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Natalie J. Ciarocco

Natalie J. Ciarocco

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Since earning my Ph.D., I have had the opportunity to teach a variety of courses including social psychology, personality theories, social cognition, social and personality development, interpersonal processes, statistics, laboratory in social psychology, and evolutionary psychology. I am currently developing a course on career preparation in psychology. I have also taught in non-traditional ways by directing independent studies, supervising honors theses, teaching in a life-long learning program and advising the MU Psychology Club.
In the past few years, my main focus has been on the teaching Research Methods in Psychology and Lab and Experimental Methods in Psychology and Lab. To this end I have worked with colleagues to secure two different grants in support of developing teaching resources for methodology courses. One was for developing an online collection of peer-reviewed resources (see and the other was creating a collection of articles that exemplified a variety of research designs (see This work has led to co-coordinating the Atlantic Coast Teaching of Psychology Conference (ACToP;

In 2006 I was awarded the Excellence and Innovation in Undergraduate Teaching Award from the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science in Florida Atlantic University. This is awarded to one professor annually and was a great honor. More recently I was asked to contribute to a chapter to a book on student engagement. Currently I am under contract with Worth Publishing for a research methods textbook.

Primary Interests:

  • Close Relationships
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Self and Identity
  • Social Cognition

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Journal Articles:

  • Baumeister, R. F., DeWall, N., Ciarocco, N., & Twenge, J. M. (2005). Social exclusion impairs self-regulation. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 88, 589-684.
  • Baumeister, R. F., Twenge, J. M., & Ciarocco, N. (2002). The inner world of rejection: Effects of social exclusion on cognition, emotion, and self-regulation. In J. Forgas & K. Williams (Eds.), The social self: Cognitive, interpersonal, and intergroup perspectives. New York: Psychology Press.
  • Ciarocco, N. J., Echevarria, J., & Lewandowski, G. W., Jr. (2012). Hungry for Love: The Influence of Self-Regulation on Likelihood of Infidelity. Journal of Social Psychology, 152, 1-14. doi: 10.1080/00224545.2011.555435
  • Ciarocco, N. J., Lewandowski, G. W., Jr., & Van Volkom, M. (2013). The impact of a multifacted approach to teaching research methods on students' attitudes. Teaching of Psychology, 40, 20-25. doi:10.1177/0098628312465859
  • Ciarocco, N. J., Sommer, K. L., & Baumeister, R. F. (2001). Ostracism and ego depletion: The strains of silence. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 27, 1156-1163.
  • Ciarocco, N. J., Vohs, K. D., & Baumeister, R. F. (2010). Some good news about rumination: Task-focused thinking after failure facilitates performance improvement. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 29, 1057-1073.
  • Lewandowski, G. W., Jr., Ciarocco, N. J., & Gately, E. L. (2012). The effect of embodied temperature on perceptions of global warming. Current Psychology, 31, 318-324.
  • Lewandowski, G. W., Jr., Ciarocco, N. J., Pettenato, M., & Stephan, J. (2012). Pick me up: Ego depletion and receptivity to relationship initiation. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships 29, 1071-1084.
  • Sommer, K. L., Williams, K. D., Ciarocco, N. J., & Baumeister, R. F. (2001). When silence speaks louder than words: Explorations into the intrapsychic and interpersonal consequences of social ostracism. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 2, 225-243.
  • Twenge, J. M., Baumeister, R. F., DeWall, C. N., Ciarocco, N. J., & Bartels, J. M. (2007). Social exclusion reduces prosocial behavior. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 92, 56-66.
  • Vohs, K. D., Baumeister, R. F., & Ciarocco, N. (2005). Self-regulation and self-presentation: Regulatory resource depletion impairs impression management and effortful self-presentation depletes regulatory resources. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 88, 632-657.
  • Vohs, K. D., & Ciarocco, N. J. (2003). Interpersonal functioning and self-regulation: A literature review. In R. F. Baumeister & K. D. Vohs (Eds.), Handbook of self-regulation: Research, theory, and applications. New York: Guilford.

Other Publications:

  • Ciarocco, N. J., Dinella, L. M., & Lewandowski, G. W., Jr. (2011). Strategies for making psychology self-relevant in and out of the classroom. In R. Miller & B. Rycek (Eds.), Promoting student engagement: Volume I: Programs, techniques and opportunities [E-book]. Society for the Teaching of Psychology.

Courses Taught:

  • Career Preparation in Psychology
  • Evolutionary Psychology
  • Experimental Methods in Psychology and Lab
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Psychology Thesis and Lab
  • Research Methods in Psychology and Lab
  • Social Cognition
  • Social Psychology
  • Statistics in Psychology
  • Theories of Personality

Natalie J. Ciarocco
Psychology Department
Monmouth University
400 Cedar Avenue
West Long Branch, New Jersey 07764
United States

  • Phone: (732) 263-5481
  • Fax: (732) 263-5159

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