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Michelle Reyna Nario-Redmond

Michelle Reyna Nario-Redmond

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Michelle Nario-Redmond specializes in stereotyping, prejudice, and disability studies. She graduated from the University of Kansas in 1996 with a Ph.D. in social psychology, and her research on disability identity shows that self-conceptualization as a member of the disability community has positive implications for self-advocacy and political participation. Other research demonstrates that simulating disability can backfire, worsening support for disability rights. In 2019, Michelle published "Ableism: The Causes and Consequences of Disability Prejudice" -- the first book to review the social science literature on disability prejudice and its undoing. Each chapter includes voices from across the disability community and activist pages to promote social change. Her work appears in Basic and Applied Psychology, British Journal of Social Psychology, Emerging Adulthood, the Journal of Social Issues, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Perspectives on Psychological Science, Rehabilitation Psychology, Self and Identity, and Social Cognition. She also contributed chapters to the Handbook of Positive Psychological Interventions, and Disability: Social Psychological Perspectives. Michelle is passionate about research-informed policies for social justice, universal design, and increasing citizen access. A former Ford Fellow, Michelle is a graduate of APA's Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology, and the Chair of Hiram College's Diversity Committee. In collaboration with her daughter Ceara, she created a school-based intervention to raise awareness of disability culture as a valued aspect of human diversity.

Primary Interests:

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

Online Studies:

  • Disability Identity Project
  • Disability Prejudice Project

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Other Publications:

  • Ball, T. C., & Nario-Redmond, M. R. (2014). Positive social identity interventions: Finding a conduit for well-being in members of stigmatized groups. In Parks, A. C. & Schueller, S. (Eds.), The Wiley-Blackwell handbook of positive psychological interventions. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Bogart, K., & Nario-Redmond, M. R (2019). An exploration of disability self-categorization, identity, and pride. In D. Dunn (Ed.), Disability: Social Psychological Perspectives. Academy of Rehabilitation Psychology Series, Oxford Press.
  • Dirth, T., & Nario-Redmond, M. R. (2019). Disability advocacy for a new era: Leveraging social psychology and a sociopolitical approach to change. In D. Dunn (Ed.), Disability: Social Psychological Perspectives. Academy of Rehabilitation Psychology Series, Oxford Press.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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-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.

Courses Taught:

  • Experimental Methods and Statistics
  • Freak, Gimp, Crazy, Crip
  • General Psychology
  • Gimpy Geezers: Representations of Disability and Aging
  • Personality Psychology
  • Psychology and Film
  • Senior Seminar
  • Social Psychology
  • Stereotyping and Prejudice
  • The Social Construction of Human Variability

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

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