Michelle Nario-Redmond, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology and Biomedical Humanities

Michelle Nario Redmond


Michelle Nario-Redmond is a professor of psychology and biomedical humanities, specializing in stereotyping, prejudice and disability studies. As a Ford Fellow, she graduated from the University of Kansas with a Ph.D. in social psychology. Her research focuses on access to higher education, group identification, wellness and political advocacy, and strategies for social change and antiracist practices in higher education.

In 2019, she published her first book, “Ableism: The Causes and Consequences of Disability Prejudice for the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues,” and delivered a Congressional Seminar on Capitol Hill. A graduate of APA’s Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology, she currently serves as chair of Hiram College’s Diversity Committee and is passionate about reducing disparities in education, health and civic participation. Her favorite courses to teach include Who is Normal: Freak, Gimp, Crazy, Crip, and Gimpy Geezers: Representations of Ableism and Ageism.


  • Ph.D., University of Kansas
  • M.A., University of Kansas
  • B.A., University of Tulsa

Research Interests

  • Promoting diversity, access, equity and inclusive education

Selected Publications

  • Ask Psych Sessions Podcast, “How do I make my classroom inclusive from a lens of disability considerations?”, Nov. 2020
  • ABILITY Magazine’s Thought Leaders Series, Sept. 2020
  • Nario-Redmond, M. R., *Kemerling, A., & Silverman, A. (2019). Hostile, benevolent, and ambivalent ableism: Contemporary manifestations. Journal of Social Issues: Special Issue on Ableism, 75(3), 726-756. https://spssi.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/josi.12337
  • Nario-Redmond, M. R., & *Gospodinov, D. N., & *Cobb, A. (2017). Crip for a Day: The Unintended Consequences of Disability Simulations. Rehabilitation Psychology.
  • Nario-Redmond, M. R. & Oleson, K. C. (2016). Disability group identification, disability-rights advocacy: Contingencies among emerging and other adults. Emerging Adulthood, 4(3), 207-218. DOI: 10.1177/2167696815579830
  • *Lindly, O., Nario-Redmond, M. R., & Noel, J. G. (2014). Creatively re-defining fat: Identification predicts strategic responses to stigma, ingroup attitudes, and well-being. Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society, 3(2), 179-195. DOI 10.1090/21604851.2014.865968
  • Nario-Redmond, M. R., Noel, J. G, & *Fern, E. (2013). Redefining disability, reimagining the self: Disability identification predicts self-esteem and strategic responses to stigma. Self and Identity, 12(5), 468-488. DOI: 10.1080/15298868.2012.681118
  • Grahe, J. E., Reifman, A., Herman, A., Walker, M., Oleson, K. C., Nario-Redmond, M. R, & Wiebe, R. P. (2012). Harnessing the undiscovered resource of student research projects. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 7, 605. DOI: 10.1177/1745691612459057

*undergraduate student collaborators

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Fun Facts

  • Nario-Redmond is a member of the band Swapmeet and a former radio DJ.
  • She is a first-generation college student.

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Ableism: The Causes and Consequences of Disability Prejudice (2019)