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Erica Weisgram


Erica Weisgram is professor of psychology at UW-Stevens Point. Her research focuses broadly on gender development in children, adolescents, and young adults. Recent work explores the cognitive construction of stereotypes in preschool children and how cultural gender stereotypes affect children’s interest in toys. Weisgram examines how gender and gender-related factors (e.g., stereotypes, values, familial roles) affect individuals’ occupational and academic interests. In recent years, undergraduate students have worked with Weisgram to recruit and interview children at on-campus day care/preschool sites, and the Boys and Girls Club, to develop an online study for young adults, and present at the Midwest Psychological Association conference in Chicago. 


  • Developmental psychology
  • Psychology of gender
  • Research methods


Weisgram, E. S., & Dinella, L. M. (2018). Gender Typing of Children’s Toys: How early play experiences impact development (Edited volume). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Dinella, L. M., Weisgram, E. S., & Fulcher, M. (2017). Children’s Gender-Typed Toy Interests: Does Propulsion Matter? Archives of Sexual Behavior, 46, 1295-1305.

Weisgram, E. S. (2016). The cognitive construction of gender stereotypes: Evidence for the dual pathways model of gender differentiation. Sex Roles, 75, 301-313.

Weisgram, E. S., & Diekman, A. B. (2016). Family friendly STEM: Perspectives on recruiting and retaining women in STEM fields. International Journal of Gender, Science, and Technology, 8, 38-45. [Invited Manuscript]


  • Society for Research in Child Development
  • Midwestern Psychological Association Fellow


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Ph.D. - Psychology
University of Texas at Austin

M.A. - Psychology
University of Texas at Austin

B.A. - Psychology
Luther College


Introduction to Psychology
Psychology of Gender
Introduction to Developmental Psychology
Social Psychology
Advanced Research Methods in Psychology
Seminar: Gender Development