Michelle Nario-Redmond specializes in stereotyping, prejudice, and disability studies. She graduated from the University of Kansas in 1996 with a Ph.D. in social psychology, and her research on disability identity shows that self-conceptualization as a member of the disability community has positive implications for self-advocacy and political participation. Other research demonstrates that simulating disability can backfire, worsing support for disability rights. In 2019, Michelle published “Ableism: The Causes and Consequences of Disability Prejudice” — the first book to review the social science literature on disability prejudice and its undoing. Each chapter includes voices from across the disability community and activist pages to promote social change.
Her work appears in Basic and Applied Psychology, British Journal of Social Psychology, Emerging Adulthood, the Journal of Social Issues, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Perspectives on Psychological Science, Rehabilitation Psychology, Self and Identity, and Social Cognition. She also contributed chapters to the Handbook of Positive Psychological Interventions, and Disability: Social Psychological Perspectives. Michelle is passionate about research-informed policies for social justice, universal design, and increasing citizen access.
A former Ford Fellow, Michelle is a graduate of APA’s Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology, and the Chair of Hiram College’s Diversity Committee. In collaboration with her daughter, Ceara, she created a school-based intervention to raise awareness of disability culture as a valued aspect of human diversity.
Promoting Inclusive Education and Disentangling the Roots of Disability Prejudice. Michelle has contributed chapters to Wiley-Blackwell’s Handbook of Positive Psychological Interventions and AHEAD’s Disabled Faculty and Staff in a Disabling Society, and has published in Rehabilitation Psychology, British Journal of Social Psychology, Emerging Adulthood, Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin, Perspectives on Psychological Science, Self & Identity, and Social Cognition.
Hiram College Press releases
Hiram psychology professor receives national attention for published book Hiram College News
Goodner, B. (2019, July 23). Ableism book podcast with Michelle Nario-Redmond. Hiram College (53.53 minutes).
WAKR Interview (2018, March 7). Potential Changes to ADA, Hiram College’s Michelle Nario-Redmond on ADA Education and Reform Act, Jason Sokol Show, WAKR (11.19 minutes).
Time Magazine Article Abrams, A. (2018, February 26). ‘Our lives are at stake.’ How Donald Trump Inadvertently Sparked a New Disability Rights Movement. Time Magazine.
Hiram College Psychology Professor shines light on disability prejudice with notable research, expertise Hiram College News
Hiram undergraduates present research on disability prejudice and ableism at international conference Hiram College News
Huguley, P. & Worth, M. (2017) Writing real characters: Disability and mental illness. RWR Romance Writers Report.
Press Release. (2017, April 12). Role-playing disability not effective, promotes distress and discomfort. Hindustan Times
News staff. (2017, April 11). New research shows role-playing disability promotes distress, discomfort and disinterest. ScienceDaily.
Henry, D (2017, December 7). Hiram psychology professor sheds light on disability prejudice through notable research, expertise. Hiram College News.
Cross, J. (2017, July 21). Hiram undergraduates present research on disability prejudice and ableism at international conference. Hiram College News.
Kemmerling, A. (2017, April 8). Hiram study examines disability simulation. Hiram College News.
News staff. (2016, May 25). Hiram College psychology professor links political activism to group affiliation. Hiram College News.
Nario-Redmond and students present original research at Society for Disability Studies Conference Hiram College News
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News staff. (2010, May 5). Nario-Redmond and cb Students Present Original Research at Society for Disability Studies Conference. Hiram College News.
News staff. (2010, April 5). Nario-Redmond’s Study Searches for Link Between Student Identity and College Persistence. Hiram College News.
- Nario-Redmond, M. R., *Kemerling, A., & Silverman, A. (2019). Hostile, benevolent, and ambivalent ableism: Contemporary manifestations. Journal of Social Issues: Special Issue on Ableism, 75(3), 726-756.
- Nario-Redmond, M. R., & *Gospodinov, D. N., & *Cobb, A. (2017). Crip for a Day: The Unintended Consequences of Disability Simulations. Rehabilitation Psychology.
- Nario-Redmond, M. R. & Oleson, K. C. (2016). Disability group identification, disability-rights advocacy: Contingencies among emerging and other adults. Emerging Adulthood, 4(3), 207-218. DOI: 10.1177/2167696815579830
- *Lindly, O., Nario-Redmond, M. R., & Noel, J. G. (2014). Creatively re-defining fat: Identification predicts strategic responses to stigma, ingroup attitudes, and well-being. Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society, 3(2), 179-195. DOI 10.1090/21604851.2014.865968
- Nario-Redmond, M. R., Noel, J. G, & *Fern, E. (2013). Redefining disability, reimagining the self: Disability identification predicts self-esteem and strategic responses to stigma. Self and Identity, 12(5), 468-488. DOI: 10.1080/15298868.2012.681118
- Grahe, J. E., Reifman, A., Herman, A., Walker, M., Oleson, K. C., Nario-Redmond, M. R, & Wiebe, R. P. (2012). Harnessing the undiscovered resource of student research projects. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 7, 605. DOI: 10.1177/1745691612459057
- *undergraduate student collaborators. My ResearchGate