Rachel Messer, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology

  • Office: Armington 4th Floor
  • Telephone: (606)218-5006
  • E-mail: rachelmesser@upike.edu

General Psychology
Lifespan Development
Abnormal Psychology
Psychology of Personality
Emotion, Stress, & Health

Ph.D. Lifespan Developmental Psychology
Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma

B.S. Psychology and French
Morehead State University, Morehead, Kentucky

Autism-like traits and the broad autism phenotype: An illustration of neurodiversity. March, 2021. Virtual talk given during Brain Awareness Week at Wilson College, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.

Kotireddy, V., & Messer, R. H. (in press). Analyzing the relationship between digit ratio and personality: 4D:5D digit ratio and sex correlation to the trait of conscientiousness. Journal of Emerging Investigators. (high school student mentored during summer research as first author)

Messer, R. H., & Kennison, S. M. (2020). The contributions of singular and plural nouns to sentence processing complexity: Evidence from reading time. East European Journal of Psycholinguistics, 7(1). doi:10.29038/eejpl.2020.7.1.mes

Messer, R. H., & Gonzalez, G. (2019). Relationship between culture and race. In T. Shackelford and V. A. Weekes-Shackelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science. New York, NY: Springer. (co-authored with mentored graduate student)

Green, T., Moyo, L., Krehbiel, D., & Messer, R. H. (2019, April). ‘Nice for what?’: Pleasantness and activation effects of feel-good and violent rap. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association in Albuquerque, NM. (co-mentored undergraduate students first and second authors)

Psycholinguistics and text analysis; cursing behavior and risk-taking; autism spectrum disorders and the broad autism phenotype; gender and sexual differentiation of the brain

PridePlus student club, Psi Chi Psychology Honors Society chapter