Louise Fitzgerald Ph.D.

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Emeritus Professor of Gender and Women's Studies
Professor Emerita of Psychology

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  • sexual harassment; sexual violence;

Research Description

My research interests focus on sexual harassment in the workplace, as well as other forms of sexual violence.  In particular, the antecedents and consequences of sexual harassment in the workplace, subsidized housing, higher education, and the military. Our research group recently completed a 10-year longitudinal project funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health that collected data in a variety of organizations as well as in-depth clinical interviews of victims. This work examines the effects of harassment, coping characteristics of those who are harassed, and the influence of environmental factors on both the incidence and outcomes of this phenomenon. The ultimate goal of this research is to provide theoretical and empirical insights to guide institutional and social policy change in work and educational institutions.


  • Ph.D. from Ohio State University

Distinctions / Awards

  • Fellow, American Psychological Association –Counseling Psychology; Fellow, American Psychological Association – Psychology of Women Fellow, American Psychological Association – Industrial/Organizational Fellow, American Psychological Society Holland Prize for Research in Personality and Career Development-1992 Distinguished Contribution to the Psychology of Women – Div. 17 Committee on the Status of Women - 1992 Distinguished Contribution Award of the Washington Educational Press for Outstanding Treatment of a Public Concern 1994 Distinguished Contributions to Research in Public Policy – American Psychological Association – 2003 Heritage Award, Distinguished Contributions to Research in the Psychology of Women – American Psychological Association – Division 35, Psychology of Women - 2010

Recent Publications

Fitzgerald, L.F. (1993). Sexual harassment: Violence against women in the workplace. American Psychologist, 48 (10).

Fitzgerald, L.F., & Swan, S. (1995). Why didn't she just report him? The psychological and legal inclinations of women's responses to sexual harassment. Journal of Social Issues, 51, 1, 117-138.

Fitzgerald, L.F., Drasgow, F., Hulin, C.L., Gelfand, J.J., & Magley, V.J. (1997). Antecedents and consequences of sexual harassment in organizations: A test of an integrated model. Journal of Applied Psychology, 82 (4), 578-589

Fitzgerald, L.F., Swan, S., & Magley, V.J. (1997). But was it really sexual harassment? Legal, behavioral, and psychological definitions of the workplace victimization of women. In W.O'Donohue (Ed), Sexual harassment theory, research, and treatment. Allyn and Bacon

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Facilities Information

Building Remodeling Projects

Click on the title to check out these pictures from the classroom remodeling project in the basement. A second project to replace the elevators will begin in September. Beginning with the freight elevator, each elevator will be out of service for three months. To get quickly from one floor to another, and improve your fitness, we will encourage the use of the stairs. The repainting of the northeast stairwell has been completed, and the painter is starting on the southwest stairwell.