Laura Smart Richman

Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of Virginia 1997

  • M.A., University of Virginia 1994

  • B.S., University of Maryland, College Park 1992


Research interests include the influence of psychosocial factors on health outcomes and health behaviors, with particular attention to identity, emotion, and perceived discrimination. Particular interest in how the psychological and physical consequences of perceived discrimination may be moderated by how strongly one identifies with the group that is the target of discrimination. Other interests include the biological mechanisms by which emotion and emotion regulation influence health.

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Health, health behaviors, identity, stress, motivation, stigma, discrimination, social status, STEM

Smart Richman, L, Blodorn, A, and Major, B. "An identity-based motivational model of the effects of perceived discrimination on health-related behaviors." Group Processes & Intergroup Relations 19.4 (July 1, 2016): 415-425. Full Text Open Access Copy

Richman, LS, Martin, J, and Guadagno, J. "Stigma-Based Rejection and the Detection of Signs of Acceptance." Social Psychological and Personality Science 7.1 (January 2016): 53-60. Full Text Open Access Copy

Utamsingh, PD, Richman, LS, Martin, JL, Lattanner, MR, and Chaikind, JR. "Heteronormativity and practitioner-patient interaction." Health communication 31.5 (January 2016): 566-574. Full Text Open Access Copy

Pascoe, EA, Richman, LS, and Kort, D. "Validation of the Food-Linked Virtual Response task." Journal of health psychology (July 30, 2015). Full Text Open Access Copy

Jackson, B, Richman, LS, LaBelle, O, Lempereur, MS, and Twenge, JM. "Experimental Evidence That Low Social Status is Most Toxic to Well-being When Internalized." Self and identity : the journal of the International Society for Self and Identity 14.2 (March 2015): 157-172. Full Text Open Access Copy

Godin, EA, Wormington, SV, Perez, T, Barger, MM, Snyder, KE, Richman, LS, Schwartz-Bloom, R, and Linnenbrink-Garcia, L. "A Pharmacology-Based Enrichment Program for Undergraduates Promotes Interest in Science." CBE life sciences education 14.4 (January 2015): ar40-. Full Text Open Access Copy

Southwell, B, Ronneberg, K, Shen, K, Jorgens, E, Hazel, J, Alemu, R, Ross, J, Richman, L, and Vermeer, D. "Energy information engagement among the poor: Predicting participation in a free workshop." Energy Research & Social Science 4 (December 2014): 21-22. Full Text Open Access Copy

Richman, LS, and Hatzenbuehler, ML. "A Multilevel Analysis of Stigma and Health." Ed. ST Fiske. Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences 1.1 (October 2014): 213-221. Full Text Open Access Copy

Richman, LS, and Lattanner, MR. "Self-regulatory processes underlying structural stigma and health." Social science & medicine (1982) 103 (February 2014): 94-100. (Review) Full Text Open Access Copy

Boynton, MH, and Richman, LS. "An online daily diary study of alcohol use using Amazon's mechanical turk." Drug and Alcohol Review 33.4 (January 1, 2014): 456-461. Full Text Open Access Copy


The effect of stigma on social motivational orientation awarded by Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2016

Self-Generated Research Experiences to Support Biomedical/Behavioral Research Careers awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co Investigator). 2010 to 2015

Discrimination & Short & Long-Term Risks for Depression awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2005 to 2011