Christina L. Scott

Christina L. ScottAssociate Professor of Applied Psychology
Department of Psychological Sciences

Science & Learning Center 350B





Academic History

B.S., Occidental College
M.S., Ph.D., Kansas State University

Professor Christina Scott is an associate professor in the psychology department at Whittier College and joined the psychology faculty in 2010. She earned her B.S. at Occidental College in 1996 as a double major in psychology and theater and has continued her interdisciplinary love of learning ever since. Scott attended Kansas State University for graduate school and received her M.S. in 1998 and her Ph.D. in 2000. Developing her teaching practice through her appointments with several colleges and universities across the nation including Pepperdine University, Loyola University of Chicago, Chico State, Tennessee State University and St. Mary’s College of California, has allowed her to bring the very best of her dynamic teaching style to Whittier College.

Scott’s program of research focuses primarily on women’s sexual arousal and behavior. Each year she interviews and selects 3-4 undergraduate students to serve as research assistants for the academic year. Starting with “Research Boot Camp” in the summer, students are involved in all aspects of academic research from the very earliest planning sessions and IRB submission, to data collection and analysis. Each year her students strive to present the current research project at a regional or national psychological conference marking the completion of full year of intensive research experience. Scott has published in a wide range of books and journals and she continues to speak nationally and internationally about her research.

Beyond the Whittier College community, Scott is passionate about sex education and volunteers to speak with local high schools and LGBTQ youth groups about healthy relationships and safe sexual practices.


Scott, C.L, & Cortez, A. (2010). “No longer his & hers, but ours: Sex differences in response to erotic stories designed for both sexes.” In review with the Journal of Sex and Martial Therapy (In press)

Harris, R.J. & Scott, C.L. (2002). “The impact of sexually explicit media.” In J. Bryant and D. Zillman (Eds.) Media Effects: Advances in Theory and Research (2nd edition). Mahwah N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates

Harris, R.J., Hoekstra, S.J, Sanborn, F.W., Scott, C.L., Dodds, L.A. & Brandenberg, J. D. (2004). “Autobiographical memories for seeing romantic movies on a date: Romance is not just for women.” Media Psychology, 6, 257-284.

Scott, C.L. (2009) “In search of self: Using the MBTI to promote self-awareness and self-acceptance.” In J.A. Feito and A. Novakov (Eds.) Designs for Learning: Exploring the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at Saint Mary’s College of California. Moraga, CA: SOFIA: A Journal of Teaching Learning, and Visual Literacy, 38-45.

Scott, C.L ., Harris, R.J., & Rothe, A.R. (2001). “Embodied Cognition through Improvisation Improves Memory for a Dramatic Monologue.” Discourse Processes, 31 (3) p.293-305.

Scott, C.L. (1999). “Teachers’ Biases towards Creative Children.” Creativity Research Journal, 12 (4) p.321-328.