Hiram College

Michelle Nario-Redmond

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Michelle Nario-Redmond, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology and Professor of Biomedical Humanities

Michelle Reyna Nario-Redmond is a Professor of Psychology specializing in stereotyping, prejudice, and disability studies. Her research focuses on group identification and political advocacy; strategies for coping with stigma; and the unintended consequences of simulating disability. She is passionate about social justice, Universal Design for Learning, and increasing access to higher education. She enjoys collaborating with students on independent research, created a school-based program on disability culture, and just finished her first book, Ableism: The Causes and Consequences of Disability Prejudice. Her favorite courses include Freak, Gimp, Crazy, Crip and Gimpy Geezers.


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

Research Interests

Promoting Inclusive Education and Disentangling the Roots of Disability Prejudice. Michelle has contributed chapters to Wiley-Blackwell’s Handbook of Positive Psychological Interventions and AHEAD’s Disabled Faculty and Staff in a Disabling Society, and has published in Rehabilitation Psychology, British Journal of Social Psychology, Emerging Adulthood, Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin, Perspectives on Psychological Science, Self & Identity, and Social Cognition.

Selected Publications

  • WAKR Interview 3/7/18 on ADA Education and Reform Act
  • Time Magazine Article 2/26/18 on Disability Identity and Activism
  • Expert source. Huguley, P. & Worth, M. (2017) Writing real characters: Disability and mental illness. RWR Romance Writers Report.
  • 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

Fun Facts

  • Member of the band, Swapmeet
  • Former Radio DJ
  • First generation college student

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