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Kathleen Gerbasi

Kathleen Gerbasi

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I am currently studying people who call themselves furries. As far as I know, my team's first study, Furries from A to Z (Anthropomorphism to Zoomorphism), is the first peer-reviewed journal article to explore the furry culture (fandom) by collecting data from furries. Information from the ongoing Furry Study is placed on Live Journal (see my home page). Other general research interests are in social psychological aspects of anthrozoology. I am the Resource Coordinator for the Society and Animals Institute.

I have developed and teach a State University of New York Social Science General Education course on the Psychology of Human-Animal Relations. I also teach Introduction to Psychology, Life Span Development, and Social Psychology. In 2009 I received a State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Scholarship and Creative Activities.

Primary Interests:

  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Attitudes and Beliefs
  • Causal Attribution
  • Health Psychology
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Social Cognition

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Journal Articles:

  • Gerbasi, K. C., Paolone, N., Higner, J., Scaletta, L. L., Bernstein, P. L., Conway, S., & Privitera, A. (2008). Furries A to Z (Anthropomorphism to Zoomorphism). Society & Animals, 16, 197-222.
  • Gerbasi. K., Anderson, D., Gerbasi, A., & Coultis, D. (2002). Doctoral dissertations in human-animal studies: News and views. Society & Animals, 10(4), 339-346.
  • Gerbasi, K. C. (2004). Gender and nonhuman animal cruelty convictions: Data from Pet-Abuse.com. Society & Animals, 359-365.
  • Gerbasi, K. C. (2003). Accessing dissertations in human-animal studies. Society & Animals.
  • Gerbasi, K. C., Zuckerman, M., & Reis, H. T. (1977). Justice needs a new blindfold: A review of mock jury research. Psychological Bulletin, 84, 323-345.
  • Zuckerman, M., & Gerbasi, K. C. (1977). Dimensions of the I-E Scale and their relationship to other personality measures. Educational & Psychological Measurement, 37, 159-175.
  • Zuckerman, M., Gerbasi, K. C., & Marion, S. P. (1977). Correlates of the just world factor of Rotter's I-E Scale. Educational & Psychological Measurement, 37, 375- 381.
  • Zuckerman, M., & Gerbasi, K. C. (1977). Belief in internal control or belief in a just world: The use and misuse of the I-E scale in prediction of attitudes and behavior. Journal of Personality, 45, 356-378.
  • Zuckerman, M., & Gerbasi, K. C. (1977). Belief in a just world and trust. Journal of Research in Personality, 11, 306-317.
  • Zuckerman, M., & Gerbasi, K. C. (1975). The relationship between four factors of Rotter's I-E Scale and other personality and attitudinal measures. Catalog of Selected Documents in Psychology, 5, 191.
  • Zuckerman, M., Gerbasi, K. C., Kravitz, R. I., & Wheeler, L. (1975). The belief in a just world and reactions to innocent victims. Catalog of Selected Documents in Psychology, 5, 26.
  • Strahan, R., & Gerbasi, K. C. (1973). Semantic style variance in personality questionnaires. Journal of Psychology, 85, 109-118.
  • Strahan, R., & Gerbasi, K. C. (1972). Short, homogeneous versions of the Marlowe-Crowne Social Desirability Scale. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 28, 191-193.

Other Publications:

  • Gerbasi, K. Psychology of human-animal relations. In J. M. Alger, T. Smith-Harris, S. McEntee, & K. W. Stallwood (2005), Teaching about animals and society: A collection of syllabi, projects, assignments, web sites articles and bibliographies (pp. 101-108). Washington, D.C.: American Sociological Association.
  • Gerbasi, K. C., Paolone, N., Higner, J., Scaletta, L. L., Privitera, A., Bernstein, P. L. et al. (2007, March). The furry identity: Species identity disorder? Poster session presented at annual meeting of the Society for Research on Identity Formation. Washington, DC.

Courses Taught:

  • Human-Animal Relations
  • Intro to Psychology
  • Life Span Development
  • Research Methods in Psychology
  • Social Psychology

Kathleen Gerbasi
601 Sherwood Court
Lewiston, NY 14092
United States

  • Phone: (716) 754-2466

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