Ph.D., Columbia University (1979)
Ongoing Dissertation Supervision
Elie Wiesel once said that education should lead people to think higher and feel deeper. I believe in active and engaged learning in the context of high standards. Across all levels, from undergraduate to doctoral, I seek to promote openness, risk taking, critical thinking and analysis in an environment that is challenging, and supportive
"Power", "intimacy", "entitlement", "relationships", "the psychology of justice"... These are key words that describe my past and present research interests.
My early work focused on the psychology of justice. Shortly after joining the Derner faculty, I extended this work to look at issues of justice and fairness in the context of adult relationships. I focused specifically on dual-career couples, both heterosexual and gay and lesbian. Initially, the emphasis was on power, particularly the extent to which power is shared and its relationship to the well-being of the partners. In the course of this research, I became interested in the ways in which a healthy sense of entitlement contributes to power sharing. From this research, together with Derner students Lavita Nadkarni and Judy Malone, I developed a measure integrating both clinical and psychological views of entitlement. This empirically supported measure remains unique in integrating the clinical with the social and continues in my work today.
Through my work with several other Derner students, I began to focus on the link between how power is shared and the level of relationship intimacy that is achieved as well as identifying the predictors of intimacy across relationship types. Continuing the focus on better understanding the conditions under which relationships are most beneficial to both partners, I recently began looking at the importance of intimacy expectations. Here the findings of a longitudinal study with Ashley Novak showed the importance of the gap between intimacy expectations and perceptions of achieved intimacy.
Currently, I am exploring these topics in broader contexts ... expectations and conceptions of intimacy across cultures, power from the perspective of those who are advantaged as compared to those who are not, and justice in the context of multi-racial relationships
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Steil, J. & Paszkiewicz, W (2009). I don't have time: Leadership in the context of dual-earner family. In National Council of Schools of Professional Psychology. 2009 Mid-Winter Conference. Leadership: Preparation and Transformation. Puerta Vallarta, Mexico.
Steil, J. Chair (2008). Symposium on Justice in Close Relationships. In The 12th Biannual Conference of the International Society for Justice and Research. Adelaide, Australia.
Steil, J. & Newman, A. (2008). Entitlement and Work Sharing: A Study of University Faculty and Staff. In The 12th Biannual Conference of the International Society of Justice and Research. Adelaide, Australia.
Rothman, A. & Steil, J. (2007). Entitlement, attachment and subjective well-being. In American Psychological Association. San Francisco, CA.
Cina,J. & Steil,J. (2007). Knowing when to control and when to let go: Longitudinal study of coping with lack of control and uncertainty during an in vitro fertilization treatment cycle. In American Psychological Association. San Francisco, CA.
Steil,J (2007). Commencement Speaker. In Hooding ceremocy for graduating Ph.D. candidates. Adelphi University, Garden City.
Shefet, O., Sharf, J. & Steil, J. (2005). Who talks about power? In The meetings of the American Psychological Association.. Washington DC.
Steil, J (2004). Chair, Session on Economics. In Conference on Interrupting Sustaining Justice.. New York.
Newman, A., Steil, J., & Novak, A. (2003). Entitlement and Work Sharing in Contemporary Relationships: A Social Comparison Perspective. In The meetings of the American Psychological Society. Atlanta, GA.
Novak, A., Steil, J., & Newman, A. (2003). Perceptions of intimacy among engaged couples: Women expect more. In Meeting of the American Psychological Society. Atlanta, GA.
Takebayashi, Y, & Steil, J. (2003). Entitlement and acculturation: The relationship to well- being among Asian Americans. In 66th Annual Convention for the New York State Psychological Association. Kerhonkson, NY..
Steil, J. (2003). Marital equality: Why it matters. Why it’s so difficult to achieve. In The International Center for Conflict Resolution. New York, NY.
Steil, J. (2003). Marital equality: Why does it matter? How can it be achieved? In workshop presention at the Hunter College Gender Equity Project (GEP). New York, NY.
Steil J. (2002). The sense of entitlement. In The Seminar on Social Justice, Teachers College, Columbia University. New York, NY.
Jonay, T., Degenhart, M, & Steil, J. (2002). Attribution of blame as a predictor of well-being in adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. In The Society for Personality Assessment. San Antonio, TX.
Steil, J. (2001). Family forms and member well-being: A research agenda for the decade of behavior. In The Meetings of the American Psychological Association. San Francisco, CA.
Steil, J. (2001). Marriage: A changing relationship - past, present, and future. In Invited speaker, Student Government Association Women’s “Herstory.” Paper presented at dinner for faculty, staff and students, Adelphi University,. Garden City, NY.
Murray, T., & Steil, J. (2000). Constructions of gender: Comparing children of traditional and egalitarian families. In The meetings of the American Psychological Association. Washington DC.
Vinograde, D., & Steil, J. (1997). Mutuality and communication style. In The Eastern Psychological Association. Washington DC.
Steil, J., & Leonardo, C. (1996). In Conference on Women and Work. Northhampton, MA..
Steil, J., Rosenbluth, S., & Whitcomb, J. (1995). Conceptualizing Relationship Equality. In The American Psychological Association. New York, NY.
Smrz, A., Wilkins, C., Steil, J., & Barnett, R. (1995). Dual earner couples: Where is the distress? In Round Table Discussion at the American Psychological Association,. New York, NY.
Smrz, A., Wilkins, C., Steil, J., & Barnett, R. (1995). Why is relationship equality so difficult to achieve? In Symposium conducted at the Conference of the International Network on Personal Relationships. Williamsburg, VA.
Steil, J. (1994). Marital equality: Benefits and barriers. In Colloquium presented for the Program in Social and Personality Psychology, Graduate Center, City University of New York. New York, NY.
Steil, J. (1994). Inequality in marriage and the impact on health. In Colloquium presented at the Henry A. Murray Research Center, Radcliffe College. Cambridge, MA.
Steil, J. (1993). Feminist Dilemmas. In The Conference of Feminist Psychologists. Martha's Vineyard, MA.
Steil, J. (1993). Symposium presented on Justice and Gender at the International. In Conference on Justice. Trier, Germany.
Hillman, J., & Steil, J. (1993). Target sex, subject sex, influence goal and perceived power as predictors of influence strategy use. In The American Psychological Society. Chicago, IL.
Hay, J., & Steil, J. (1993). Social comparison choices and entitlement in intimate relationships. In The Eastern Psychological Association. Washington DC.
Steil, J. (1993). Marital equality: Benefits and barriers. In Colloquium presentation at the Department of Psychology, Connecticut College. New London, CT.
Steil, J., & Whitcomb, J. (1992). Conceptualizations of equality. In The 6th International Conference on Interpersonal Relations. Orono, ME.
Steil, J. (1992). Women's lives: The relationship between changing roles and psychological well-being. In Chaired symposium and presented paper at the meetings of the American Psychological Association. Washington DC.
Steil, J. (1992). Supermoms and second shifts: Marital inequality in the '90s. In The Women's Studies Program, Adelphi University. Garden City, NY.
Steil, J. (1991). Gender differences in the sense of deserving. In The Nags Head Conference on Gender. Highland Beach, FL.
Steil, J. (1990). Justice principle use in intimate relationships. In Colloquium presented at the Department of Psychology, Connecticut College. New London, CT.
Steil, J., & Makowski, D. (1990). Equity, equality and need: A study of multiple justice principle use in marital relationships. In The International Conference on Personal Relationships. Oxford, England.
Steil, J., & Makowski, D. (1990). Multiple justice use in marital relationships. In Paper presented as part of the symposium entitled "Perspectives on entitlement in close relationships" at the meetings of the American Psychological Association. Boston, MA.
Steil, J. (1990). Injustice: Attributions and responsibility. In The Meetings of the Eastern Psychological Association. Philadelphia, PA.
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Kelly Rotella (2009). Gendered Expectations and Romantic Relationships: The Impact of Gender Role-Incongruent Attachment Style, Fear of Intimacy and Problem-Solving Behaviors on Relationship Satisfaction and Psychological Well-Being. Derner Institute, Adelphi University.
Liora Hoffman (2009). Experiencing Intimacy: Women's Reports in Same-Sex and Cross-Sex Relationships. Derner Institute, Adelphi University.
Allison Rothman (2009). Adolescent Subjective Well-Being: Attachment, Entitlement, and Affluence. Derner Institute, Adelphi University.
Tal Yonai (2007). Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse: Response to Disclosure, Entitlement and Attribution of Blame as Predictors of Well-Being. Derner Institute, Adelphi University.
Ashley Novak (2006). Expectations of Intimacy: A Longitudinal Study of the Association Between Expected, Achieved and Ideal Relationships, Intimacy, Marital Satisfaction and Well-being Among Engaged Couples. Derner Institute, Adelphi University.
Allison Newman (2006). Entitlement and Work sharing in Contemporary Relationships: A Social Comparison Perspective. Derner Institute, Adelphi University.
Jennifer Cina (2006). Knowing When to Control and When to Let Go: Longitudinal Study of Coping with Lack of Control and Uncertainty During an In Vitro Fertilization Treatment Cycle. Derner Institute, Adelphi University.
Other Scholarly/Artistic Work
Steil, J. (1997). Marital equality: Its relationship to the well-being of husbands and wives. Newbury Park: Sage.
Steil, J.,M., Rothman, A. M., Harris, L.E., Kim, G.S., & Steil, J.P.
(2009). Interracial marriage: Current perspectives and unanswered questions. In Jean Lau Chin (Ed.) Diversity in Mind and in Action, Volume 1: Multiple Faces of Identity. Praeger Press.
Philadelphia. PA. pp. 47-60.
Steil, J. (2009) Dual-earner couples. In Reis, H. & Sprecher, S. (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Human Relationships. Sage Press. Thousand Oaks, CA
Steil, J. & Hoffman, L. (2006) Gender, conflict and the family. Invited contribution to M. Deutsch, P.Coleman, & E. Marcus, (Eds.) Handbook of Conflict Resolution: Theory and Practice, 2nd edition. (pp. 223-241). Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, CA.
Steil, J. M. (2006). Intimacy. Encyclopedia of Human Development, Vol. 2. Salkind, Neil, Editor. Sage Press. Pp 753-4.
McGann, V., & Steil, J. (2006). The sense of entitlement: Implications for gender equality and psychological well-being. In J. Worell & C. Goodenheart (Eds.), Handbook of Girlsï¿½ and Womenï¿½s Psychological Health: Gender and Well-Being Across the Life Span. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. Pp 175-182.
Steil, J. (2001). Contemporary marriage: Still ï¿½hisï¿½ and "hers"? Invited contribution to J. Worell (Ed.), The Encyclopedia of Gender (pp. 677-686). San Diego, CA: Academic Press.
Steil, J., McGann, V., & Kahn, A. (2001). Entitlement. Invited contribution to J. Worell (Ed.), The Encyclopedia of Gender (pp. 403-410). San Diego, CA: Academic Press.
Steil, J. (2000). Contemporary marriage: Still an unequal partnership. In C. Hendrick, & S. Hendrick (Eds.), Close Relationships: A Sourcebook (pp. 124-136). Newbury Park: Sage.
Steil, J. (1995). Supermoms and second shifts: Marital inequality in the 90's. In J. Freeman (Ed.), Women: A Feminist Perspective 5th ed (pp. 149-161). Mountain View, CA: Mayfield Publishing Co.
Steil, J. (1994). Equality and entitlement in marriage: Benefits and barriers. In M. Lerner, & G. Mikula (Eds.), Entitlement and the affectional bond (pp. 229-258). New York, NY: Plenum Press.
Sanders, A., Steil, J., & Weinglass, J. (1989). Taking the traditional route: Some covert costs of traditional decisions for the married career woman. In R. Unger (Ed.), Representations: Social constructions of gender (pp. 212-221). Amityville, NY: Baywood Press. (Reprinted from Imagination, cognition, and personality, 3(4), pp. 327-336, 1983-84)
Steil, J. (1989). Marital relationships and mental health. The psychic costs of inequality. In J. Freeman (Ed.), Women: A Feminist Perspective 4th edition (pp. 138-148). Palo Alto: Mayfair Publishing. (Reprinted from the third edition, pp. 113-123), by J. Freeman, Ed., 1984, Mayfield).
Steil, J., & Turetsky, B. (1987). The relationship between marital equality and psychological symptomatology: Is equal better? In S. Oskamp (Ed.), Family process and problems: Social psychological aspects. Applied Social Psychology Annual Vol. 7 (pp. 73-97). Beverly Hills, LA: Sage Publications.
Steil, J., & Turetsky, B. (1987). Marital influence levels and symptomatology among wives. In F. Crosby (Ed.), Spouse, parent, worker: On gender and multiple roles (pp. 74-90). New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.
Steil, J., & Slochower, J. (1985). The experience of injustice: Social psychological and clinical perspectives. In G. Stricker and R. Keisner (Eds.), From research to clinical practice (pp. 217-241). New York, NY: Plenum Press.
Steil, J. (1983). Marriage: An unequal partnership. In B. Wolman, & G. Stricker (Eds.), Handbook of Family and Marital Therapy (pp. 49-59). New York, NY: Plenum Press.
Nadkarni, L., Steil, J. Malone, J. & Sagrestano, L. (under revision)
Development of a self-report scale to measure personal entitlement.
Rothman, A.M. & Steil, J. M. (under review). Affluent adolescents:
Attachment, entitlement, and the complexities of wealth.
Steil, J. M., Sharf J. & Shefet, 0. M. (under review). Who talks about
power? A comparison of three psychology journals.
Steil, J. (2001). Family forms and member well-being: A research agenda for the decade of behavior. Invited contribution to the special issue of Psychology of Women Quarterly entitled ï¿½Womenï¿½s lives, feminist research and the decade of behaviorï¿½ 25, 344-365.
Rosenbluth, S., Steil, J., & Whitcomb, J. (1998). Marital equality: What does it mean? Journal of Family Issues, 19 (3), 227-244.
Steil, J., & Hay, J. (1997). Social comparisons at work: A study of 60 dual career couples. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 23, 427-438.
Rosenbluth, S., & Steil, J. (1995). Predictors of intimacy for women in heterosexual and homosexual couples. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 12, (2), 163-175. Reprinted in The Gay and Lesbian Quarterly.
Steil, J., & Hillman, J. (1993). Perceived value of direct and indirect influence strategies: A cross cultural perspective. Special issue on Cross Cultural Perspectives, R. Unger (Ed.). Psychology of Women Quarterly 17(4), 457-462.
Steil, J., & Weltman, K. (1992). Influence strategies at home and at work: A study of 60 dual career couples. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 9, 65-88.
Steil, J., & Weltman, K. (1991). Marital inequality: The importance of resources, personal attributes, and social norms on career valuing and domestic influence. Sex Roles, 24 (3/4), 161-179.
Sholomskas, D., & Steil, J. (1990). The spinal-cord injured revisited: The relationship between self-blame, other-blame and coping. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 20, (7), 548-574.
Steil, J. (1989). Guest editor for special issue entitled ï¿½Justice and the familyï¿½. Social Justice Research, 3(2).
Steil, J. (1989). Justice and deserving in the family: An introduction. In J. Steil (Ed.), Justice and the Family. An invited special issue for Social Justice Research, 3, (2).
Steil, J., & Makowski, D. (1989). Equity, equality and need: A study of the patterns and outcomes associated with their use in intimate relationships. Social Justice Research, 3(2), 121-137.
Deutsch, M., & Steil, J. (1988). Awakening the sense of injustice. Social Justice Research, 2, (1), 3-23.
Steil, J. (1983). The response to injustice: Effects of varying levels of social support and position of advantage or disadvantage. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 19, 239-253.
Steil, J., Tuchman. B., & Deutsch, M. (1978). A study of the meanings of frustration and injustice. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 6(3), 393-398.
Blackman, J., Hornstein, H., Devine, C., O'Neill, M., Steil, J., & Tucker, B. (1977). Newscasts and the social actuary. The Public Opinion Quarterly, 41 (Fall), 295-313.
Steil, J. M. (2008). Eliminate sex discrimination: Shine a spotlight
on the aggregate data. [Review of the book Sex Discrimination in the
Workplace, Edited by Crosby, F., Stockdale, S. and Ropp] A. Sex Roles.
Steil, J. M. (2007). Dual career families: The challenges and
complimentary benefits of home and work. [Review of the book, Being
together, Working apart: Dual career Families and the work-life
balance.] Psychology of Women Quarterly, 31, 326-327.
Steil, J. M. & Steil, J. P. (2006) Review of the book The Meanings of
Marital Equality. Journal of Marriage and Family. 58 (5) 1385.
Steil, J. (2000). The problem that won't go away. [Review of the book Halving it all: How equally shared parenting works]. The Annals of The American Academy of Political and Social Science, 570, 207-209.
Steil J. (1998). [Review of the book Gender and Close Relationships]. Association of Women in Psychology Newsletter.
Steil, J. (1997). Intimacy and well-being: A cross-disciplinary review. [Review of the book The Psychology of Intimacy]. Contemporary Psychology, 43, 302.
Steil, J. (1994). Dual-career couples: Struggling with the legacy of traditional gender roles. [Review of the books Two careers, one family; Dual-career marriage: A system in transition; Dual-career couples: New perspectives in counseling]. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 18(2), 309-312.
Steil, J. (1993). Cultural sources of inequality: Cross-cultural perspectives. [Review of the book Dual-earner families: International perspectives]. Contemporary Psychology, 38, (6), 607- 608.
Steil, J. (1993). Women and work: A social challenge. [Lead review of the books: Juggling: The unexpected advantage of balancing career and home for women and their families; Work and family: policies for a changing workforce; The organizational woman: Power and paradox; The third sex: The new professional woman]. Contemporary Psychology, 38, (11), 1159-1162.
Mundell, E. (2003, July 1). She thinks, ï¿½Weï¿½re so close,ï¿½ but he may disagree. Yahoo! News. Retrieved from http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=571... 01/hl_nm/relationships_gender_dcaddress doesnï¿½t work
Steil, J. (2003, July 2). Relationship closeness and gender. Moosic, PA: WNEP-TV Channel 16.
Holcomb, B. (2001, June/July). Should you quit work? Parenting, 15(5)
Seliger, Susan (1998, December/January). The New Achiever. Working Mother, 22-27.
Steil, J. (March, 1998) KYW Radio, Philadelphia, Mentioned in: 10 part series on women and work.
Lawlor, S. (1997, June). The New Breadwinner. Working Mother, 12-17.
Lawlor, S. (1997, October 12). Goodbye to the job - Hello to the shock. New York Times, Section 3, p. 11.
Honors and Accomplishments
American Psychological Association Fellow - Divisions 9 and 35.
Janice M. Steil Fellowship (one of three fellowships created to enable women to attend a Nagï¿½s Heart Conference). Created ï¿½in recognition of her dedication to the feminist enterprise of gender equity and critical role in the development of the Nagï¿½s Heart Conferencesï¿½.
Presidentï¿½s Award. ï¿½Expectations of Intimacy Attitudes and Well-being Among Engaged and Married Couplesï¿½.
Adelphi Faculty Merit Award for Outstanding Scholarship
Scholar in Residence, Catalyst
Associate Editor 1994-1999 Psychology of Women Quarterly
Consulting Editor 1991-1994 Psychology of Women Quarterly
Chair, Editor search. 1997-1998 Psychology of Women Quarterly
Ad-hoc Editor for American Psychologist, European Journal of Social Psychology, Human Relations, Applied Social Psychology, Journal of Clinical & Social Psychology, Journal of Personality & Social Psychology, Journal of Social & Interpersonal Relations, Personal Relationships, Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin, Sex Roles, Social Justice Research.
APA Site Visit Accreditation Pool.
Steering Committee, Feminist Conference Series 1993-1994
Program Reviewer, Division 35, Annual meeting of the American Psychological Association
Planning committee, Interrupting Oppression Sustaining Justice,) a multidisciplinary conference bringing together academics, activists and policy makers (www.interupptingoppression.com. Co-sponsored by Columbia Universityï¿½s Conflict Resolution Network and the International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution. Winner of the Teachers College Presidentï¿½s Grant for Diversity and Community Initiatives; February 2004.