Ph.D., Columbia University (1979)
Ed.M., Boston University (1965)
B.A., University of Massachusetts (1962)
Social Bases Of Behavior
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
Adelphi University Faculty Research Grant, "Justice in Marital Relationships: Gender Differences in the Sense of Entitlement."
"Influence patterns and marital relationships: Are there psychic costs to inequality?" A secondary analysis of data. Grant issued by the Henry Murray Center, Radcliffe College.
Adelphi University Faculty Research Grant, "The Responses to Injustice: Effects of Perceived Competency and Position of Advantage or Disadvantage."
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Steil, J. M. & Turetsky, B. (2014). Gender conflict in marriage
. In Deutsch, M., Coleman, P., & Marcus, E. (Eds.). The Handbook of Conflict Resolution.
San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
Steil, J. (2009). Dual-earner couples. In H. Reis & S. Sprecher (Eds.). Encyclopedia of human relationships.
Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Press.
Steil, J. M., Rothman, A. M., Harris, L. E., & Kim, G. S. (2009). Interracial marriage: Current perspectives and unanswered questions. In J. Lau Chin (Eds.). Diversity in mind and in action, Volume 1: Multiple faces of identity.
(pp. 4760). Philadelphia, PA: Praeger Press.
Steil, J. & Hoffman, L. (2006). Gender conflict and the family. In M. Deutsch, P. Coleman, & E. Marcus (Eds.). The Handbook of conflict resolutions, Second Edition.
(pp. 223240). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
Steil, J. (2006). Intimacy. In N. Salkind (Eds.). Encyclopedia of human development, Volume 2.
(pp. 753754). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Press.
McGann, V., & Steil, J. (2005). The sense of entitlement: Its relationship to the achievement of gender equality and women's and girl's psychological well-being. In J. Worell & C. Goodenheart (Eds.). Handbook of girl's and women's psychological health: Gender and well-being across the life span. (pp. 175182). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
Steil, J., McGann, V., & Kahn, A. (2001). Entitlement. In J. Worell (Eds.). The Encyclopedia of Gender. (pp. 403410). San Diego, CA: Academic Press.
Steil, J. (2001). Contemporary marriage: Still "his" and "hers?". In J. Worell (Eds.). The Encyclopedia of gender. (pp. 677686). 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. 124136). Newbury Park: Sage Press.
Steil, J. (1995). Supermoms and second shifts: Marital inequality in the 90's. In J. Freeman (Eds.). Women: A feminist perspective, 5th Edition. (pp. 149161). 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. 229258). New York, NY: Plenum Press.
Steil, J. (1989). Marital relationships and mental health: The psychic costs of inequality. In J. Freeman (Eds.). Women: A Feminist Perspective, 4th Edition. (pp. 138148). Palo Alto, CA: Mayfair Publishing.
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 (Eds.). Representations: Social constructions of gender. (pp. 212221). Amityville, NY: Baywood Press.
Steil, J. & Turetsky, B. (1987). Marital influence levels and symptomatology among wives. In F. Crosby (Eds.). Spouse, parent, worker: On gender and multiple roles. (pp. 7490). New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.
Steil, J. & Turetsky, B. (1987). The relationship between marital equality and psychological symptomatology: Is equal better? In S. Oskamp (Eds.). Family process and problems: Social psychological aspects. Applied Social Psychology Annual Vol. 7. (pp. 7397). Beverly Hills, CA: Sage Publications.
Steil, J. & Slochower, J. (1985). The experience of injustice: Social psychological and clinical perspectives. In G. Stricker & R. Keisner (Eds.). From research to clinical practice. (pp. 217241). 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. 4959). New York, NY: Plenum Press.
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Nadkarni, L., Steil, J. Malone, J. & Sagrestano, L. (2014), The sense of entitlement: Development of a self-report scale to measure personal entitlement. (under revision).
Steil, J. M., Sharf, J. & Shefet, O. M. (2014), Who talks about power? A comparison of three psychology journals. (under revision).
Novak, A.M., Steil, J.M., & Springer, C. (2014), After the I dos: The association of intimacy expectations at the time of engagement with satisfaction and well-being after marriage. (under review).
Steil, J. M. (2013), Review of the book Women Still at Work: Professionals over Sixty and on the Job by Elizabeth F. Fiedler. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 37, 522.
Rothman, A. M. & Steil, J. M. (2012), Adolescent attachment and entitlement in a world of wealth. Journal of Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, 11, 5365.
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 F. Crosby, S. Stockdale and A. Ropp]. Sex Roles, 58, 296-298.
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, Edited by B. Schneider & L. Waite]. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 31, 326-327.
Steil, J. M. & Steil, J. P. (2006), The Meanings of Marital Equality. [Review of the book The meanings of marital equality, Edited by S. Harris]. Journal of Marriage and Family, 68, 1385-1387.
Steil, J. (2001), Family forms and member well-being: A research agenda for the decade of behavior. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 25, 344365.
Steil, J. (2000), The problem that won't go away. [Review of the book Halving it all: How equally shared parenting works, by F. Deutsch]. 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, by B. Winstead. Association of Women in Psychology Newsletter.
Rosenbluth, S., Steil, J., & Whitcomb, J. (1998), Marital equality: What does it mean? Journal of Family Issues, 19, 227244.
Steil, J. (1997), Intimacy and well-being: A cross-disciplinary review. [Review of the book The Psychology of Intimacy, by K. Prager]. Contemporary Psychology, 43, 302.
Steil, J., & Hay, J. (1997), Social comparisons at work: A study of 60 dual career couples. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 23, 427438.
Rosenbluth, S., & Steil, J. (1995), Predictors of intimacy for women in heterosexual and homosexual couples. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 12, 163175.
Steil, J. (1994), Dual-career couples: Struggling with the legacy of traditional gender roles. [A Review of two books]. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 18, 309-312.
Steil, J. (1993), Women and work: A social challenge. [A Review of four books]. Contemporary Psychology, 38, 1159-1162.
Steil, J. (1993), Cultural sources of inequality: Cross-cultural perspectives. [Review of the book Dual-earner families: International perspectives Edited by S. Lewis, S. Izraeli and H. Hootsmans]. Contemporary Psychology, 38, 607-608.
Steil, J., & Hillman, J. (1993), Perceived value of direct and indirect influence strategies: A cross cultural perspective. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 17, 457462.
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, 6588.
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, 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, 548-574.
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, 121-137.
Steil, J. (1989), Justice and deserving in the family: An introduction. In J. Steil (Ed.), Justice and the Family. Social Justice Research, 3.
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.
Deutsch, M., & Steil, J. (1983), Awakening the sense of injustice. Social Justice Research, 2, 3-23.
Steil, J., Tuchman. B., & Deutsch, M. (1978), A study of the meanings of frustration and injustice. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 6, 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, 295-313.
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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 its 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 Womens 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). Paper presentation. In Conference on Women and Work. Smith College, 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.
Honors and Accomplishments
Who's Who in America, 2003
Who's Who in American Women, Millennium edition to present
President's Award: "Expectations of Intimacy Attitudes and Well-being Among Engaged and Married Couples," 2001
Provosts Award, Adelphi University, 1995
Adelphi Faculty Merit Award for Outstanding Scholarship, 1990
Adelphi Faculty Merit Award for Outstanding Scholarship, 1986
Janice M. Steil Fellowship (one of three fellowships created to enable feminists to attend a Nag's Heart Conference), created "in recognition of her dedication to the feminist enterprise of gender equity and critical role in the development of the Nag's Heart Conferences"
Elected to Distinguished Reviewer Status, Psychology of Women Quarterly, 2008
Co-facilitator (with Faye Crosby), Researching Social Justice, Post 9/11. Nag's Heart Conference, NY, April 2002
Scholar in Residence, Catalyst, 19981999
Elected to Fellow Status, American Psychological Association, 1998
Chair, Editor search, Psychology of Women Quarterly, 19971998
Associate Editor, Psychology of Women Quarterly, 19941999
Steering Committee Member, Feminist Conference Series, 19931994
Consulting Editor, Psychology of Women Quarterly, 19911994
Program Committee Member, Eastern Psychological Association, 19881991
Reviewer, Eastern Psychological Association, 19881989
Fellow, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, Division #9
Fellow, Psychology & Women, Division #35
Member, Personality and Social Psychology, Division #8
Member, Association for Psychological Science
Member, International Association for Relationship Research