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Dr. Cheryl Terrance
Professor - Psychology
Director of the Forensic Psychology Graduate Program
University of North Dakota
Work phone: (701) 777-3921;
Work fax:(701) 777-3451;
My general research area explores social cognitive aspects of jury/juror decision making. I am particularly interested in how stereotypes that stem from gender-based expectations impact perceptions of victims and offenders in cases involving domestic violence, hate crimes, and most recently sex trafficking. This work further explores strategies for undermining the influence of stereotypes in the courtroom, including the role of empathy, expert testimony, and judicial instructions. Most recently my work has explored the impact of remorse and emotion on attributions related offender and victim blame.
Dr. Terrance serves as the faculty advisor of the Ten Percent Society (LGBT student organization), and serves on a variety of advisory boards including QReach (PFund), the LGBT Advisory Committee Board assisting the ND Department of Health and the ND Women’s network on Violence, and is a member of the North Dakota LGBT Coalition.
Select publications (in alphabetic order of first authors)
‡Austin, A., Plumm, K., & Terrance, C. (2013). No halos for sex offenders: An examination of
the effects of appearance and gender on the perceptions of sex offenders. Applied
Psychology in Criminal Justice, 9, 124-136.
‡Little, B., & Terrance, C. (2010). Perceptions of domestic violence in lesbian relationships:
Stereotypes and gender-role expectations. Journal of Homosexuality, 57(3), 429-440.
Plumm, K. M., ‡Austin, A., & Terrance, C. A. (2013). Perceptions of sex offenses: Impact
of gender of perpetrator and victim. American Journal of Forensic Psychology.
Plumm, K. M., †Potter, S., & Terrance, C. (In press). Perceptions of bias-motivated assault
against bisexual individuals. Journal of Bisexuality.
Plumm, K. M., & Terrance, C. A. (2013). Gender-bias hate crimes: What constitutes a hate
crime from a potential juror’s perspective? Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 43,
‡Plumm, K., Terrance, C., †Henderson, V., & †Ellingson, H. (2010). Victim blame in a hate
crime motivated by sexual orientation. Journal of Homosexuality, 57, 267-286.
‡Sommer S., Plumm, K., & Terrance, C. (2013). Perceptions of younger single adults as a
function of their gender and number of children. The Journal of General Psychology,
Terrance, C., Plumm, K., & ‡Rhyner, K. (2013/14). Expert testimony in cases involving
battered women who kill: Going beyond the battered woman syndrome. V. 88(4), North
Dakota Law Review.
Terrance, C., Plumm, K., & Kehn, A. (2013). Battered women who kill: Impact of expert
testimony type and timing. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law. Published online Apr.
2013, approx. 1-2 years lag for print.
Terrance, C. A., Plumm, K. M., & †Thomas, S. A. (2011). Perceptions of domestic violence in
heterosexual relationships: Impact of gender and history of response. Journal of Partner Abuse, 2, 208-223.
Terrance, C., ‡Plumm, K., & ‡Little, B. (2008). Maternal blame: Battered women and abused
children. Violence Against Women , 14(8), 870-885.
† Undergraduate co-authors, ‡ Graduate student co-authors.