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Jessica McManus, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology
Office: 305C Simperman Hall
Email: jmcmanus@carroll.edu

Office Hours
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 3:00-4:00 PM
Tuesdays 2:30-4:00 PM 


  • Ph.D., Social Psychology (Kansas State University, August 2013)
  • M.S., Social Psychology (Kansas State University, May 2010)   
  • B.A., Psychology (University of Cincinnati, June 2003) 

Courses I Teach at Carroll College

  • General Psychology (Fall and Spring Semesters)
  • Social Psychology (Fall and Spring Semesters)
  • Social Psychology Lab (Fall and Spring Semesters)
  • Theories of Personality (Spring Semesters)
  • Psychology of Women (Spring Semesters)
  • Understanding the Holocaust: History and Psychology (Fall Semesters)
  • Gender Perspectives (Spring Semesters)

Research Interests

  • My research focuses on the social and cognitive processes that lead to the discrimination of stigmatized groups (e.g., racial minorities, individuals with intellectual disabilities). 

  • Additionally, I am concerned with how contextual factors embedded in interracial helping situations influence expressions of prejudice.

My C.V. (last updated 10.2019)

Dr. McManus on Carroll College

"People are fascinating! I love being able to apply psychological theories to real world situations to better understand why the event occurred in manner that it occurred. My interest in prejudice and discrimination stems from a conglomeration of my personal (and professional) experiences. It seemed that the employment and volunteer activities that were the most attractive to me were those that, on a general basis, were relevant to issues of social inequality. I wanted to be able to study inequality from a psychological perspective AND be able to share my knowledge about inequality with students.

Two things about Carroll that made the best impression on me were the students and the faculty. The students’ involvement on campus and their commitment to their education was apparent; the students’ inherent curiosity about psychological topics has created fantastic class discussions each semester. I also noticed that faculty were very supportive of one another. Helena also made a favorable impression - I’ve lived in the Midwest for my entire life, so being in an area with mountains is exciting!"

Past Research Assistants


  • Rachel Bechtel (Spring 2019 - present)
  • Cameron Herriges (Spring 2019 – present)
  • Sarah Swingley (Spring 2019 – present)
  • Esmeralda Campos (Fall 2018 – Spring 2019)
  • Madison Fyan (Fall 2017)
  • Tyler Retzer (Spring 2017)
  • Janie Reid (Spring 2016 – Spring 2018)
  • Rhiannon Sturgess (Spring 2016 – Spring 2018)
  • Melanie Vert (May 2016). Interested in Graudate Programs in International Development 
  • Amber Graf (May 2016). Applying to Graduate Programs in Forensic Psychology
  • Katie Estey (May 2016). Applying to Graduate Programs in Speech Pathology
  • Molly Moloney (May 2016). Interested in Graduate Programs in Neuropsychololgy

Honor Thesis Students

Rachel Bechtel (2019-20). Thesis Title: Analyzing the Disability Wage Gap using the Justification Suppression Model of Prejudice.

Leah Henningsen (2016-17). Thesis Title: Attaining Idealized Status: Motivation to Diet and Exercise after Exposure to Women with Ideal Body Types in Relationships.

Amber Graf (May 2016). Thesis Title: The Outgroup Homogeneity Effect: How Contact and Knowledge affect Perceptions of Similarity among those with Disabilities]