Weissman School of Arts and Sciences

Stefanie Bruno



Stefanie entered the I/O Doctoral program in the Fall of 2004. She is currently an A.B.D. student. As a Research Assistant, Stefanie worked with her advisor, Dr. Kristin Sommer, to examine the psychological benefits that result from successfully influencing others. For her thesis, Stefanie found that having influence strengthens the interpersonal relationships between the person making the influence attempt and the person being influenced. For her dissertation, Stefanie is continuing this line of research by exploring typical workplace variables (specifically power imbalances and the receipt of rewards) that could enhance the psychological and interpersonal benefits of having influence and enhance workers’ motivation to perform.

As a Research Assistant, Stefanie has also conducted research investigating the behavioral and psychological consequences of interpersonal rejection.  She also partnered with Dr. Nita Lutwak to examine guilt as a multi-faceted construct that could lead to both adaptive and maladaptive outcomes.  Lastly, Stefanie collaborated on a leadership research project for the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Stefanie currently works as a Collaborative Programs Research Fellow for the CUNY Office of Academic Affairs.  She also interned in the Assessment Services Unit of the Port Authority of NY and NJ during the summer months.  Prior to entering the I/O Doctoral program, Stefanie worked as a Staffing Specialist at a well-know temporary staffing agency.  She also managed a men's retail and rental formalware store. Stefanie earned her B.A. at Hofstra University, and worked alongside Dr. S. Stavros Valenti to conduct qualitative research focused on gossip and self-disclosure among adolescents.


Bruno, S., Hannah, S. T., & Ferreter, J. M. (2007). Antecedents and outcomes of agentic leadership efficacy. Presented at the Association for Psychological Science Convention, Washington, DC.

Bruno, S., Sommer, K., Bourgeois, M., & Lo, L. L. (2008). Perceptions of social influence impact coworker attraction and helping behavior. Presented at the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology Convention, San Francisco, CA.

Ferreter, J, M., Hannah, S. T., & Bruno, S. (2007). An examination of developmental readiness on the development of transformational leadership. Presented at the Association for Psychological Science Convention, Washington, DC.

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. Presented at the meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Convention, Memphis, TN.

Sommer, K.L., Bourgeois, M.J., & Bruno, S. (2006). The perceived ability to influence others and subjective well-being. Presented at the meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Palm Springs, CA. 


Bourgeois, M., Sommer, K., & Bruno, S. (2009). What do we get out of influencing others? Social Influence, 4, 96-121.

Bruno, S., Lutwak, N., & Agin, M. A. (2009). Conceptualizations of Guilt and the Corresponding Relationships to Emotional Ambivalence, Self-Disclosure, Loneliness and Alienation. Personality and Individual Differences, 47, 487-491.

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