Elizabeth Wetzler, PhD

Core Faculty, Dissertation Chair, The Graduate School

ewetzler@ncu.eduElizabeth Wetzler

Areas of Expertise

  • Social cognition
  • Psychology of terrorism
  • Intergroup relations
  • Prejudice and discrimination
  • Child and adolescent development


  • Ph.D., Tulane University
  • M.A., Illinois State University
  • B.A., Illinois State University


Effortful egalitarianism: stereotype suppression requires both motivation and cognitive resources

Selected Publications (as Elizabeth Cralley)

  • Book chapters: “From cooperative intergroup contact to personal efforts: A social psychological perspective on promoting a more inclusive worldview,” “Introduction to Section IV: Diverse strategies for expanding perspectives on global community,” and “Common themes amongst diverse strategies: Section IV conclusions” in Global Community: Global Security (2008). 
  • “Misunderstanding the risks of nuclear terrorism: The fact-fiction disconnect invites exploitation,”  Forum on Public Policy, (2006)
  • “Lady, girl, female, or woman: Sexism and cognitive  busyness predict use of gender-biased nouns,” Journal of Language and Social Psychology, (2005)
  • “How newly acquainted dyads develop shared stereotypic impressions through conversation,”  Group Processes and Intergroup Relations (2005)

Selected Professional Experience

  • Department of Psychology, American University, Washington, DC
  • Department of Psychology, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA
  • Division of Business and Social Sciences, University of South Carolina Beaufort

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