Gili Freedman

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Gili Freedman


Dr. Gili Freedman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology. She earned her B.A. in Psychology at Haverford College and her Ph.D. in Social and Personality Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. Before coming to St. Mary's College of Maryland, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Roanoke College for one year and a Postdoctoral Researcher at Dartmouth College for two years. Her research focuses on two lines of inquiry within social psychology: the two-sided nature of social rejection and creating interventions to combat biases. Her work on rejection examines how people reject, why they do so, how they are perceived, and what the consequences are for both parties. In her research on biases and interventions, she focuses on creating game and narrative interventions to reduce interpersonal biases and their negative effects, with an emphasis on gender biases in the context of science, technology, engineering, and math.

Areas of Research Specialization

  • Social Rejection
  • Gender Biases
  • Interventions
  • Games

Areas of Teaching Specialization

  • Social Psychology
  • Advanced Social Psychology
  • The Psychology of Games for Good
  • Scientific Writing and Professional Development


  • Ph.D. in Social & Personality Psychology at University of Texas at Austin, 2015
  • B.A. in Psychology at Haverford College, 2009