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Denise Driscoll

Denise Driscoll



Ph.D., Social Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara
B.A. (with honors), Psychology, Indiana University, Bloomington


Dr. Denise Driscoll is on faculty at the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University.  She teaches several courses to MBA students, including Managerial Communication Skills, Intercultural Communication and Management, and Managerial Business Writing.  Dr. Driscoll is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology at Purdue University, as well as founder of a consulting company Diversity Competency LLC.

Dr. Driscoll's initial background was in experimental social psychology with an emphasis on social cognition and forming person impressions.  As an Assistant Professor of Psychological Sciences at Purdue (1991 to 1999), she taught and conducted research on person impressions, attitude accessibility and persuasion, stereotyping and prejudice, biases in decision-making, nonverbal communication, sexual harassment, and intergroup relations.

After a hiatus as a visiting scholar at the University of Queensland to study diversity initiatives in Australia, Dr. Driscoll returned to Purdue as the Diversity Resource Specialist for the Vice President for Human Relations.  From 2000-2007, she 1) advised colleges, schools, and units about diversity issues and programs, 2) played a major role in two assessments of Purdue's diversity and work-life climate, 3) wrote, assessed, and consulted on diversity-related National Science Foundation grants, and 4) developed, facilitated, and assessed diversity training workshops and programs across the Purdue campus as well as in the local community.  

In 2008, Dr. Driscoll founded Diversity Competency LLC to help companies improve their diversity competency.  Please see the website for additional information about Driscoll's consulting business.  

Now, she combines her experiences as an academic (with its focus on research and theory) with her experiences as an administrator and a consultant (with its focus on applying research and theory to effect positive change in the workplace) to help MBA students hone their managerial communication and intergroup/cross-cultural skills.


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Stereotyping, Prejudice, and Discrimination; Managerial Communications; Intergroup Relations; Assessment and Survey Methodology; Mentoring and Diversity; Social Cognition:  Cognitive Biases; Person Memory and Impression Formation


Journal Articles

  • Pendry, L. F., & Driscoll, D. M. (2011). Five guiding principles to help improve diversity-training assessment. (Highly Commended Paper, Literati Network Award for Excellence, 2012). Training and Management Development Methods, Vol. 25(2), pp. 2.01 - 2.19, | Related Website |
  • Pendry, L. F., Driscoll, D. M., & Field, S. C. T. (2007). Diversity training: Putting theory into practice.. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 80(1), 27-50,
  • Kelly, J. R., Murphy, J. D., Craig, T. Y., & Driscoll, D. M. (2005). The effects of nonverbal behavior associated with sexual harassment proclivity on women's performance.. Sex Roles: A Journal of Research, 53, 689-701,
  • Driscoll, D. M., Kokini, K., Katehi, L. P. B., Wright, J. R., & Percifield, C. P. (2004). A new paradigm for diversity in engineering.. Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition,
  • Craig, T. Y., Kelly, J. R., & Driscoll, D. M. (2001). Participant perceptions of potential employers who vary in the likelihood to sexually harass.. Sex Roles: A Journal of Research, 44, 389-400,
  • Murphy, J. D., Driscoll, D. M., & Kelly, J. R. (1999). Differences in the nonverbal behavior of men who vary in the likelihood to sexually harass.. Journal of Social Behavior and Personality, 14, 113-128,
  • Ho, C. P., & Driscoll, D. M. (1998). Prejudiced responses and affect.. British Journal of Social Psychology, 37, 275-285,
  • Ho, C. P., Driscoll, D. M., & Loosbrock, D. L. (1998). Great expectations: The negative consequences of falling short.. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 28, 1743-1759,
  • Driscoll, D. M., Kelly, J. R., & Henderson, W. L. (1998). Can perceivers identify likelihood to sexually harass?. Sex Roles, 38, 557-588,
  • Driscoll, D. M., & Gingrich, B. E. (1997). Effect of single-trait, social stereotype, and multi-trait expectancies on person impressions.. Journal of Social Behavior and Personality, 12, 397-416,
  • Fazio, R. H., Blascovich, J., & Driscoll, D. M. (1992). On the functional value of attitudes: The influence of accessible attitudes upon the ease and quality of decision-making.. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 18, 388-401,
  • Hamilton, D. L., Driscoll, D. M., & Stroessner, S. J. (1991). Stereotypes and prejudice.. In R. Dulbecco (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Human Biology (Vol. 7, pp. 233-241). Orlando, FL: Academic Press,
  • Sherman, S. J., Mackie, D. M., & Driscoll, D. M. (1990). Priming and the differential use of dimensions in evaluation.. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 16, 405-418,
  • Hamilton, D. L., Driscoll, D. M., & Worth, L. T. (1989). Cognitive organization of impressions: Effects of incongruency in complex representations. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 57, 925-939,

Book Chapters

  • Fazio, R. H., Blascovich, J., & Driscoll, D. M. (2008). On the functional value of attitudes: The influence of accessible attitudes on the ease and duality of decision-making. In R. H. Fazio, & R. E. Petty (Eds.). Attitudes: Their structure, function, and consequences (pp. 388-401). New York: Psychology Press,
  • Driscoll, D. M., Zawojewski, J. S., & Stahura, J. (2008). Learning from engineering students' reactions to small group laboratories. In J. S. Zawojewski, H. Diefes-Dux, and K. Bowman (Eds.). Models and modeling in Engineering Education: Designing experiences for all students (pp. 111-136),
  • Hamilton, D. L., Stroessner, S. J., & Driscoll, D. M. (1994). Social cognition and the study of stereotyping. Social cognition: Contributions to classic issues in social psychology (pp. 291- 321). New York: Springer-Verlag,

Other Publications

  • Driscoll, D. M. (2014) Stereotype Threat. An online module for a certificate program for faculty and administrators at Colleges/Schools of Veterinary Medicine, Center of Excellence for Diversity and Inclusion in Veterinary Medicine. | Related Website |
  • Driscoll, D. M Fostering Respect, Creating Community: Office of the Vice President for Human Relations, Diversity Assessment 2006-7 Executive Report, Purdue University. | Related Website |
  • Driscoll, D. M. (2004) Mentoring and diversity: A handbook for faculty mentoring LSAMP Indiana students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields. | Related Website |
  • Driscoll, D. M., & Koch, A. K. (2003) National Science Foundation awards Indiana a five-year Louise Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) grant: How academic advisors at participating universities can be a part of the effort. Indiana Academic Advising Network Newsletter, Advising Update, May issue.
  • Driscoll, D. M. (1998) Diversity Module, Interactive video for Purdue's 1998 freshman orientation. Co-moderator and member of Diversity Committee that created the video.

Phone: 43427
Office: KRAN 468

Quick links

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Area(s) of Expertise

Intercultural Communication, Diversity Competencies, Cultural Intelligence, Diverse Work Teams