Dr. Cheryl Drout
My area of specialization is social psychology with a focus on gender roles. I am interested in attitudes toward victims and have studied situations involving female victims of domestic violence and sexual assault as well as male victims of alcohol overdose. I am interested in cultural influences upon victimization and attitudes toward victims. In particular I have examined rape myth acceptance among American and Japanese college students. I am also interested in cultural differences in approaches to education and educational philosophy. A current area of work that combines my interest in education and gender roles involves the study of Japanese teachers' and parents' attitudes toward recent educational reforms in Japan.
My most regular offerings for the Psychology Department include Social Psychology, Cross-cultural Psychology, and Industrial-Organizational Psychology. I have offered an honors seminar for the college honors program with a focus on Psychology of Ethnicity as well as a Senior Honors Seminar for Psychology on Social and Psychological Aspects of Victimization. Most recently I have begun to supervise the Psychology Lab that all of our majors take. I regularly supervise undergraduate independent study projects. At the graduate level, I teach Japanese Culture and Education and have supervised masters students in Education.
Department and University Service
I was the Chair of the Psychology Department from 2008-2014. I also served as Interim Chair of the Psychology Department for academic year 2004-2005. Prior to that I served as Co-Director of Campus Assessment from 2002-2004 and filled the role of Director of General Education from 1997-2000. On an on-going basis I have been involved at the department and college level in curriculum development and program assessment. Additionally, I have worked with the college Human Subjects Review Board and the department Subject Pool.
Selected Student - Faculty Collaborations
Vossler, K., Molfetto, K., & Drout, C. (2013, April). Post-tsunami attitudes toward education reform. Poster presented at the Western Pennsylvania Undergraduate Psychology Conference, Meadville, PA.
Akers, E., Su, C., & Drout, C. (2009, April). Japanese teachers' attitudes toward Japanese education system reform. Poster presented at the Western Pennsylvania Undergraduate Psychology Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.
Sick, K., & Drout, C. (2007, April). Japanese teachers' attitudes toward recent educational reforms. Poster presented at the Western Pennsylvania Undergraduate Psychology Conference, Grove City, PA.
Hontz, A. (2005, May). Japanese teachers' attitudes toward contemporary educational policy. Masters project. (Faculty Mentor: C. Drout)
Tettamant. K. (2004, May). Reevaluating rape prevention techniques: What men can do to prevent sexual assault. Presentation to Women's Studies Symposium, Fredonia. (Faculty mentor: C. Drout)
Drout, C., & Leva, T. (2004, January). Acceptance of rape myths among American and Japanese college students. Seventh Annual Meeting of the Japan Studies Association, Honolulu, Hawaii.
Foster,T., Niehaus, M., & Drout, C. (2003, April). High school to college: How similar are students' acceptance of rape myths? Student Research and Creative Endeavors Exposition (SCREE), Fredonia, NY.
Foster, T., Niehaus, M., Skryzpek, A., & Drout, C. (2003, April). Rape myth acceptance among high school students. Western Pennsylvania Undergraduate Psychology Conference, Erie, PA.
Skryzpek. A. (2003, May). Rape myth acceptance and rape prevention. Presentation to Women's Studies Symposium, Fredonia. (Faculty mentor: C. Drout)
Drout, C., & Corsoro, C. (2003). Attitudes toward fraternity hazing among fraternity members, sorority members, and non-Greek students. Social Behavior and Personality: An International Journal, 31, 6, 535-543.