Margaret L. Signorella

Margaret Signorella at Intl. Women's Day
Distinguished Professor, Women's Studies
Distinguished Professor, Psychology
Commons/Athletic Center, 208
25 Yearsley Mill Road
Media, PA 19063

Margaret L. Signorella, Ph.D., is a distinguished professor of psychology and women's, gender, and sexuality studies at Penn State Brandywine.

Signorella’s teaching and research focus on the development and consequences of gender and other social stereotypes, and in the use of computers and technology. Her teaching also emphasizes involving undergraduates in research. 

Her research on the development and consequences of gender stereotypes is widely cited. Another area of research is the controversy over single-sex education. She co-edited two special issues of the journal Sex Roles (2011, 2013) on this topic, and authored or co-authored several other works addressing the debate. 

An inaugural member of a global curriculum project, Teaching International, Signorella has presented at state and national conferences with her project colleagues about the benefits of a global perspective on teaching, such as the Diversity Research Symposium in September 2017. The particular benefits of teaching about gender with international perspectives were presented in March 2017 at the meetings of the Association for Women in Psychology (both with V. Montecinos, E. Mazur, and M. Higgins).

Signorella is currently serving as president of the Psychology of Women division of the American Psychological Association, of which she is a fellow.

A Penn State alumna, Signorella earned her graduate degrees (M.S. and Ph.D.) from the psychology department at University Park. Her undergraduate psychology degree (B.S., magna cum laude) is from the University of Pittsburgh. She has served twice as the Penn State Greater Allegheny campus director of academic affairs. 

M. L. Signorella complete Vita

Recent publications

Signorella, M. L. (in press). Using experimental and correlational methods to assess the role of accents and gender on perceptions of competence. SAGE Research Methods Cases.

Nelson, L. R., Signorella, M. L., & Botti, K. G. (2016). Accent, gender, and perceived competence. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 38(2), 166-185. doi: 10.1177/0739986316632319
Undergraduate research project

Signorella, M. L. (2015). Challenges in evaluating single-sex education. Sex Roles, 72, 397-400. doi: 10.1007/s11199-015-0489-6

Signorella, M. L., Hayes, A. R., & Li, Y. (2013). A meta-analytic critique of Mael et al.’s (2005) review of single-sex schooling. Sex Roles, 69(7-8), 423-441. doi: 10.1007/s11199-013-0288-x 

Signorella, M. L., & Bigler, R. S. (2013). Single-sex schooling: Bridging science and school boards in educational policy. Sex Roles, 69(7-8), 349-355. doi: 10.1007/s11199-013-0313-0