photo of Prof. Kristin SommerKristin Sommer

Phone: (646) 312-3812

Fax: 646-312-3781

Location: VC 8-273


Kristin Sommer is a Professor of Psychology at Baruch College, City University of New York. She also holds appointments on the doctoral faculties in Basic and Applied Social Psychology and Industrial/Organizational Psychology at the Graduate Center. Dr. Sommer's primary research interests lie with the effects of social rejection on individual performance motivation and interpersonal behavior in work and non-work setting.. She also conducts research on self-regulation, social influence, and (with her doctoral students) social dominance orientation and discrimination. Dr. Sommer teaches undergraduate and doctoral courses in research methods and social psychology, as well as a course on research design in work organizations as part of Baruch College’s Executive Master’s Program in Management of Human Resource and Global Leadership in Taipei, Taiwan and Singapore. Her research has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Science Foundation. She is a former associate editor of the journal Basic and Applied Social Psychology and currently on the editorial boards of Social Influence and Basic and Applied Social Psychology.

Please visit Dr. Sommer’s Interpersonal Processes Laboratory page for more information.

representative publications

Kulkarni, M., & Sommer, K. (2015). Language-based exclusion and prosocial behavior in organizations. Human Resource Management, 54(4), 637-652.

Sommer, K., & Bernieri, F (2014). Minimizing the pain and probability of rejection: Evidence for relational distancing and proximity seeking within face-to-face Interactions. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 6(2), 131-139.

Sommer, K., Yoon, J. (2013). When silence is golden: Ego depletion following aversive social interactions. Journal of Personal and Social Relationships, 30(7), 901-919.

Bourgeois, M.J., Sommer, K.L., & Bruno, S. (2009). What do we get out of influencing others? Social Influence, 4, 1-26.

Sommer, K.L. Kirkland, K.L., Newman, S., Estrella, P., & Andreassi, J.L. (2009). Narcissism and cardiovascular reactivity to thoughts of rejection. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 39, 1083-1115.

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