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Tessa V. West

Tessa V. West

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My work focuses on the dynamics of interpersonal and intergroup relations. I adopt dyadic and group-level approaches to studying intergroup interactions within laboratory and naturalistic settings. Within interracial interactions, I examine how social inferences are formed, the extent to which they are grounded in reality, and how they can be changed to improve intergroup relations. I also study the basic processes of accuracy and bias in person perception.

In collaboration with David Kenny, I was award the SPSP Theoretical Innovation Prize. I have also been awarded the SPSSI Louis Kidder early career award for my research on intergroup relations.

Primary Interests:

  • Group Processes
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Person Perception
  • Prejudice and Stereotyping

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Journal Articles:

  • Kenny, D. A., & West, T. V. (2010). Similarity and agreement in self and other perception: A meta-analysis. Personality and Social Psychology Review.
  • Kenny, D. A., West, T. V., Cillessen, A. H. N., Coie, J. D., Dodge, K. A., Hubbard, J. A., & Schwartz, D. (2007). Accuracy in the judgment of aggressiveness. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 33, 1225-1236.
  • Kenny, D. A., West, T. V., Malloy, T., & Albright, L. (2006). Componential analysis of interpersonal perception data. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 10, 282-294.
  • Pearson, A.R., West, T.V., Dovidio, J.F., Powers, S., Buck, R., & Henning, R. (2008). The fragility of intergroup relations: Divergent effects of delayed audio-visual feedback in intergroup and intragroup interactions. Psychological Science, 19, 1272-1279.
  • Penner, L. A., Dovidio, J. F., West, T. V., Gaertner, S. L., Albrecht, T. L., Dailey, R. K., & Markova, T. (2010). Aversive racism and medical interactions with black patients: A field study. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. 46, 436-440.
  • Shelton, J. N., West, T. V., & Trail, T. E. (2010). Concerns with appearing prejudiced: Implications for anxiety during daily interracial interactions. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 13, 329-344.
  • Trail, T. E., Shelton, J. N., & West, T. V. (2009). Interracial roommate relationships: Negotiating daily interactions. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 35, 671-684.
  • West, T. V. (2011). Interpersonal perception in cross-group interactions: Challenges and potential solutions. European Review of Social Psychology, 22, 364-401.
  • West, T. V., Heilman, M. E., Gullet, L., Moss-Racusin, C., A., & Magee, J. C. (2012). Building blocks of bias: Gender composition predicts male and female group members' evaluations of each other and the group. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48, 1209-1212.
  • West, T. V., & Kenny, D. A. (2011). The truth and bias model of judgment (T&B). Psychological Review, 118, 357-378.
  • West, T. V., Pearson, A. R., Dovidio, J. F., Shelton, J. N., & Trail. T. E. (2009). Superordinate identity and intergroup roommate friendship development. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45, 1266-1272.
  • West, T. V., Popp, D., Kenny, D. A. (2008). A guide for the estimation of gender and sexual orientation effects in dyadic data: An actor-partner interdependence model approach. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 34, 321-336.
  • West, T. V., Shelton, J. N., & Trail, T. E. (2009). Relational anxiety in interracial interactions. Psychological Science, 20, 289-292.

Other Publications:

  • West, T. V. (in press). Repeated-measure methods with dyads. To appear in J. A. Simpson & L. Campbell (Ed.), The Oxford handbook of close relationships. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • West, T. V., & Dovidio, J. F. (in press). Intergroup contact across time: Beyond initial contact. In G. Hodson & M. Hewstone (Eds.), Advances in intergroup contact. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.

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Tessa V. West
Department of Social Psychology
New York University
6 Washington Place
New York, New York 10003
United States

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