Linda Zyzniewski, Ph.D., in front of greenery

Linda Zyzniewski, Ph.D.


Director, Undergraduate Programs

(804) 828-8254

Bird House, 820 W. Franklin St., Room 201

Social Psychology




  • Ph.D. (2002), Virginia Commonwealth University

Research Interests

Dr. Linda Zyzniewski's training as an experimental social psychologist informs their teaching and administrative responsibilities in translating or framing information in a way that is meaningful to the target audience—students, faculty, staff, administrators, community members. Empirically, Zyzniewski is interested in intergroup processes, specifically linguistic intergroup bias as a strategic psychological process that influences in-group affiliation and out-group derogation, as well as applying technology to enhance learning outcomes in undergraduate statistics.

Select Publications

  • Corneille, M. A., Zyzniewski, L. E., & Belgrave, F. Z. (2008). Age and HIV risk and protective behaviors among African American women. Journal of Black Psychology, 217-233.
  • Forsyth, D. R., Garcia, M., Zyzniewski, L. E., Story, P. A., & Kerr, N. A. (2004). Watershed pollution and preservation: The awareness-appraisal model of environmentally positive intentions and behaviors. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, 115-128.
  • Forsyth, D. R., Zyzniewski, L. E., & Giammanco, C. (2002). Responsibility diffusion in cooperative collectives. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 54-65.
  • Nezlek, J. B., & Zyzniewski, L. E. (1998). Using hierarchical linear modeling to analyze group data. Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice, 2, 313-320.


  • Applications of Statistics, undergraduate level
  • Social Psychology, undergraduate level
  • Personality, undergraduate level


  • 2017, VCU College of Humanities and Sciences Distinguished Teaching Award
  • 2011, Distinguished Faculty Service Award, VCU College of Humanities and Sciences
  • 2008, University Leadership Program, Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute