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John Ellard

John Ellard

My research focuses primarily on how people's concerns about justice affect their reactions to their own and others' experiences. Past research includes studies examining reactions of people who have been victimized in some way (e.g., spinal cord injury) or, alternatively, reactions to the victimization of another person (e.g., cancer). We have found that perceptions of deservingness significantly influence the reactions people have to their own and others' fate. Recent research has focused on reactions to perpetrators, including the tendency to demonize them. We have also been exploring the tendency for people to view negative experiences as "punishment" even when they know this reaction is not rational.

Primary Interests:

  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Causal Attribution
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Person Perception

Journal Articles:

  • Ellard, J. H., & Rogers, T. B. (1993). Teaching questionnaire construction effectively: The Ten Commandments of question writing. Contemporary Social Psychology, 17(1), 17-20.
  • Herbert, T. B., Silver, R. C., & Ellard, J. H. (1991). Coping with an abusive relationship: I. How and why do women stay? Journal of Marriage & the Family, 53(2), 311-325.
  • Kelln, B. R. C., & Ellard, J. H. (1999). An equity theory analysis of the impact of forgiveness and retribution on transgressor compliance. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 25, 864-872.
  • Lehman, D. R., Ellard, J. H., & Wortman, C. B. (1986). Social support for the bereaved: Recipients' and providers' perspectives on what is helpful. Journal of Consulting & Clinical Psychology, 54(4), 438-446.
  • Nairn, S. L., Ellard, J. H., Scialfa, C. T., & Miller, C. D. (2003). At the core of introductory psychology: A content analysis. Canadian Psychology, 44(2), 93-99.
  • Pasveer, K. A., & Ellard, J. H. (1998). The making of a personality inventory: Help from the WWW. Behavior Research Methods, Instruments & Computers, 30(2), 309-313.
  • Ross, M., & Ellard, J. H. (1986). On winnowing: The impact of scarcity on allocators' evaluations of candidates for a resource. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 22(4), 374-388.
  • Sande, G. N., Ellard, J. H., & Ross, M. (1986). Effect of arbitrarily assigned status labels on self-perceptions and social perceptions: The mere position effect. Journal of Personality & Social Psychology, 50(4), 684-689.
  • Skarlicki, D. P., Ellard, J. H., & Kelln, B. R. C. (1998). Third-party perceptions of a layoff: Procedural, derogation, and retributive aspects of justice. Journal of Applied Psychology, 83(1), 119-127.
  • Skarlicki, D. P., Ellard, J. H., & Kelln, B. R. C. (1998). Third-party perceptions of a layoff: Procedural, derogation, and retributive aspects of justice. Journal of Applied Psychology, 83, 119-127.

Other Publications:

  • Coyne, J. C., Ellard, J. H., & Smith, D. A. F. (1990). Social support, interdependence, and the dilemmas of helping. In B. R. Sarason, & I. G. Sarason (Eds.), Social support: An interactional view (pp. 129-149). Oxford, England: John Wiley & Sons.
  • Ellard, J. H., Miller, C. D., Baumle, T. L., & Olson, J. M. (2002). Just world processes in demonizing. In M. Ross & D. T. Miller (Eds.), The justice motive in everyday life: Essays in Honor of Melvin Lerner (pp. 350-362). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
  • Ellard, J. H., & Skarlicki, D. P. (2002). A third-party observer’s reactions to employee mistreatment: motivational and cognitive processes in deservingness assessments. In S. W. Gilliland, D. D. Steiner, & D. P. Skarlicki (Eds.), Emerging perspectives on managing organizational justice: Vol. 2. Research in social issues in management (pp. 133-158). Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing.

Courses Taught:

  • Advanced Topics in Social/Personality
  • Experimental Design and Quantitative Methods for Psychology
  • Psychology of Morality
  • Social Psychology
  • Social Psychology: Theory and Research

John Ellard
Department of Psychology
University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4

  • Phone: (403) 220-4960
  • Fax: (403) 282-8249

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