Joan C. Chrisler
Class of '43 Professor, Department of Psychology
Joined Connecticut College: 1987
B.S., Fordham University; Certificate, Behavior Therapy, Long Island University; M.A., Ph.D., Yeshiva University
Health psychology and psychology of women
Menstruation and menopause
Weight and eating disorders
Coping with chronic illness
Professor Chrisler regularly teaches courses on "Psychology of Women," "Health Psychology," "Psychology of Women's Health" and "Intimate Relationships." She is a strong believer in "writing to learn" and in connecting course concepts to everyday life experiences, popular culture and items in the news.
Chrisler is internationally known for her research and writing on the psychology of women and gender and women's health issues, particularly on weight, eating behavior, body image, menopause, attitudes toward menstruation, and menstrual cycle-related changes.
Chrisler is the 2013 recipient of the Nancy Batson Nisbet Rash Faculty Research Award, presented annually to a faculty member selected on the basis of outstanding scholarly or artistic accomplishments. Chrisler was recognized for the depth, breadth and sheer quantity of her original research; for winning multiple awards; for earning national and international recognition by her peers; and for her ability to collaborate with Connecticut College students and faculty and with national and international peers.
Chrisler was the recipient of the College's 2009 Helen Brooks Regan Faculty Leadership Award, presented annually to a tenured faculty member whose outstanding service in a leadership role exemplifies the College’s commitment to shared governance, democratic process and campus community development.
She has published ten books and dozens of journal articles and book chapters. Her most recent books are Reproductive Justice: A Global Concern (2012, Praeger); Handbook of Gender Research in Psychology [Volume 1 - Gender Research in General & Experimental Psychology; Volume 2 - Gender Research in Social & Applied Psychology] (2010, Springer); Women over 50: Psychological Perspectives (2007, Springer); and From Menarche to Menopause: The Female Body in Feminist Therapy (2004, Haworth). Other titles include Arming Athena: Career Strategies for Women in Academe, New Directions in Feminist Psychology, Lectures on the Psychology of Women, Variations on a Theme: Diversity and the Psychology of Women, and Charting a New Course for Feminist Psychology. Her current project is a book titled "Woman's Embodied Self: Feminist Psychological Perspectives."
She has won a number of awards for her work, including the Margaret Floy Washburn Award from the New York State Psychological Association for significant contributions to feminist psychology, the Distinguished Leader Award from APA's Committee on Women in Psychology, the Carolyn Wood Sherif Award for outstanding contributions to the field from the Society for the Psychology of Women (APA Division 35), the Ann Voda Career Award for outstanding research from the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research, the Teacher of the Year Award from the Rhode Island Teachers of Psychology, the Florence L. Denmark National Faculty Advisor Award from Psi Chi (the National Honor Society of Psychology), a Distinguished Publication Award for her book Lectures on the Psychology of Women and the Christine Ladd-Franklin Award for contributions to feminist psychology from the Association for Women in Psychology.
She has been elected to Fellow status in the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science and the Eastern Psychological Association in recognition of her many contributions to the field. She has served as President of the Association for Women in Psychology, the Society for the Psychology of Women (APA Division 35), the New England Psychological Association, the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research and the Connecticut State Conference of the American Association of University Professors. She has also served as editor of Sex Roles, an international, interdisciplinary behavioral science journal.