Debra Oswald, Ph.D.

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Debra Oswald, Ph.D.Marquette University

Cramer Hall, 328G

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-3720



Dr. Oswald completed her doctoral work in Social Psychology at Saint Louis University and a postdoctoral fellowship in Quantitative Psychology at the University of Illinois. Dr. Oswald teaches Psychology of Gender, Psychology of Prejudice, and Social Psychology. Her research applies social psychological theories to a wide variety of topics.

Research Lab: Applied Social Psychology


Ph.D., Saint Louis University, 2001

Courses Taught

Dr. Oswald currently teaches Psychology of Gender, Psychology of Prejudice, and Social Psychology.

Research Interests

Dr. Oswald applies social psychology theories to understand a number of social issues ranging from stereotyping, prejudice, and relationships. Currently, her primary research interest focuses on gender issues and how women’s’ experience with sexism is related to their wellbeing and life choices.

Dr. Oswald frequently works with graduate students who are interested in applying social psychology theories to a variety of social issues. Undergraduate students also frequently work as research assistants in Dr. Oswald’s lab. If you are interested in working as a research assistant please send Dr. Oswald an e-mail.

Please note Dr. Oswald is not currently reviewing applications for an incoming graduate student.

Selected Publications


Selected publications (since 2010)

* indicates current or former graduate student coauthor, + indicates undergraduate student co-author

  • *Herrera Hernandez,E., & Oswald, D.L. (in press). Who supports #MeToo and the Kavanaugh confirmation? Exploring tolerance for sexual harassment among young adultsJournal of Social Issues.
  • Oswald, D. L., Kaugars, A., & *Tait, M. (in press). Covid-19 pandemic and women’s experiences with IPV: Risk factors and implications for mental health. Manuscript in press with Violence against Women.
  • *Ballard, Zane & Oswald, D. (in press). Sexual minority behavioral health outcomes: The role of identity authenticity and self-regulation.  Manuscript in press with Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity
  • Kaugars, A.S., Holly, L.E., *Tait, M., & Oswald, D. (2022). Exploring American parents’ lived experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic: Ramifications for well-being, Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 47, 135-147.
  • Howard, S., Oswald, D. L., & *Kirkman, M. (2020). The relationship between god’s gender, gender system justification and sexism. The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 30 (3), 216-230.
  • *Kirkman, M, & Oswald, D. L.  (2020). Is it just me or was that sexist? The role of sexism type of perpetrator ethnicity on identifying sexism.  Journal of Social Psychology, 160 (2), 236-247
  • Vasquesz, K., Oswald, D. L., +Hammer, A. (2019). Being dishonest about our prejudices. Ethics and Behavior, 29(5), 382-404..
  • Oswald, D. L., *Baalbaki, M., *Kirkman, M. (2019). Women’s experiences with benevolent sexism: Scale development and validation. Sex Roles, 80, 362-380
  • Russell, B.L., Krauss, S., *Chapleau, K. & Oswald, D. L. (2019). Perceptions of Blame in Intimate Partner Violence: The Role of the Perpetrator's Ability to Arouse Fear of Injury in the Victim. In press. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.
  • *Frost, K., Franzoi, S., Oswald, D. L., & Shields, S. (2018). Revising the Body Esteem Scale: Development and Validation of the BES-R. Sex Roles, 78, 1-17.
  • Bobay, K. L., Weiss, M. E., Oswald, D. L., & Yakusheva, O. (2018). Validation of the registered nurse assessment of readiness for hospital discharge scale. Nursing Research, 67, 305-313.
  • *Newman,, A.R., Faut-Callahan, M., Lerret, S.M., Oswald, D.L., & Weiss, M.E. (2018). Pediatric oncology nurses’ experiences with prognosis-related communication. Oncology Nursing Forum, 45(3):327-337. doi: 10.1188/18.ONF.327-337
  • Howard, S., Oswald, D. L., & *Kirkman, M. (2018). Who believes in a male god? Ideological beliefs and gendered conceptualizations of God. International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 28, 55-70.
  • *Holmgreen, L. & Oswald, D. L. (2017). Men’s sexual aggression, dating preferences, and perceptions of women with different attachment styles. Violence and Victims, 32, 935-952.
  • Oswald, D. L. (2017). Maintaining long lasting friendships. M. Hojjat and A. Moyer (Eds.). The Psychology of Friendships. Pages 267-282. Oxford Press.
  • *LeMaire, K., & Oswald, D. (2016). How gender affects heterosexual allies' intentions of confronting sexual prejudice. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, 3, 453-464.
  • Russell, B. L. & Oswald, D. L. (2016). When sexism cuts both ways: Predictors of tolerance of sexual harassment of men. Men and Masculinities, 19, 524-544
  • *LeMaire, K., Oswald, D. L., & Russell, B. L. (2016). Acknowledging rape: Attitudinal and ideological associates. Violence and Victims, 31, 332-346.
  • Bull, M., *Sjorstadt, J., Boaz, L., & Oswald, D. (2015). Psychometric Properties of the Family Caregiver Delirium Knowledge Questionnaire. Research in Gerontological Nursing, 8 (4), 198-207.
  • +Peters, N. E., *Holmgreen, L. & Oswald, D. L. (2015). It’s just a joke: Reactions to and justifications for sex stereotypes in advertisements. Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research, 20, (3), 160-168.
  • *Ohlendorf, J., Weiss, M., & Oswald, D. L. (2015). Predictors of Engagement in Postpartum Weight Self-Management Behaviors in the First 12 weeks after Birth. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 72 (8), 1833-1846.
  • Monahan, C., Goldman, T., & Oswald, D. (2014). Establishing a physical impairment of weight under the ADA/ADAA: Problems of bias in the legal system. Journal of Labor & Employment Law, 29 (3), 537-562.
  • *Chapleau, K., & Oswald, D. (2014). A system justification view of sexual violence: Legitimizing gender inequality and reduced moral outrage are connected to greater rape myth acceptance. Journal of Trauma & Dissociation, 15, 204-218.
  • *Recipient of Honorable Mention for 2014 RICHARD P. KLUFT AWARD
  • *Chapleau, K., & Oswald, D. (2013). Status, threat, and stereotypes: Understanding the function of rape myths. Social Justice Research, 26, 18-41.
  • Oswald, D., & *Holmgreen, L. (2013). Female sexual aggression on college campuses: Prevalence, correlates, and perceptions. In B. Russell (Ed.). Perceptions of Female Offenders: How Stereotypes and Social Norms Affect Criminal Justice Responses. New York, Springer. DOI 10.1007/978-1-4614-5871-5_5
  • Oswald, D. L., Franzoi, S., & *Frost, K. (2012). Experiencing sexism and young women's body esteem. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 31 (10), 1112-1137.
  • Oswald, D. (2012). Gender Stereotypes and Traditionally Masculine and Feminine Occupations. In M. Paludi (Ed.) Managing Diversity in Today’s Workplace, volume 1. pp. 25-46. Praeger publishers.
  • Russell, B. L., Oswald, D. L., & Kraus, S. (2011). Evaluations of sexual assault: Perceptions of guilt and legal elements for male and female aggressors using various coercive strategies. Violence and Victims, 26 (6), 799-815.
  • Mattingly, B. A., Oswald, D. L., & Clark, E. M. (2011). An examination of relational-interdependent self-construal, communal strength, and pro-relationship behaviors in friendships. Personality and Individual Differences, 50, 1243-1248.
  • *Baker, L., & Oswald, D. L. (2010). Shyness and online social networking. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 27, 873-889.
  • Oswald, D. L. *Chapleau, K. M. (2010). Selective self-stereotyping and women’s self-esteem. Personality and Individual Differences, 49, 918-922.
  • *Chapleau, K., & Oswald D. L. (2010). Power-sex association: Two paths to sexual aggression. Journal of Sex Research, 47, 66-78.
  • McMullen, J. & Oswald, D. L. (2010). Why do we need a lawyer? An empirical study of divorce cases. University of Utah Journal of Law and Family Studies,12(1), 57-86.

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