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Anne M. Merriwether

Ann M. Merriwether, PhD


Office: University Downtown Center, Room 427
Phone: 607-777-9210
Fax: 607-777-7587


I am interested in doing research concerning men and women’s reproductive health attitudes. Different work that I have done examines the intersection between gender roles, body image and sexual socialization. My current research focuses on hook-up behavior in college students, as well as attitudes about ideal partners.

Educational background

  • PhD, developmental psychology, The Pennsylvania State University
  • MS, psychology, The Pennsylvania State University
  • BA, psychology, The Pennsylvania State University


Courses regularly taught

  • HDEV 200, Introduction to Human Development
  • HDEV 309, Death, Dying, and Bereavement
  • HDEV 330, Psychology of Women's Bodies

Current research interests

  • Gender roles
  • Sexual socialization
  • Reproductive health attitudes
  • Body image development

Selected publications

  • Curtin, N., Ward, L.M., Merriwether, A., Caruthers, A. (2011). Femininity ideology and sexual health in young women: A focus on sexual knowledge, embodiment, and agency. International Journal of Sexual Health, 23, 48-62.
  • Ward, L.M., Epstein, M., Caruthers, S., & Merriwether, A. (2011). Men’s media use, sexual cognitions, and sexual risk behavior: Testing a meditational model. Developmental Psychology, 47, 592-602.
  • Schooler, D., Ward, L.M., Merriwether, A., & Caruthers, A.S. (2005). Cycles of shame: Menstrual shame, body shame, and sexual decision-making. Journal of Sex Research, 42, 324-334.

Last Updated: 9/15/17