Phyllis Anastasio, Ph.D.
(University of Delaware)

Professor of Psychology

221 Post Hall
Phone: (610) 660-1807


Dr. Anastasio is a social psychologist who researches several of the ways in which media can subtly but powerfully shape our perceptions of self and others, our opinions, and our behaviors. She is particularly interested in documenting media phenomena that we may not readily recognize (such as how groups and opinions are portrayed) and the effects of exposure to those phenomena. Her recent research focuses on the causes and consequences of psychological entitlement, as well as the subtle ways that exposure to violent media may affect us all.

Dr. Anastasio received her B.A. degree in Psychology from Millersville University in 1981, her M.S. degree in Experimental Psychology from Villanova University in 1987, and her doctorate in Social Psychology from the University of Delaware in 1992. She has been teaching at the college level since 1986, and joined the faculty of Saint Joseph's University in 1997.

Select Publications:

Anastasio, P. A., & Rose, K. C. (2014). Beyond deserving more: Psychological entitlement also predicts negative attitudes towards personally-relevant outgroups. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 5, 593-600.

Rose, K. C., & Anastasio, P. A. (2014). Entitlement is about "others," narcissism is not: Relations to sociotropic and autonomous interpersonal styles. Personality and Individual Differences, 59, 50-53.

O'Brien, E. H., Anastasio, P. A., & Bushman, B. J. (2011). Time crawls when you're not having fun: Feeling entitled makes dull tasks drag on. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 37, 1287-1296.

Welte, T. H., & Anastasio, P. A. (2010). To conserve or not to conserve: Is status the question? Environment and Behavior, 42, 845-863.

Anastasio, P. A. (2005). Does viewing "justified" violence lead to devaluing others? Current Psychology, 23, 259-266.

Anastasio, P A., Rose, K. C., & Chapman, J. (2005). The divisive coverage effect: How media may cleave differences of opinion between social groups. Communication Research, 32, 171-192.

Anastasio, P. A., & Costa, D. M. (2004). Twice hurt: How newspaper coverage may reduce empathy and engender blame for female victims of crime. Sex Roles, 51, 535-542.

Anastasio, P A., Rose, K. C., & Chapman, J. (1999). Can the media create public opinion? A Social Identity approach. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 8, 152-155.

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