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Westminster College Associate Professor Published in Interpersona: An International Journal on Personal Relationships

Monday, August 5, 2013

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Dr. Sherri Pataki, Westminster College associate professor of psychology, was recently published in Interpersona: An International Journal on Personal Relationships.

"Communal Strength Norms in the United States and Egypt" studies the extent to which individuals feel responsible for meeting the needs of relationship partners, and the cultural variations between the U.S. and Egypt in the perception of ideal communal strength following marriage.

Visit http://interpersona.psychopen.edu/article/view/110 to read the entire article.

Pataki co-authored the article with Safia Fathelbab from South Valley University in Qena, Egypt; Pataki's former Ph.D. adviser Margaret S. Clark from Yale University; and Westminster alumna Catharine H. Malinowski `07. The research began with Malinowski's senior capstone project.

Pataki, who joined the faculty in 2004, is coordinator of the Peace Studies Program at Westminster and is a social psychologist who specializes in research methodology and experimental social psychology. Her primary research interests are in the areas of interpersonal relationships and issues related to cross-cultural understanding, diversity, and prejudice.

Pataki earned an undergraduate degree from Allegheny College and Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University.   

Contact Pataki at (724) 946-7361 or email for additional information. 

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Dr. Sherri Pataki, associate professor of psychology