Links to individual profiles provided in the list below
Alex Czopp, PhD
WWU Psychology personal website
The general goal of my research is to understand the various underlying processes (e.g., stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination) that influence contemporary intergroup relations (e.g., racism, sexism, heterosexism) and how social psychological research can work toward improving such affairs. Among the many questions we attempt to address are:
- Why are positive stereotypes of groups (e.g., Blacks are athletic, women are nurturing, Asians are good at math, etc.) perceived as more acceptable than negative stereotypes? How can positive stereotypes have negative consequences for targets, perceivers, and intergroup relations in general?
- What happens when one person confronts another person’s prejudiced remark? Despite negative initial reactions, confrontations can be effective in reducing biased responding. But what factors determine the effectiveness of such confrontations? How can other people in the situation be influenced by having observed a confrontation?
Dale L. Dinnel, PhD
The Impact of Mindfulness Training, Cultural Values, and Environmental Values on Environmental Sustainability Behaviors in Canada, Mexico, and the United States; Cultural Definitions of Happiness and Well-Being; Cultural and Psychological Factors that Contribute to the Building of Resilience
Deborah Kirby Forgays, PhD
Women and anger/aggression; gender differences and similarities in emotion expression; the influence of developmental stage on social relationships; prevention of psychopathology
Jim Graham, PhD
Adaptive processes in romantic relationships, Self-expansion, Romantic love, Adaptation to stress in same- and different-sex couples, Meta-analysis, Psychometrics
Barbara Lehman, PhD
Experience sampling; emotional and physiological correlates of social situations (discrete emotions, ambulatory blood pressure, heart rate variability, cortisol); social evaluative threat; mindfulness meditation; coping (including rumination and social support)
Kate McLean, PhD
My expertise is in the development of narrative identity. Trained in a socio-cultural, Vygotskian approach to culture, I examine storytelling as a socially and culturally mediated mechanism for identity development. Recently, I have been examining the concept of master narratives, culturally shared (or known) stories that serve as guides for personal storytelling. I am interested in how individuals negotiate their personal stories with these master narratives, particularly when the two do not align. This allows me to ask questions about the role of cultural affordances for and constraints on personal identity development, as well as the role of personal identity development in cultural change.
Joseph E. Trimble, PhD
Distinguished University Professor; Professor of Psychology
WWU Psychology personal website
Ethical and responsible conduct of research; mental health correlates and the experiences of indigenous populations; diversity and leadership; multicultural psychology; social network analysis; cross-cultural psychology; stress and coping among indigenous populations.