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Michelle R. Nario-Redmond

Michelle R. Nario-Redmond

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Michelle Nario-Redmond specializes in stereotyping, prejudice and disability studies. Her research on disability identity shows that self-conceptualization as a member of a minority culture has positive implications for self-advocacy, community participation and responses to social injustice. Other empirical projects relate to the measurement and judgment implications of culturally shared stereotypes about disabled men and women; the effects of existential anxiety on the expression of disability prejudice; the antecedents and consequences of inspiration and paternalistic pity; and the mentoring practices of college professors toward students with learning disabilities.

Michelle has also developed and is currently piloting a new school-based intervention to promote self-determination and raise awareness of disability culture as a valued aspect of multiculturalism. The Disability Cultural Awareness Project is designed to address misconceptions, identify role models and increase complex thinking about human variability and universal design. From 1990 to 1993, Michelle served as a Ford Foundation Fellow, was the 1994 recipient of the SPSP Student Publication Award, and in 2005, was honored as a profiled member of the Society for Disability Studies. In 2011 she was promoted to Associate Professor of Psychology and is currently serving on the Board of Hattie Larlam.

Primary Interests:

  • Culture and Ethnicity
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Prejudice and Stereotyping
  • Self and Identity

Online Studies:

  • Disability Identity Project
  • Disability Prejudice Project


  • Molloy, E., & Nario-Redmond, M. R. (2007). College faculty perceptions of learning disabled students: Stereotypes, group identity and bias. In M. L. Vance (Ed.), Disabled faculty and staff in a disabling society: Multiple identities in higher education. Huntersville, NC: Association on Higher Education and Disability.

Journal Articles:

  • Biernat, M., Ma, J. E., & Nario-Redmond, M. R. (2008). Standards to suspect and diagnose stereotypical traits. Social Cognition, 26 (3), 288-313.
  • Nario-Redmond, M. R., Biernat, M., Eidelman, S., & Palenske, D. J. (2004). The social and personal identities scale: A measure of the differential importance ascribed to social and personal self-categorizations. Self and Identity, 3, 143-175.
  • Nario-Redmond, M. R., & Branscombe, N. R. (1996). It could have been better or it might have been worse: Implications for blame assignment in rape cases. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 18, 347-366.
  • Nario-Redmond, M. R., & Branscombe, N. R. (1995). Selective comparison processes in hindsight and biased causal attributions. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 12, 1244-1255.
  • Nario-Redmond, M. R., & Gospodinov, D. N. (2011). Evaluating disability simulations: Altering mood, interpersonal attitudes, and willingness to help improve college access. Manuscript submitted for publication.
  • Nario-Redmond, M. R., & Hyldahl, S. A. (2011). Definitional discontinuities: A two-study cross impairment investigation of how insiders’ define disability as a function of cultural identities, impairment subjectivities, and socially disadvantaged status. Manuscript submitted for publication.
  • Nario-Redmond. M. R, Noel, J., & Fern, E. (2010). Redefining Disability, Reimagining the Self: Disability Identification as a Predictor of Strategic Responses to Stigma and Psychological Well-being. Manuscript submitted for publication.
  • Nario-Redmond, M. R. (2011). Cultural stereotypes of disabled and non-disabled men and women: Consensus for global category representations and diagnostic domains. British Journal of Social Psychology, 49, 471–488.
  • Lindly, O., Nario-Redmond, M. R., & Noel, J. G. (2011). The predictive value of weight group identification on inter-group attitudes, identity enhancement strategies and psychological well-being. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Other Publications:

  • Nario-Redmond, M. R., & Oleson, K. C. (2011). Simi Linton. In Stange, M. Z., Oyster, C. K., and Golson, J. G (Eds.), The Multimedia Encyclopedia of Women in Today's World. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
  • Nario-Redmond, M.R., Ball, T., & Sady, C. (2011). Medical disengagement and identity: Implications for transgender people and disabled people. Manuscript submitted for publication.
  • Nario-Redmond, M. R. (2006, October). Students with disabilities in higher education: The social and psychological implications of identifying as a member of the disability community. Paper presented at the meeting of the Oregon Association for Higher Education and Disability, Cannon Beach, OR.
  • Nario, M. R. (1994, October). Judging members of stereotyped groups: Are we using different standards? Paper presented at the National Academy of Sciences, Ford Foundation Conference of Fellows, Washington, DC.

Courses Taught:

  • Experimental Methods
  • Freak, Gimp, Crazy, Crip
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Personality
  • Social Psychology
  • Stereotyping and Prejudice
  • The Social Construction of Human Variability

Michelle R. Nario-Redmond
Department of Psychology
Hiram College
P.O. Box 67
Hiram, Ohio 44234
United States

  • Phone: (330)-569-5230

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