Skip to body


College of the Sciences
Give to Psychology

Seeing the Light
Wins Govenor's Award
seeing the ligh wins governor's award

Lessons from the Zombie Brain
Lessions for the zombie brain video


Contact Us

Psychology Department
Phone: 509-963-2381

Tonya Buchanan (Shoda)

Associate Professor of Psychology

Ph.D., Social Psychology Emphasis, Miami University
M.A., Psychology​ with a Social Psychology Emphasis, Miami Univ
B.S., Psychology, Arizona State University
Office: Samuelson, Room 231L
Phone: (509) 963-2399

Courses typically taught at CWU:

  • PSY 300 - Research Methods in Psychology
  • PSY 333 - Social Justice: The Psychology of Stereotyping, Prejudice, and Discrimination
  • PSY 346 - Social Psychology
  • PSY 362 - Introductory Statistics
  • PSY 363 - Intermediate Statistics and Research Methods
  • PSY 505 - Professional Development in Experimental Psychology

General areas of interest: Experimental psychology, social psychology, social justice, emotion/affective forecasting, nudges/default options, implicit/explicit attitudes

Selected works:

  • Chirco, P., & Buchanan, T. M. (in press). The (un)making of a citizen: The role of skin tone in perceived immigrant status and support for hostile immigration policy. Translational Issues in Psychological Science.
  • Buchanan, T. M., Buchanan, J. P., & Kadey, K. R. (2019). Predicting with your head, not your heart: Forecasting errors and the impact of anticipated vs. experienced elements of regret on well-being. Motivation and Emotion, 43, 971-984.
  • McConnell, A. R., Buchanan, T. M., Lloyd, E. P., & Skulborstad, H. M. (2019). Families as ingroups that provide social resources: Implications for well-being. Self and Identity 18, 306-330.
  • Gill, J., & Buchanan, T. M. (2018, April). To punish or reward: High power frames influence deception detection. Paper presented at the meeting of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Chicago, IL.
  • Buchanan, T. M., & McConnell, A. R. (2017). Family as a source of support under stress: Benefits of greater breadth of family inclusion. Self and Identity, 16, 97-122.
  • Shoda, T. M., McConnell, A. R., & Rydell, R. J. (2014). Having explicit-implicit evaluation discrepancies triggers race-based motivated reasoning. Social Cognition, 32, 190-202.
  • Shoda, T. M., McConnell, A. R., & Rydell, R. J. (2014). Implicit consistency processes in social cognition: Attitudinal ambivalence across systems of evaluation. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 8, 135-146.
  • Shoda, T. M., & McConnell, A. R. (2013). Interpersonal sensitivity and self-knowledge: Those chronic for trustworthiness are more accurate at detecting it in others. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 49, 440-443.
  • McConnell, A. R., Brown, C. M., Shoda, T. M., Stayton, L. E., & Martin, C. E. (2011). Friends with benefits: On the positive consequences of pet ownership. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 101, 1239-1252.

Take the Next Step to Becoming a Wildcat.