Dr. Garrett Strosser is an associate professor of psychology and chair of the Psychology Department at Southern Utah University. He focuses on researching social norms, bicultural identity, morality and religion, attitudes toward stigmatized groups and political psychology.
Before teaching at SUU, he was a graduate instructor at New Mexico State University. Dr. Strosser has been published several times and presented 29 different research studies at various meetings, festivals and conferences all over the United States. Dr. Strosser is currently the chair of the SUU Institutional Review Board, he leads the SUU IRB committee in reviewing all human research proposals affiliated with the university.
Dr. Strosser earned his bachelor’s degree at Angelo State University, a master’s of education in community agency counseling at Auburn University, a master’s degree in experimental psychology and a Ph.D. in social psychology with a minor in experimental statistics at New Mexico State University.
Industry Expertise (2)
Areas of Expertise (13)
Culture and Cognition
Dark Triad Traits
Ignorance Towards Atheists
Morality and Religion
Moral Judgements in Relationships
Statistics in Psychology
Stigma Against Mentally Ill
Angelo State University: B.A., Psychology
Auburn University: M.Ed., Community Agency Counseling
New Mexico State University: M.A., Experimental Psychology
New Mexico State University: Ph.D., Social Psychology / Minor–Experimental Statistics
Southern Utah University Influencer Award (professional)
Institutional Review Board Chair
The Board Chair is responsible for reviewing all "human participants research" that occurs with an SUU-affiliated individual for ethical concerns.
- The Journal of Social Psychology : consulting editor.
- Society for Personality & Social Psychology : member.
- International Association of Cross-Cultural Psychology : member.
- Society for the Teaching of Psychology : member.
Event Appearances (3)
The influence of positive conservative and liberal messages on attitudes towards same-sex marriage
AGM of the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association Denver, CO
Softening the stigma: Using service learning to shift explicit and implicit attitudes toward people with mental illness
AGM of the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association Denver, CO
The influence of conservative and liberal messages on attitudes towards same-sex marriage
San Diego, CA Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychologists
Barney, Steve T. Corser, Grant C. Strosser, Garrett L. Hatch, Daniel L. LaFrance, Kevan
Because of stigma, people with mental illnesses report feeling isolated and lonely, tend to be reluctant to discuss their conditions, and are less likely to seek treatments. Stigma reduction programs that incorporate some form of contact with stigmatized individuals have been shown to be effective in altering self-reported negative biases. The present study tested whether contact with individuals who have mental illnesses through a service-learning project incorporated into an undergraduate psychopathology course would reduce self-reported and also implicit biases against those with mental illnesses. Participation in a course with a service-learning component indeed resulted in significant reductions in self-reported, F(1, 69) = 121.35, p < .001, ηp2 = .64, and implicit biases, F(1, 64) = 41.88, p < .001, ηp2 = .40, toward people with mental illness beyond a course in which service-learning was not a component.
Across 6 studies, relationship closeness strongly influenced moral attribution. First, we found that moral attributions were stronger when one interacted with an intimate compared to less intimate other. Second, we examined attributions about those who treat some people well and others badly. Moral character attributions were worse when an actor harmed an intimate relationship partner compared to a ...
Across three studies, we assessed the impact of perceived social norms on attitudes and positive behavioral intentions towards atheists and religious believers. Reported attitudes, reported acceptability of expressing positive and negative attitudes, and reported positive behavioral intentions disproportionately favored religious believers over atheists. However, participants reported a higher likelihood of ...
In samples from America and Germany (N = 1353), we examined how the Dark Triad traits related to different value systems as measured by Moral Foundations and Social Values. Psychopathy was linked to diminished concerns for all Moral Foundations, Machiavellianism was linked to a moral flexibility, and narcissism was linked to a socially desirable form of morality. Machiavellianism ...
Sheep are becoming increasingly important in medical research. The objective of the present study was to identify changes in bioactivity of fluoxetine during ruminal passage in ewes, and to examine the effects of fluoxetine administration on demeanor and serum prolactin concentration. Twelve mature ewes were administered saline (control), daily oral fluoxetine (40 mg), or alternate-day oral fluoxetine for ...
The generate–recognize model and the relational–item-specific distinction are two approaches to explaining recall. In this study, we consider the two approaches in concert. Following Jacoby and Hollingshead (Journal of Memory and Language 29:433–454, 1990), we implemented a production task and a recognition task following production (1) to evaluate whether generation and recognition ...
EMOTLAB software creates a virtual social environment in which individuals interact via computer with a virtual interaction partner in a series of economic bargaining games. The virtual partner appears on the participant’s computer screen as a digital image (e.g., video or picture file) during each trial. A key feature of EMOTLAB software is its ability to control both the strategic behavior and the emotion signaling behavior (e.g., anger vs. embarrassment) of the virtual interaction partner. By simply editing a series of text files that control the subroutines governing the different features of the experiment (payoff structure, number of trials, etc.), EMOTLAB can generate an essentially infinite number of different social bargaining situations in which participants earn monetary payoffs contingent upon their decisions. This paper provides an overview of this software and how one can edit various subroutines to generate a typical experimental session in which research participants encounter a virtual interaction partner who displays different emotional signals.
PSY 1010 General Psychology
Psychology is the scientific study of behavior. This course provides a broad overview of this field of science.
PSY 2010 Psychology as a Science and Profession
This course applies psychology to life. It also lays the foundation for further studies in psychology. Self-discovery; paradigm exploration; life, career, and education planning; professional organizations; research opportunities; graduate school; APA writing format; goal setting; decision making; life and stress management; learning and memory skills; diversity; and psychology department resources are among the topics addressed. Because the course is team taught students have the opportunity to meet and assess all members of the psychology department faculty.
PSY 3010/15 Statistics in Psychology
A presentation of statistical concepts of particular relevance to psychologists. Topics include: descriptive statistics, hypothesis testing, t tests, ANOVA, correlation, regression, and Chi-square.
PSY 3320 Cognitive Psychology
A survey of contemporary, psychological models of human cognition (e.g., memory, attention, perception, problem solving, and communication). The class focuses on research from the field of experimental psychology.
PSY 3370 Social Psychology
This course explores the social nature of individual behavior. Focus of the course is on how the individual perceives the social group and interacts in social situations. Topics to be covered include social perception and cognition, interpersonal attraction, aggression, conformity, group processes, and applied aspects of social psychology.
PSY 4530 Forensic Psychology
A survey of the field of forensic psychology emphasizing application. This course will cover the role psychology has played in the legal system including: rehabilitation, theories of crime, eyewitness testimony, evaluation of criminal suspects, and jury selection.
PSY 4940 Senior Project: Independent Research II
Ideally suited to students wishing to pursue a graduate degree in psychology. This course allows students to conduct research for which they have received IRB approval. Students will complete their research project and submit an APA style professional paper. Though not required, it is anticipated that many students will submit their research for presentation and/or publication.