Carolyn Weisz

Carolyn Weisz, PhD

Carolyn Weisz, Professor, Psychology

BA, Stanford University, 1987
MA, PhD, Princeton University, 1989, 1992

Carolyn Weisz is a social psychologist with research interests in racism, homelessness, and social perception.  Her recent research on homelessness, conducted in collaboration with other scholars and with the Pierce County Department of Community Connections, has focused on links between stigma, psychological distress, and physical health; racial disparities in homelessness; trauma; smoking; emotional labor among service providers; and organizational diversity climate.  She serves on the leadership team of the University’s Race and Pedagogy Initiative and has conducted research evaluating the impact of the Initiative’s events.  Professor Weisz also supervises students pursuing independent research on topics related to social psychology.


Courses Taught at Puget Sound

  • PSYC 225   Social Psychology
  • PSYC 301   Experimental Methodology and Applied Statistics II
  • PSYC 373   Perceiving Self and Others
  • PSYC 401   Perspectives in Psychology
  • CONN 325 The Experience of Prejudice

Education and Teaching History

  • BA, Stanford University, 1987
  • MA, PhD, Princeton University, 1989, 1992
  • National Institute of Drug Abuse Postdoctoral Trainee, University of California, San Francisco, 1992-1995
  • Adjunct Faculty, University of California, Davis, 1994-1995
  • Adjunct Faculty, California School of Professional Psychology, 1994
  • Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor, University of Puget Sound, 1995-2011

Community Engagement

  • Race and Pedagogy Initiative Leadership Team
  • Research on Homelessness in Pierce County
  • Diversion Community Accountability Board Member for the Pierce County Juvenile Court
  • Princeton Race Relations Prize Committee for Western Washington
  • Board Member, Fair Housing Center of Washington 

Selected Articles, Chapters, and Reports

  • Oleson, K. C., & Weisz, C. (2010).  Being teacher-scholars in a liberal arts setting. Dialogue: Newsletter of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, 25, 18-19.
  • Weisz, C., Houston, R., & Quinn, D. M. (in preparation).  Multiple social identities and stigmas among individuals experiencing homelessness: Links to well-being and attitudes.
  • Houston, R., & Weisz, C. (2009). City of Tacoma housing first case management survey. A report prepared for the City of Tacoma, Human Rights and Human Services Department.
  • Houston, R., Weisz, C., & Anderson-Connolly, R. (2006).  Systems analysis of homelessness in Pierce County: A preliminary report prepared for the Road Home Leadership Team.
  • Weisz, C., & Wood, L. F. (2005). Social identity support and friendship outcomes: A longitudinal study predicting who will be friends and best friends 4 years later. Journal of Personal and Social Relationships, 22, 416-432.
  • Weisz, C., & Wood, L. F. (2000).  Social identities and friendships: A longitudinal study of support for social identities. Journal of Social Behavior and Personality, 15, 441-448.
  • Weisz, C. (1996).  Social identities and response to treatment for alcohol and cocaine abuse.  Addictive Behaviors, 21, 445-458.
  • Weisz, C., & Jones, E. E. (1993).  Expectancy disconfirmation and dispositional inference: Latent strength of target-based and category-based expectancies.  Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 19, 563-573.