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Laura Evans

by Betsy VanNoy Sep 17, 2020
Laura Evans

Associate Teaching Professor of Human Development and Family Studies

Penn State Brandywine


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REI Faculty Fellow 2020-2021

Project: Pronouns are a crucial entry point to promote greater gender equity because they provide small but concrete steps everyone can take eliminate gender bias in their speech and to ally themselves with gender non-conforming communities. In collaboration with Rock faculty specializing in gender and moral decision-making, we propose to investigate ethical principles which impact gender-neutral pronoun use in interpersonal communication through a series of experiments, and to pilot intervention strategies based on an ethical framework. The findings will be used to develop materials for ethical education and inclusion initiatives at Penn State and beyond.

Bio: Laura Evans is an Associate Teaching Professor of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) at Penn State Brandywine. She received her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Women’s Studies from the University of Delaware. She completed a M.S. in Family Studies with a concentration in Couple and Family Therapy, and a Ph.D. in Family Science at the University of Maryland. She teaches a variety of courses across the HDFS and Psychology programs on topics including research methods, family relationships, and social processes. Her research focuses on therapy process (what makes therapy work), common factors in relational therapy, as well as several scholarship of teaching and learning projects. She is a member of the Coalition on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (CSOGI), and a former member of the Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Equity (CLGBTE). At Brandywine, she is actively involved in gender equity initiatives, such as organizing student outreach for International Pronouns Day.