College of Staten Island
 The City University of New York
  Russ Clay
Assistant Professor

Russ Clay
Assistant Professor

Office : Building 4S Room 206
Phone : 718.982.4099
Fax : 718.982.4114

Degrees :
Ph.D., Experimental (Social) Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University
M.S., Experimental (Social) Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University
B.S., Information Systems, Carnegie Mellon University

Biography / Academic Interests :
My academic interests are varied, but I mainly focus on attempting to develop a better understanding of social attitudes.  In general, I want to know what leads people to view some things positively and other things negatively, and why people often hold very different attitudes toward things (people, places, ideas) in our social world.  My work in this area has led me to explore political preferences, religiosity, cultural differences, stereotyping, and prejudice.  I conduct my research from the perspective of evolutionary psychology, which theorizes that brain processes are the result of a long history of evolutionary development, and that the brain was shaped by evolution to provide survival and reproductive benefits in the environment of our ancient ancestors.

I am also interested in developing research practices which will improve the scientific study of psychology in general.  I am currently involved in one project which seeks to estimate the rate at which published psychological research findings can be replicated, and a second project which investigates the extent to which different researchers will use different data analysis strategies in an attempt to answer the same research question (and the extent to which this variability influences the researchers’ conclusions).  The goal of both projects is to promote increased confidence in research findings in Psychology.

Scholarship / Publications :
Selected Publications:

Terrizzi, J. A., Clay, R., & Shook, N. J. (2014) Does the behavioral immune system prepare females to be religiously conservative and collectivistic?  Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 40, 189-202.

Clay, R., Barber, J. M., & Shook, N. J. (2013) Techniques for measuring selective exposure:  A critical review.  Communication Methods and Measurement, 7, 221-245.

Open Science Collaboration. (2012).  An open, large-scale, collaborative effort to estimate the reproducibility of psychological science.  Perspectives on Psychological Science, 7, 657-660.

Clay, R., Terrizzi, J. A., & Shook, N. J. (2012).  Individual differences in behavioral immune system strength and the emergence of cultural systems.  Journal of Social Psychology, 43, 174-184.  

Shook, N. J., & Clay, R. (2012). Interracial roommate relationships:  A mechanism for promoting sense of belonging at university and academic performance.  Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48, 1168-1172.  

Shook, N. J., & Clay, R. (2011).  Valence asymmetry in attitude formation:  A correlate of political ideology.  Social Psychological and Personality Science, 2, 650-655.