Social Faculty

Social program 2017 Social doctoral program (faculty and students) 2017
Social program 2015 Social doctoral program (faculty and students) 2015
Miami at Duck 2015 Miami faculty and graduates at Duck Social Cognition Conference, Outer Banks, NC, 2015
Grad students at MPA Graduate students at Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL, 2016
Grad students at MPA Graduate students at Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL, 2016
Grad students presenting research Graduate students present research at Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL, 2016

The social psychology program is composed of four 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.

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.