National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Postdoctoral Fellow, Ohio State University, 1992-94
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY, 1994-1995
  • Assistant Professor, John Carroll University, 1995-2001
  • Associate Professor, John Carroll University, 2001-

Recommended Links:

Social Psychology Network