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Dr. Jenny Roth

Biography

I graduated with a Diploma (equivalent to a Master degree) from the University of Jena, Germany, in 2006. Afterwards, I worked in Biological and Clinical Psychology before I became a fellow of the International Graduate College 'Conflict and Cooperation between Social Groups'. I received my PhD (summa cum laude, supervisors Melanie C. Steffens and Vivian L. Vignoles) in 2010 from the University of Jena, Germany. During my PhD, I was a visiting researcher at the University of Sussex in Brighton, UK. After my PhD I was a researcher and lecturer in Social Psychology at the University of Dresden, Germany (2010-2014) and at the University of Würzburg, Germany (2016-2019; mentor: Roland Deutsch). From 2014 to 2016, I was a postdoctoral researcher in the Social Cognition Lab (PI: Jeff Sherman) at the University of California Davis, CA, USA. In summer 2019, I joined the Psychology department at UL.

Research Interests

I am a social psychologist with a strong interest in social identity. I often use a social cognitive approach to explain aspects of intergroup relations. Most of my research focuses on two key contemporary social issues, economic inequality and people' social mobility. Economic inequality is increasing in many countries and it goes along with negative consequences for individuals and the society as a whole. With international collaborators, I investigate how inequality among social groups may contribute to increased discrimination and worsened intergroup relations. Migration is another key contemporary issue. Every year thousands of people leave their country of origin. Migration is just one example of people's social mobility. Changing or losing job, becoming a parent, changing from high school to University are other examples of changing group membership. These changes confront people with new social identities. My international colleagues and I suggest that the successful integration of new identities into the self-concept depends on whether the new in-group shares norms and values with previous in-groups. If norms and values of a new in-group contradict those of previous in-groups, integration will fail. I am also interested in person perception, self-esteem, prejudice and discrimination, attitudes and attitude change.

Teaching Interests

'The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be ignited.' Plutarch
I am particularly enthusiastic about teaching Social Psychology and its subfields where I aim to elucidate a similar enthusiasm about the topics in my students. I believe that curiosity in a discipline and its topics facilitates acquiring the relevant knowledge. In my teaching, I train students to reflect critically upon the knowledge and to implementing it to improve real world issues. I use a learner-centred teaching approach and I aim to prepare students as best as possible for their individual career aspirations.

Professional Activities

Award

  • 2016 - Runner Up Speaker Award (University of California, Davis, CA, USA)
  • 2012 - Karl and Charlotte Bühler Award for Excellent Teaching in Psychology (University of Dresden, Germany)
  • 2011 - Karl and Charlotte Bühler Award for Excellent Teaching in Psychology (University of Dresden, Germany)

Association

  • Member, German Association of Psychology (DGPs, Section Social Psychology)
  • Member, European Association of Social Psychology (EASP)

Publications

Book Chapters

2017

Diversity-Kompetenz in Bezug auf Gender: Sozialpsychologisches Wissen ueber Geschlechterstereotype und Geschlechterrollen [Diversity Competence with Respect to Gender: Social Psychological Knowledge about Gender Stereotypes and Gender Roles]
Steffens, M. C., & Roth, J.
(2017) Diversity-Kompetenz in Bezug auf Gender: Sozialpsychologisches Wissen ueber Geschlechterstereotype und Geschlechterrollen [Diversity Competence with Respect to Gender: Social Psychological Knowledge about Gender Stereotypes and Gender Roles]
In Handbuch Diversity-Kompetenz ; P. Genkova & T. Ringeisen(Ed.) Wiesbaden : Springer pp. 273-283
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-658-08853-8_22

2016

Reproduktion von sozialer Ungleichheit durch Stereotype [Reproduction of Social Inequality through Stereotypes]
Roth, J.
(2016) Reproduktion von sozialer Ungleichheit durch Stereotype [Reproduction of Social Inequality through Stereotypes]
In Armut. Gender-Perspektiven ihrer Bewaeltigung in Vergangenheit und Gegenwart ; M. Haeusl, S. Horlacher, S. Koch, G. Loster-Schneider, & S. Schoetz(Ed.) Barleben : Leipziger Universitätsverlag pp. 69-98

2014

Stereotype und Vorurteile [Stereotypes and Prejudice]
Roth, J. & Steffens, M.C.
(2014) Stereotype und Vorurteile [Stereotypes and Prejudice]
In Homosexualitaet in der Familie. Ein Handbuch fuer familienbezogenes Fachpersonal ; Köln : LSVD pp. 25-32

Peer Reviewed Journals

2019

The two-dimensions-five-components structure of in-group identification is invariant across various identification patterns in different social groups
Roth, J., Mazziotta, A., & Barth, M.
(2019) The two-dimensions-five-components structure of in-group identification is invariant across various identification patterns in different social groups
In Self And Identity; pp. 668-684
DOI: 10.1080/15298868.2018.1511465

2019

Retrieval cues fail to influence contextualized evaluations
Hutchings, R. J., Calanchini, J., Huang, L. M., Rees, H. R., Rivers, A. M., Roth, J., & Sherman, J. W.
(2019) Retrieval cues fail to influence contextualized evaluations
In Cognition & Emotion; pp. 86-104
DOI: 10.1080/02699931.2019.1631757

2019

Automatic Antecedents of Discrimination
Roth, J., Deutsch, R., & Sherman, J. W.
(2019) Automatic Antecedents of Discrimination
In European Psychologist; pp. 219-230
DOI: 10.1027/1016-9040/a000321

2018

Group Membership, Group Change, and Intergroup Attitudes: A Recategorization Model Based on Cognitive Consistency Principles.
Roth, J., Steffens, M.C., & Vignoles, V.L.
(2018) Group Membership, Group Change, and Intergroup Attitudes: A Recategorization Model Based on Cognitive Consistency Principles.
In Frontiers in psychology; pp. 1-14
DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00479

2017

It's about valence: Historical continuity or historical discontinuity as a threat to social identity
Roth, J., Huber, M., Jünger, A., & Liu, J. H.
(2017) It's about valence: Historical continuity or historical discontinuity as a threat to social identity
In Journal Of Social And Political Psychology; pp. 320-341
DOI: 10.5964/jspp.v5i2.677

2015

Adaptation and Validation of a German Multidimensional and Multicomponent Measure of Social Identification
Roth, J. & Mazziotta, A.
(2015) Adaptation and Validation of a German Multidimensional and Multicomponent Measure of Social Identification
In Social Psychology; pp. 277-290
DOI: 10.1027/1864-9335/a000243

2015

Dealing with negative stereotypes in sports: The role of cognitive anxiety when multiple identities are activated in sensorimotor tasks.
Martiny, S. E., Gleibs, I. H., Parks-Stamm, E. J., Martiny-Huenger, T., Froehlich, L., Harter, A.-L., & Roth, J.
(2015) Dealing with negative stereotypes in sports: The role of cognitive anxiety when multiple identities are activated in sensorimotor tasks.
In Journal Of Sport & Exercise Psychology; pp. 379-392
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1123/jsep.2014-0284

2014

When I becomes We: Associative self-anchoring drives implicit intergroup bias in minimal groups.
Roth, J. & Steffens, M. C.
(2014) When I becomes We: Associative self-anchoring drives implicit intergroup bias in minimal groups.
In Social Psychology; pp. 253-264
DOI: 10.1027/1864-9335/a000169

2012

Changed for the Worse: Subjective Change in Implicit and Explicit Self-Esteem in Individuals with Current, Past, and No Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Roth, J., Steffens, M. C., Morina, N., & Stangier, U.
(2012) Changed for the Worse: Subjective Change in Implicit and Explicit Self-Esteem in Individuals with Current, Past, and No Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
In Psychotherapy And Psychosomatics; pp. 64-66
DOI: 10.1159/000329993

2012

When a new group identity does harm on the spot: Stereotype threat in newly created groups
Martiny, S. E.*, Roth, J.*, Jelenec, P., Steffens, M.C., & Croizet, J.-C.
(2012) When a new group identity does harm on the spot: Stereotype threat in newly created groups
In European Journal Of Social Psychology; pp. 65-71
DOI: 10.1002/ejsp.840

Online Databases

2018

(Wie) kann ich vermeiden, dass ich gefluechtete Menschen stereotypisiere oder sie vorurteilsbehaftet einschaetze? ? [(How) can I avoid stereotyping and prejudice towards refugees?]
Roth, J.
(2018) (Wie) kann ich vermeiden, dass ich gefluechtete Menschen stereotypisiere oder sie vorurteilsbehaftet einschaetze? ? [(How) can I avoid stereotyping and prejudice towards refugees?]