Emily Chan is associate professor of psychology and director of the Bridge Scholars Program at Colorado College. She joined Colorado College in 2004, teaching courses in social psychology, research design, prejudice and stereotyping, and applied social psychology. She values research with undergraduate students and has involved students in research on culture and cognition, judgment and decision making, diversity and student success, and person and organizational reputation and branding. From 2014-2018 she served as the Associate Dean of Academic Programs and Strategic Initiatives where she oversaw strategy, operations, and implementation of initiatives in international study, field study, summer session, and academic diversity and inclusion initiatives for students and faculty. As a co-chair in the college’s strategic planning, she facilitated the collaborative shaping and implementation of strategic initiatives, including the pre-college summer program, student grants program, mentored student research program, study abroad enrollment and financial aid management, and the evolution of a new faculty multi-dimensional mentoring program and chair leadership program. Chan received an A.B. summa cum laude in Psychology from Princeton, and her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
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Associate Professor of Psychology: 2010-present
Associate Dean of Academic Programs and
Strategic Initiatives: 2014-2018
Assistant Professor of Psychology: 2004-2010
Social Psychology; Interpersonal Perception and Self-Presentation;
Prejudice and Stereotyping; Conflict and Negotiation; Judgment and Decision Making
Evolutionary psychology; Cross-cultural Social Psychology
Representative Publications & Presentations
Ji, L. & Chan, E. (2017). Chinese Thinking Styles and Religion. In J. Barrett & R. Hornbeck (Eds.) Religious Cognition in China. Springer.
Kervyn, N., Chan, E., Malone, C., *Korpusik, A., & Ybarra, O. (2014). Not all disasters are equal in the public's eye: The negativity effect on warmth in brand perception. Social Cognition, 32, 256-275.
Ybarra, O., Keller, M.C., Chan, E., Garcia, S. M., Sanchez-Burkes, J., Morrison, K. R., & Baron, A. S. (2010). Being unpredictable: Friend or foe matters. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 1, 259-267.
Ybarra, O., Chan, E., Park, H., Burnstein, E, Monin, B., & Stanik, C. (2008). Life's recurring challenges and the fundamental dimensions: An integration and its implications for cultural differences and similarities. European Journal of Social Psychology, 38, DOI: 10.1002/ejsp.559.
Chan, E., Ybarra, O., Park, D. C., Rodriguez, J., & Garcia, J. (2007). Trusting medical authorities: some cognitive aging and social vigilance considerations. In D. C. Park & L. Liu (Eds.) Medical Adherence and Aging: Social and Cognitive Perspectives. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
Chan, E., Ybarra, O., & Schwarz, N. (2006). Reversing the affective congruency effect: The role of target word frequency of occurrence: Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 42, 365-372.
Chan, E. and Ybarra, O. (2002.) Interaction goals and social information processing: Underestimating one’s partners but overestimating one’s opponents. Social Cognition, 20, 409-439.
Chan, E. (2016). International Students and the Liberal Arts Advantage: A Cultural Psychological Perspective, Invited talk at the NAFSA Liberal Arts Institutions and Women's Colleges Session.
*O’Donnell, S. C. & Chan, E. (2015). Building Bridges: A Mixed- Method Assessment of a College Bridge Program. Annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, New York.
*Sileci, A. & Chan, E. (2015). Dweck’s Brainology Intervention can Work for low SES Brazilian Students. Annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, New York.
*Barnes, M. & Chan, E. (2014). Rural Stereotype Threat: The Relationship with Prejudice Behavior within and Ingroup. Annual meeting of the Association for Psychology Science, San Francisco, CA.
*O’Donnell, S. C. & Chan, E. (2014). The Social and Instrumental Consequences of Emotional Inconsistency in Negotiation: The Importance of Being Trusted and Liked. Annual meeting of the Association for Psychology Science, San Francisco, CA.
*Berry, B. & Chan, E. (2013). Investigating the Role of Culture on Temporal Perception. Annual meeting of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, New Orleans, LA.
*O’Donnell, S. C. & Chan, E. (2013). Aversive Prejudice Against Veterans: Hireability, Mental Health Stereotype, Warmth, and Competence. Annual meeting of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, New Orleans, LA.
*Abeyta, A., Pyszcynski, T., & Chan, E. (2012). Clarifying the Role of Uncertainty in Terror Management Processes: The Impact of the Uncertain Aspects of Death on Ingroup Bias. Annual meeting of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, CA.
Chan, E. & *Korpusik, A. (2012). Public Relations Disaster: Sewage, Oil Spill, and the Two Fundamental Dimensions of Social Perception. Annual meeting of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, CA.
*Fleig, A. & Chan, E. (2012). The Effects of College Admission Policies on Perceived Institutional Theories of Intelligence: Is Flexible Always Better? Annual meeting of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, CA.
*Ushijima, S. & Chan, E. (2011). Contingencies of self-worth subscale as a predictor of body shame. Annual meeting of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, San Antonio, TX. Received Undergraduate Poster Award.
Chan, E, Ybarra, O, and Park, H. (2010). The fundamental dimensions in reputation monitoring. European Social Cognition Network Experts Meeting, Neuendettsau, Germany.
*Barry, J. & Chan, E. (2010). Identification with poverty as risk factor in health behavior and beliefs. Western Psychological Association Annual Conference, Cancun, Mexico.
*Lenzen. D., & Chan, E. (2010). The role of collective responsibility in the infrahumanzation of outgroup victims. Society of Personality and Social Psychology Conference, Las Vegas, NV.
*Abeyta, A., Chan. E., & *Bennett, J. (2009). Stereotype threat and social economic status: impact on parenting style. Annual meeting of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, Tampa, FL.
*Abeyta, A. & Chan, E. (2009). The positive relationship between racial attitudes and campus climate. Rocky Mountain Psychological Association Annual Conference, Albuquerque, NM.
Winterrowd, E., Raymond, K., Biasiolli, A., Bennell, S., Chan, E., & Canetto, S. S. (2009). Gender and ethnicity lessons in elementary science book stories. National Multicultural Conference and Summit, New Orleans, LA.
*Bennett, J., & Chan, E. (2008). Stereotype threat and social economic status. Annual meeting of Society of Personality and Social Psychology, Albuquerque, NM.
Chan, E., *Amundson, K, *Bennett, J, et al. (2008). Patching up the pipeline: Gender bias in elementary school science teaching materials. Rocky Mountain Psychological Association Annual Conference, Boise, ID
(* CC student co-author)
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