Suzanne L. Osman, Ph.D.

Office: 301 Holloway Hall
Telephone: 410-548-4761
Fax: 410-548-2056
Email: slosman at


  • Ph.D., Syracuse University, Social Psychology
  • M.S., Syracuse University, Social Psychology
  • B.S., Cornell University

Courses Frequently Offered

  • Psychology of Sexuality (PSYC 325)
  • Psychology of Women (PSYC 334)
  • Social Psychology (PSYC 306)
  • Independent Research (PSYC 490/497)

Research Interests

  • I specialize in areas of sexuality and gender-related attitudes and behaviors.  My primary research program encompasses the psychology of attitudes, interpersonal communication, gender roles and relationships, with specific applications to understanding sexual aggression. I regularly involve undergraduate students in research (see below).

Select Publications

Osman, S. L. (2011). Predicting rape empathy based on victim, perpetrator, and participant gender, and history of sexual aggression.  Sex Roles, 64, 506-515.

Osman, S. L. (2011). The token resistance to sex scale. In T. D. Fisher, C. M. Davis, W. L.  Yarber & S. L. Davis, &, R. (Eds.), Handbook of Sexuality-Related Measures. New York: Routledge. 

Osman, S. L. (2007).  Predicting perceptions of sexual harassment based on type of resistance and belief in token resistance.  The Journal of Sex Research, 44, 340-346.

Osman, S. L. (2007).  The continuation of perpetrator behaviors that influence perceptions of sexual harassment.  Sex Roles, 56, 63-69. 

Osman, S. L. (2004).  Victim resistance: Theory and data on understanding perceptions of sexual harassment.  Sex Roles, 50, 267-275.

Osman, S. L. (2003).  Predicting men’s rape perceptions based on the belief that “no” really means “yes.”  Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 33, 683-692.

Osman, S. L. & Davis, C. M. (1999). Belief in token resistance and type of resistance as predictors of men’s perceptions of date rape. Journal of Sex Education and Therapy, 24, 189-196.

Osman, S. L. & Davis, C. M. (1999). Predicting perceptions of date rape based on individual beliefs and female alcohol consumption. Journal of College Student Development, 40, 701-709.

Osman, S. L. & Davis, C. M. (1997). Predicting men’s perceptions of date rape using the heuristic-systematic model. Journal of Sex Education and Therapy, 22, 25-32.

Mentored Student Research

  • If you are a Salisbury University student who is interested in working with me as an undergraduate research assistant or to conduct your own empirical study, you must fill out an application (PSYC 490/497).   Student Researcher Application
  • Publications with Student Collaborators

Carcirieri, A. T. & Osman, S. L. (2012).  Examining body shame of college women by type of sexual

victimization.  Modern Psychological Studies, 18, 1-5.


Carcirieri, A. T. & Osman, S. L. (2011).  Predicting body shame based on sexual victimization

recency and frequency.  Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research, 16, 158-162.

Forrest, B. R. & Osman, S. L. (2011).  Hyperfemininity and body-related constructs.  Modern Psychological Studies, 16, 59-63.

Briggs, L. K. & Osman, S. L. (2010).  Types of victimization experienced by men and women that influence rape empathy.  Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research, 15, 30-33.

 Okun, E. & Osman, S. L. (2006). The relationship between hypergender ideology and rape empathy among college students.  Modern Psychological Studies, 11, 20-25.

Guy, L. L. & Osman, S. L. (2005).  Relationships among body comfort level, sexual assertiveness, and frequency of sexual behavior in men and women.  Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research, 10, 28-31.

Professional Societies of Interest

Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality

Association for Psychological Science

Eastern Psychological Association

APA Division 35, Society for the Psychology of Women