John Terrizzi, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Core Undergraduate Psychology Faculty

John Terrizzi portrait

Office: CFO 710
Phone: 940-898-2309
Fax: 940-898-2301


Ph.D., 2013, Experimental Psychology – West Virginia University
M.A., 2007, Experimental Psychology - The College of William and Mary
B.S., 2004, Peace Psychology - Juniata College

Courses Taught


Applied Statistics, Experimental Psychology, History and Systems of Psychology


Social Psychology, History and Systems of Psychology   

Research Interests

Examining the role the behavioral immune system plays in the formation of: 1) prejudicial attitudes, 2) socially conservative value systems, 3) criminal attitudes and psychopathy, 4) interpersonal relationships, and 5) shame.

Recent Publications

  • Terrizzi, Jr., J. A., Shook, N. J., & McDaniel, M. (2013). The behavioral immune system and social conservatism: A meta-analysis. Evolution and Human Behavior.  
  • Clay, R., Terrizzi, Jr., J. A., Shook, N. J. (2012). Individual differences in behaviroal immune system and the emergence of cultural systems. Social Psychology, 43, 174-184.
  • Terrizzi, Jr., J. A., Shook, N. J., & Ventis, L. (2012). Religious conservatism: An evolutionary evoked disease-avoidance strategy. Religions, Brains, & Behavior, 2, 105-120.
  • Terrizzi, Jr., J. A., Shook, N. J., & Ventis, W. L. (2010). Disgust: A predictor of social conservatism and prejudicial attitudes toward honosexuals. Personality and Individual Differences, 49, 587-592.
  • Terrizzi, J. & Drews, D. (2005). Predicting attitudes toward Operation Iraqi Freedom. Psychological Reports, 96, 183-189.
  • Terrizzi, J. (2004). Predicting attitudes toward the Iraqi conflict: A path analysis. The Baker Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies: Annual Report 2003-2004, 12-13.


  • 2011: Society for the Advancement of Psychology Research Award. Virginia Commonwealth University. 
  • 2010: Outstanding Research Award. Graduate Student Research Symposium, Virginia Commonwealth University.
  • 2007: Honorable Mention for Excellence in Scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences. The College of William and Mary.

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