Tyler Jimenez

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Tyler Jimenez, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Advising: Accepting new graduate students in 2023-2024.
Interests: inequality; health; policing; racism; Native American; existential psychology


Our research aims to understand and address racial and other social inequalities. This focuses largely on health and policing, having specifically examined social determinants of health attitudes and behaviors, reactions to racial progress, and the militarization of police. To understand these phenomena across multiple levels of analysis, we use theories and methods from social psychology and other social sciences such as sociology, public health, and Indigenous studies.


University of Missouri (2021)

  • Helm, P. J., Jimenez, T., Carter, S., & Arndt, J. (in press). A phenomenological divide: Reference group consequences for existential isolation. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.
  • Jimenez, T., Helm, P. J., & Arndt, J. (in press). Racial prejudice predicts police militarization. Psychological Science.
  • Helm, P. J., Jimenez, T., Galgali, M., Edwards, M. E., Vail III, K. E., & Arndt, J. (2022). Divergent effects of social media use on meaning in life via loneliness and existential isolation during the coronavirus pandemic. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.
  • Jimenez, T., Arndt, J., & Helm, P. J. (in press). Prejudicial reactions to the removal of Native American mascots. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations.
  • Jimenez, T., Arndt, J., & Landau, M. J. (2021). Walls block waves: Using an inundation metaphor of immigration predicts support for a border wall. Journal of Social and Political Psychology, 9(1), 159-171.
  • Moser, R., Arndt, J., Jimenez, T., Liu, B., & Hesse, B. (2021). Perceptions of cancer fatalism: Tracking trends in public perceptions from 2008-2017. Psycho-Oncology, 30(4), 511-519.
  • Helm, P.J., Jimenez, T., Bultmann, M., Lifshin, U., Greenberg, J., & Arndt, J. (2020). Existential isolation, loneliness, and attachment in young adults. Personality and Individual Differences, 159.
  • Jimenez, T., Bultmann, M.N., & Arndt, J. (2020). Religion and health: Building existential bridges. In K. Vail & C. Routledge (Ed.), The science of religion, spirituality, and existentialism. London, UK: Elsevier.
  • Jimenez, T., Helm, P. J., & Arndt, J. (2020). Fighting death with health inequality: The role of mortality cognition and shifting racial demographics in policy attitudes. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations.
  • Jimenez, T., Restar, A., Helm, P. J., Cross, R. I., Barath, D., & Arndt, J. (2020). Fatalism in the context of COVID-19: Perceiving coronavirus as a death sentence predicts reluctance to perform recommended preventive behaviors. Social Science & Medicine - Population Health, 11.
  • Lewis, M., Myhra, L., Smith, B., Holcomb, S., Erb, J., & Jimenez, T. (2020). Tribally specific cultural learning: The Remember the Removal program. AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples, 16(3), 233-247.
  • Bultmann, M. N., Wheeler, N., Jimenez, T., & Arndt, J. (2019). Grasping for metaphors: Identity ambiguity fosters a preference for metaphor usage. Journal of Language & Social Psychology, 39(5-6), 764-776.