Margaret L. Signorella, PhD

Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Psychology Program Coordinator
Honors Program Coordinator
Main Building 104B, 412-675-9451
Mailing Address: 
Penn State Greater Allegheny, 4000 University Drive, McKeesport, PA 15132

My focus in teaching and research is on the development and consequences of gender and other social stereotypes, and in the use of computers and technology. In my teaching I emphasize involving undergraduates in research. I have been a member of the campus global curriculum project, Teaching International, since its inception in 2004.

Currently I am president-elect of the Society for Psychology of Women of the American Psychological Association, following two terms as society treasurer. Previously, I served two terms as the Penn State Greater Allegheny campus academic officer. I am involved in several technology-related efforts, including the development of the new campus web page and the transition to a new learning management system at Penn State.

Teaching Interests
Research methods, introductory psychology, social psychology, student newspaper


Spring 2017 Class Schedule
Class Class Title Days & Times Room
PSYCH 100-002 (22933) Intro Psychology TuTh 10:35AM - 11:50AM Crawford Building 104
PSYCH 221-001 (31305) Intro Soc Psych TuTh 9:05AM - 10:20AM Crawford Building 104
PSYCH 301W-001 (17809) Basic Methods Psy TuTh 3:05PM - 4:20PM Crawford Building 104
PSYCH 494-001 (30526) Research Projects (Research) APPT Main 104B
  Office Hours TuTh 1:30-3:00; Wed by appt 10AM-2PM Main 104B
Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University
M.S., The Pennsylvania State University
B.S., magna cum laude, University of Pittsburgh
Research Interests: 
Development and consequences of gender schemas, social stereotyping, gender differences in cognition (spatial, mathematical, verbal), single-sex education, computer use and technology
Nelson, L. R., Signorella, M. L., & Botti, K. G. (2016). Accent, gender, and perceived competence. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences.
Signorella, M. L. (2015). Challenges in evaluating single-sex education. Sex Roles, 72, 397-400. doi: 10.1007/s11199-015-0489-6
Shields, S. A., & Signorella, M. L. (2014). Carolyn Wood Sherif (1922–1982): Feminist social psychology in the service of equality for all peoples. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 38, 443-446. doi: 10.1177/0361684314552193
Signorella, M. L., Hayes, A. R., & Li, Y. (2013). A meta-analytic critique of Mael et al.’s (2005) review of single-sex schooling. Sex Roles, 69(7-8), 423-441. doi: 10.1007/s11199-013-0288-x