Jeanine Skorinko is an associate professor of psychology at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in the Department of Social Science and Policy Studies. She also is the director of the Psychological Science undergraduate program. She received her PhD in social psychology at the University of Virginia.
Her research program attempts to understand how factors in our social environment, especially those factors we are unaware of, influence decisions and interpersonal interactions. She investigates how different types of external and internal influences (e.g., subtle contextual signs, stereotypes/stigmas, perceptions of others, the ability to perspective take, cultural orientation) affect perceptions, decisions, and self-views, especially in the legal and organizational domains.
She is excited to put these areas of expertise at work as the PI on WPI's ADVANCE Adaptation grant from the National Science Foundation (2018-2021). Professor Skorinko and four WPI colleagues (Chrys Demetry, Natalie Farney, Elizabeth Lingo, and Sue Roberts) are coordinating efforts to improve the promotion pathway from Associate-to-Full for all faculty. The ultimate goal of this work is to increase gender (and other) representation among the senior ranks of faculty.
Professor Skorinko also enjoys teaching and mentoring students. At WPI, Professor Skorinko teaches PSY1400: Introduction to Psychological Science, PSY1402: Social Psychology, PSY2406: Cross Cultural Psychology, PSY2407: Psychology of Gender, PSY3504: Human Sexuality, and PSY3500: Experimental Design and Analysis.
She also happily accepts students to work and volunteer in her SPI (Social Psychology Inquiry) Lab and encourages students to contact her if interested.
Professional Highlights & Honors
In the News
The New York Times quoted WPI’s Jeanine L. Skorinko, associate professor of psychology. She told The Times, that people, especially Americans, prefer more distance between themselves and strangers and would rather take the stair below them or walk past them. “This is why people put bags on seats next to them on the train so people don’t sit next to them,” she said.