Social Faculty

Social Psychology Graduate Students

The social psychology program is composed of six core faculty members who directly supervise the doctoral students in our program and who offer seminars in social psychology (e.g., social cognition, attitudes, intergroup relations) in our training program. In addition, several other departmental faculty from outside of the social area (e.g., brain, clinical, cognitive, developmental) and from across the university (e.g., Farmer School of Business) serve on student committees and lend valuable expertise to graduate students' projects and professional development.

Heather Claypool

Dr. Claypool's research focuses on social belonging and how its fulfillment and deprivation shape emotion, cognition, and behavior. She also explores how experiences of cognitive ease (or fluency) impact social behavior and perception. Learn more about Dr. Claypool.

Allison Farrell

Dr. Farrell's research examines the interplay between stress, close relationships, and health across the lifespan. In particular, her work identifies the psychological and biological mechanisms explaining how parent-child and romantic relationships affect physical health. She also studies how high quality relationships promote better outcomes for individuals at risk for poor health outcomes (e.g., individuals with low socioeconomic status, people of color). Learn more about Dr. Farrell's MARSH Lab for current research, publications, and news.

Jeffrey Hunger

Dr. Hunger’s research uses insights from social psychology to understand and improve the health of stigmatized groups (e.g., higher body weight individuals, racial and sexual minorities). His current interests include the psychobiological consequences of social identity threat and extending traditional models of stigma and health to understand how individuals contend with multiple stigmatized identities. Learn more about Dr. Hunger.

Jonathan Kunstman

Dr. Kunstman's research focuses on motivational approaches to intergroup relations and the psychological experience of power. To gain a more complete picture of race- and class-based bias, his work investigates intergroup relations from both majority and minority perspectives. Recently, he has investigated how egalitarian and self-presentational motives surrounding interracial interactions help and hamper interracial dynamics. Learn more about Dr. Kunstman.

Allen McConnell

Dr. McConnell's research focuses on how relationships with entities such as family and pets affect health and well-being, how people decode others’ nonverbal displays, how nonconscious and conscious feelings and beliefs affect judgment and behavior, and how self-knowledge influences emotions, goals, and actions. Read more details about Dr. McConnell's lab, research, and publications.

Amy Summerville

Dr. Summerville's research focuses on how people think about "what might have been" and the connection of these counterfactual thoughts to emotion and social behavior. Her current work includes investigations of the motivations for, and impact of, disclosures of regret to other people and an NSF-funded project examining whether counterfactual thought can help students overcome early challenges in pre-engineering courses to increase successful completion of these courses. Learn more about Dr. Summerville.