Jessica Barber

Senior Lecturer

Director of Undergraduate Studies

Office: PAIS 468

Phone: 404-727-8155

Fax: 404-727-0372


Additional Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Department of Psychology

36 Eagle Row
Emory University

Atlanta, GA 30322


Jessica Barber received her B.S. in Psychology and French from Lebanon Valley College, Annville, PA in 2007 and her Ph.D. in Experimental Social Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA in 2012. Dr. Barber completed a doctoral policy internship with the American Psychological Association’s Public Interest Government Relations Office and was a psychology lecturer at the University of Scranton prior to her appointment in the Psychology Department at Emory in the fall of 2013. She is currently the department’s Director of Undergraduate Studies.


  • PSYC 111: Introduction to Psychology II
  • PSYC 200W: Experimental Methods
  • PSYC 212: Social Psychology
  • PSYC 330: Personality Theories
  • PSYC 475R: Seminar in Personality & Social Psychology
  • PSYC770R: Graduate Seminar in Social Psychology


Dr. Barber’s research interests focus largely upon attitude change in political contexts. Specific topics of interest include the relation between political attitudes and ideology, attitude polarization, selective exposure, and the persuasive function of language abstractness.