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Joseph Pelletier, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychology
Co-Director of Research

Office Phone: (951) 552-8616
E-mail: jpelletier@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: W.E. James Building, Room 119
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Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
PhD Social Psychology University of Kent 2009
PGCHE Psychology/Statistics University of Kent 2007
MSc Social and Applied Psychology University of Kent 2006
BA Psychology Texas A&M University 2003

Courses Taught

BEH256: Foundational Skills in the Behavioral Sciences (Part 2) - Sections A
BEH385: Methods of Research (w/SPSS)
PSY213: General Psychology
PSY305: Developmental Psychology - Child
PSY453: Psychology of Learning


Academic Areas & Scholarly Interests

Prosocial behavior, social identity, sociocognitive development, subjective group dynamics, video games and media, gender identity, religion and decision-making, and religious phenomenon.


Teaching Experience

University of Kent, 2005-2009


Research, Presentations, & Publications


Andrews, T., Pelletier, J., & Abrams, D. (2009). We All Do Good Things: The Kind Schools Project. Presented at the 2nd Applied Positive Psychology Conference. Warwick University, UK.

Abrams, D., Pelletier, J., & Andrews, T. (2010) The Impact of Psychological Influences on Prosocial Behaviour in Middle Childhood. The 2010 Biennial Meeting of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. New Orleans, LA.

Abrams, D., Rutland, A., Cameron, L., Ferrell, J. M., & Pelletier, J. (2006). Group Know How: The Development of Subjective Group Dynamics and the Interplay of Intergroup and Intragroup Relations. Presented at the Society of Personality and Social Psychology Preconference on Groups and Intergroup Relations. Palm Springs, FL.

Abrams, D., Rutland, A., Pelletier, J., & Ferrell, J.M. (2009). How Do Children Evaluate and Make Sense of Deviance in Groups? Presented at the 2009 Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development. Denver, CO.

Ferrell, J.M., Abrams, D., Rutland, A., Pelletier, J., Guttentag, R. (2007). The Role of Working Memory and Second Order False Belief Understanding in Counterfactual and Semi-Factual Reasoning Tasks. Presented at the British Psychological Society 2007 Developmental Section Conference. University of Plymouth, UK.

Knabb, J. & Pelletier, J. (2012). The Relationship Between Attachment to God, Psychological Functioning, and Internet Among Adults at a Christian University. Presented at the 2012 Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture: Technology and Human Flourishing. Baylor University, Waco, TX.

Pelletier, J., & Abrams, D. (2008). The Impact of Social Identity and Group Membership on Prosocial Behaviour in Preadolescents. International Graduate College 2008 Consultation Seminar. Friedrich Schiller University, Germany.


Abrams, D., Rutland, A., Ferrell, J.M., & Pelletier, J. (2008). Children’s Judgments of Disloyal and Immoral Peer Behaviour: Subjective Group Dynamics in Minimal Intergroup Contexts. Child Development, 79(2), pp.444-461.

Abrams, D., Rutland, A., Pelletier, J., & Ferrell, J.M. (2009). Children’s Group Nous: Understanding and Applying Peer Exclusion Within and Between Groups. Child Development, 80(1), pp. 224-243.

Knabb, J. & Pelletier, J. (2013). The Effects of Parental Divorce on God Image Among Young Adults at a Christian University. Marriage and Family Review.

Randsley de Moura, G., Leader, T., Pelletier, J., & Abrams, D. (2008). Prospects for Group Processes and Intergroup Relations Research: A Review of 70 Years’ Progress. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 11(4), pp.555-576.


Church Membership & Activities

Calvary Presbyterian Church


Interests & Hobbies

A beautiful wife of eight years and we have been blessed with a wonderful daughter. My personal interests include cars, motorcycles, dogs, and Star Wars.


Personal Philosophy

"I'm guided by a force much stronger than luck."

I feel that education is an act of worship. God blessed us with the wonderful ability to understand so much of what He created. By adding to our knowledge and expanding the abilities of our mind, we are embracing this gift and utilizing it to its full extent.