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.

Some 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 student publications:

*Le Sante, D., Eaton, A. A., & Viswesveran, C. (2021). How contextual performance influences perceptions of personality and leadership potential. Journal of work and organizational psychology.

Eaton, A. A., Stephens, D., *Ruvalcaba, Y., *Banks, J., & Lotus House. (2021). A culture of care: How Lotus House Women’s Shelter heals program participants through genuineness, dignity, belonging, individualized attention, high expectations, and space. Journal of Community Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1002/jcop.22579

*Helpingstine, C., Stephens, D., Kenny, M., & Eaton, A. (2021). Adolescent girls with a history of Commercial Sexual Exploitation (CSE): Perceptions and characteristics of social networks. Child Abuse & Neglect. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chiabu.2021.105015

*Ruvalcaba, Y., Stephens, D. P., Eaton, A. A., *Boyd, B. (2020). Hispanic women’s perceptions of teenage sexting: Qualitative analyses using a sexual scripting framework. Culture, Health and Sexuality.

†Saunders, J. F., Eaton, A. A., & *Aguilar, S. (2020). From self(ie)-objectification to self-empowerment: The meaning of selfies on social media in eating disorder recovery. Computers in Human Behavior.

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


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