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Loyola University Chicago

Department of Psychology

Social Psychology Faculty

Fred B. Bryant, Ph.D.
Professor
Social Psychology

My primary research interests encompass the study of positive psychology, including research on savoring, the dynamics of positive emotional regulation, happiness, and subjective well-being. I am also involved in cross-disciplinary work in medicine and collaborative research in clinical, developmental, and personality psychology. In addition, I specialize in multivariate quantitative methods, including structural equation modeling, psychometrics, and classification tree analysis.

 

Tracy DeHart, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Social Psychology

My research focuses on the origins and consequences of people’s conscious and unconscious beliefs about the self.  Specifically, I have used multiple methods (cross-sectional, experimental, observational and longitudinal research designs) to examine the effect of people’s self-esteem on self-regulatory processes, close relationships, and health behaviors.  My most recent research has begun to examine how perceptions of discrimination impact self-regulation and close relationship functioning.  

Self and Social Interaction Lab: http://sasilab.weebly.com/

 

Jeffrey R. Huntsinger, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Social Psychology

My research focuses on the cognitive consequences of affective feelings (e.g., moods and emotions). Specifically, I examine the role played by affective feelings in cognition and perception (e.g., does being happy make us focus on the forest, rather than the trees); as well as how moods and emotions influence processes of stereotyping and prejudice.

http://huntsinger.socialpsychology.org/

 

James R. Larson, Jr., Ph.D.
Professor
Social Psychology

My research focuses on the problem-solving, decision-making, and motivational processes that underlie the collective performance of small groups. Much of this work examines the interpersonal and social interaction factors that impact the ability of small groups of people to transform diverse facts, opinions, and preferences into consensual, group-level judgments and decisions. A more recent set of studies also examine variables that influence how much effort members will expend on behalf of their group.

http://homepages.luc.edu/~jlarson4

 

Robyn K. Mallett, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Social Psychology

My research investigates pathways to positive intergroup relations by examining the factors that inhibit and promote positive intergroup contact. I use a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods to examine three main questions: What factors facilitate positive intergroup contact? How do stigmatized and non-stigmatized individuals respond to stigma-related threats during intergroup contact? What factors promote social change in the form of personal behavior change or collective action?

Social Justice and Intergroup Relations Lab: http://rmallett.weebly.com/research.html

 

Victor Ottati, Ph.D.
Professor
Social Psychology

My research activities include basic psychological research in social cognition and attitudes; as well as interdisciplinary work in the areas of political psychology, communication, cross-cultural psychology, the psychology of religion, and criminal justice. My research focuses on the psychological determinants of social judgments, attitudes, and opinions.

 

R. Scott Tindale, Ph.D.
Professor
Social Psychology

Much of my research focuses on the cognitive and social processes that influence group consensus processes and performance. Using laboratory and computer simulation methods, I have explored how different consensus processes impact performance under different circumstances. My recent work has focused on how shared cognitions influence ethical decision making by groups. My applied interests include juries, teams in organizations, and multi-person forecasting.

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