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Maurice J. Levesque, Associate Provost for Assessment and Academic Operations and Professor of Psychology

Mailing Address: Campus Box 2200, Elon University, Elon, NC, 27244-2010

Office: Alamance 120A

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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).


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


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

Courses Taught:

Introduction to Psychology

Non-experimental Research Methods and Statistics

Social Psychology

Psychology of Close Relationships

Mentoring and supervision of undergraduate research projects

Professional interests and service:

Fellow, Association for Psychological Science

Honor Societies:  Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Psi Chi, Sigma Xi

Ad hoc reviewer:  Body Image; Culture, Health, and Sexuality; Journal of Homosexuality

Research interests and selected publications:

Interpersonal perception and body image.  Specific topics include:

The accuracy of interpersonal perceptions and metaperceptions, especially between men and women;  perceptions of sexual attraction; the relationships between men’s body image and social behavior; men’s body image, masculinity, and risk behavior.

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.

*Undergraduate co-authors