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Dr. Thomas Ford

Department of Psychology


Phone: 828-227-2109
Office Address: Killian 306A

Research Interest: Social Psychology: prejudice, disparaging humor and discrimination, humor and coping with stress, and the relationship between religion and prejudice


  • Ph.D., Social Psychology, University of Maryland, 1992
  • M.A., University of Maryland, 1989
  • B.S., Texas Christian University, 1987


Ford, T. E., Triplett, S. R., Woodzicka, J. A., Kochersberger, A. O., & Holden, C. (in press). Not All Groups Are Equal: Differential Vulnerability of Social Groups to the Prejudice-Releasing Effects of Disparagement Humor. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations.

Kochersberger, A. O., Ford, T. E., & Woodzicka, J. A., Romero-Sanchez, M., & Carretero-Dios, H. (in press). Identification with Women as a Predictor of Affective Reactions to Sexist Humor. HUMOR: International Journal of Humor Research.

Ford, T. E., Ford, B., Boxer, C. M., & Armstrong, J. A. (2012). Effect of humor on state anxiety and math performance. HUMOR: International Journal of Humor Research, 25, 59-74. DOI: 10.1515/humor-2012-0004.

Woodzicka, J. A., & Ford, T. E. (2010). A framework for thinking about the (not-so-funny) effects of sexist humor. Europe's Journal of Psychology, 3, 174-195.

Boxer, C. F., & Ford, T. E. (2010). Sexist humor in the workplace: A case of subtle harassment. In J. Greenberg (Ed.) Insidious workplace behavior (pp. 175-206). New York, NY: Routledge Taylor & Francis Group.

Ford, T. E., Van Valey, T. L., Brignall III, T., & Macaluso, M. J. (2009). The unmaking of prejudice: How Christian beliefs relate to attitudes toward homosexuals. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 48, 146-160.

Ford, T. E., Boxer, C. M., Armstrong, J. A., & Edel, J. R. (2008). More than just a joke: The prejudice-releasing function of sexist humor. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 34, 159-170.

Ferguson, M. A., & Ford, T. E. (2008). Disparagement humor: A theoretical and empirical review of psychoanalytic, superiority, and social identity theories. HUMOR: International Journal of Humor Research, 21, 283-312.

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