The Department of Psychology
Daniel L. Benkendorf
A.B.D. student in the doctoral program
Dan is currently an A.B.D. student in the doctoral program and is completing is dissertation under the tutelage of Dr. Kristin Sommer. His dissertation work investigates the influence of positive emotions on the use of stereotypes in simulated workplace selection contexts. This work is a natural follow up to his master’s thesis which investigated the role of certainty (happiness, fear) and uncertainty (disgust, hope) emotions on the use of the physical attractiveness stereotype in a simulated workplace selection context.
Aside from his own research projects, Dan has collaborated on a number of research projects with his advisor, Dr. Kristin Sommer, as well as other doctoral students. With Dr. Sommer and several of her other doctoral students, he has conducted research investigating the cognitive and behavioral consequences of interpersonal rejection. With Kristen Kirkland (a fellow doctoral student), he has completed work investigating biased decision making in workgroups.
Dan has also worked as a consultant for Sandra Hartog & Associates in which he was involved in various types of projects, including structured behavioral interviewing, and the development and administration of assessment centers. He worked as an Organization and Management Development intern at PepsiCo, in Purchase, NY. Dan also worked as a teaching assistant for Experimental Psychology and taught psychology courses on his own as an adjunct instructor at Baruch College. He has taught courses including General Psychology, Social Psychology, Industrial Psychology, Personality Theories, Interviewing Techniques, Small Group Processes and Abnormal Psychology.
Before beginning his doctoral studies, Dan received his undergraduate degrees in psychology and advertising from the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL.
In May 2007, Dan accepted a full-time tenure track appointment as an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the Fashion Institute of Technology (a campus of the State University of New York/SUNY) in New York City. He taught as an adjunct instructor at FIT before he accepted his full-time position. At FIT, Dan teaches Industrial Psychology, Personality Theories, and General Psychology.
Dan is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP), the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) and the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP).
Benkendorf, D.L., Kirkland, K.L., & Sommer, K.L. (2009). Who is the Fairer Sex? How Gender Composition of Groups Influences Bias For and Against Women with Family Obligations. Poster to be presented at the 10th Annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, February 2009. Tampa, FL.
Paley, R.T., Benkendorf, D.L., & Moskowitz, J.H. (2008). Advancing Classroom Instruction in the Social Sciences through Interactive Technology. Symposium presented at the 22nd Annual Conference on Undergraduate Teaching of Psychology: Ideas & Innovations, March 2008. White Plains, NY.
Maiorca, J., Benkendorf, D., Chaudhry, P., Poole, E., & Weinstein, A. (2008). Innovations in Mentoring: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Symposium presented at the 22nd Annual Conference on Undergraduate Teaching of Psychology: Ideas & Innovations, March 2008. White Plains, NY.
Maiorca, J., Benkendorf, D., Chaudhry, P., Poole, E., & Doyran, M. (2007). Mentoring for Teacher Transitioning. Symposium presented at the 55th Annual meeting of the New York State Sociological Association, October 2007. Brooklyn, NY.
Benkendorf, D.L., & Sommer, K.L. (2007). The effect of emotional valence and certainty on the use of the physical attractiveness stereotype in an employee selection context. Poster presented at the 8th Annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, January 2007. Memphis, TN.
Sommer, K.L., Benkendorf, D., Bruno, S., Kirkland, K., Busing, A., & Bernieri, F. (2007). Destined for rejection? How isolated experiences with rejection engender negative social expectancies and the defensive derogation of new relationship partners. Symposium presented at the 8th Annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, January 2007. Memphis, TN.
Benkendorf, D.L., & Kirkland, K.L. (2003). Graduate students’ awareness, usage and satisfaction with electronic/virtual library resources at an urban university. Symposium Presentation. The Conscious Collective, Hunter College Psychology Convention, May 2003. New York, NY.
Works in Progress:
Sommer, K.L., & Benkendorf, D.L. (in press). Looking Before Leaping: The Role of Social Expectancies in Attachment Regulation Following Interpersonal Rejection. In Harris, M.J. (Ed.) Bullying, Rejection, and Peer Victimization: A Social Cognitive Neuroscience Perspective. New York: Springer Publishing.
Benkendorf, D., Sommer, K.L., & Kirkland. (manuscript being prepared). Promoting Family Values by Valuing Family Obligations: Overcompensation and Bias in Decision-Making Groups. This research employed a rigorous lab design to investigate how individuals’ initial preferences influence their arguments in group discussion leading to bias and overcompensation that is consistent with personal values. Gender differences were explored.