I investigate potential challenges to diversity and am particularly interested in understanding the factors that heighten prejudice against racial, ethnic, sexual orientation, and religious minority group members. In my recent work I examine how merely thinking about diversity can arouse threat responses that negatively impact intergroup contact.  

My laboratory actively involves undergraduate and graduate students in designing studies, collecting data, and presenting research findings.  Undergraduate students interested in joining the lab can download a lab application using the link below.   

Lab News

Butz, D.A., Klik, K.A., & Plant, E.A,(2014). When does the PWE undermine the quality of intergroup relations? The role of negative response expectancies.  Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 17, 342-356

Brambilla, M. & Butz, D.A. (2013). Intergroup threat and outgroup attitudes: Macro-level symbolic threat increases prejudice against gay men. 
Social Psychology, 44, 311-319. Butz, D.A., & Yogeeswaran, K. (2011). A New threat in the air: Macroeconomic threat increases prejudice against Asian Americans. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 47, 22-27.

Butz, D. A.,& Plant, E. (2011). Approaching versus avoiding intergroup contact: The role of expectancies and motivation. In L. R. Tropp, R. K. Mallett, (Eds.), Moving beyond prejudice reduction: Pathways to positive intergroup relations (pp. 81-98).Washington, DC US: American Psychological Association.  
Butz, D.A., & Plant, E.A. (2009). Prejudice control and interracial relations: The role of motivation to respond without prejudice.  Journal of Personality, 77, 1311-1342. 

Recent Publications

  • July 2014 - Congrats to Fred Chin on successfully defending his thesis titled "Modifying Essentialist Beliefs Toward Mental Illness: An Alternative Focus for Anti-Stigma Interventions"
  • July 2014 - Congrats to Skye Wingate on successfully defending her thesis titled "The Role of Online Communication in Buffering Negative Effects of Ostracism"
  • May 2014 - Congrats to Skye Wingate on her award of "Outstanding Graduate Student in Experimental Psychology"
  • May 2014 - Congrats to Fred Chin on his award of "Outstanding Graduate Student in Psychology"
  • March 2014 - Undergraduate Research Fellows Andrew Preston and Jordan Daniels present their research at the annual meeting of the Kentucky Psychological Association
David Butz, Ph.D.

About Me

I am an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Morehead State University.  I received my undergraduate degree in Psychology from The Pennsylvania State University in 2002 and my doctorate in Social Psychology from Florida State University in 2007.  Prior to my appointment as an Assistant Professor, I conducted postdoctoral teaching and research at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.  

I conduct research in the area of stereotyping, prejudice, and intergroup relations. My teaching experience and interests include Introduction to Psychology, Social Psychology, Prejudice and Stereotyping, Group Conflict and Violence, and Experimental Design and Analysis.