December 13, 2007

Stockdale honored for professional contributions

by Andrea Hahn


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CARBONDALE, Ill. — Peggy Stockdale, a professor of applied psychology and the director of the applied psychology program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, recently became a Fellow of the American Psychological Association.

The APA consists of more than 50 divisions of scholarly discipline or professional interest. Stockdale is now a Fellow of Division 9, the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI). Fellows are those scholars and professionals who have made "unusual and outstanding contributions" in the field of psychology. According to the APA, these contributions must have impact at the national level.

Faye Crosby, from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a former president of SPSSI, nominated Stockdale, while two other former association presidents – Barbara Gutek of the University of Arizona, and Geoffrey Maruyam of the University of Minnesota – wrote letters of support.

"Personally, of course, it's a tremendous honor and I am humbled that people of such high rank in my profession supported me in this endeavor," Stockdale said. "Professionally, it feels like getting another promotion!"

Stockdale said the nomination process also allowed her to become better acquainted with Maruyama, who asked her to join the editorial board as a book review editor for the journal, "Analysis of Social Issues and Public Policy."

"So, this experience has led to further professional opportunities for me," she said. "In addition, it helps build the reputation of our department. We now have seven APA Fellows in our department. It feels good to go to professional conferences and be proud that I am from SIUC and such a strong psychology department."

Stockdale's primary research interest is sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace, including differences in men's and women's perceptions of sexual harassment, and how men and women acknowledge and cope with sexual harassment experiences. Currently, Stockdale is researching gender bias against male and female college instructors, using the psychology department and the SIU School of Law for her research.

She is also examining the "extent to which sexual harassment causes post traumatic stress disorder," she said. In this study, her data comes from a former student who is now a professor at the University of Kentucky.

Stockdale is a productive author, an expert witness and consultant on job attitudes, training and development. She teaches courses in workplace diversity, employee relations, industrial and organizational psychology and applied social science research methods.

Stockdale earned her doctoral degree at Kansas State University. She also holds a master of legal studies degree from the SIU School of Law.