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Sheldon Alexander

Sheldon Alexander

My current work focuses on the social psychology of justice and fairness. It emphasizes the study of procedural and distributive justice in large organizations, small groups, and interpersonal relations. I've found that procedural justice and dispute resolution techniques impact a wide range of attitudes, cognitions, behaviors and social decisions. I hope to pursue the social ecology of fairness effects in future research.

Primary Interests:

  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Attitudes and Beliefs
  • Communication, Language
  • Ethics and Morality
  • Group Processes
  • Health Psychology
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Person Perception
  • Personality, Individual Differences
  • Persuasion, Social Influence

Journal Articles:

  • Alexander, S., & Ruderman, M. (1987). The role of procedural and distributive justice in organizational behavior. Social Justice Research, 1, 177-198.
  • Kershaw, T., & Alexander, S. (2003). Procedural fairness, blame attributions, and presidential leadership. Social Justice Research, 16, 79-93.
  • Lucas, T., Alexander, S., Firestone, I., & Baltes, B. (2006). Self-efficacy and independence from social influence: Discovery of an efficacy-difficulty effect. Social Influence, 1, 58-80.
  • Lucas,T., Alexander, S., Firestone, I., & LeBreton, J. (2009). Belief in a just world, social influence, and illness attributions: Evidence of a just world boomerang effect. Journal of Health Psychology, 14, 258-266.
  • Lucas, T., Alexander, S., Firestone, I., & LeBreton, J. (2008). Just world beliefs, perceived stress, and health behavior: The impact of a procedurally just world. Psychology and Health, 23, 849-866.
  • Lucas, T., Alexander, S., Firestone, I., & LeBreton, J. (2007). Development and initial validation of a procedural and distributive just world measure. Personality and Individual Differences, 43, 71-82.
  • Lucas, T., Lakey, B., Alexander, S., & Arnetz, B. (2009). Individuals and illnesses as sources of perceived preventability. Psychology, Health and Medicine, 14, 322-330.
  • Lucas, T., Young, J., Zhdanova, L., & Alexander, S. (2010). Self and other justice beliefs, impulsivity, rumination, and forgiveness: Justice beliefs both prevent and promote forgiveness. Personality and Individual Differences, 49, 851-856.
  • Lucas, T., Zhdanova, L., & Alexander, S. (2011). Procedural and distributive justice beliefs for self and others: Assessment of a four factor individual differences model. Journal of Individual Differences, 32, 14-25.
  • Lucas, T., Zhdanova, L., Wendorf, C. A., & Alexander, S. (in press). Procedural and distributive justice beliefs for self and others: Multilevel associations with life satisfaction and self-rated health. Journal of Happiness Studies.
  • Wendorf, C., & Alexander,S. (2005). The influence of individual- and class-level fairness-related perceptions on student satisfaction. Contemporary Educational Psychology, 30, 190-206.
  • Wendorf, C., Alexander, S., & Firestone, I. (2002). Social justice and moral reasoning: An empirical investigation of two paradigms in psychological research. Social Justice Research, 15, 19-39.

Other Publications:

  • Alexander, S., Sinclair, R., & Tetrick, L. (1995). The role of organizational justice in defining and maintaining the employment relationship. In L.Tetrick and J. Barling (Eds.), Behavioral and Social Perspectives on Changing Employment Relations (pp.61-89). Washington, D.C.: APA Books.
  • Linkey, H., & Alexander, S. (1999). Need norm, demographic influence, social role, and justice judgments. In N. Pallone (Ed.), Altruism, Comity, Narcissism: Current Research Perspectives. New Brunswick,NJ: Transactions Press.

Courses Taught:

  • Current Issues in Social Psychology
  • Honors (Undergraduate)
  • Psychology of Social Behavior( UG)
  • Social Psychology of Justice, Equity and Fairness
  • Social Psychology: Research and Theory

Sheldon Alexander
Department of Psychology
Wayne State University
5057 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48202
United States

  • Work: (313) 577-2800
  • Home: (248) 557-9237
  • Fax: (313) 577-7636

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