Jessica Hehman-Schniter

Associate Professor, Psychology

Jessica Hehman-Schniter


Ph.D., Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara

B.S., Psychology, Northern Kentucky University


Larsen Hall
P: 909.748.8469

Academic Interests and Areas of Expertise

Areas of expertise are developmental psychology and evolutionary psychology

Dr. Hehman's past research interests have included studying memory loss associated with Alzheimer's as well as ‘Theory of Mind' across the lifespan. Her current research includes developing a bio-social-cognitive model of ageism and investigating ways to foster more positive life outcomes for older adults.

Description of Research

Dr. Hehman is currently working on a series of research studies (in collaboration with Daphne Bugental, UCSB) aimed at identifying individual differences and contextual variables that lead some older adults to succumb more to the challenges of older age than others. She intends to use the findings from these studies to inform an intervention program aimed at enhancing life outcomes of older adults (i.e., promoting ‘successful aging').


Courses Taught

PSYC 100 Introduction to Psychology

PSYC 335 Developmental Psychology

PSYC 300 Research Methods

PSYC 250 Statistical Methods

PSYC 460 Nature and Origin of Human Relationships Across the Lifespan

PSYC 360 Psychology of aging


Previous Teaching Experience

At UCSB, she has taught courses on Human Relationships Across the Lifespan, Basic Statistics, and Advanced Research Methods.

Previous Relevant Work Experience

At UCSB, she served as a teaching assistant responsible for leading discussion/laboratory sections of Introduction to Psychology, Basic Statistics, Advanced Research Methods, as well as Animal Learning courses


Bugental, D. B., & Hehman, J. A. (2017).  The nature and effects of patronizing speech on older adults.  In T. D. Nelson (Ed.), Ageism:  Stereotyping and Prejudice against Older Persons (2ndedition).  MIT Press:  Cambridge, MA.

Hehman, J. A. (2016).  Sibling Conflict.  In Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science.  (pp. 1-5).  Switzerland:  Springer International Publishing.  doi:  10.1007/978-3-319-16999-6_3040-1

Hehman, J. A. (2016).  Siblicide.  In Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science.  (pp. 1-3).  Switzerland:  Springer International Publishing.  doi:  10.1007/978-3-319-16999-6_3041-1

Salmon, C. A., Townsend, J. M., & Hehman, J. A.  (2016).  Casual sex and college students:  Sex differences and impact of father absence.  Evolutionary Psychological Science, 1-8.

Hehman, J. A., & Bugental, D. B. (2015).Responses to patronizing communication and factors that attenuate those responses.  Psychology of Aging, 30(3), 552-560.

Salmon, C., & Hehman, J. (2015).  Evolutionary perspectives on the nature of sibling conflict:  The impact of sex, relatedness, and co-residence.  Evolutionary Psychological Science, 1 (2), 123-129.

Salmon, C. A., and Hehman, J. A. (2014). The evolutionary psychology of sibling conflict and siblicide. In T. K. Shackelford and R. D. Hansen (Eds.), The Evolution of Violence (pp. 137-157). New York, NY: Springer.

Hehman, J.A., and Bugental, D.B. (2012). "Life stage-specific" variations in performance in response to age stereotypes. Developmental Psychology, 49(7), 1396-1406. doi: 10.1037/a0029559

Hehman, J.A., Corpuz, R., and Bugental, D.B. (2012). Patronizing speech to older adults. Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, 36(4), 249-261. doi: 10.1007/s10919-012-0135-8

Hehman, J.A. (2009). Costs and Potential Mitigating Factors of the Stigmatization of Older Adults. (Doctoral dissertation). Available from the ProQuest Dissertation and Theses database (PQDT).

Bugental, D.B. and Hehman, J.A. (2007). "Ageism: A Review of Research and Policy Implications." Social Issues and Policy Review, 1 (1), 173-216.

Bardgett M.E., Griffith M.S., Foltz R.F., Hopkins J.A., Massie C.M., and O'Connell S.M. (2006). "The effects of clozapine on delayed spatial alternation deficits in rats with hippocampal damage." Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 85:86-94.

Hehman, J.A., German, T.P., and Klein, S.B. (2005). "Impaired self-recognition from recent photographs in a case of late-stage Alzheimer's Disease." Social Cognition, 23 (1), 118-123.

German, T.P. and Hehman, J.A. (2006). "Representational and executive selection resources in 'theory of mind': Evidence from compromised belief-desire reasoning in old age." Cognition, 101, 129-152.

Awards, Honors, Grants

Recipient of the Graduate Opportunity Fellowship for 2006-2007 academic year (tuition/fees and stipend; UCSB)

Received Professional Development Award for community education regarding common myths of aging (UCSB, 11/07)

Invited Presentations

Salmon, C., Hehman, J., & Townsend, J. (2015).  Casual sex and college students:  The relationship between motivations, reactions, and well-being.  Paper presented at the annual International Academy of Sex Research conference, Toronto, Canada, August 2015.

Salmon, C. A., and Hehman, J. A. (2014). Evolutionary perspectives on the sources of sibling conflict. Paper presented at the annual Human Behavior and Evolution Society conference, Natal Brazil, July 2014.

Salmon, C. A., and Hehman, J. A. (2013). Effects of sex and relatedness on levels of sibling conflict. Paper presented at the annual Human Behavior and Evolution Society conference, Miami, Florida, July 2013.

Hehman, J.A. and Bugental, D.B. (2012). Life stage-specific responses to patronizing communication? Invited talk at Social Interaction Lab, University of California, Santa Barbara, April 2012.

Hehman, J.A. and Bugental, D. (2011). Life stage-specific responses to age-based stigma. Paper presented at Center for Evolutionary Psychology, University of California Santa Barbara, CA, October 2011.

Hehman, J.A. and Bugental, D. (2011). Stigmatization of those who are too young or too old. Paper presented at annual Human Behavior and Evolution Society conference, Montpellier, France, June 2011.

Hehman, J.A. and Bugental, D. (2010). "Age stereotypes by self and others influence older adults' performance and threat responses." Paper presented at annual Human Behavior and Evolution Society conference, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, June 2010.

Hehman, J. A. (2009, February). "A bio-social-cognitive model of ageism." A paper presented at a joint seminar meeting of the Interdisciplinary program in Human Development and the Developmental and Evolutionary program, UCSB.


Member of APA

Member of APS

Member of Psi Chi

Member of Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI)

Center for Evolutionary Psychology, UC Santa Barbara

Jessica Hehman is the faculty Sponsor for Psi Chi – The National Honor Society in Psychology