PASS Lab news       

Lab alum Tyler Jacobs publishes findings from his dissertation (along with co-author Allen McConnell) in a Journal of Environmental Psychology paper showing how expressing gratitude to nature strengthens self-nature representations and promote pro-environmental behavior (May 2024)
JJ Togans successfully defends his dissertation (May 2024)
Lab alum Antonio Lim receives an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (April 2024)
JJ Togans receives Miami's College of Arts and Science Graduate Teaching Award (April 2024)
Kathryn Aldstadt successfully defends her master's thesis (April 2024)
Kathryn Aldstadt wins First Place at the 2024 Miami Univ. three-minute thesis competition (February 2024)
Lab alums Tyler Jacobs and Brandon Humphrey and Allen McConnell publish a paper in Anthrozoos showing that people who perceive greater warmth in their pets are more committed to pro-environmental action (July 2023)
Allen McConnell becomes a Social Psychology Program Director for the National Science Foundation (August 2022)
Tyler Jacobs begins as a Visiting Assistant Professor position at Swarthmore College (August 2022)
Lab alum Paige Lloyd receives an NIH Career Development K-award to support five years of her early-career research... congrats Paige! (July 2022)
Tyler Jacobs successfully defends his dissertation (June 2022)
Lab alum Paige Lloyd publishes findings from her dissertation (along with co-authors Kurt Hugenberg, Allen McConnell, and sister Dr. Audrey Lloyd) in a Social Psychological and Personality Science paper documenting how people (Black and White, laypeople and medical providers) are poorer at detecting pain among Black individuals compared to White individuals (June 2022)
Makenna Linkey completes her honors senior thesis examining how social rejection by different social groups affects social needs fulfillment (May 2022)
Tyler Jacobs and Allen McConnell's paper in Journal of Environmental Psychology examines the role of self-transcendent emotions on pro-environmental beliefs and behaviors (May 2022)
Allen McConnell is named a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science (January 2022)
Tyler Jacobs, lab alum Lauren Gottschalk, and Allen McConnell's paper in Sustainability explores how different types of recycling pledges can improve conservation outcomes (September 2021)
Allen McConnell and his colleagues at Cincinnati Children's Hospital receive a $1.68M NICHD grant for a five-year project studying the benefits of therapy animals for children recovering from traumatic brain injuries (August 2021)
LaCount "JJ" Togans successfully defends his comprehensive exams (August 2021)
Jill Korach and Allen McConnell's paper in Sustainability presents their framework for integrating nature, communities, and belief systems into people's self-concepts based on fieldwork with their NGO partners in India (July 2021)
Allen McConnell is named among the top 2% in career impact for social psychologists (June 2021)
Allen McConnell receives the Distinguished Alumni Award in Psychological and Brain Sciences from Indiana Univ. (October 2020)
Tyler Jacobs and Allen McConnell's paper in Journal of Environmental Psychology explores how self-nature representations predict greater pro-environmental engagement (September 2020)

Lab members with active research projects

Allen R. McConnell, Ph.D., Lab Director
I have been at Miami University since 2000, after previously being a professor at Michigan State and at Penn State. My research examines how self-nature representations can promote pro-environmental behavior, how relationships with entities such as family and pets affect health and well-being, how people decode others’ nonverbal displays, the interplay of implicit and explicit evaluations, and how self-knowledge influences emotions, goals, and actions. My service includes being 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, President of the Society of Experimental Social Psychology, and President of the Midwestern Psychological Association.

LaCount "JJ" Togans, Ph.D., Graduate Researcher
JJ's research examines how people deal with mixed and conflicted thoughts and feelings and how individuals resolve them. For example, he studies how ambivalent emotions such as nostalgia affect attitudes and persuasion-related processes. Also, he explores the conditions under which people engage in guilty pleasures and the functions these behaviors serve. In another line of research, JJ explores how cultural self-construals influence how people reconcile conflicted implicit and explicit evaluations.

Kathryn Aldstadt, M.A., Graduate Researcher
Kathryn studies how discrete emotional experiences can encourage sustainable behaviors among individuals who typically do not support pro-environmentalism, how people's self-nature representations relate to conservation practices , and how anthropomorphizing nature can encourage pro-environmental beliefs and behaviors.

Jason Folmsbee, M.A., Graduate Researcher
Jason studies how self-concept organization and content moderates the experience of social rejection and how the nature of the self influences people's responses to social ostracism.

PASS Lab alums and most-recent positions

LaCount JJ Togans, Asst Prof of Psychology, Lafayette College
Tyler P. Jacobs, Visiting Asst Prof of Psychology, Swarthmore College
Brandon T. Humphrey, Visiting Asst Prof of Psychology, Miami Univ.
E. Paige Lloyd, Asst Prof of Psychology, Univ. of Denver
Hayley M. Skulborstad, Director of People Analytics, CVS
Tonya M. Buchanan, Assoc Prof of Psychology, Central Washington Univ.
Christina M. Brown, Research Manager, Meta, Seattle
Robert J. Rydell, Assoc Prof of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Indiana Univ. Bloomington
Jeanette M. Renaud, Senior Research Analyst, RTI, Ann Arbor
William A. Jellision, Prof of Psychology, Quinnipiac Univ.
Peggy P. K. Evans, CEO, One Health Port, Seattle
Jill M. Leibold, Director Jury Research, Litigation Insights, Los Angeles
Keith E. Neidermeier, Clinical Professor of Marketing, Kelley School, Indiana Univ. Bloomington
Deidra J. Schleicher, Prof and Chair of Management, Iowa State Univ.
Melissa J. Ferguson, Prof of Psychology, Yale Univ.
Kristy K. Dean, Prof of Psychology, Grand Valley State Univ.
Vicky L. DeSensi, Assoc Prof of Psychology, Wilmington College

Hooding photos

Tyler Jacobs's doctoral graduation, Miami Univ., August 2022

Brandon Humphrey's doctoral graduation, Miami Univ., August 2021

Paige Lloyd's doctoral graduation, Miami Univ., August 2018


Hayley Skulborstad's doctoral graduation, Miami Univ., August 2016


Tonya (Shoda) Buchanan's doctoral graduation, Miami Univ., August 2014


Christina Brown's doctoral graduation, Miami Univ., May 2009


BJ Rydell's doctoral graduation, Miami Univ., May 2005

Jeanette Renaud's doctoral graduation, Michigan State Univ., May 2003

Jill Leibold's doctoral graduation, Michigan State Univ., May 2000


My doctoral graduation (with Jim Sherman), Indiana Univ., June 1995


Group and lab photos

PASS Lab at MPA Social Hour in Chicago 2023
Paige Lloyd, BJ Rydell, Tyler Jacobs, Me, JJ Togans, Kristy Dean, and Tonya Buchanan
April 2023

PASS Lab Dinner at SPSP in Portland 2019
Me, Brandon Humphrey, Paige Lloyd, JJ Togans, and Tyler Jacobs, February 2019

PASS Lab Graduate Students
Me, Paige Lloyd, Brandon Humphrey, Ryan Walker, Hayley Skulborstad, Jason Deska, and Tonya Buchanan, May 2015

Three Generations of Academic Family
BJ Rydell, Melissa Ferguson, Jim Sherman, and me, Duck, NC, June 2007


Michigan State Grad Students, Conference on the Self
Amani El-Alayli, Jeanette Renaud, Ernest Park, Peggy Chin Evans, Bill Jellison, me, and Jill Leibold, April 1999


Penn State Grad Students, Keystone Social Psych Conference
Me, John George, Kris Eyssell, Melissa Ferguson, Deidra Schleicher, John Wall, and Jill Leibold, April 1997

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Office photos across the years

My first office in the new Psychology Building, Miami Univ., Spring 2010

In my current office, Psychology Building, Miami Univ., Fall 2013


My first office in the new Psychology Building, Miami Univ., Spring 2010

In my office at Miami Univ., Benton Hall, Fall 2001


In my office at Michigan State Univ., Baker Hall, Fall 1997


In my office at Penn State Univ., Moore Building, Fall 1995


In my office at Indiana Univ., Psychology Building, Spring 1995



updated 23 may 2024 © mmxxiiii allen r. mcconnell