Jennifer Ratcliff

Jennifer Ratcliff, Ph.D

Professor (Psychology), Committee Member (President’s Council on Diversity & Inclusion)
(585) 395-2685
Office: Holmes Hall 137


  • PhD, Experimental Social Psychology, Ohio University - 2007
    Concentration: Quantitative methods
  • M.S., Experimental Social Psychology, Ohio University - 2004
  • M.S., Community Counseling, University of Dayton - 2001
  • B.S., Psychology, Slippery Rock University - 1996

Courses Taught

  • Social Psychology
  • Research Methods
  • Prejudice and Discrimination
  • Advanced Social Psychology
  • Psychology and the Law
  • Western Europe: The International Study of Culture and Customs
  • Understanding Intergroup Relations in New Zealand

Research Interests

  • The experience of stigma and marginalization
  • Posttraumatic growth following experiences with bullying
  • Factors that impact willingness to confront prejudice
  • Stereotyping, prejudice, discrimination
  • Social Perception
  • The role of race in juror decision making

Research Descriptions

  • Dr. Ratcliff’s primary program of research centers on understanding the antecedents to prejudice, discrimination, and stigma, as well as the impact of such stigma on marginalized individuals. Much of her work has focused on sexual orientation-based prejudice and stigma in particular. Her recent work has focused on understanding risk and protective factors for individuals who have been the targets of bullying.
  • In her second line of research, Dr. Ratcliff explores the influence of perceptual factors on social judgment. More precisely, she examines the impact of perceptual constraints such as the relative salience of one actor over another during an ongoing interaction on the way people interpret and ultimately evaluate videotaped criminal confessions. Her recent work in this area examined the role of suspect and detective race in exacerbating or attenuating a racial salience bias during police interrogations.