Dr. Susan Cross

Susan E. Cross, Ph.D.

Title: Professor

Area: Social (Director of Graduate Education)

Office: 375A Science I

Phone Number: 515-294-3224

Email: scross@iastate.edu

Homepage: Webpage

Laboratory: Social Self and Culture Lab


Ph.D., Social Psychology
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1990

M.A., Higher Education
Ohio State University, Columbus, 1982

B.S., Floriculture
Texas A&M University, College Station, 1979

Research Interests:

My research focuses on how people define themselves and the consequences of self-definition for thinking, feeling, and behaving.  Currently, my research integrates three domains of inquiry:


  • The nature and function of self-construal, particularly relational self-construal
  • Close relationships
  • Cultural psychology, with special interests in E. Asia and Turkey