Psychology

Traci Giuliano

Professor of Psychology

Areas of expertise
Social Psychology, Human Sexuality, Gender

Dr. Giuliano holds a B.A. in psychology from The University of Texas and an M.A. and Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles. She has been a member of the Southwestern faculty since 1994, and still considers Southwestern her dream job. In 2009, she was named holder of the John H. Duncan Chair, one of six endowed positions funded by the Brown Foundation of Houston. She looks forward to hosting Southwestern's annual Brown Symposium ("Sex Talk: A Symposium With Benefits") in 2013.

Teaching Philosophy

As a teacher, I want to inspire others the way that I have been inspired. Throughout my life, my teachers have had a tremendous impact on me (academically, socially, and personally) by serving as role models and by sharing their passion. I want my students to feel the way I felt when I was in college--to be so passionate about learning that they never, ever want to miss a single college class (as I didn't); to feel compelled to write a letter explaining a research finding to Ann Landers, as a "Psych Student from Georgetown, Texas" did after learning about that finding in my intro psych class; and to be so excited about social psychology that they cannot resist the urge to constantly describe its theories and experiments to their parents, friends, and romantic partners, even to the point of annoyance (as I did, and as my students do now). Toward this end, I rely heavily on active learning demonstrations to make the material engaging (e.g., social psychology students participate in a dating marketplace simulation in order to understand the matching hypothesis in attraction) as well as assignments that encourage students to apply course content to their lives (e.g., students post multimedia blogs about their experiences breaking a social norm or taking an online prejudice test). In addition, because I think it's crucial for students to become more effective communicators, I devote immense amounts of time in all my courses to teaching students to write clearly, logically, and professionally. To help guide them, I share the "recipe" for good scientific writing, I provide numerous detailed handouts (on grammar, scientific content, and APA style) and examples of good papers from previous students, and I spend hours making copious comments on their papers. Finally, I connect with students and care deeply about their academic, professional, and personal development. Although I'm thrilled when an undergraduate gets word that the manuscript she labored over for a year has been accepted for publication, I'm every bit as tickled when a C student who has been struggling to "get" research methods surprises both of us with an A on the final paper or the final exam. The opportunity to establish meaningful relationships outside the classroom is also very fulfilling. I especially appreciate that my classes eagerly come to my house every semester to devour fajitas and corn casserole, to play dodge ball on my sport court, and to dance to hip hop with my 10-year old daughter; that my winter break each year is filled with visits by former students who regale me with tales of life in graduate school, the CIA, or a non-profit agency; and that these relationships allow me to watch students grow up, get married, start careers, and embark on a variety of adventures.

Courses: Fall 2014

Research Methods I
Sex Talk: An FYS with Benefits
Social Psychology

Previous Courses

Principles of Psychology
First Year Seminar: Why People Believe Weird Things
Paideia: Understanding Human Behavior
Human Sexuality
Social Psychology
Research Methods I
Research Methods II
Capstone Research in Social Psychology
Internship in Psychology
Honors Research

Research

Having grown up as a tomboy playing sports on all-boys' teams, Giuliano is fascinated by the role that gender plays in influencing not only our own perceptions and behavior, but also others' perceptions of and behavior toward us. Her research explores the effects of gender in a variety of applied contexts, including sports, health, communication, and sexuality. Giuliano has published 25 articles in peer-reviewed journals with 36 undergraduate student co-authors. Mentoring students through research is Giuliano's passion, and she is proud that her students have served as lead author on 15 articles and that 10 of her students have earned national paper competition awards.

Publications

*Denotes Southwestern Undergraduate Co-authors

  • *Gomillion, S. C., & Giuliano, T. A. (2011). The influence of media role models on gay, lesbian, and bisexual identity. Journal of Homosexuality, 58, 330-354.
  • *Howell, J., * & Giuliano, T. A. (2011). The effects of expletive use and team gender on perceptions of coaching effectiveness. Journal of Sport Behavior.
  • *Howell, J., *Egan, P., *Ackley, B., & Giuliano, T. A. (2011). The reverse double standard in perceptions of student-teacher sexual relationships: The role of gender, initiation, and power. Journal of Social Psychology, 151(2), 180-200.
  • *Egan, P., & Giuliano, T. A. (2009). Unaccommodating attitudes: Perceptions of students with learning disabilities as a function of accommodation use and test performance. North American Journal of Psychology, 11, 487-500.
  • *Osborne, R. L, *Ackley B. D, & Giuliano, T. A., (2008). The "skinny" on coffee drinkers: Gender differences in healthy beverage choice. Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research, 13(4), 159-163.
  • *Riggs, A. L., & Giuliano, T. A. (2007). Running in the family or swimming in the gene pool: The role of family history and genetic risk in individual's illness perceptions. Journal of Health Psychology, 12, 883-894.
  • *Stanzer, M., Guarraci, F., Giuliano, T. A., & Sims, A. (2007). Paramedic or EMT-basic partner? Study evaluates preferred partner types & the effect of partners on work-related stress levels. Journal of Emergency Medical Services 32: 72-74.
  • Giuliano, T. A., *Turner, K. L., *Lundquist, J. C., & *Knight, J. L., (2007). Gender and the selection of public athletic role models. Journal of Sport Behavior, 30, 161-198.
  • Hebl, M. R., Giuliano, T. A., King, E. B., *Knight, J. L., Shapiro, J. R., Skorinko, J. L., & Wig, A. (2004). Paying the way: The ticket to gender inequality in sports. Sex Roles, 51, 227-235
  • *Knight, J. L., & Giuliano, T. A. (2003). Blood, sweat, and jeers: The impact of the media's heterosexist portrayals on perceptions of male and female athletes. Journal of Sport Behavior, 26, 272-284.
  • *Wilke, K. M., *Turner, K. L., & Giuliano, T. A. (2003). Smoke screens: Cross-cultural effectiveness of anti-smoking messages. North American Journal of Psychology, 5, 431-442.
  • *Dodd E. H., Giuliano, T. A., *Boutell, J. M., & *Moran, B. E. (2001). Respected or rejected: Perceptions of women who confront sexist remarks. Sex Roles, 45, 567-577.
  • *Knight, J. L., & Giuliano, T. A. (2001). She's a "looker;" he's a Laker: The consequences of gender-stereotypical portrayals of male and female athletes by the print media. Sex Roles, 45, 217-229.
  • *Knight, J. L., Giuliano, T. A., & *Sanchez-Ross, M. G. (2001). Famous or infamous? The influence of celebrity status and race on perceptions of responsibility for rape. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 23, 183-190
  • Giuliano, T. A. (2001). Student presentations of the life and work of a well-known social psychologist. Teaching of Psychology, 28, 269-271.
  • *Dickson, A., Giuliano, T. A., *Morris, J. C., & *Cass, K. L. (2001). Eminem versus Charley Pride: Race, stereotypes, and perceptions of rap and county music performers. Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research, 6, 175-179.
  • *Kirkendall, K. D., *Dixon, D. P., Giuliano, T. A., & *Raney, A. E. (2001). The bold and the beautiful: The effect of physical attractiveness and extraversion on desirability. Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research, 6, 180-186.
  • Giuliano, T. A., *Popp, K. E., & *Knight, J. L. (2000). Footballs vs. Barbies: Childhood play activities as predictors of sport participation by women. Sex Roles, 42, 159-181.
  • *Cohorn, Cari A., & Giuliano, T. A. (1999). Predictors of adjustment and institutional attachment in first-year college students. Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research, 4, 47-56.
  • *Cox, C. B., & Giuliano, T. A. (1999). Constructing obstacles vs. making excuses: Examining perceivers' reactions to behavioral and self-reported self-handicapping. Journal of Social Behavior and Personality, 14, 419-432.
  • *Fiala, S. E., Giuliano, T. A., *Remlinger, N. M., & *Braithwaite, L. C. (1999). Lending a helping hand: The effects of sex stereotypes and gender on likelihood of helping. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 29, 2164-2176.
  • Giuliano, T. A., & *Cohorn, C. A. (1997). Predictors of adjustment and institutional attachment in first-year college students. Higher Education Abstracts, 33, 27-28.
  • Swinkels, A., & Giuliano, T. A. (1995). The measurement and conceptualization of mood awareness: Monitoring and labeling one's mood states. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 21, 934-949.
  • Graham, S., Weiner, B., Giuliano, T. A., & Williams, E. (1993). An attributional analysis of reactions to Magic Johnson. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 23, 996-1010.
  • Taylor, S. E., Aspinwall, L. G., & Giuliano, T. A. (1993). Emotions as psychological achievements. In S. H. M. Van Goozen, S. H. M. Van de Poll, & J. A. Sergeant (Eds.), Emotions: Essays on current issues in the field of emotion theory. Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.
  • Taylor, S. E., Aspinwall, L. G., Giuliano, T. A., Dakof, G. A., & Reardon, K. K. (1993). Storytelling and coping with stressful events. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 23, 703-733.
  • Gilbert, D. T., McNulty, S. E., Giuliano, T. A., & Benson, J. E. (1992). Blurry words and fuzzy deeds: The attribution of obscure behavior. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 62, 18-25.

Honors & Awards

  • John H. Duncan Chair 2009-2014
  • Southwestern Nominee for the CASE U.S. Professor of the Year Award, 2011
  • Southwestern Nominee for the Minnie Piper Stevens Foundation Teaching Award, 2011
  • Southwestern University Outstanding Teaching Award, 2009-2010
  • Southwestern University Outstanding Advising Award, 2009-2010
  • Mundy Faculty-Student Fellowship 2008-2009
  • Southwestern Nominee for the Minnie Piper Stevens Foundation Teaching Award 2006
  • Mundy Faculty-Student Fellowship 2004-2005
  • Methodist Board of Higher Education in Ministry's Outstanding Teaching Award 2004
  • Mundy Faculty-Student Fellowship 2002-2003
  • Brown Junior Fellow, Southwestern University 1999-2000
  • Lilo Leeds Grant from the Women's Sports Foundation 2000
  • Southwestern University Outstanding Teaching Award 1999
  • Shepherd Ivory Franz Outstanding Teaching Award, UCLA 1994
  • Phi Beta Kappa, University of Texas 1989

Student Research Assistants: Honors and Awards

  • Jenny Howell, National Science Foundation Fellowship (2011)
  • Stacy Mathis, 1st place, Psi Chi/J.P. Guilford National Paper Competition (2010)
  • Kathryn Bollich, 2nd place, Psi Chi/ Allyn & Bacon National Paper Competition (2010)
  • Patrick Egan, National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship (2010)
  • Patrick Egan, 2nd place, Psi Chi/J.P. Guilford National Paper Competition (2009)
  • Jenny Howell, 3rd place, Psi Chi/J.P. Guilford National Paper Competition (2009)
  • Abby Riggs, 1sts place, Psi Chi/J.P. Guilford National Paper Competition (2004)
  • Kelly Turner & Krista Wilke, King Creativity Fund Grant (2003)
  • Allison Dickson, 3rd place, Psi Chi/Allyn & Bacon National Paper Competition (2001)
  • Jennifer Knight, Best Student Research Paper, American Psychological Society meeting (2000)
  • Cody Cox, 3rd place, Psi Chi/Allyn & Bacon National Paper Competition (2000)
  • Jennifer Knight, Alfred Nolle Alpha Chi National Research Award (2000)
  • Cari Cohorn, 1st place, Psi Chi/Allyn & Bacon National Paper Competition (1999)
  • Jennifer Knight, 3rd place, Psi Chi/Allyn & Bacon National Paper Competition (1999)
  • Psi Chi National Research Grants (1999): Cari Cohorn, Sam Fiala
  • Sam Fiala, 2nd place, Psi Chi/Allyn & Bacon National Paper Competition (1998)
  • Psi Chi Research Awards for Outstanding Posters/Papers at the Southwestern Psychological Association Conference: Brooke Blomquist (2011), Stacy Mathis, Whitney Laas, Lauren Margulieux, & Kathryn Bollich (2010), Sarah Gomillion (2009), Emily Travis (2007), Sarah Gomillion & Kathryn Cubage (2006), Carlee McConnell & Elissa Lewis (2006), Abby Riggs & Erin Crockett (2004), Aubrey Buckert & Genevieve Pruneau (2004), Matt Hall & Jill Hogue (2003), Ashley Rittmayer (2001), Deann Dixon (2001), Allison Dickson (2001), Ashley Rittmayer (2000), Jennifer Knight (1999), Sam Fiala (1998)


Interests

  • sports: soccer (Austin Allies), kickball (playing AWKA, coaching NWA), dodgeball
  • NFL - I'm a Pittsburgh Steeler FANATIC!!
  • traveling, hanging out with my family and friends, eating (Chuy's, Texadelphia, Torchy's, Mighty Cone)
  • TV (Dexter, The Big C, Shameless, Nurse Jackie, Weeds, Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice)