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Nancy Henley

Nancy Henley

[Note: Professor Emerita Nancy Henley died June 4, 2016, after a massive stroke. Social Psychology Network is maintaining this profile for visitors who wish to learn more about Professor Henley's work.]

Professor Nancy Henley specializes in research on language and nonverbal communication; issues of gender, power, change, semantics; psychology of women and gender; attitudes toward women and gender issues; and violence against women. She served as the editor for Psychology of Women Quarterly from 1980-1986, during which time she also directed the UCLA women's studies program, and in 1996 she received the Distinguished Contribution to Women in Psychology Award from the APA Committee on Women in Psychology.

Primary Interests:

  • Aggression, Conflict, Peace
  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Communication, Language
  • Gender Psychology
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Nonverbal Behavior
  • Prejudice and Stereotyping


  • Henley, N. M. (1977). Body politics: Power, sex and non-verbal communication. New York: Prentice Hall.

Journal Articles:

  • Henley, N. M. (1985). Psychology and gender. Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, 11(1), 101-119.
  • Henley, N. M. (1978). Changing the body power structure. Women: A Journal of Liberation, 6(1), 34-38.
  • Henley, N. M. (1972). Status and sex: Some touching observations. Bulletin of the Psychonomic Society, 2, 91-93.
  • Henley, N. M., & Horsfall, R. B. (1971). Learning mixed social structures. Psychonomic Science, 23, 158-160.
  • Henley, N. M., & McCarthy, W. J. (1998). Measuring feminist attitudes. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 22(3), 363-369.
  • Henley, N. M., Spalding, L. R., & Kosta, A. (2000). Development of the short form of the feminist perspectives scale. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 24(3), 254-256.
  • Kramer, C., Thorne, B., & Henley, N. M. (1978). Perspectives on language and communication. Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, 3(3), 638-651.
  • Simoni, J. M., Christie, C., & Henley, N. M. (1999). A lesbian feminist subscale for the Feminist Perspectives Scale. Sex Roles, 41, 833-850.

Courses Taught:

  • Introduction to Women's Studies
  • Psychology of Language and Communication
  • Psychology of Language and Gender
  • Psychology of Nonverbal Behavior
  • Seminar on Language, Power and Oppression
  • Women's Studies Senior Seminar

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