Directed by Dr. Asia Eaton

The PWR Lab (for “power, women, and relationships”) was founded in 2010 by Dr. Asia Eaton. We conduct social psychological research on the interaction between gender and social power, including how social power grounds and structures  gender-differentiated behaviors and relationships between men and women, as well as how men and women experience and enact powerful roles. We also made a music video.

LabTeamSome of the questions we are currently working on include:

  • How does gender influence power dynamics in heterosexual relationships, such as who has control in early romantic and sexual interactions?
  • How do gender roles and heteronormativity relate to intimate partner and dating violence?
  • How do stereotypes about gender and sexuality affect people’s access to power in organizations?
  • What is the experience of sexual minorities in the workplace? How do stereotypes about sexual minorities affect their opportunities to gain access to power and status?
  • How do people decide to disclose stigmatized identities in the workplace, and what are the consequences of disclosure for women and men?


Recent publications:

Bonomi, A., Eaton, A. A., Nemeth, J., & Gillum, T. (2017). The abuse litmus test: A classroom tool to assess power and control in on-screen relationships. Family Relations, 66, 154-165. doi:10.1111/fare.12237

Eaton, A. A., Visser, P. S., & Burns, V. (2017). Prescriptions for persuasion: How gender role salience influences attitude strength and persuasive message processing. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 41(2), 223-239. doi:10.1177/0361684317696257

*Barrantes, R., Eaton, A. A., Veldhuis, C., & Hughes, T. (2017). The role of minority stressors in lesbian relationship commitment and persistence over time. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, 4(2), 205-217. doi:10.1037/sgd0000221 

Eaton, A. A., & Rios, D. (2017). Social challenges faced by queer Hispanic college men: Navigating negative responses to coming out in a double-minority sample of emerging adults. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology. doi:10.1037/cdp0000134

Stephens, D. P.,  Eaton, A. A., & *Boyd, B. (2016). Hispanic college men’s perceptions of appropriate sexual intercourse initiation strategies. Sex Roles. doi:10.1007/s11199-016-0709-8

Stephens, D. P., Thomas, T. L., & Eaton, A. (2016). Identifying health beliefs influencing Hispanic college men’s willingness to vaccinate against HPV. American Journal of Sexuality Education. doi:10.1080/15546128.2016.1198733

Eaton, A. A., & Stephens, D. (2016). Using the theory of planned behavior to examine beliefs about verbal sexual coercion among urban Black adolescents. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Advance online publication. doi:10.1177/0886260516659653

Stephens, D., & Eaton, A. A. (2016). Social networks influencing Black girls’ interpretations of Chris Brown’s violence against Rihanna. Advance online publication. Journal of Black Psychology. doi:10.1177/0095798416648829

For all of Dr. Eaton’s publications, see: Dr. Eaton’s Website