Psychology and Child Development

College of Liberal Arts

Carrie A. Langner

Carrie A. Langer

Associate Professor

Contact Information


  • Ph.D., Social and Personality Psychology, University of California at Berkeley
  • B.A., Psychology, University of Michigan

Courses Taught

  • PSY 252 Social Psychology
  • PSY 320 Health Psychology
  • PSY 360 Applied Social Psychology
  • PSY 352 Conflict Resolution

Research Interests

I investigate the psychological costs of power imbalances as well as the psychological processes that can counteract these costs. My research indicates that having low social power is associated with behavioral inhibition and negative emotion and my current work focuses on understanding the long-term health implications of low power and behavioral inhibition. One factor that may help counteract these costs is collective action. I am interested in the psychological processes by which people become politically active. I am also interested in the translation of research on status and health for policy-makers concerned with issues of poverty and inequity.

Selected Publications/Professional Activities

  • Deason, G., Greenlee, J. S., & Langner, C.A. (2014). Mothers on the campaign trail: Implications of Politicized Motherhood for women in politics. Politics, Groups, and Identities, DOI: 10.1080/21565503.2014.992792
  • Langner, C.A., Epel, E. Matthews, K.,Moskowitz, J. T.,& Adler, N. (2012). Social hierarchy and depression: The role of emotion suppression. Journal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied, 146(4), 1-19.
  • Langner, C. A. (2008, June).  Federal hate crime legislation and the role of psychological science. In C. A. Langner & E. Levy Paluck (Chairs), Psychology and policy: Perspectives from the local, federal, and international Level. Symposium conducted at the annual meeting of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, Chicago, IL.
  • Chen, S., Langner, C. A., & Mendoza-Denton, R. (2009). When dispositional and role power fit: Implications for self-expression and self-other congruence. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 96(3), 710-727.
  • Langner, C. A. & Keltner, D. (2008). Social power and emotional experience: Actor and partner effects within dyadic interactions. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 44, 848-856.

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