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Dr Becky Choma

Visiting Academic

School of Psychology (NC) (Faculty of Health & Human Sciences (NC))


Formal Education

2008    Ph.D, Social Psychology, Brock University, Canada
2004    M.A., Community Psychology, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada
2002    Honours, B.A., Psychology, Brock University, Canada

Academic Positions

2010-present    Assistant Professor, University of Plymouth, UK
2008-2010       SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada

Professional membership

Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)
Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP)
Social Psychology Network (SPN)
International Society for Justice Research (ISJR)
International Society for Political Psychology (ISPP)
The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI)

Research interests

Generally, I am interested in social political psychology.

In one line of research, I explore psychological and affective antecedents of socio-political attitudes and beliefs, including political orientation.

In a second line of research I study prejudice and discrimination. My research in this area investigates intergroup attitudes including potential mechanisms for prejudice-reduction. I am also interested in consequences of perceiving prejudice and discrimination, including well-being and collective action implications.

Refereed Publications

Hodson, G., Choma, B, L., Boisvert, J., Hafer, C. L., MacInnis, C., & Costello, K. (2013). The role of intergroup disgust in predicting outgroup prejudice. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 49, 195-205.

Choma, B. L., Hanoch, Y., Gummerum, M., & Hodson, G. (2013). Relations between Risk Perceptions and Socio-Political Ideology are Domain- and Ideology- Dependent. Personality and Individual Differences, 54, 29-34.

Choma, B. L., Busseri, M. B., & Sadava, S. W. (in press). Deciphering Subjective Trajectories for Life Satisfaction Using Self-versus-Normative Other Discrepancies, Self-esteem, and Hope. European Journal of Personality.

Choma, B. L., Hafer, C. L., Dywan, J., Segalowitz, S. J., & Busseri, M. A. (2012). Political liberalism and political conservatism: Functionally independent? Personality and Individual Differences, 53, 431-436. 

Choma, B. L., Hafer, C. L., Crosby, F., & Foster, M. D. (2012). Perceptions of personal sex discrimination: The role of belief in a just world and discrimination against one’s group. Journal of Social Psychology, 152, 568-585.

Choma, B. L., Hodson, G., & Costello, K. (2012). Intergroup Disgust Sensitivity as a predictor of Islamophobia: The modulating effect of fear. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48, 499-506.

Busseri, M. A., Choma, B. L., & Sadava, S. W. (2011). Subjective temporal trajectories for subjective well-being. The Journal of Positive Psychology.

Choma, B. L., Visser, B. A., Pozzebon, J. A., Bogaert, A. F., Busseri, M. A., & Sadava, S. W. (2010). Self-objectification, self-esteem, and gender: Testing a moderated mediation model. Sex Roles, 63, 645-656. 

Choma, B. L., Ashton, M. C., & Hafer, C. L. (2010). Conceptualizing political orientation among Canadian political candidates: A tale of two (correlated) dimensions. Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science, 42, 24-33.

Choma, B. L., & Hafer, C. L. (2009). Understanding the relation between explicitly and implicitly measured political orientation: The moderating role of political sophistication. Personality and Individual Differences, 47, 964-967. 

Choma, B. L., Shove, C., Busseri, M. A., Sadava, S. W., & Hosker, A. (2009). Assessing the role of body image coping strategies as mediators or moderators of the links between self-objectification, body shame, and well-being. Sex Roles, 61, 699-713.

Hodson, G., Choma, B. L., & Costello, K. (2009). Experiencing alien-nation: Effects of a simulation intervention on attitudes toward homosexuals. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45, 974-978.

Choma, B. L., Busseri, M. A., & Sadava, S. W. (2009). Liberal and conservative political ideologies: Different routes to happiness? Journal of Research in Personality, 43, 502-505.

Busseri, M. A., Choma, B. L., & Sadava, S. W. (2009). “As good as it gets” or “The best is yet to come?” How optimists and pessimists view their past, present, and anticipated future life satisfaction. Personality and Individual Differences, 47, 352-356.

Busseri, M. A., Choma, B. L., & Sadava, S. W. (2009). Functional or fantasy? Examining the implications of subjective temporal perspective “trajectories” for life satisfaction. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 35, 295-308.

Dywan, J., Mathewson, K., Choma, B. L., Rosenfeld, B., & Segalowitz, S. (2008). Autonomic and electrophysiological correlates of emotional intensity in older and younger adults. Psychophysiology, 45, 389-397.

Choma, B. L., Foster, M. D., & Radford, E. (2007). Use of objectification theory to examine the effects of a media literacy intervention on women. Sex Roles, 581-591.

Choma, B. L. & Ochocka, J. (2006). Supported volunteering: A community approach for people with complex needs. Journal of Developmental Disabilities, 12, 1-18.

Hafer, C. L., Bègue, L., Choma, B. L., & Dempsey, J. L. (2005). Psychopathic personality, future orientation, and the function of a belief in a just world. Social Justice Research, 18, 429-444.

Book Chapters

Hafer, C. L., & Choma, B. L. (2009). The belief in a just world and justification of the status quo. In J. T. Jost, A. C. Kay, & H. Thorisdottir (Eds). Social and Psychological Bases of Ideology and System Justification. Oxford University Press.

Choma, B. L., & Hodson, G. (2008). And so the pendulum swings: A framework for conceptualizing the causes of prejudice. In T. G. Morrison & M. A. Morrison (Eds). The Psychology of Modern Prejudice. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.