Ryan Schurtz Ph.D.

Psychology | School of Humanities and Social Sciences


  • Ph.D., University of Kentucky (2011)
  • M.A., Towson University (2006) B.S., Towson University (2003)

Professional Experience

Stevenson University 2011 – Present


  • Love and relationships
  • Social comparisons
  • Social emotions


  • Hoogland, C.E., Schurtz, D. R., Cooper, C.M., Combs, D. J. Y., Brown, E. G., & Smith, R. H. (2015). The joy of pain and the pain of joy: In-group identification predicts schadenfreude and glucksmertz following rival groups’ fortunes. Motivation and Emotion, 39, 260-281.
  • Kashden, T. B., DeWall, C. N., Schurtz, D. R., Deckman, T., Lykins, E. L. B., Evans, D., McKenzie, J. Segerstrom, S. C., Gailliot, M. T., & Brown, K. W. (2014). More than words: Contemplating death enhances positive emotional word use. Personality and Individual Differences, 71, 171-175.
  • Kashden, T. B., DeWall, C. N., Masten, C. L., Pond, R. S., Powell, C., Combs, D., Schurtz, D. R., & Farmer, A. S. (2014). Who is most vulnerable to social rejection? The toxic combination of low self-esteem and lack of negative emotion differentiation on neural responses to rejection. PLoS ONE 9(3), 1-9.
  • Schurtz, D. R., Combs, D. J. Y., Hoogland, C., & Smith, R. H. (2014). Schadenfreude in Sports and Politics: A Social Identity Perspective. In W. W. Van Dijk and J. W. Ouwerkerk. (Ed.) Schadenfreude: Understanding Pleasure at the Misfortune of Others. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Webster, M., Hoogland, C., Schurtz, D. R., & Smith, R.H. (2014). Excessive image concern and willingness to incur personal cost in the experience and perception of vanity. Self and Identity, 13, 613-637.
  • Preuss, G. S., Schurtz, D. R., Powell, C., Combs, D., & Smith, R. H. (2013). Connecting social psychology to the experience of others through a nonfiction book analysis: New wine in an old bottle. Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 13(2), 72-83.
  • Buckingham, J. T., Zell, E., & Schurtz, D. R. (2012). Social comparison seeking: General comparison curtails local comparison. Current Research in Social Psychology, 20(5), 1-9.
  • DeWall, C. N., Masten, C. L., Powell, C., Combs, D., Schurtz, D. R., & Eisenberger, N. I. (2012). Does the pain of rejection depend on attachment style? An fMRI study. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 7, 184-192.
  • Schurtz, D. R., Combs, D. J. Y., Powell, C. A. J., Smith, R. H., & Kim, S. H. (2011). Exploring the social aspects of goose bumps and their role in awe and envy. Motivation and Emotion, 36(2), 205-217.
  • DeWall, C. N., Silvia, P. J., Schurtz, D. R., & McKenzie, J. (2011). Taste sensitivity and aesthetic preferences: Is taste a metaphor? Empirical Studies of the Arts, 29, 171-189.
  • Schurtz, D.R., Cerel, J., & Rogers, P. (2010). Myths and Facts about Suicide from Individuals Involved in Suicide Prevention. Suicide and Life Threatening Behavior, 40 (4), 346-352.
  • DeWall C. N., MacDonald, G., Webster, G. D., Masten, C., Baumeister, R. F., Powell, C., Combs, D., Schurtz, D. R., Stillman, T. F., Tice, D. M., & Eisenberger, N. I. (2010). Acetaminophen reduces social pain: Behavioral and neural evidence. Psychological Science, 21, 931-937.
  • Twenge, J.M., Gentile, B., DeWall, C.N., Ma, D.S., Lacefield, K., & Schurtz, D. R. (2010). Birth cohort increases in psychopathology among young Americans, 1938-2007: A cross-temporal meta-analysis of the MMPI. Clinical Psychology Review, 30, 145-154.
  • DeWall, C. N., Baumeister, R. F., Schurtz, D. R., & Gailliot, M. (2010). Acting on limited resources: Self-regulatory depletion and personality. In R. Hoyle (Ed.) The Handbook of Self-Regulation and Personality. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.
  • Smith, R. H. & Schurtz, D. R. (2010). Resentment. In H. Pasler (Ed.) Encyclopedia of the Mind, 1st edition. New York: Sage.
  • Combs, D. J. Y., Powell, C. A. J., Schurtz, D. R., & Smith, R. H. (2009). Politics and schadenfreude: The secretly happy thing about a poor economy and death. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45(1), 635-646.
  • Smith, R. H., Powell, C. A. J., Combs, D. J. Y., & Schurtz, D. R. (2009). Exploring the when and where of schadenfreude. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 3(4), 530-546.
  • Powell, C. A. J., Smith, R. H., & Schurtz, D. R. (2008). Schadenfreude caused by an envied person’s pain. In R.H. Smith (Ed.), Envy: Theory and Research. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • D. R. Schurtz (2016, March 31). Keeping the spark alive in your relationship. The Baltimore Sun.
  • D. R. Schurtz (2015, December 16). Your name might bring out the bias in others. The Baltimore Sun.
  • Butt, C., & Schurtz, D. R. (2015, July 20). Love without sex. The Baltimore Sun.
  • Schurtz, D. R. (2015, March 26). Supergirl power. The Baltimore Sun.
  • Schurtz, D. R. (2014, December 11). To beard or not to beard. The Baltimore Sun.


  • Social Psychology
  • Romantic Love
  • Aggression, Violence, and Murder
  • Research Courses

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