My research examines (1) how relationships with family and pets affect health and well-being, (2) how self-nature representations influence pro-environmental action, and (3) how people form impressions of others, with this work supported over the years by National Institutes of Health (NICHD and NIMH) and National Science Foundation grants.

My service includes Editor in Chief of Social Psychological and Personality Science, Associate Editor of Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and of Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, and president of two major scholarly societies. Currently, I am Chair of the Department of Psychology, which has 1200 majors, 60 doctoral students, and over 30 faculty and staff.

My recognitions include being named University Distinguished Professor, the James and Beth Lewis Professor, University Distinguished Scholar, and Professor of the Year in Psychology. I teach courses in social psychology, positive emotions and well-being, psychology of conservation, the self, intergroup relations, and judgment and decision making at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Finally, my expertise has been applied to environmental conservation, to consumer and medical behavior, to trial and jury consulting, and my research has been presented in many legal venues including in briefs argued before the U.S. Supreme Court.


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