I joined the faculty of the Psychology Department in August 1996. I was hired for my interest and expertise in teaching and teaching remains my emphasis. I specialize in teaching Introduction to Psychology using a teaching paradigm called Team-Based Learning. I typically teach 300-400 Introduction to Psychology students every academic year. I have written a textbook specifically for use in my team-based learning Intro Psych classes: Psychology for Everyday Life. I also offer regular workshops on team-based learning for the NMSU Teaching Academy.
When I'm not working, I tend to my husband, Keith, and sons (Ian age 9 and Erik age 7) and my critters. For fun, I run, participate in triathlons, read, knit, or relax with a nice pint of beer.
- Applied Social Psychology
- Gender Psychology
- Person Perception
- Sexuality, Sexual Orientation
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- Gray, Tara, A. Jane Birch and Laura Madson. (2013). “How Teaching Centers Can Support Faculty as Writers,” in Anne Ellen Geller and Michele Eodice, editors, Working with Faculty Writers, Utah State University Press.
- Madson, L. (2013). Psychology for Everyday Life (3rd Ed). Kendall Hunt: Dubuque, IA.
- Madson, L., & Shoda, J. (2006). Alternating between masculine and feminine pronouns: Does essay topic affect readers’ perceptions? Sex Roles, 54, 275-285.
- Richardson, J., Trafimow, D., and Madson, L. (2012). Future health-related behavioral intention formation: The role of affect and cognition. Journal of Social Psychology, 152, 775-779.
- Madson, L., Trafimow, D., and Gray, T. (2014). What predicts use of learning-centered interactive engagement methods. Journal of Faculty Development, 28(2), 43-52.
- Madson, L., & Hessling, R. M. (1999). Does alternating between masculine and feminine pronouns eliminate perceived gender bias in text? Sex Roles, 41, 559-575.
- Hughes, J. S., Gourley, M. K., and Madson, L. & LeBlanc, K. (2011). Stress and coping activity: Reframing negative thoughts. Teaching of Psychology, 38, 36-39.
- Elliot, L, Rice, S., Trafimow, D., Madson, L., & Hipshur, M. (2010). Students’ perceptions of their learning due to summarizing articles, attending class, and participating in research. Teaching of Psychology, 37, 129-131
- Madson, L., & Vas, C. J. (2003). Risk factors for suicide: A classroom activity. Teaching of Psychology, 30, 123-126.
- Madson, L. (2000). Inferences regarding the personality traits and sexual orientation of physically androgynous targets. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 24, 148-160.
- Madson, L. (2001). A classroom activity exploring the complexity of sexual orientation. Teaching of Psychology, 28, 32-35.
- Madson, L. (2005). Demonstrating the importance of question wording on surveys. Teaching of Psychology, 32, 40-43.
- Gray, T., & Madson, L. (2007). Ten easy ways to engage students. College Teaching, 55, 83-87.
- Cross, S. E., & Madson, L. (1997). Models of the self: Self-construal theory and gender. Psychological Bulletin, 122, 5-37.
- Madson, L (2011). Striving for Greatness. Review of Is There Anything Good About Men? How Cultures Flourish By Exploiting Men. Invited book review for Psychology of Women Quarterly, 35, 489-490.
Department of Psychology
New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, New Mexico 88003
- Phone: (575) 646-2502
- Fax: (575) 646-6212