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Megan Yost

(she/her/hers)Associate Professor of Psychology and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies (2006)

Contact Information

on sabbatical Spring 2023

yostm@dickinson.edu

Denny Hall Room 205
717.245.1357

Bio

Professor Yost received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology and Feminist Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her research examines the gendered nature of human sexuality from a social psychological perspective. She is interested in the ways in which traditional conceptualizations of masculinity and femininity impact sexuality, including around issues of sexual consent. She is also interested in sociocultural factors associated with prejudice and discrimination against LGBTQ+ people and other sexual minorities. Prof Yost teaches interdisciplinary courses on gender, sexuality, and qualitative research methods.

Education

  • B.S., St. Lawrence University, 1998
  • M.S., University of California, Santa Cruz, 2003
  • Ph.D., 2006

2022-2023 Academic Year

Fall 2022

PSYC 135 Psychology of Women and Gender
Cross-listed with WGSS 136-01. Using a feminist social psychological framework, we will examine theory and research related to the psychology of women and the psychology of gender. We will analyze gender as a system that influences men's and women's lives, and consider the ongoing significance of gender role socialization across the lifespan. Throughout the semester, we will consider the social and political implications of putting women at the center of psychological analysis. In addition, we will develop tools to critically analyze traditional psychological theory and research to expose sexist bias, and we will examine alternative research methodologies that provide ways to study the richness of women's lives in context. This course is cross-listed as WGSS 136.

PSYC 135 Psychology of Women and Gender
Cross-listed with WGSS 136-02. Using a feminist social psychological framework, we will examine theory and research related to the psychology of women and the psychology of gender. We will analyze gender as a system that influences men's and women's lives, and consider the ongoing significance of gender role socialization across the lifespan. Throughout the semester, we will consider the social and political implications of putting women at the center of psychological analysis. In addition, we will develop tools to critically analyze traditional psychological theory and research to expose sexist bias, and we will examine alternative research methodologies that provide ways to study the richness of women's lives in context. This course is cross-listed as WGSS 136.

WGSS 136 Psychology of Women and Gender
Cross-listed with PSYC 135-01. See course description with PSYC 135 listing.

WGSS 136 Psychology of Women and Gender
Cross-listed with PSYC 135-02. See course description with PSYC 135 listing.

WGSS 306 Psych of Rape & Sex Aggress
Cross-listed with PSYC 435-01.Permission of Instructor Required.In this advanced seminar, we will examine psychological theory and research relating to rape and sexual aggression. We will begin by considering the impact of the social construction of masculinity and femininity on sexual relationships. We will then explore the relationship between these gender ideologies and understandings of sexual consent. With this foundation in place, we will examine the psychology of sexual aggression perpetration, victimization, and bystander intervention. Additional topics may include sexual violence in same-sex relationships, sexual violence on college campuses, and rape prevention and education programs.

PSYC 435 Psych of Rape & Sex Aggress
Cross-listed with WGSS 306-01.Permission of Instructor Required.In this advanced seminar, we will examine psychological theory and research relating to rape and sexual aggression. We will begin by considering the impact of the social construction of masculinity and femininity on sexual relationships. We will then explore the relationship between these gender ideologies and understandings of sexual consent. With this foundation in place, we will examine the psychology of sexual aggression perpetration, victimization, and bystander intervention. Additional topics may include sexual violence in same-sex relationships, sexual violence on college campuses, and rape prevention and education programs.

PSYC 500 Cycle of Violence in Families