Mindy J. Erchull, Associate Professor of Psychology, earned a Ph.D. (2005) and an M.A. (2002) in social psychology from Arizona State University, after receiving a B.A. (1998) in psychology from Connecticut College. Her research interests include objectification and sexualization of women, feminism and feminist identity, psychological aspects of reproductive health, and attitudes about menstruation. She also has broad training in social psychology, health psychology, psychology of women, women’s health, social influence, and statistics and research methods. In addition to research and academic training in these areas, Dr. Erchull serves as a consulting editor for Psychology of Women Quarterly, Women’s Reproductive Health, and Gender Issues. She also regularly reviews manuscripts for other journals including Sex Roles, Health Care for Women International, and Basic and Applied Social Psychology.
She has presented her work at numerous conferences including meetings of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Association for Women in Psychology. She has also published articles on her research in such academic journals as Psychology of Women Quarterly, Sex Roles, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, and Health Psychology, most recently “Desire for Marriage and Children: A Comparison of Feminist and Non-feminist Women” in Gender Issues.
In 2010, Dr. Erchull received the Mary Roth Walsh Teaching the Psychology of Women Award. The award, sponsored by the Society for the Psychology of Women, recognizes a young faculty member who employs innovative methods to address issues of diversity in teaching the psychology of women. In 2013, she was named a Fellow of the American Psychological Association in recognition of her contributions to the field of psychology. In 2014, she received the Florence L. Denmark Faculty Advisor Award from Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, for being the one faculty advisor for the 2013-14 academic year who best achieves Psi Chi’s purpose through her ongoing service to the UMW chapter and having made contributions to the field of psychology at both local and national levels. In addition, she received the 2014 Waple Faculty Professional Achievement Award from the University of Mary Washington and was recognized as an emerging leader for women in psychology by the American Psychological Association’s Committee for Women in Psychology.
Dr. Erchull currently serve as co-coordinator of the AWP/SPW Featured Feminist Science Symposia Series, program chair for the 2015 APA convention for the Society for the Psychology of Women, and a Board of Directors member/membership coordinator for the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research. She is also a faculty consultant for Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology. Her professional memberships include the American Psychological Association (including divisions 1, 2, 8, 35, 38, and 51), the Association for Psychological Science, the Association for Women in Psychology, the Council on Undergraduate Research, the National Women’s Studies Association, the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research, the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, and the Virginia Psychological Association.