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Heather J. Smith


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Curriculum Vitae

Organizational Justice Research Team



(Fall 2007)

We investigate how people change their definitions of fairness and their reactions to disadvantage or conflict when they identify themselves as members of different groups.  For example, an individual’s willingness to accept an ingroup authority’s decision increases if the individual perceives the decision-maker as treating them fairly, but an individual’s willingness to accept an outgroup authority’s decision increases if they receive favorable outcomes.

A list of current research projects is available at:

If you would like to read more about my background, you can read my "FRESCA" profile.

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We always can use help, so if the projects below interest you, please participate:

Project 1: Attention Psychology Majors... Do you want to get a Starbuck's gift card just for talking?

The purpose of this study is to gain information about the way that college students communicate "online".Most participants complete the study within an hour. If you show up for the appointment, we will give you a Starbuck’s gift card. If you are interested, please click on the following link to make an appointment on a day and time that works for you:

(If the sign-up link does not work, try copying and pasting the link into your browser, or emailing us directly. THANKS!)

Project 2: Have your say about the United States!

The project is an on-line survey focused on young people’s opinions of the current economic and social situation in the United States. SSU students will be part of an international study that includes students from more than 20 different countries. The survey asks questions about people's perceptions of their life in the United States and their views of the United States' society more generally. We will also ask questions about how you perceive your own personal situation in society. To take the survey, please go to the internet address below:

Please note that this survey was NOT designed to be completed on a "smartphone".

Thank you for volunteering your time to further our research.



Heather Smith, Ph.D.
Psychology Department
Sonoma State University
1801 E. Cotati Ave
Rohnert Park, CA 93928