Skip to Main Content

Elizabeth R Brown

Associate Professor

Psychology | College of Arts & Sciences

Areas of Expertise

Social psychology:

  • Understanding group differences 
  • STEM
  • Goals and motivation
  • System justification
  • Social change
  • Educational psychology
  • Political psychology


B.A., Psychology (summa cum laude), Southeastern Louisiana University, 2006.


M.A., Social Psychology, Miami University, 2008.


Ph.D., Social Psychology, Miami University, 2011.

Certificate in College Teaching


Postdoctoral Researcher, Project CURE (The Culture of Undergraduate Research Experiences), Department of Psychology, Montana State University, 2012-2014.



  • Co-Recipient of the Graduate Student Research Award at the Midwestern Psychological Association, May 2011.
  • Graduate School Dissertation Award, Miami University, November 2010.
  • Co-Recipient of the Unger-Freize Poster Award at the Association for Women in Psychology, February 2010.
  • Love of Learning Award, Phi Kappa Phi, August 2007

Publications & Presentations

Research Publications

Brown, E.R., Steinberg, M., Lu, Y., & Diekman, A.B. (2017). Is the lone scientist an American dream? Perceived communal opportunities in STEM offer a pathway to closing U.S.-Asia gaps in interest and positivity. Social Psychological and Personality Science. doi: 10.1177/1948550617703173


Diekman, A.B., Steinberg, M., Brown, E.R., Belanger, A.L., & Clark, E.K. (2016). A goal congruity model of role entry, engagement, and exit: Understanding communal goal processes in STEM gender gaps. Personality and Social Psychology Review. doi: 10.1177/1088868316642141


Ebersole, C. R., et al. (in press). Many Labs 3: Evaluating participant pool quality across the academic semester via replication. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.


Allen, J.M., Muragishi, G., Smith, J.S., Thoman, D.B., & Brown, E.R. (2015). To grab and to hold: Cultivating communal goals to overcome cultural and structural barriers in first generation college students’ science interest. Translational Issues in Psychological Science, 1, 331-341. doi: 10.1037/tps0000046

Handley, I., Brown, E.R., Moss-Racusin, C.A., & Smith, J.L. (2015). The Quality of Evidence Revealing Subtle Gender Biases in Science is in the Eye of the Beholder. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1510649112


Brown, E.R., Thoman, D.B., Smith, J.L., & Diekman, A.B. (2015). Closing the communal goal gap: Degree of goal congruity predicts science career motivation. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 45, 662-673. doi: 10.1111/jasp.12327


Brown, E.R., Smith, J.L., Thoman, D.B., Allen, J.M., & Muragishi, G. (2015) From bench to bedside: A communal utility value intervention to enhance students’ biomedical science motivation. Journal of Educational Psychology, 107, 1116-1135. doi: 10.1037/edu0000033


Smith, J.L., Brown, E.R., Thoman, D.B., & Deemer, E. (2015). Losing its expected value: How stereotype threat undermines women’s identity as research scientists. Social Psychology of Education: An International Journal, 18, 443-466 . doi: 10.1007/s11218-015-9296-8

Thoman, D.B., Brown, E.R. Mason, A.Z., Harmsen, A. G., & Smith, J.L. (2015). Seeing how science can help: Enhancing the participation of underrepresented minority students as biomedical researchers. Bioscience, 65, 183-188. doi:10.1093/biosci/biu199


Brown, E.R., & Diekman, A.B. (2013). Differential effects of female and male candidates on system justification: Can cracks in the glass ceiling foster complacency? European Journal of Social Psychology, 43, 299-306. doi: 10.1002/ejsp.1951


Thoman, D.B., Smith, J.L., Brown, E.R., Chase, J., & Lee, J.Y. (2013). Beyond Performance: A Motivational Experiences Model of Stereotype Threat. Educational Psychology Review, 25, 211-243. doi: 10.1007/s10648-013-9219-1


Diekman, A.B., Clark, E.K., Johnston, A.M., Brown, E.R., & Steinberg, M. (2011). Malleability in communal goals and beliefs influences attraction to STEM careers: Evidence for a goal congruity perspective. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 101, 902-918. doi: 10.1037/a0025199


Brown, E.R., Diekman, A.B., & Schneider, M.C. (2011). A change will do us good: Threats diminish typical preferences for male leaders. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 37, 930-941. doi: 10.1177/0146167211403322


Brown, E.R., & Diekman, A.B. (2010). What will I be?: Exploring gender differences in near and distant possible selves. Sex Roles, 63, 568-579. doi: 10.1007/s11199-010-9827-x


Diekman, A.B., Brown, E.R., Johnston, A.M., & Clark, E.K. (2010). Seeking congruity between goals and roles: A new look at why women opt out of STEM careers. Psychological Science, 21, 1051-1057. doi: 10.1177/0956797610377342


Carruth, A.K., Skarke, L., Gilmore, K., & Brown, E.R. (2006). Potential Exposure to Hazardous Work Activities: Tractor Usage Among Farmwomen. Journal of Agromedicine, 11, 25-34. doi: 10.1300/J096v11n03_04


Invited Chapters

Brown, E.R. (2016). Possible Selves. In S.K. Whitbourne & N. Newton (Eds.). Encyclopedia of Adulthood and Aging. USA: Wiley.


Brown, E.R., Smith, J.L., & Huntoon, M. I. (2014). Stereotype effects and attributions: Inside and out. In D. Phillips (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Educational Theory and Philosophy. (pp. 786-789). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc. doi:

Contact Information

(904) 620-2807