Ann M. Merriwether

Instructor in Psychology and Human Development

Office: University Downtown Center, Room 427 (Human Development)
Science IV, Room 122 (Psychology)
Phone: 607-777-9210 (Human Development)
607-777-4579 (Psychology)
Fax: 607-777-7587 (Human Development)


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

  • Ph.D. Developmental Psychology, The Pennsylvania State University
  • M.S. Psychology, The Pennsylvania State University
  • B.A. Psychology, The Pennsylvania State University

Teaching Profession

Couses Regularly Taught

  • Introduction to Human Development
  • Psychology of Women’s Bodies
  • Death, Dying, and Bereavement

Current Research Interests

  • Gender role
  • 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: 7/24/14