June 13, 2024

Social Psychologist Named UMW Psychology Graduate-in-Residence

Fredericksburg, Va. – Matthew Hunsinger, assistant professor of psychology at Mary Baldwin College, has been named Graduate-in-Residence for the University of Mary Washington’s Department of Psychology.

Hunsinger visited the Fredericksburg campus for three days, including Thursday, September 15 for a public lecture, “Paths to Improving Intergroup Relations: Decreasing Intergroup Bias in a Diverse World.” The talk took place in Combs Hall, Room 139 at 7:30 p.m. and was free and open to the public.

During his visit, Hunsinger talked to psychology classes to discuss his work as a research psychologist and met with students who are interested in experimental social psychology.

After graduating with honors in psychology from UMW in 2001, Hunsinger received a master’s degree in cognitive science from Illinois State University and a doctorate in experimental social psychology from the University of Massachusetts. His research examines variables that influence bias against others based on race, ethnicity and gender. At Mary Baldwin, Hunsinger teaches courses in social cognition, cognitive psychology, conflict resolution and learning and behavior.

The Graduate-in-Residence program began in 1995 as a part of career advising within the psychology department, to help expose psychology majors to UMW graduates working in their field. Each year, the psychology department faculty nominates alumni who participate in interesting work in the psychology field.

The Graduate-in-Residence program is partially funded by the Campus Academic Resources Committee. For more information about the Graduate-in-Residence program, contact the Department of Psychology at (540) 654-1054.

About Brynn Boyer

Brynn Boyer is assistant director of media and public relations and a 2010 graduate of UMW.