Allison Seitchik



Academic Title

Associate Professor, Psychology

Research Interests
  • Group Dynamics
  • Motivation
  • Research Methods
  • Social Psychology
  • Sport Psychology
  • Stereotypes and Biases
Research Summary

My primary research interest is in motivation and performance. Motivation is our drive, our passion, our reason to exert effort and achieve something. Most of the things we do have an end goal, whether it is to get an “A” in the class, be a good person, take out the trash, etc. I am interested in what motivates us — what drives us to act one way versus another way in order to achieve a goal — and why and how certain aspects of a situation influence us while others do not. I want to understand how various factors like stereotypes and biases, evaluation, internal or external pressure, concussions, and goals influence our behavior and performance. If I understand the how, then I can create interventions to prevent negative influences on behavior or to enhance positive influences on behavior.

  • Ph.D., Psychology, Northeastern University
  • M.A., Psychology, Northeastern University
  • B.A., Psychology, George Washington University
Areas of Expertise
  • Gender
  • Implicit Bias
  • Motivation
  • Performance
  • Race and Ethnicity
Recent Publications

Singh, T. A., Seitchik, A. E., Harney, K., & Dalrymple, J. (2022). Biography cards to facilitate student-patient connections in obstetrics/gynecology clinics. Medical Education, 56(11), 1118-1119.

Silva, A. C., Seitchik, A. E., & Parent, J. D. (2022). Exploring individual and group financial coaching for building financial capability. Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning, 33(2), 255-267. 

Hill, K. M., & Seitchik, A. E. (2020). Female consumers’ complaints: The way perceived power affects female consumers’ post-failure compensation. Business Horizons, 63(5), 647-658.

Parent, J. D., Seitchik, A. E., Lovelace, K., & Hardway, C. (2019, Winter). Enhancing team learning experiences in the classroom. Journal of the Academy of Business Education, 20, 335-354.

**Kurdi, B., **Seitchik, A. E., Axt, J., Carroll, T. J., Karapetyan, A., *Kaushik, N., Tomezsko, D., Greenwald, A. G., & Banaji, M. R. (2019). Relationship between the Implicit Association Test and intergroup behavior: A meta-analysis. American Psychologist, 74(5), 569–586. (**co-first authors, equal contributors)

Seitchik, A. E., Brown, A., & Harkins, S. G. (2016). Threat-induced potentiation of prepotent response model. In S. G. Harkins, K. Williams, and J. Burger (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of social influence. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press.

Honors and Awards
  • Strategic Academic Research Trajectory Package (START) Fellow, Merrimack College (2022-2023)
  • Academic Innovation Fund Award, Merrimack College (2022-2024)
  • Faculty Development Grant, Merrimack College (2018-2023)
  • Student Research-based Experiential Learning Micro-Grant, Interdisciplinary Institute, Merrimack College, 2018
  • Zampell Family Faculty Fellow, Merrimack College (2021-2022, 2019-2020)
  • Provost Innovation Fund, Merrimack College (2018-2019)
  • Certificate of Excellence and Distinction in Teaching for Impediments to Excelling seminar, Harvard University (Spring 2014, Fall 2014)
  • Certificate of Excellence and Distinction in Teaching for Groups at Work lecture course, Harvard University (Spring 2014, Spring 2015)