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   Department of Psychology

   Gordon College

   255 Grapevine Road

   Wenham, MA 01984

   Office: Frost Hall 317B

   Phone: (978) 867 4821



   " Think. Why did great grandad leave?"

       - The Fall, "Australians in Europe"




Jonathan P. Gerber received his Ph.D. from Macquarie University for research on interpersonal rejection, where he was mentored by Ladd Wheeler. His honors research was on meta-cognitive confidence under Joel Michell and Lazar Stankov. As such, Jonathan traces his intellectual heritage back to Leon Festinger, Raymond Cattell & John Maze.

Following this, Jonathan worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at The University of Sydney on a medical workforce tracking project designed to address doctor shortages in rural and outback Australia ( During this time, Jonathan worked with Louis I. Landau, AO, to implement a comprehensive research structure, including funding of smaller research projects.Jonathan is currently researching rejection, following up hypotheses developed in his meta-analysis of rejection studies. Meta-analytic research also continues, this time focussing on social comparison and self-esteem.

Jonathan works with both The Interdisciplinary Experimental Society (TIES) and the philosophical psychology lab at Gordon to mentor students in research skills.

Recent courses

PSY243 Social Psychology

PSY220 The Person In Psychological Context

PSY256A Research Methods I


Gerber, J. P. (in press). Six solutions to the circular nature of trait psychology. In S. Boag and N. Tiliopoulos (Eds.), Personality and individual differences: Theory, assessment, and application. New York: Nova.
Gerber, J. P., & Warburton, W. (in press). Rejection’s alarm clock: Individual differences in response to rejection. In R. E. Hicks (Ed.), Personality and individual differences: Current directions. AAP.

Gerber, J. P., & Landau, L. I. (2010). Driving change in rural workforce planning: The Medical Schools Outcomes Database. Australian Journal of Primary Health, 16, 36-39.
Gerber, J. P., & Wheeler, L. (2009). On being rejected: A meta-analysis of experimental rejection research. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 4, 468-488.
Gerber, J. P., & Wheeler, L. (2009). Rejoinder to Baumeister, Vohs & DeWall (2008). Perspectives on Psychological Science, 4, 494-495.
Williams, K. D., & Gerber, J. P. (2005). Ostracism: The making of the ignored and excluded mind. Interaction Studies, 6, 359-374.


Jonathan's favorite bands tend to start with S (e.g. Slint, Sonic Youth, Stereolab, Superchunk). The Australian poet, Goo Gerber, believes he only likes five authors (Conrad, Tolstoy, Steinbeck, Fitzgerald & Dickens).

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