Research Faculty

The social psychology area has six full-time faculty. The research interests of these faculty are diverse and provide a spectrum of opportunities for students, ranging from experiences in theory-driven basic research to problem-driven applied research. The program enjoys intradisciplinary and interdisciplinary ties to other units in the psychology department (e.g., developmental, counseling) and on campus (e.g., marketing, advertising, criminology, law, dentistry). Students often seek out course work and research experiences in such complementary units to enhance their backgrounds in their chosen specialties.

Matt Baldwin (Ph.D., University of Kansas, 2015). How basic mental processes (thoughts, beliefs, perceptions) shape the self and society; authenticity, nostalgia, politics, social and temporal comparison; using big data to uncover broad social patterns.

Kate Ratliff (Ph.D., University of Virginia, 2009). The effect of unintentional processes on thoughts, feelings, and behavior; impression formation, implicit attitudes.

James A. Shepperd (Ph.D., University of Missouri, 1988). Managing threatening information; identity regulation and health; biases in self and social judgments and the implications for health.

Colin Smith (Ph.D., University of Virginia, 2009). Implicit social cognition: changes in and consequences of implicit evaluations; Political psychology: predicting voting behavior; person by situation interactions based on political orientation.

Gregory Webster Ph.D., University of Colorado, Boulder, 2006). Prosocial and aggressive behavior, self-esteem, judgment and decision making, methods and data modeling, dynamic systems, evolutionary psychology, social networks, and the psychology of science.

Erin Westgate Ph.D., University of Virginia, 2018). Emotion and social cognition, with focus on boredom, interest, and thinking (and why it’s so hard for so many of us).

Graduate Students

Emeritus Faculty

Barry R. Schlenker (Ph.D., State University of New York at Albany, 1972). Impression management and self-presentation; self and identity; personal responsibility; the psychology of accountability; social anxiety; interpersonal influence.

Lawrence J. Severy (Ph.D., University of Colorado, 1970). Reproductive health; couple contraceptive decision-making; program acceptability and evaluation.

Robert Ziller (Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1956). Groups; self-concept; non-prejudice.

Affiliate Faculty

Brian Cahill

Ron Chandler

Michael F. Weigold (Ph.D., University of Florida, 1989). Advertising; impression management; negative political campaigning; accountability; risk taking. Primary affiliation: Department of Advertising, College of Journalism and Communications.

Recent Graduates

Johnson, Ryan (2008) Institutional Research Associate Loyola Marymount University

Miller, Marisa (2008), Research Psychologist, U.S. Army Research Institute for Behavioral and Social Sciences

Sweeny, Kate (2008), Associate Professor, University of California, Riverside.

Li, Hong (2008), Research Scientist, Battelle Memorial Institute, Los Angeles, CA

Hart, Will (2009) Assistant Professor, University of Alabama

Melnyk, Darya (2009) Researcher, UEGroup, San Jose, CA

Miller, Wendi (2010) Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL

Nichols, Austin (2010), University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL

Richards, David (2010), Project Coordinator, American Public Health Association, Washington DC

Cook, Corey (2012), Visiting Assistant Professor, Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA

Novell, Corinne (2012), Assistant Professor, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Orozco Schember, Tatiana (2013), Research Scientist, Malcom Randall Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Gainesville, FL

Collisson, Brian (2013), Assistant Professor, Marian University, Indianapolis, IN

Crosier, Ben (2014), Quantitative Design Research – IDEO, San Francisco, CA

Crysel, Laura (2014), Assistant Professor, Stetson University, DeLand, FL

Gesselman, Amanda (2014), Postdoctoral Fellow, Kinsey Institute, Bloomington, IL

Howell, Jenny (2015), Assistant Professor, University of California, Merced, CA

Newell, Steve (2015), Senior Legislative & Federal Affairs Officer, American Psychological Association, Washington DC

Klein, Richard (2017), Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Grenoble, France

Conway, Morgan (2018),  Principle Investigator, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Washington, DC

Redford, Liz (2018), Behavioral Scientist, Healthy Minds Innovations, Madison, WI

Lipsey, Nicolette (2019), Postdoctoral Fellow, North Carolina State, Raleigh, NC

Recent Postdoctoral Trainees

Franziska Weymar, Ph.D., Ernst Moritz Arndt Universitat Grefswald, Germany

Wendi Miller, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL

Colin Smith, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Florida

Amber Emanuel, Ph.D., Lecturer, University of Florida