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  • Master's
  • PhD


  • PSYC 2540 - Social Psychology
  • PSYC 4650 - The Self and Social Perception


I am a social psychologist whose research focuses on the self, social perception, and intergroup relations. 


  • PhD (Social Psychology), University of Waterloo, 1993
  • MA (Social Psychology), University of Waterloo, 1991
  • BA (Psychology), University of British Columbia, 1989


Research interests

  • Metaperceptions
  • Concerns with evaluation
  • Empathy and perspective taking
  • Intergroup relations
  • Power
  • Interaction dynamics

Selected publications

  • Vorauer, J. D., & Petsnik, C. (2023). The disempowering implications for members of marginalized groups of imposing a focus on personal experiences in discussions of intergroup issues. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 125, 117-140. 
  • Vorauer, J. D., Petsnik, C., & Quesnel, M. (2020). Who brings you up when you're feeling down? Distinct implications of dispositional empathy versus situationally-prompted empathic mindsets for targets' affective experience in face-to-face interpersonal interaction. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 89, ArtID 103991.
  • Vorauer, J. D. (2019). Empathy and concern with negative evaluation in intergroup relations: Implications for designing effective interventions (Elements in Applied Social Psychology). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Vorauer, J. D., & Quesnel, M. (2017). Ideology and voice: Salient multiculturalism enhances minority group members’ persuasiveness in intergroup interaction. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 8 (8), 867-874.
  • Vorauer, J. D., Quesnel, M., & Germain, S. L. (2016). Reductions in goal-directed cognition as a consequence of being the target of empathy. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 42, 130-141.
  • Vorauer, J. D. (2013). The case for and against perspective-taking. In M. P. Zanna & J. Olson (Eds.), Advances in experimental social psychology, vol 48, pp. 59-115. Burlington: Academic Press.
  • Vorauer, J. D. (2012). Completing the Implicit Association Test (IAT) reduces positive intergroup interaction behavior. Psychological Science, 23, 1168-1175.
  • Vorauer, J. D., & Sasaki, S. J. (2009). Helpful only in the abstract? Ironic effects of empathy in intergroup interaction. Psychological Science, 20, 191-197.
  • Vorauer, J. D. (2006). An information search model of evaluative concerns in intergroup interaction. Psychological Review, 113, 862-886.
  • Vorauer, J. D., & Kumhyr, S. (2001). Is this about you or me? Self- versus other directed thoughts and feelings in response to intergroup interaction. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 27, 706-719.
  • Vorauer, J. D., Main, K. J., & O'Connell, G. B. (1998). How do individuals expect to be viewed by members of lower status groups? Content and implications of meta-stereotypes. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 75, 917-937.

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