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Dr. Steph Anderson

Full-Time Faculty - Psychology Department
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Dr. Steph M. Anderson is an Assistant Professor of Psychology. Originally from Michigan, Dr. Anderson studied and worked in New York City for 11 years prior to joining the Santa Monica College Community. In NYC, she had the opportunity to deepen her love of teaching, explore video a tool of psychological research, and become actively involved in the larger LGBTQ community.

Dr. Anderson’s teaching philosophy and practice is fundamentally shaped by a commitment to social justice. This commitment influences what she teaches, how she teaches, and who she is in the classroom. Rooted in a feminist epistemology, Dr. Anderson believes that learning happens not only from teacher-to-student, but also student-to-student, as well as student-to-teacher.

Trained as a social psychologist, Dr. Anderson teaches psychological science as a social endeavor, believing that the questions psychologists ask and the methods we use directly shape the conclusions and theories we develop. Across all her courses, Dr. Anderson seeks to connect psychological theory and research to students’ day-to-day experiences and current events. She encourages students to analyze how psychology can be both a tool for understanding our world as well as improving our social environments and relationships.

Dr. Anderson’s research examines how gender expression (how we “do” masculinity and femininity) and race affect the type of discrimination experienced by LGBTQ individuals as well as how LGBTQ individuals make meaning of negative encounters in the context of their lives.

Dr. Anderson is currently a faculty co-advisor of the Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA) student group on SMC’s campus and facilitates an anti-racist discussion group for and among white faculty and staff as a part of SMC’s equity initiatives. In her free time, she likes to go backpacking and spend time with her partner and two cats.

Current courses: Psych 1: Intro to Psychology; Psych 25: Human Sexuality; Psych 13: Social Psychology
Winter course: WGS 10: Intro to Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies 

Education:

· Ph.D., Psychology (specialization in Social Personality Psychology), The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, New York, NY

· M.A., Psychology, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, New York, NY

· M.Phil., Psychological Science, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, New York, NY

· Certificate of Documentary Film, The New School, New York, NY

· B.A. Psychology, Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI

· B.A. Religion, Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI

Publications:

Anderson, S. M. (2020). Gender matters: The perceived role of gender expression in discrimination against cisgender and transgender LGBQ individuals. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 44(3), 323-341.

Anderson, S. M. (2017). The experiences of LGBTQ athletes. In K. Nadal (Ed.), The SAGE encyclopedia of psychology and gender. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc.

Anderson, S. M. (2017). The experiences of women athletes. In K. Nadal (Ed.), The SAGE encyclopedia of psychology and gender. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc.

Anderson, S. M., & Fine. M. (2017). Research methods: Overview. In K. Nadal (Ed.), The SAGE encyclopedia of psychology and gender. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc.

Anderson, S. M., & Munoz-Proto, C. (2016). Ethical requirements and responsibilities in video methodologies: Considering confidentiality and representation in social justice research. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 10(7), 377-398.

Tolman, D. L., Anderson, S. M., & Belmonte, K. (2015). Mobilizing metaphor: Considering complexities, contradictions, and contexts in adolescent girls’ and young women’s sexual agency. Sex Roles, 73(7-8), 298-310.