Robert J. Boeckmann

Department of Psychology
NSB 232

(907) 786-1793


  • Ph.D. May 1996 - Department of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley ; 
  • MA. May 1993 - Department of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley ; 
  • BA. May 1990 - Psychology, University of California, Berkeley.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Statistics for Psychology
  • Personality Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Independent Research
  • Senior/Honor Thesis
  • Conducting Research in Psychology
  • Social Psychology of Justice
  • Research Methods
  • Quantitative Methods in Psychology

Professional & Department Service


  • Australian Journal of Psychology
  • British Journal of Social Psychology
  • European Journal of Social Psychology
  • GroupDynamics: Theory Research & Practice
  • Journal of Applied Social Psychology
  • Journal of Social Issues
  • Psychology Public Policy and Law
  • Psychology of Women Quarterly
  • Sex Roles
  • Social Justice Research


  • Citizens Advisory Board- McLaughlin Youth Center
  • Media (TV, Radio, Newspaper) Consultant on issues relevant to a wide range of Social Psychology Topics
  • Consult with members of the public on a variety of issues on an ad hoc basis
  • Present psychology lectures to local high school students
  • Volunteer Judge for Science Fairs in Anchorage School District
  • Volunteer Debate Judge for Debate Competitions in Anchorage School District
  • Volunteer Alaska Native Oratory Society Judge
  • Volunteer in elementary school math classes

Recent (2002-2013) Administrative Responsibilitie
Active and Engaged Membership in the following:

    • Undergraduate Studies Committee (elected chair for 2005-2011 years)
    • Adjunct Faculty Applicant Review committee (2008-ongoing)
    • Joint Ph.D. Program Development Committee (2003-2005)
    • Joint Ph.D. Program Curriculum Development Sub-committee (2004-2005)
    • Joint Ph.D. Program Technology Infrastructure Sub-committee (2004-2006)
    • Vice Provost's task force on IDEA evaluation transition/including response rate issues. 
    • Institutional Review Board (since September 2003) (Co-Chair of committee in 2008 – 2014) member 2012-14)
    • Faculty Senate – Senator for Social Sciences (2003-2010)
    • Faculty Senate President Elect (2011-12); Acting President (2012-2013); Faculty Alliance Chair (2013-2014)
    • College of Arts and Sciences Peer Review Committee Member (2009 - 2012)
    • Faculty Senate Ad Hoc Committee on Faculty Evaluator Training (Chair 2012-2014)
    • Faculty Senate Ad Hoc Committee on Research and Creative Activity (2012-2013)
    • Faculty Senate Ad Hoc Committee to Improve UAA's Research Culture
    • Faculty Evaluator for Student Showcase (2011)
    • Faculty Senate Diversity Committee (2003-2010, elected co-chair for 2005-2008-years)
    • Member of Committee to organize Alaska Civil Rights Day activities on campus.
    • Member of Diversity Action Council (2007-2011)
    • Member of Library Advisory Committee (2009-2011)
    • Member National Coalition Building Institute UAA Leadership Team
    • Awards Selection Committee for the Behavioral Sciences of the North Conference. (occasional)

Research Interests

  • Social Justice
  • Social Identity
  • Value Discrepancy and the Legitimacy of Legal Authorities
  • Entitlement and Deserving Perceptions, Collective Guilt and Affirmative Action
  • Victim's Reaction to Hate Speech and Racism
  • Equity Evaluations in Adult Relationships
  • Cultural Disruption, Community Functioning, and Behavioral Health in Alaska Native Communities


Compton, D., Blumer, M. C., & Boeckmann, R. J. (2011). Review of 'Alice in wonderland' movie. Journal ofFeminist Family Therapy: An International Forum, 23(1), 54-59. doi:10.1080/08952833.2011.548707 

Shepler, D. A., Lupfer-Johnson, G., Chaudoir, S., & Boeckmann, R.J. (2011). That community becomes you? An examination of community differences in self-objectification and related variables. The Journal of General Psychology , 138(3) 1-16.

Boeckmann, R. J. & Feather, N. T. (2007). Gender, discrimination beliefs, group-based guilt, and responses to affirmative action for Australian women. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 31, 290-304.

Feather, N. T., & Boeckmann, R. J. (2007). Beliefs about gender discrimination in the workplace in the context of affirmative action: Effects of gender and ambivalent attitudes in an Australian sample. Sex Roles, 57(1-2),31-42.

Strelan, P. & Boeckmann, R. J. (2006). Why drug testing in elite sport does not work: Perceptual deterrence theory and the role of personal moral beliefs. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 36,2909-2934.

Pidd, K., Boeckmann, R. J., & Morris, M. (2006). Adolescents in transition: The role of workplace alcohol and other drug policies as prevention strategy. Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy. 13(4), 353-365.

Strelan, P., & Boeckmann, R. J. (2003). A new model for understanding performance-enhancing drug use by elite athletes. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 15(2),176-183.

Boeckmann, R. J., & Tyler, T. R. (2002). Trust, Respect, and the Psychology of Political Engagement. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 32, 2067-2088.

Boeckmann, R. J., & Liew, J.C. (2002) Hate Speech: Asian American Evaluations and Justice Judgments. Journal of Social Issues, 58, 363-381.

Boeckmann, R. J., & Turpin-Petrosino, C. (2002) Introduction and overview: Understanding the harm of Hate Crime. Journal of Social Issues, 58, 207-225.