Dr. Rankin's scholarly writings include two texts currently used at the college, one on research methods in psychology, and the other on anthology on images of women in popular culture. Her current research interests focus on interpersonal communication and performative psychology. Dr. Rankin is a social psychologist.
National Endowment for the Humanities "institutional" grant for interdisciplinary curricular development (#ED-20030) - Women's Studies project, with Angela Dorenkamp, John McClymer, and Mary Moynihan. This grant led to the first course in Women’s Studies at Assumption College - Women’s Studies: Images , to two editions of an anthology in Women’s Studies still used in the Women’s Studies program -Images of Women in American Popular Culture, and to the establishment of the Women’s Studies program at the college.
Vadum, A. and Rankin, N. (1998) Study Guide for Use with Psychological Research: Methods for Discovery and Validation. New York: McGraw-Hill.
Dorenkamp, Angela G., John F. McClymer, Mary M. Moynihan and Arlene C. Vadum (Eds.). Images of Women in American Popular Culture, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, San Diego: 1985; 2nd edition, 1995.
Piliavin, Irving M., Vadum, A. C. and Hardyck, J. A., Delinquency, personal costs and parental treatment: A test of a reward-cost model of juvenile criminality. The Journal of Criminal Law, Criminology and Police Science, 1969, 60, 165-172.
Piliavin, Irving M., Jane Allyn Hardyck, and Arlene C. Vadum, Constraining effects of personal costs on the transgressions of juveniles. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 1968, 10, 227-231.
Piliavin, Irving M. and Arlene C. Vadum, Reducing discrepancies in professional and custodial perspectives. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, January, 1968, 35-43.
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