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 examine how relationships with entities such as family and pets affect health and well-being, how people decode others’ nonverbal displays, how self-nature representations can promote pro-environmental behavior, 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.

Brandon T. Humphrey, M.A., Graduate Researcher
My research interests include understanding the functions that families and pets serve for people, the basic psychological building blocks of ingroups, how self-concept organization affects self-regulation and regulatory foci,

Tyler Jacobs, M.A., Graduate Researcher
My primary research interests involve examining how people’s attitudes, motivations, emotions, and self-representations related to nature may promote or hinder their pro-environmental behaviors. I am also interested in how experiencing awe affects people’s self-concept and related cognitive processes.

LaCount "JJ" Togans, M.A., Graduate Researcher
My research examines cultural differences between East Asian and Western cultures regarding various topics in social cognition (e.g., attitudes, communication processes, emotion perception). I also am interested in investigating how nostalgia affects attitude strength and the self.

Danita Hohl, Undergraduate Researcher
My primary research interests involve understanding how individiual differences (e.g., benevolent and hostile sexism, five-factor personality variables, dark triad, endorsement of agentic and communal values) influence victim blamimg for people who experience sexual harassment and sexual assualt.
Amelia Klass, Undergraduate Researcher
My research focuses on how cultural construals affect experiencing loneliness. In particular, I am studying how dichotomous (compared to relative) thinking styles may make loneliness more powerful because black-and-white thinking may lead people to believe their social isoloation is less likely to change in the future. This research is supported by a Miami DUOS award, with this project supervised by JJ Togans in the lab.

PASS lab alums and most-recent positions

E. Paige Lloyd, Asst Prof of Psychology, Univ. of Denver
Hayley M. Skulborstad, Asst Prof of Psychology, Mount Ida College
Tonya M. Buchanan, Asst Prof of Psychology, Central Washington Univ.
Christina M. Brown, Chair and Prof of Psychology, Arcadia Univ.
Robert J. Rydell, Assoc Prof of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Indiana Univ. Bloomington
Jeanette M. Renaud, Senior Research Analyst, RTI, Durham, NC
William A. Jellision, Assoc Prof of Psychology, Quinnipiac Univ.
Jill M. Leibold, Director Jury Research, Litigation Insights, Los Angeles, CA
Keith E. Neidermeier, Adjunct Assoc Professor of Marketing, Wharton School, Univ. of Pennsylvania
Deidra J. Schleicher, Assoc Prof of Management, Texas A&M Univ.
Melissa J. Ferguson, Prof of Psychology and Senior Associate Dean of Social Sciences, Cornell Univ.
Kristy K. Dean, Assoc Prof of Psychology, Grand Valley State Univ.
Vicky L. DeSensi, Assoc Prof of Psychology, Wilmington College

Hooding photos

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 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



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