Jessica McManus, Ph.D.

Portrait of Dr. Jessica McManus

Associate Professor - Psychology

Areas of Specialization: Social Psychology, Prejudice and Discrimination
Research Lab: Prejudice and Discrimination Lab
Departmental Roles: Department Chair, Psychology Club and Psi Chi Adviser
Recognitions: Carroll College Distinguished Scholar of the Year (2018)

Dr. Jessica McManus obtained her Ph.D. in Psychology from Kansas State University in 2013. Originally from Cincinnati, OH, Dr. McManus specializes in social psychology with an emphasis on studying prejudice and discrimination. In particular, she examine the manner in which racial discrimination manifests in helping situations as well as understanding the factors related to prejudice toward individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Courses Taught:  Intro to Psychology, Social Psychology, History and Psychology of the Holocaust, Theories of Personality, History and Systems of Psychology, Gender Perspectives, and Psychology of Women. 

"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 this 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!"

Ph.D. in Psychology from Kansas State University in 2013