Alyssa Zucker

Alyssa Zucker

Associate Professor of Psychology and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Faculty: Full-Time
Address: 837 22nd Street, NW
Washington, DC,
Phone: 202-994-1260
[email protected]

Dr. Zucker is an Associate Professor in the Women’s Studies Program and in the Department of Psychology at the George Washington University, where she has taught since 2001.


Current Research

Her research and teaching focus on issues of discrimination and health, examining the ways in which sexism, racism, classism, and their interactions shape health behaviors and health outcomes. She has a particular interest in the ways in which sexism and racism limit women’s abilities to engage in health protective behaviors (e.g., condom use) and promote their engagement in health damaging behaviors (e.g., smoking and binge drinking). Dr. Zucker also examines factors that may act as a buffer against the ill effects of discrimination, such as feminist identity and personal control.


Dr. Zucker earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Vassar College in 1991.  After a year off, she attended graduate school at the University of Michigan, where she earned a graduate certificate in Women's Studies in 1997 and a Ph.D. in Personality Psychology in 1998.



Zucker, A. N., & Bay-Cheng, L. Y.  (in press).  Minding the gap between feminist identity and attitudes: The behavioral and ideological divide between feminists and non-labelers.  Journal of Personality.

Schick, V. R., Zucker, A. N., & Bay-Cheng, L. Y. (2008).  Safer, better sex through feminism: The path from feminist ideology to women’s sexual well-being.  Psychology of Women Quarterly, 32, 225-232.

Zucker, A. N., & Landry, L. J. (2007). Embodied discrimination:  The relation of sexism and distress to women’s drinking and smoking behaviors. Sex Roles, 56, 193-203.

Cole, E. R., & Zucker, A. N. (2007).  Black and White women’s perspectives on femininity. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 13, 1-9.

Zucker, A. N.  (2004).  Disavowing social identities:  What it means when women say, “I’m not a feminist, but….” Psychology of Women Quarterly, 28, 423-435.

Classes Taught

PSYD 6201  Multi-Disciplinary Approaches to LGBT Health and Well-Being