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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Jessie B. Joyce

Jessie Briggs Joyce portrait

Assistant Teaching Professor


430 Huntington Hall


Ph.D., Temple University

B.A., St. Bonaventure University

Research and Teaching Interests

As an instructor, I strive to foster academic engagement. With this goal in mind, my main priority when interacting with students is to create environments which encourage their sense of belonging and confidence. Nurturing belonging begins by helping students to develop and pursue intrinsic interests. Building confidence begins by helping students to feel more prepared in the classroom by developing critical thinking and writing skills.

In my research, I take a social cognitive approach to study how people change the way they recall the past to serve their self-enhancement and self-regulation goals, with a specific interest in changes to their levels of construal. This has led me to examine a variety of topics such as: autobiographical narratives, responses to self-esteem threats, differences in attributes ascribed to past-, present- and future-selves, and implicit associations between levels of construal and temporal categories.

Courses Taught

PSY 252 Statistical Methods II
PSY 274 Social Psychology
PSY 313 Research Methods
PSY 400 Self & Identity