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: Psychology, Room 433
Phone: (509) 963-2399

Dr. Buchanan's Research Team!

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 489 – Senior Seminar
  • PSY 505 - Professional Development in Experimental Psychology
  • PSY 543 – Social Cognition

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

Selected works:

  • Buchanan, T. M., Brown, A., Chirco, P., Purgason, A., & Klein, D. (2022). Messaging matters: The impact of advising micro-messages on student affect and behavior across diverse university campuses. NACADA Journal, 42, 45-61.
  • Chirco, P. & Buchanan, T. M. (2022). Dark faces in white spaces: The effects of skin tone, race, ethnicity, and intergroup preferences on interpersonal judgments. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, 22, 427-447.
  • Buchanan, T. M., Buchanan, J., Diedericks, D., & Davis, L. (2022). I'll have what she's having:(Social) Perceptions of default options and implications for marketing and decision making. International Journal of Consumer Studies, 1-14.
  • Chirco, P., & Buchanan, T. M. (2021). 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, 7, 378–391.
  • 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.

Take the Next Step to Becoming a Wildcat.