Joseph Pelletier, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychology
Co-Director of Research

Office Phone: (951) 552-8616
Office Location: W.E. James Building, Room 119
Office Hours:

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
PhD Social Psychology University of Kent 2009
PGCHE Psychology/Statistics University of Kent 2007
MSc Social and Applied Psychology University of Kent 2006
BA Psychology Texas A&M University 2003
  • Courses Taught

    BEH255 - Foundational Skills in the Behavioral Science (Part 1)
    BEH385 - Methods of Research (w/SPSS)
    PSY213 - General Psychology
    PSY305 - Developmental Psychology - Child

  • Academic Areas & Scholarly Interests

    Prosocial behavior, social identity, sociocognitive development, subjective group dynamics, video games and media, gender identity, religion and decision-making, and religious phenomenon.

  • Teaching Experience

    California Baptist University, 2010 - Present
    University of Kent, 2005 - 2009

  • Research, Presentations, & Publications


    Andrews, T., Pelletier, J., & Abrams, D. (2009). We All Do Good Things: The Kind Schools Project. Presented at the 2nd Applied Positive Psychology Conference. Warwick University, UK.

    Abrams, D., Pelletier, J., & Andrews, T. (2010) The Impact of Psychological Influences on Prosocial Behaviour in Middle Childhood. The 2010 Biennial Meeting of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. New Orleans, LA.

    Abrams, D., Rutland, A., Cameron, L., Ferrell, J. M., & Pelletier, J. (2006). Group Know How: The Development of Subjective Group Dynamics and the Interplay of Intergroup and Intragroup Relations. Presented at the Society of Personality and Social Psychology Preconference on Groups and Intergroup Relations. Palm Springs, FL.

    Abrams, D., Rutland, A., Pelletier, J., & Ferrell, J.M. (2009). How Do Children Evaluate and Make Sense of Deviance in Groups? Presented at the 2009 Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development. Denver, CO.

    Ferrell, J.M., Abrams, D., Rutland, A., Pelletier, J., Guttentag, R. (2007). The Role of Working Memory and Second Order False Belief Understanding in Counterfactual and Semi-Factual Reasoning Tasks. Presented at the British Psychological Society 2007 Developmental Section Conference. University of Plymouth, UK.

    Knabb, J. & Pelletier, J. (2012). The Relationship Between Attachment to God, Psychological Functioning, and Internet Among Adults at a Christian University. Presented at the 2012 Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture: Technology and Human Flourishing. Baylor University, Waco, TX.

    Pelletier, J. (2013). Virtue Made Vice: The Seven Deadly Sins Committed by University Students. Presented at the Virtues, Vices, & Teaching Conference. Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI.

    Pelletier, J., & Abrams, D. (2008). The Impact of Social Identity and Group Membership on Prosocial Behaviour in Preadolescents. Presented at the International Graduate College 2008 Consultation Seminar. Friedrich Schiller University, Germany.


    Abrams, D., Rutland, A., Ferrell, J.M., & Pelletier, J. (2008). Children’s Judgments of Disloyal and Immoral Peer Behaviour: Subjective Group Dynamics in Minimal Intergroup Contexts. Child Development, 79(2), pp.444-461.

    Abrams, D., Rutland, A., Palmer, S.B., Pelletier, J., Ferrell, J.M., & Lee, S. (2014). The Role of Cognitive Abilities in Children's Inferences About Social Atypicality and Peer Exclusion and Inclusion in Intergroup Contexts. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 32(3), 233-247.

    Abrams, D., Rutland, A., Pelletier, J., & Ferrell, J.M. (2009). Children’s Group Nous: Understanding and Applying Peer Exclusion Within and Between Groups. Child Development, 80(1), pp. 224-243.

    Abrams, D., Van de Vyver, J., Pelletier, J. & Cameron, L. (2015). Children's Prosocial Behavioural Intentions Toward Outgroup Members. British Journal of Developmental Psychology. doi: 10.1111/bjdp.12085

    Knabb, J. & Pelletier, J. (2013). The Effects of Parental Divorce on God Image Among Young Adults at a Christian University. Marriage and Family Review, 49(3), 231-250.

    Knabb, J. & Pelletier, J. (2014). The Relationship Between Problematic Internet use, God attachment, and Psychological Functioning Among Adults at a Christian University. Mental Health, Religion, & Culture, 17(3), 239-251.

    Knabb, J., Pelletier, J. (2014). A Cord of Three Strands is Not Easily Broken': An Empirical Investigation of Attachment-based Small Group Functioning in the Christian Church. Journal of Psychology and Theology, 42, 343-358.

    Knabb, J., Pelletier, J., & Gregorian-Routon, A. (2014). Towards a Psychological Understanding of Servanthood: An Empirical Investigagion of the Relationship Between Orthodox Beliefs, Experiential Avoidance, and Self-sacrificial Behaviors Among Christians at a Religiously-affiliated University. Journal of Psychology and Theology, 42(3), 269-283.

    Pelletier, J. (final draft). The Impact of Christian Social Identity on Judgments of Prosocial Behavior Towards Normative and Deviant Ingroup Members.

    Randsley de Moura, G., Leader, T., Pelletier, J., & Abrams, D. (2008). Prospects for Group Processes and Intergroup Relations Research: A Review of 70 Years’ Progress. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 11(4), pp.555-576.

  • Church Membership & Activities

    Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, Lake Arrowhead, CA

  • Interests & Hobbies

    A beautiful wife of ten years and three wonderful children. My personal interests include cars, motorcycles, dogs, and Star Wars.

  • Personal Philosophy

    "I'm guided by a force much stronger than luck."

    I feel that education is an act of worship. God blessed us with the wonderful ability to understand so much of what He created. By adding to our knowledge and expanding the abilities of our mind, we are embracing this gift and utilizing it to its full extent.