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Dr. Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton

Research Focus: Status-Based Rejection Sensitivity And Situations-Specific Personality Theory

The following list of publications are a representative sample of research produced by RASCL's members and collaborators. You may download a copy of these papers for personal use by clicking on the citation of interest.


Mendoza-Denton, R. (2021). The Monument. Levee Magazine, 55-62.

Monroy, M., Garcia, S. B., Mendoza-Denton, R., & Keltner, D. (2021). The dynamics of coping, positive emotions, and well-being: Evidence from Latin American immigrant farmworkers and college students during a time of political strife. Emotion.


Worrell, F. C., Mendoza-Denton, R., Vandiver, B. J., Fhagen, P. E., & Cross, W. E., Jr. (2020). Incorporating a race salience subscale into the Cross Racial Identity Scale (CRIS). Journal of Black Psychology. DOI: 10.1177/0095798420967598

Darling-Hammond, S., Lee, R. T., & Mendoza-Denton, R. (2020). Interracial contact at work: Does workplace diversity reduce bias?. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 1368430220932636.


Lee, R.T., Perez, A., Boykin, C.M., & Mendoza-Denton, R. (2019). On the prevalence of racial discrimination in the United States. PLoS ONE. 14(1): e0210698.

Mendoza-Denton, R. (2019). I also teach. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 14(1), 101-104. doi:10.1177/1745691618814773.
Mendoza-Denton, R., & Worrell, F. (2019). Culture, Race, Ethnicity, Personality. In D. Cohen and S. Kitayama (Eds)., Handbook of Cultural Psychology, 2nd Edition, (pp. 748-767). New York: Guilford Press.


Mendoza-Denton, R., Patt, C., & Richards, M. (2018). Go beyond bias training. Nature, 557, 299-301. doi: 10.1038/d41586-018-05144-7


John-Henderson, N.A., Rheinschmidt, M.L. & Mendoza-Denton, R. (2015). Cytokine Responses And Math Performance: The Role Of Stereotype Threat And Anxiety Reappraisals. Journal Of Experimental Social Psychology, 56, 203-206.

John-Henderson, N.A., Stellar, J.E., Mendoza-Denton, R. & Francis, D.D. (2015). Socioeconomic Status And Social Support Social Support Reduces Inflammatory Reactivity For Individuals Whose Early-Life Socioeconomic Status Was Low. Psychological Science.

John-Henderson, N.A., Stellar J.E., Mendoza-Denton, R. & Francis, D.D. (2015). The Role Of Interpersonal Processes In Shaping Inflammatory Responses To Social-Evaluative Threat. Biological Psychology, 110, 134-137.


Mendoza-Denton, R. (2014). A Social Psychological Perspective On The Achievement Gap In Standardized Test Performance Between White And Minority Students: Implications For Assessment. The Journal Of Negro Education, 83(4), 465-484.

Page-Gould, E., Mendoza-Denton R. & Mendes, W.B. (2014). Stress And Coping In Interracial Contexts: The Influence Of Race-Based Rejection Sensitivity And Cross-Group Friendship In Daily Experiences Of Health. Journal Of Social Issues, 70(2), 256-278.

Rheinschmidt, M.L. & Mendoza-Denton, R. (2014). Social Class And Academic Achievement In College: The Interplay Of Rejection Sensitivity And Entity Beliefs. Journal Of Personality And Social Psychology, 107(1), 101-121.


Telesford, J., Mendoza-Denton, R. & Worrell, F.C. (2013). Clusters Of CRIS Scores And Psychological Adjustment. Cultural Diversity And Ethnic Minority Psychology, 19(1), 86-91.

John-Henderson, N., Jacobs, E.G., Mendoza-Denton, R. & Francis, D.D. (2013). Wealth, Health, And The Moderating Role Of Implicit Social Class Bias. Annals Of Behavioral Medicine, 45(2), 173-179.

Chao, M.M., Chiu, C., Chan, W., Mendoza-Denton, R. & Kwok, C. (2013). The Model Minority As A Shared Reality And Its Implication For Interracial Perceptions. Asian American Journal Of Psychology, 4(2), 84-92.

John-Henderson, N.A., Rheinschmidt, M.L., Mendoza-Denton, R. & Francis, D.D. (2013). Performance And Inflammation Outcomes Are Predicted By Different Facets Of SES Under Stereotype Threat. Social Psychological And Personality Science, 5(3), 301-309.


Piff, P.K., Stancato, D.M., Côté, S., Mendoza-Denton, R. & Keltner, D. (2012). Higher Social Class Predicts Increased Unethical Behavior. Proceedings Of The National Academy Of Sciences, 109(11), 4086-4091

Kraus, M.W., Piff, P.K., Mendoza-Denton, R., Rheinschmidt, M.L. & Keltner, D. (2012). Social Class, Solipsism, And Contextualism: How The Rich Are Different From The Poor. Psychological Review, 119(3), 546-572


Martinez, A. G., Piff, P. K., Mendoza-Denton, R., & Hinshaw, S. P. (2011). The Power Of A Label: Mental Illness Diagnoses, Ascribed Humanity, And Social Rejection. Journal Of Social And Clinical Psychology, 30, 1–23.

Worrell, F. C., Mendoza-Denton, R., Telesford, J., Simmons, C., & Martin, J. F. (2011). Cross Racial Identity Scale (CRIS) Scores: Stability And Relationships With Psychological Adjustment. Journal Of Personality Assessment, 93(6), 637–648. Doi:10.1080/00223891.2011.608762

Martinez, A.G. & Mendoza-Denton, R. (2011). The Prospect Of Plasticity: Malleability Views Of Group Differences And Their Implications For Intellectual Achievement, Mental/Behavioral Health, And Public Policy. Social Issues And Policy Review, 5, 137-159.

Page-Gould, E. & Mendoza-Denton, R. (2011). Friendship And Social Interaction With Outgroup Members. Moving Beyond Prejudice Reduction: Pathways To Positive Intergroup Relations, 139-158.


Aceves, M. J., Hinshaw, S. P., Mendoza-Denton, R., & Page-Gould, E. (2010). Seek Help From Teachers Or Fight Back? Student Perceptions Of Teachers' Actions During Conflicts And Responses To Peer Victimization. Journal Of Youth And Adolescence, 39, 658–669. Doi:10.1007/S10964-009-9441-9

Levy, S., Freitas, A., Mendoza-Denton, R., Kugelmass, H., & Rosenthal, L. (2010). When Sociopolitical Events Strike Cultural Beliefs: Divergent Impact Of Hurricane Katrina On African Americans“ And European Americans” Endorsement Of The Protestant Work Ethic. Basic And Applied Social Psychology, 32, 207–216.

Page-Gould, E., Mendoza-Denton, R., Alegre, J. M., & Siy, J. O. (2010). Understanding The Impact Of Cross-Group Friendship On Interactions With Novel Outgroup Members. Journal Of Personality And Social Psychology, 98(5), 775–793. Doi:10.1037/A0017880

Mendoza-Denton, R. (2010). Book Review: The Culture And Context Of Learning. Asian Journal Of Social Psychology, 5, 75–78.

Mendoza-Denton, R., Goldman-Flythe, M., Pietrzak, J., Downey, G., & Aceves, M. J. (2010). Group-Value Ambiguity : Understanding The Effects Of Academic Feedback On Minority Students' Self-Esteem. Social Psychological And Personality Science, 1, 127–135.


Mendoza-Denton, R., Shaw Taylor, L., Chen, S., & Chang, E. (2009). Ironic Effects Of Explicit Gender Prejudice On Women’s Test Performance. Journal Of Experimental Social Psychology, 45, 275–278.

Chen, S., Langner, C. A., & Mendoza-Denton, R. (2009). When Dispositional And Role Power Fit: Implications For Self-Expression And Self-Other Congruence. Journal Of Personality And Social Psychology, 96, 710–727.

Mendoza-Denton, R., & Goldman-Flythe, M. (2009). Personality And Racial/Ethnic Relations: A Perspective From Cognitive-Affective Personality System (CAPS) Theory. Journal Of Personality, 77, 1261–1282.

Mischel, W., Mendoza-Denton, R., & Hong, Y.-Y. (2009). Toward An Integrative CAPS Approach To Racial/Ethnic Relations. Journal Of Personality, 77, 1365–1379.


Chan, W., & Mendoza-Denton, R. (2008). Status-Based Rejection Sensitivity Among Asian Americans: Implications For Psychological Distress. Journal Of Personality, 76, 1317–1346.

Mendoza-Denton, R., & Page-Gould, E. (2008). Can Cross-Group Friendships Influence Minority Students' Well-Being At Historically White Universities? Psychological Science : A Journal Of The American Psychological Society / APS, 19, 933–939.

Mendoza-Denton, R. (2008). FRAMED! Greater Good, 22–24.

Mendoza-Denton, R., Park, S. H., & O’Connor, A. (2008). Gender Stereotypes As Situation–Behavior Profiles. Journal Of Experimental Social Psychology, 44, 971–982.

Mendoza-Denton, R., Kahn, K., & Chan, W. (2008). Can Fixed Views Of Ability Boost Performance In The Context Of Favorable Stereotypes?☆. Journal Of Experimental Social Psychology, 44, 1187–1193.

Mendoza-Denton, R., Pietrzak, J., & Downey, G. (2008). Distinguishing Institutional Identification From Academic Goal Pursuit: Interactive Effects Of Ethnic Identification And Race-Based Rejection Sensitivity. Journal Of Personality And Social Psychology, 95(2), 338–351. Doi:10.1037/0022-3514.95.2.338

Mendoza-Denton, R. (2008). Stigma. International Encyclopedia Of The Social Sciences, 146–148.

Page-Gould, E., Mendoza-Denton, R., & Tropp, L. R. (2008). With A Little Help From My Cross-Group Friend: Reducing Anxiety In Intergroup Contexts Through Cross-Group Friendship. Journal Of Personality And Social Psychology, 95(5), 1080–1094. Doi:10.1037/0022-3514.95.5.1080


Mendes, W. B., Gray, H. M., Mendoza-Denton, R., Major, B., & Epel, E. S. (2007). Why Egalitarianism Might Be Good For Your Health: Physiological Thriving During Stressful Intergroup Encounters. Psychological Science : A Journal Of The American Psychological Society / APS, 18, 991–998.

Mendoza-Denton, R., & Hansen, N. (2007). Networks Of Meaning: Intergroup Relations, Cultural Worldviews, And Knowledge Activation Principles. Social And Personality Psychology Compass, 1, 68–83.

Mendoza-Denton, R., & Mischel, W. (2007). Integrating System Approaches To Culture And Personality. Handbook Of Cultural Psychology, 175-195.

Mischel, W., & Mendoza-Denton, R. (2007). Personality Theories. Encyclopedia, 62, 11320–11326

Levy, S. R., Freitas, A. L., Mendoza-Denton, R., & Kugelmass, H. (2006). Hurricane Katrina's Impact On African Americans‘ And European Americans’ Endorsement Of The Protestant Work Ethic. Analyses Of Social Issues And Public Policy, 6, 75–85.

Kammrath, L. K., Mendoza-Denton, R., & Mischel, W. (2005). Incorporating If...Then...Personality Signatures In Person Perception: Beyond The Person-Situation Dichotomy. Journal Of Personality And Social Psychology, 88, 605–618.


Mendoza-Denton, R. (2002). RS-Race Questionnaire. Journal Of Personality.

Mendoza-Denton, R., Downey, G., Purdie, V. J., Davis, A., & Pietrzak, J. (2002). Sensitivity To Status-Based Rejection: Implications For African American Students' College Experience. Journal Of Personality And Social Psychology, 83(4), 896–918.

Mischel, W., Shoda, Y., & Mendoza-Denton, R. (2002). Situation-Behavior Profiles As A Locus Of Consistency In Personality. Current Directions In Psychological Science, 11, 50.

Mendoza-Denton, R., Ayduk, O. N., Mischel, W., Shoda, Y., & Testa, A. (2001). Person X Situation Interactionism In Self-Endcoding (I Am... When...): Implications For Affect Regulation And Social Information Processing. Journal Of Personality And Social Psychology, 80, 533–544.

Ayduk, O., Mendoza-Denton, R., Mischel, W., Downey, G., Peake, P. K., & Rodriguez, M. (2000). Regulating The Interpersonal Self : Strategic Self-Regulation For Coping With Rejection Sensitivity. Journal Of Personality And Social Psychology, 79(5), 776–792. Doi:10.1037//0022-3514.79.5.776

Mendoza-Denton, R., Ayduk, O. N., Shoda, Y., & Mischel, W. (1997). Cognitive-Affective Processing System Analysis Of Reactions To The O.J. Simpson Criminal Trial Verdict. Journal Of Social Issues, 53, 563–581.