Maurice Levesque

Associate Provost for Assessment and Academic Operations and Professor of Psychology
Alamance Building 216A
2309 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244 (336) 278-6455


Ph.D.     Social Psychology, University of Connecticut

M.A.       Social Psychology, University of Connecticut

B.A.        Psychology and History (honors), Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Bates College     

Graduate Certificate in Gerontology, Travelers Center on Aging, University of Connecticut

Employment History


Elon University, Associate Provost for Assessment and Academic Operations (1/2014 – present) 

Elon University, Associate Dean of Elon College, the College of Arts & Sciences (1/2009 – 12/2013)

Responsibilities include:

  • Liaison to eight departments in the College (includes involvement in hiring, external reviews, evaluation of budget and new faculty position requests, chair support, and curriculum review)
  • Oversee Student Learning Assessment processes
  • Assist with Chair development for the College and University
  • Oversee faculty professional travel
  • Review of faculty professional development requests
  • Liaison to PBK including the Fund for Excellence
  • Coordinate planning and reporting (Student Learning Reports, Department Annual Reports and Five-year Plans)
  • Assist in the development of policy documents
  • Decisions regarding student issues
  • Serve on Academic Affairs Advisory and Provost Advisory Committees

Elon University, Chair, Department of Psychology (6/2008-12/2008)

Elon University, Director of the Undergraduate Research Program (1/2000-5/2004)


Elon University, Professor of Psychology (9/2007 – present)

Elon University, Associate Professor of Psychology (9/2001-8/2007)

Elon University, Assistant Professor of Psychology (8/1997-8/2001)

Williams College, Visiting Assistant Professor (9/1996-6/1997)

Amherst College, Visiting Assistant Professor (9/1993-6/1996)

Courses Taught

Introduction to Psychology

Non-experimental Research Methods and Statistics

Social Psychology

Psychology of Close Relationships

Mentoring and supervision of undergraduate research projects


As a social psychologist I am interested in various aspects of interpersonal relationships. My current research focuses on the study of interpersonal perceptions, with an emphasis on first impressions. I am most interested in whether our first impressions of others are accurate, identifying the conditions that might influence the accuracy of those impressions (e.g., whether our mood, personality, or how much we really think about others moderate accuracy), exploring gender differences in those impressions (e.g., differences between men and women in terms of impressions regarding interpersonal attraction and sexual interest), and whether we are aware of the impressions others form about us (i.e., how well do we know what others think about us?). I also have an interest body image concerns among under-researched groups. I have conducted research on body image with men, gay men, and African American women. The research on men has examined how body image relates to men’s sense of masculinity, psychological well-being (e.g., self-esteem and depression), and behavior (e.g., social activity and high risk behavior).


Flowers, K. C.,* Levesque, M. J., & Fischer, S. (2012).  The relationship between body image and racial identity among African American women.  Journal of Black Psychology, 38, 290-312.

Levesque, M.J. (2009). Social Relations Model. In H.T. Reis & S. Sprecher (Erds.), Encyclopedia of human relationships (pp. 1557-1559). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Levesque, M., Vichesky*, D., Simmons*, M., Wicke*, K., & Lipe*, A. (2007). Physical attractiveness and sex in judgments about perceived sexually promiscuous others. Psychological Reports, 100, 1107-1112.

Levesque, M. J., Nave*, C., & Lowe, C.A. (2006).  Toward an understanding of gender differences in inferring sexual interest.  Psychology of Women Quarterly, 30, 150-158.

Levesque, M. J., & Vichesky*, D. (2006).  Raising the bar on the body beautiful:  An analysis of the body image concerns of homosexual men.  Body Image:  An International Research Journal, 3, 45-55.

Levesque, M. J., Steciuk*, M., & Ledley*, C.  (2002).  Self-disclosure patterns among acquainted individuals:  Disclosers, confidants, unique relationships and gender.  Social Behavior and Personality:  An International Journal, 30, 579-592.

Kenny, D. A., Mohr, C., & Levesque, M. J.  (2001).  A social relations partitioning of variance of dyadic behavior.  Psychological Bulletin, 127, 128-141.

Kashy, D. A., & Levesque, M. J. (2000).  Quantitative methods for the study of close relationships: Analyzing nonindependence.  In C. Hendrick & S. Hendrick (Eds.), Close relationships: A sourcebook (pp. 2-17).  CA: Sage.



Little, K.A., & Levesque, M. J. (2012, March).  The effects of body image on social interaction with peers.  Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Pittsburgh, PA.

Morse, P., & Levesque, M. J. (2009, February).  Do you really know me?  The effect of personality similarity on interpersonal accuracy.  Presentation at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Conference, Tampa, FL.

Flowers, K. C., & Levesque, M. J. (2008, May).  Body image dissatisfaction among African American women: An analysis of the role of racial identity.  Presentation at the Academy of Eating Disorders International Conference, Seattle, WA.

Levesque, M. J., & Haenel, G. (2007, May).  An interdisciplinary team-taught Evolutionary Psychology course:  Suggestions for best practices.  Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Washington, DC.

Levesque, M. J., Woods, C. D., Helmick, A., & Simmons, M. (2007, May).  Male body image dissatisfaction, psychological health, and muscularity.  Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Washington, DC.

Nelson, B., Levesque, M. J., & Rosenkrans, S. (2007, October).  Gender differences in interpersonal perception accuracy and meta-accuracy.  Poster presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Southeastern Social Psychologists, Durham, NC.

Levesque, M. J. (2007, October).  On being a good judge:  Gender as a moderator of interpersonal accuracy and meta-accuracy in mixed gender dyads.  Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Southeastern Social Psychologists, Durham, NC.

Kuzma, R., Katz, D., Lee, S., & Levesque, M. J. (2003, March).  Does intelligence really matter?  A study of the relative importance of intelligence and physical attractiveness in men’s dating preferences.  Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, New Orleans, LA.

Simmons, M., Vichesky, D., & Levesque, M. J. (2003, March).  An analysis of male body image dissatisfaction:  A survey of heterosexual and homosexual men.  Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, New Orleans, LA.

King, C. A., Levesque, M. J., & Tiemann, T. K. (2002, March).  Relationships among a first-year general studies seminar, student achievement, and dimensions of student motivation to learn.  Poster presented at the American Association for Higher Education National Conference on Higher Education, Chicago, IL.

Simmons, M., Vichesky, D., Wicke, K., Lipe, A., & Levesque, M. (2002, March).  Attractiveness and gender effects on the desirability of promiscuous others.  Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Boston, MA.

Levesque, M. J. & Zrull, M. (2002, June).  Undergraduate research programs:  Different approaches to achieving the same goal.  Presentation at the Council on Undergraduate Research National Meeting, New London, CT.

Levesque, M. J., & Irvin, R. B. (2001, March).  Masculinity and femininity in initial interactions:  Are masculine males and feminine females preferred?  Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychology Association, Washington, DC.

Levesque, M. J. (2001, October).  Personal relationships and the Social Relations Model.  Presented as part of a panel entitled "The Social Relations Model:  A Methodology for the Study of Dyadic Processes" at the Society of Experimental Social Psychology Conference, Spokane, WA.

King, C. A., Levesque, M. J., Weckerly, S. J., & Blythe, N. L. (2000, April).  The effects of a course in Education Psychology on pre-service teachers’ epistemological beliefs.  Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, LA.

Gregoski, M. J., & Levesque, M. J. (2000, March).  Is every friendship unique?  A social relations analysis of friendships.  Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychology Association, Baltimore, MY.



Association for Psychological Science, Fellow

Eastern Psychological Association

Society for Personality and Social Psychology

Southeastern Society of Social Psychologists


Phi Beta Kappa (Bates College Chapter)

Phi Kappa Phi (University of Connecticut, Graduate School Chapter)

Psi Chi (Elon University Chapter)

Sigma Xi (Amherst College Chapter)

Gamma Sigma Alpha (Elon University Chapter)

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