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Department of Psychological Sciences

Taylor Wadian

Taylor WadianAdvisor: Dr. Mark Barnett

Description of Research

Broadly speaking, my research focuses on exploring various social, emotional, and cognitive factors that are associated with social stigmatization and prejudice in children and adults.  More specifically, I am interested in (a) why certain characteristics are relatively more (or less) stigmatized than others, (b) what social-cognitive and social-emotional factors perpetuate or otherwise foster rejection and derogation of individuals with a stigmatized trait or characteristic, and (c) how to create targeted interventions to reduce young children’s negative reactions toward peers with various stigmatized characteristics.  

Representative Publications

Barnett, M. A., Wadian, T. W., Sonnentag, T. L., & *Nichols, M. B. (2015). Role of various fault attributions and other factors in children’s anticipated response to hypothetical peers with undesirable characteristics. Social Development, 24, 113-127.

Barnett, M. A., Sonnentag, T. L., Wadian, T. W., Jones, T. L., & *Langley, C. A. (2015). Children’s perceptions of hypothetical peers with undesirable characteristics: Role of the peers’ desire to change, source of effort to change, and outcome. Journal of Genetic Psychology, 176, 55-63.

Barnett, M. A., Sonnentag, T. L.,Livengood, J. L., *Struble, A. L., & Wadian, T. W. (2011). Role of fault attributions and desire/effort/outcome expectations in children’s anticipated responses to hypothetical peers with various undesirable characteristics. Journal of Genetic Psychology, 173, 317-329.

Note. *undergraduate co-authors

Representative National and International Presentations

Wadian, T. W., Barnett, M. A., Sonnentag, T. L., & Jones, T. L. (September 2014). Continuing exploration of factors associated with children’s acceptance or rejection of hypothetical peers with undesirable characteristicsInterpersonal Acceptance Newsletter. International Society for Interpersonal Acceptance and Rejection.

Barnett, M. A., Sonnentag, T. L., & Wadian, T. W. (January 2012). Factors associated with children’s acceptance or rejection of hypothetical peers with undesirable characteristicsInterpersonal Acceptance Newsletter. International Society for Interpersonal Acceptance and Rejection.

Representative Presentations

Wadian, T. W., Barnett, M. A., Sonnentag, T. L., Jones, T. L., & *Brandt, S. (2015). Using storybooks to improve children’s attitudes toward obese peers: Role of character popularity and children’s popularity. Society for Research in Child Development. Philidelphia, PA.

Wadian, T. W., Barnett, M. A., Sonnentag, T. L., Jones, T. L., & *Langley, C. A. (2015). Children's Perceptions of Hypothetical Peers with Undesirable Characteristics: Role of the Peers' Desire to Change, Source of Effort to Change, and Outcome.  Association for Psychological Science. New York, NY.

Wadian, T. W., Barnett, M. A., Sonnentag, T. L., & *Nichols, M. (2014). Role of various fault attributions and other factors in children’s anticipated responses to hypothetical peers with undesirable characteristics.  Society for Personality and Social Psychology. Austin, TX.

Wadian, T. W., Barnett, M. A., Sonnentag, T. L., & *Nichols, M. B. (2013).  Role of various fault attributions and other factors in children’s anticipated responses to two hypothetical peers with undesirable characteristics. Society for Research in Child Development. Seattle, WA. 

Wadian, T. W., Barnett, M. A., & Sonnentag, T. L. (2013). Children’s anticipated responses to two storybook characters: Evidence for (de)stigmatization by association. Society for Personality and Social Psychology. New Orleans, LA.

Wadian, T. W., Nguyen, D. V., & Harton, H. C. (2008). Is America ready for a Black President? A study of race, argument strength, and political orientation. American Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

Wadian, T. W., Nguyen, D. V., & Harton, H. C. (2008). A test of time: Blind and constructive patriotism in the United States. Society for Personality and Social Psychology. Tampa, FL.

Wadian, T. W., & Harton, H. C. (2010). A test of TMT: Mortality salience and avoidance of a worldview threat. Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Las Vegas, NV.

Note. *undergraduate co-authors

Teaching Experience

Kansas State University

Instructor of Record 

  • General Psychology (Psych 110): Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall, 2015, Spring 2016
  • Childhood and Adolescence (Psych 280): Spring 2014, Spring 2016
  • Social Psychology (Psych 535): Spring 2015, Summer 2015 (online), Fall 2015 (online)
  • Personality Psychology (Psych 620): Spring 2013
  • Lifespan Personality Development (Psych 518): Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013
  • Introduction to Health Psychology (Psych 520): Fall 2011, Fall 2012

Supplemental Instructor

  • Experimental Methods in Psychology (Psych 350):Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016

Graduate Teaching Assistant

  • Childhood & Adolescence (Psych 280): Fall 2013
  • Experimental Methods Lab (Psych 350): Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2013
  • General Psychology (Psych 110): Spring 2012

Upper Iowa University

Online Adjunct Instructor

  • Social Psychology (Psy-310):  Terms 2, 3, & 4 (2014 -15); Term 1 (2015)

University of Northern Iowa

Adjunct Instructor

  • Social Psychology (400-160): Fall 2009, Spring 2010
  • Applied Psychology (400-025): Fall 2009, Spring 2010

Graduate Teaching Assistant

  • Advanced Statistics (400-239): Fall 2008
  • Psychological Statistics (400-102): Spring 2008

Hawkeye Community College

Adjunct Instructor

  • General Psychology (Psy 110): Fall 2008, Spring 2009, Fall 20091, Spring 20101, Summer 20111
  • Human and Work Relation (Psy 102-1): Summer 2011

Note.1Two sections taught

Education

M.A. - Psychology (emphasis in Social Psychology) - University of Northern Iowa, 2009

B.A. - Psychology - Buena Vista University, 2007

Contact Information

Office: 561 Bluemont Hall

Email: wadiant@ksu.edu