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Steve Nida

Steve Nida

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My first research interest as a social psychologist was helping behavior in emergencies, a focus that eventually evolved into a more general interest in group processes. For some time now I have been generally interested in sports psychology, and for a period of time I was interested in the social psychological aspects of youth sports. Over the last 15 years, the focus of my research has shifted to the developing body of work on ostracism, and one line of my current research examines the connections between ostracism and maladjustment in children and adolescents. I recently co-edited (with my colleague Kip Williams) a volume titled "Ostracism, Exclusion, and Rejection," published by Routledge in 2017.

Another important part of my professional identity is tied to my work with regional psychological associations, and at present I am very active in two of these organizations. I have been affiliated with the Midwestern Psychological Association for over 30 years, and from 1995-2006 I served as MPA's Convention Manager. In that capacity I had primary responsibility for the organization's annual meeting, held each spring at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago. Then I continued to serve as the Convention Affairs Coordinator for that organization through 2015. When I returned to the Southeast in 2002, I once again became involved with the Southeastern Psychological Association; I served a three-year term (2009-2011) as a member of SEPA's Executive Committee, and I served as the organization's President in 2012-2013. I am also currently a member of the Board of the Association of Heads of Departments of Psychology.

Primary Interests:

  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Group Processes
  • Helping, Prosocial Behavior
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Persuasion, Social Influence


  • Williams, K. D., & Nida, S. A. (Eds.). (2017). Ostracism, exclusion, and rejection. New York, NY: Routledge.

Journal Articles:

  • Williams, K. D., & Nida, S. A. (2017). Introduction and overview. In K. D. Williams & S. A. Nida (Eds.), Ostracism, exclusion, and rejection (pp. 1-9). New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Nida, S. A., & Williams, J. E. (1977). Sex-stereotyped traits, physical attractiveness, and interpersonal attraction. Psychological Reports, 41, 1311-1322.
  • Williams, K. D., Nida, S. A., Baca, L. D., & Latané, B. (1989). Social loafing and swimming: Effects of identifiability on individual and relay performance of intercollegiate swimmers. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 10, 73-81.
  • Williams, K. D., & Nida, S. A. (2005). Obliviously ostracizing singles. Psychological Inquiry, 16, 127-130.
  • Williams, K. D., & Nida, S. A. (2011). Ostracism: Consequences and coping. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 20 (2), 71-75.
  • Williams, K. D., & Nida, S. A. (2014). Ostracism and public policy. Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 1(1), 38-45.
  • Saylor, C. F., Williams, K. D., Nida, S. A., McKenna, M. E., Twomey, K. E., & Macias, M. M. (2013). Ostracism in pediatric populations: Review of theory and research. Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, 34(4), 279-287.
  • Saylor, C. F., Nida, S. A., Williams, K. D., Taylor, L. A., Smyth, W., Twyman, K. A., Macias, M. M., & Spratt, E. G. (2012). Bullying and Ostracism Screening Scales (BOSS): Development and applications. Children’s Health Care, 41, 322-343.
  • Nida, S. A., & Koon, J. (1983). They get better looking at closing time around here, too. Psychological Reports, 52, 657-658.
  • Latané, B., & Nida S. (1981). Ten years of research on group size and helping. Psychological Bulletin, 89, 308-324.
  • Anderson, R., & Nida, S. (1978). Effect of physical attractiveness on opposite- and same-sex evaluations. Journal of Personality, 46, 401-413.

Other Publications:

  • Nida, S. A. (2007). The social psychologist and the "spin room." Dialogue, 22 (2), 22-23.
  • Wesselmann, E. D., Williams, K. D., & Nida, S. A. (2017). Social exclusion, ostracism, and rejection research: Where do we go from here? In K. D. Williams & S. A. Nida (Eds.), Ostracism, exclusion, and rejection (pp. 273-289). New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Latané, B., Nida S. A., & Wilson, D. W. (1981). The effects of group size on helping behavior. In J. P. Rushton & R. M. Sorrentino (Eds.), Altruism and helping behavior (pp. 287-313). Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
  • Nida, S. A., & Saylor, C. F. (2017). Ostracism in children and adolescents. In K. D. Williams & S. A. Nida (Eds.), Ostracism, exclusion, and rejection (pp. 192-206). New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Williams, K. D., & Nida, S. A. (2009). Is ostracism worse than bullying? In M. J. Harris (Ed.), Bullying, rejection, and peer victimization: A social cognitive neuroscience perspective. New York: Springer.
  • Nida, S. A. (1994). The Milgram experiment. In J. K. Roth (Ed.), Ready reference: Ethics (pp. 555-556). Pasadena, CA: Salem Press.
  • Latané, B., & Nida S. (1980). Social impact theory and group influence: A social engineering perspective. In P. B. Paulus (Ed.), Psychology of group influence (pp. 3-34). Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
  • Dunn, D. S., Brewer, C. L., Cautin, R. L., Gurung, R. A. R., Keith, K. D., McGregor, L. N., Nida, S. A., Puccio, P., & Voigt, M. J. (2009). The undergraduate psychology curriculum: A call for a core. In D. F. Halpern (Ed.), Undergraduate education in psychology: A blueprint for the future. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Courses Taught:

  • General Psychology
  • Social and Cognitive Foundations of Interpersonal Behavior
  • Social Influence & Propaganda
  • Social Psychology

Steve Nida
The Citadel
171 Moultrie Street
Charleston, South Carolina 29409
United States

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