LDP

Principal Investigator: Dr. Jennifer Pickard Leszczynski
Lab Location: Goddard 211

This lab focuses on how self-perceptions and stereotypes about others’ gender and age change in different situations and across the lifespan. My research also examines how gender and age affect our perceptions about love and romance. My research includes:

  • Contextual Influences on Masculinity and Femininity
    My research has examined contextual influences on individuals’ masculinity and femininity (Leszczynski, 2009; Leszczynski & Strough, 2008; Pickard & Strough, 2003). Past research has often conceptualized masculinity and femininity as trait aspects of an individual’s personality. My work emphasizes a state component of masculinity and femininity that varies according to the social context.
  • Masculinity, Femininity and Age
    I also collaborated on a comprehensive study (N = 773) to examine cohort differences in masculinity and femininity. This project utilized a cross-sectional design to compare college students and older adults reported masculinity and femininity (Strough, Leszczynski, Margrett, Neely, & Flinn, 2007).
  • Stereotypes of Gender, Age, and Race
    I am currently collaborating with Dr. Carrie Andreoletti and William Disch at Central Connecticut State University to examine college students’ compound stereotypes (Andreoletti, Leszczynski, & Disch, in preparation). A number of studies have separately investigated age, gender, and race stereotypes. In our work, we ask participants to rate hypothetical individuals based on the combination of these stereotypes (e.g., 10-year old Black male or 80-year old White female).
  • Ideas about Love and Gender Stereotypes Across the Life-span
    I am currently working on a project examining how conceptualizations about love differ throughout the life-span. Much of the research in psychology on love attitudes is based on college student samples. I am examining age differences in the gender stereotypes associated with love in four age groups: emerging adults (18 – 25 years) young adults (25 – 40 years of age), middle-aged adults (40 – 65 years), and older adults (65 years and older).
  • Research Related to Teaching Outcomes
    I am currently working with Dr. Carrie Andreoletti from Central Connecticut State University and Dr. Joann Montepare from Lasell College evaluating how community engagement projects can be used in Aging courses. Students in my Aging course participate in WISE (Working Together: Intergenerational Senior/Student Exchange) with residents of St. Joseph’s Assisted Living Facility.

Students who wish to work as a research assistant in my laboratory or conduct an independent study project under my supervision should email me at leszczynskij@easternct.edu.

Selected Faculty Publications & Presentations

* indicates a student co-author

Publications

  • *Black, K. R., & Leszczynski, J. P. (2013). Development of perceived child-parent attachment in relation to parental empathy and age. Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research, 18, 67-73.
  • Bachiochi, P., Everton, W., Evans, M., Escoto, C., Fugère, M., Letterman, M., & Leszczynski, J. P. (2011). Using empirical article analysis to assess research methods courses. Teaching of Psychology, 38, 5-9.
  • Fugère, M. A., Daniele, J. R., Cousins, A. J., Leszczynski, J. P., Letterman, M., & Escoto, C. (2010). Common Challenges and Best Practices for Teaching Gender and Sexuality Courses. In J. Stanovic and M. Lalic (Eds.), Sexuality education and attitudes. Hauppague, NY: Nova Science Publishers
  • Leszczynski, J. (2009). A state conceptualization: Are individuals’ masculine and feminine personality traits situationally influenced? Personality and Individual Differences, 47, 157-162.
  • Leszczynski, J. P., & Strough, J. (2008). The contextual specificity of masculinity and femininity in early adolescence. Social Development, 17(3), 719-736.
  • Strough, J., Leszczynski, J. P., Margrett, J., Neely, T., & Flinn, J. (2007). From adolescence to later adulthood: Femininity, masculinity, and androgyny in six age groups. Sex Roles, 57, 385-396.
  • Pickard, J., & Strough, J. (2003). The effects of same-sex and other-sex contexts on masculinity and femininity. Sex Roles, 48, 421-431.
  • Pickard, J., & Strough, J. (2003). Variability in goals as a function of same-sex and other-sex contexts. Sex Roles, 49, 643-653.
  • Patrick, J. H., & Pickard, J. (2002). Behavioral content of grandmother-grandchild dyadic interactions. In B. Hayslip & J. H. Patrick (Eds.), Working with custodial grandparents (pp. 229-242). New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company.

Presentations

  • Andreoletti, C., Barrett, A., Fruhauf, C. A., Leszczynski, J. P., Montepare, J. (February, 2014). Taking “age” out of intergenerational programs: A new model for connecting older and younger adults in classrooms and communities. Will be presented at the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education’s Annual Meeting, Denver, CO.
  • Leszczynski, J. P. (November, 2013). Ideas about love and relationships across the life-span. Presented at the Society for the Study of Human Development Bi-Annual Conference, Fort Lauderdale, FL.
  • Leszczynski, J. P. (October, 2012). Assessing attitudinal change after taking an undergraduate gender course. Presented at the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Psychology Annual Conference, Worchester, MA.
  • Andreoletti, C., Disch, W. B., & Leszczynski, J. P. (November, 2011). Age differences in stereotypes of agentic orientation as a function of target age, gender, and ethnicity. Presented at the Gerontological Society’s Annual Convention, Boston, MA.
  • Leszczynski, J. P. & *Cinami, A. (March, 2011). Undergraduate students’ liberal feminist beliefs and gender stereotypes. Presented at the Association for Women in Psychology’s Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Leszczynski, J. P. (October, 2010). Using reflection journals to help students apply course material. Presented at the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Psychology Annual Conference, Colchester, VT.
  • Andreoletti, C., *Bruno, A., & Leszczynski, J. P. (November, 2010). Age differences in compound stereotypes across the life-span. Presented at the Gerontological Society’s Annual Convention, New Orleans, LA.
  • Leszczynski, J. P., & Mehta, C. (May, 2010). How gender stereotypes influence a person’s masculinity and femininity in particular contexts. Presented at the Association for Psychological Science’s 22nd Annual Convention, Boston, MA.
  • Leszczynski, J. P. & Strough, J. (August, 2009). Are masculine and feminine personality traits situationally influenced? Presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, Ontario.
  • Letterman, M., Bachiochi, P., Everton, W., Escoto, C., Evans, M., & Leszczynski, J. P. (May, 2009). Using empirical analysis to assess research methods courses. Presented at the Association for Psychological Science’s Annual Teaching Institute, San Francisco, CA.
  • Andreoletti, C., & Leszczynski, J. P. (2008, May). Gender, race, and age: Compound stereotypes across the lifespan. Presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Chicago, IL.
  • Leszczynski, J. P. (2007, March). The real world? Using reality television to teach adolescent development. Presented at the SRCD Developmental Teaching Institute, Boston, MA.
  • Leszczynski, J. P. & Strough, J. (2006, April). A conceptualization of masculinity and femininity as context specific. Presented at the annual Gender Development Research Conference, San Francisco, CA.
  • Strough, J., Flinn, J., Leszczynski, J.P., Margrett, J., Neely, T., & Schuller, K. (2006, April). Masculinity and femininity: From adolescence to late adulthood. Presented at the annual Gender Development Research Conference, San Francisco, CA.
  • Leszczynski, J. P. & Strough, J. (2005, October). Early adolescents’ peer interaction goals in competitive and collaborative contexts. Presented at the annual meeting of the New England Psychological Association, New Haven, CT.
  • Leszczynski, J. P. & *Pearson, J. (2005, October). The communal and agentic relationship between peer interaction goals, masculinity, and femininity. Presented at the annual meeting of the New England Psychological Association, New Haven, CT.

Selected Student Publications & Presentations

* indicates a student co-author

  • *Boardman, E., & Leszczynski, J. P. (2013, May). Perceptions of others’ sexuality and gender roles. Honors Project
  • *Black, K., & Leszczynski, J. P. (2012, March). Development of perceived child-parent attachment in relation to parental empathy and age. Presented at Eastern Psychological Association’s Annual Convention, Pittsburg, PA. Honors Project
  • *Kaczynski, M., & Leszczynski, J. P. (2011, March). Age and gender differences in the conceptualization of romantic love. Presented at the Association for Women in Psychology’s Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA. Honors Project
  • *Hammon, N., Leszczynski, J. P., & *Torrence, E. (2009, March). Friendship quality and cooperative task performance. Presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Pittsburg, PA.
  • *Torrence, E., Leszczynski, J. P., & *Hammon, N. (2009, March). Performance on a social task in same- versus other-sex dyads. Presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Pittsburg, PA.
  • *Giordano, J. L., & Leszczynski, J. P. (2008, March). Associations among female risky sexual behavior, body image, and feminist ideology. Presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Boston, MA.

Alumni

Samantha Abbamonte (Fall 2009 – Spring 2010)
Raena Beetham (Summer 2011)
Eric Cerino (Fall 2013)
Rachel Chaplin (Summer 2010)
Alyssa Cinami (Fall 2010)
Laura Denman (Fall 2007)
Rebecca DiUlio (Summer 2006)
Natalie Garcia (Spring 2007)
Shannon Glenn (Fall 2012)
Nicholas Grabowski (Summer 2005)
Emily Gregson (Summer 2005)
Susan Gush (Spring 2006)
Nikki Hammon (Summer 2008)
Michelle Kaczynski (Fall 2009 – Spring 2010)
Emily Kernozek (Spring 2006)
Lisa Masone (Fall 2007)
Jennifer Pearson (Spring 2005)
Erin Torrence (Summer 2008)
Lee Trombley (Fall 2006)
Erica Wondolowski (Fall 2005)
Carrie Woodward (Spring 2007)
Matthew Zielinski (Fall 2006)

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