Susan W. Langdon

Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology




Professor Langdon’s research foci are a bit of an eclectic blend of interests.  Current work includes looking at the ways in which one defines respect and how that is related to interpersonal peer relations Another line of research involves various issues related to body image including exploring the relationship between body image and identity in modern and ballet dancers.  Lastly, she has studied the relationship between school climate and bullying, specifically looking at how students in middle and high school perceive interpersonal peer relations in their schools and how that is related to whether/when they intervene with bullying.

Summary of Interests

  • Conceptualizations and experiences of respect
  • Bullying and other aspects of peer relations
  • Body image


  • Doctor of Education in Developmental Studies and Counseling, Boston University, 1992
  • Master of Science in Sport Psychology, Purdue University, 1989
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Brandeis University, 1986

Courses Taught

  • PSY 101 Principles of Psychology
  • PSY 218 Statistics
  • PSY 240 Developmental Psychology
  • PSY 303 Health Psychology
  • PSY 375 Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • PSY s36 Diversity in Adolescence Development

Selected Publications

* indicates Bates student

*Judson, R. & Langdon, S. (2009).  Illicit use of prescription stimulants among college students: Prescription status, motives, knowledge, theory of planned behavior, and tendency for self-diagnosis.  Psychology, Health, and Medicine, 14, 97-104.

Langdon, S. (2007). Conceptualizations of respect: Quantitative and qualitative evidence of four (five) themes.  Journal of Psychology, 141, 469-484.

Langdon, S. & Preble, W. (2008). The relationship between levels of perceived respect and bullying in 5th through 12thgraders.  Adolescence, 43, 485-503.