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Daniel L. Benkendorf, PhD

Daniel L. BenkendorfASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF PHILOSOPHY

Office Location: Business and Liberal Arts, B641
Phone: 212 217.4922
E-Mail: Daniel_Benkendorf@fitnyc.edu
Link to Personal Website: www.danielbenkendorf.com

 

Research Interests

My research interests concern the psychological antecedents and consequences of sustainable and unsustainable consumer behavior. I am exploring the ways in which consumers approach "fast fashion," and how clothing purchase decisions can be distinguished from many other purchase decisions. In addition, I have studied the effects of emotional certainty on stereotyping, motivated decision-making processes in small groups, and interpersonal rejection.

Courses Developed

  • SS 336 – Psychology for Sustainability
  • SS 396 – Social Experiments: Answering the Questions of Social Psychology (Presidential Scholars Course)

Other Courses Taught

  • SS 131 – General Psychology
  • SS 231 – Personality
  • SS 385 – Social Psychology

Other Campus Involvement

Chair, Institutional Review Board at FIT
Assistant Chairperson, Department of Social Sciences
Member, Executive Committee, United College Employees of the Fashion Institute of Technology
Member, Tenure and Promotion Committee, Faculty Senate
Member, Sabbaticals Committee, Faculty Senate

Professional Affiliations

Society for Environmental, Conservation, and Population Psychology (SECP)
Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP)
American Psychological Association (APA)
Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP)
Psychologists for Social Responsibility (PsySR)

Selected Publications and Presentations

Sommer, K.L., & Benkendorf, D.L. (2009). Looking Before Leaping: The Role of Social Expectancies in Attachment Regulation Following Interpersonal Rejection. In Harris, M.J. (Ed.) Bullying, Rejection, and Peer Victimization: A Social Cognitive Neuroscience Perspective. New York: Springer Publishing.

Benkendorf, D.L. (2015). Strengthening Students Life Skills: Assessing the Promises and Pitfalls of Self-Help Books. Oral presentation at the 29th Annual Conference for the Teaching of Psychology, April 2015. Tarrytown, NY.

Benkendorf, D.L., Newman, C., & Yudell, E. (2015). I Love Thy Selfie: An Observational Study of Social Media Use and Narcissistic Personality in Young Adults. Paper presented at the 16th Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, February 2015. Long Beach, CA.

Benkendorf, D.L. (2014). Using In-class Debates to Foster Critical Thinking. Oral presentation at the Society for Teaching of Psychology's Annual Conference on the Teaching of Psychology, October 2014. Atlanta, GA.

Benkendorf, D.L. (2014). Sonic Psychology: Teaching Diversity through Song. Oral presentation at the 28th Annual Conference for the Teaching of Psychology, April 2014. Tarrytown, NY.

Benkendorf, D.L. (2013). Certainly Biased: Does Emotional Certainty Lead to Stereotyping and Discrimination in Selection? Paper presented at the 121st Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, July 2013. Honolulu, HI.

Benkendorf, D.L., Kirkland, K.L., & Sommer, K.L. (2010). Throwing Momma from the Train: Family Obligations Bias and Layoffs. Paper presented at the 118th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, August 2010. San Diego, CA.

Benkendorf, D.L., Bruno, S., Kern, M.J., & Sommer, K.L. (2010). Better Off Alone: Social Detachment Following Peer Rejection. Paper presented at the 11th Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, January 2010. Las Vegas, NV.

Benkendorf, D.L., Kirkland, K.L., & Sommer, K.L. (2009). Who is the Fairer Sex? How Gender Composition of Groups Influences Bias For and Against Women with Family Obligations. Paper presented at the 10th Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, February 2009. Tampa, FL.

Benkendorf, D.L., & Sommer, K.L. (2007). The effect of emotional valence and certainty on the use of the physical attractiveness stereotype in an employee selection context. Paper presented at the 8th Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, January 2007. Memphis, TN.

Sommer, K.L., Benkendorf, D., Bruno, S., Kirkland, K., Busing, A., & Bernieri, F. (2007). Destined for rejection? How isolated experiences with rejection engender negative social expectancies and the defensive derogation of new relationship partners. Symposium presented at the 8th Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, January 2007. Memphis, TN.

Press Quotes

American Fashions Made in the U.S.A. by Richard Marini, San Antonio Express-News
Cheap, Trendy Fast Fashion in Demand Despite Factory Dangers by Cara Kelly, The Washington Post

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