- Lieber Memorial Associate Instructor Award (1972)
Rita Snyder earned her B.A. from the University of Michigan and her Ph.D. in Psychology from Indiana University.
Snyder is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Denison University, joining the faculty in 1973. A former chair of the psychology department, Snyder has served on the President's Advisory Committee and University Council and she currently chairs the Personnel Committee as well as serving as a faculty representative to the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees.
Snyder's scholarship has focused most recently on causal relationships among gender, self-concept, nutrition and body-image attitudes. She has also published research on racial and gender stereotypes in popular media and worked on issues of inferential decision-making and implied "superiority effects" in advertisements. Her work has appeared in such journals as Women and Health, Psychology of Women Quarterly, the Journal of Consumer Psychology and Behavior Research Methods.
Snyder has served as a research consultant during her career at Denison, including a period as head of marketing research for Paramount Pictures, Motion Pictures Division.
Snyder has received the "Professor of the Year" award from Denison University in 1995.