Leslie Johnson

Leslie Johnson
Leslie Johnson
Associate Professor
802.635.1300

Northern Vermont University–Johnson

337 College Hill Rd.

Johnson, VT 05656-9741

McClelland Hall

 

About Leslie


Associate Professor Leslie Johnson, a social psychologist, teaches courses in the undergraduate psychology program.

She started at NVU-Johnson in 2015, after having served as an assistant professor of psychology at Finlandia University in Michigan. Leslie was born in raised in Lansing, Mich., but she knows Vermont as well - she attended graduate school at the University of Vermont. She is happy to join NVU and return to live in Vermont with her husband and young daughter.

"I am passionate about working with students in the research context," Leslie says. "I am always looking for students who are interested in getting hands-on experience conducting social psychological research."

Her research includes the expression and experience of body weight based stigma (e.g., prejudice and discrimination toward "fat" people); targets of stigma and their experiences of prejudice and discrimination; the role of the self in interpersonal relationships, with a focus on the subjective self and I-sharing; and the history of women in social psychology.

Selected Publications


  • Pinel, E.C., Long, A.E., & Crimin, L.A. (2010). I-Sharing and a Classic Conformity Paradigm. Social Cognition, 28, 277-289.
  • Pinel, E.C., Long, A.E., & Crimin, L.A. (2008). We're Warmer (They're More Competent): I-Sharing and African Americans' Perceptions of the Ingroup and Outgroup. European Journal of Social Psychology, 38, 1184-1192.
  • Crimin, L.A., & Miller, C.T. (2005). Fat, Stigma, and Public Health Policy. Society for Psychological Study of Social Issues, Forward Newsletter, 227, 3.

Professional Activities


Professional Memberships:

  • Society for Personality and Social Psychology
  • Society for the Study of Social Issues Society
  • Society for the History of Psychology
  • Society for the Psychology of Women
  • Society for Teaching of Psychology

Recent Presentations/Invited Talks:

  • Johnson, L.C., Knoblauch, B.K., O'Neil, C., & Rentmeester, C. (October 2014). "Selfie Culture: Four perspectives from the Liberal Arts." Suomi College of Arts and Sciences, Finlandia University.
  • Johnson, L. C. (September 2014). "Is this how you see me?: When images of Minority Members in the Media Do More Harm Than Good." Invited talk at Michigan Technological University, Center for Diversity and Inclusion.
  • Johnson, L.C. (April 2014). "Beyond Appearances: I-sharing as a Mean for Attenuating Weight Bias." Suomi College of Arts and Sciences: The Heart of SCAS Colloquium Series, Finlandia University.
  • Johnson, L.C. & Pinel, E.C. (2014). "The Fat Threshold: Stigma in the Eye of the Beholder." Poster presented at the Society of Personality and Social Psychology Annual Meeting, Austin, Texas.
  • Johnson, L.C, & Pinel, E.C. (2012). "Weighing Our Words: The Impact of Terminology on Perception of Body Size and Expressed Prejudice." Poster presented at the Society of Personality and Social Psychology Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas.
  • Crimin, L.A., & Pinel. E.C. (2010). "Generalizing the Benefits of I-Sharing: The Role of Existential Isolation in a Behavioral Expression of Preference for Heavyweight Individuals." Poster presented at the Society of Personality and Social Psychology Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, Nev.

Research Interests


  • The expression and experience of body weight based stigma (e.g., prejudice and discrimination toward "fat" people)
  • Targets of stigma and their experiences of prejudice and discrimination
  • The role of the self in interpersonal relationships, with a focus on the subjective self and I-sharing
  • History of women in social psychology

Awards & Honors


  • Grants-in-Aid, Society for the Study of Social Issues, Spring 2010, funding awarded for dissertation research
  • Member of Psi Chi, National Psychology Honors Society