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Wilfrid Laurier University Laurier Brantford
October 22, 2017
Canadian Excellence

Dr. Judy Eaton

Program Coordinator, Psychology and Foundations; Academic Integrity Advisor (Brantford Campus)

Contact Information
Phone: 519.756.8228 ext.5757   |  lab 519.756.8228 ext.5559
Fax: (519) 756-3716
Office Location: RAC East, Room 215
Office Hours: By appointment

I grew up in Brantford, but moved away when I finished high school (Pauline Johnson Collegiate) to do an undergraduate degree at McMaster University. One undergraduate degree turned into two, and I left there with degrees in English and Psychology. A job opportunity in the field of publishing lured me to Toronto, and I spent the next eight years as a full-time and freelance writer/editor for various companies. My job experiences left me with a fascination for how people interact with each other in organizations, and I decided to pursue graduate work in psychology, with a focus on social and organizational psychology. I feel very lucky to have the opportunity to come back and be involved with Laurier Brantford. Not only is it exciting to be a part of such a vibrant, friendly, and interdisciplinary environment, but it has allowed me to be closer to family and old friends.


PhD, Social Psychology, York University
MA, Social Psychology, York University
BA, Psychology, McMaster University
BA, English, McMaster University

Current Courses (2013/14)

PS101, Introduction to Psychology
PS296, Introduction to Statistics
PS334B, Positive Psychology
BF290, Academic Literacy: Social Sciences

Research and Teaching Interests

In my research I study how people deal with interpersonal conflict, with a specific focus on apology and forgiveness. My research spans both psychology and criminology, and involves using a variety of methods (both experimental and nonexperimental, quantitative and qualitative). Current research projects include how third parties judge offenders and victims, how victims view their involvement with the criminal justice system, and the expression of remorse by offenders. 

Selected Publications

Eaton, J. (2013). The effects of third-party validation and minimization on judgments of the transgressor and the third party. British Journal of Social Psychology, 52, 273-289.

Eaton, J., & Sanders, C. (2012). A little help from our friends: Informal third parties and interpersonal conflict. Personal Relationships, 19, 623-643.

Eaton, J., & Theuer, A. (2009). Apology and remorse in the last statements of death row prisoners. Justice Quarterly, 26, 327-347.

Santelli, A. G., Struthers, C. W., & Eaton, J. (2009). Fit to forgive: Exploring the interaction between regulatory focus, repentance, and forgiveness. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 96, 381-394.

Struthers, C. W., Eaton, J., Santelli, A. G., Uchiyama, M., & Shirvani, N. (2008). The effects of attributions of intent and apology on forgiveness: When saying sorry may not help the story. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 44, 983-992.

Eaton, J., Struthers, C. W., Shomrony, A., & Santelli, A. G. (2007). When apologies fail: The moderating effect of explicit and implicit self-esteem on apology and forgiveness. Self and Identity, 6, 209-222.

Eaton, J., Struthers, C. W., & Santelli, A. G. (2006). The mediating role of perceptual validation in the repentance-forgiveness process. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 32, 1389-1401.

Eaton, J., Struthers, C. W., & Santelli, A. G. (2006). Dispositional and state forgiveness: The role of self-esteem, need for structure, and narcissism. Personality and Individual Differences, 41, 371-380.

Eaton, J., & Struthers, C. W. (2006). The reduction of psychological aggression across varied interpersonal contexts through repentance and forgiveness. Aggressive Behavior, 32, 195-206.

Eaton, J., & Uskul, A. K. (2004). Using The Simpsons to teach social psychology. Teaching of Psychology, 31, 277-278.

Eaton, J., & Struthers, C. W. (2002). Using the Internet for organizational research: A study of cynicism in the workplace. CyberPsychology and Behavior, 5, 305-313.