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Angela Legg

Associate Professor

Dyson College of Arts and Sciences

Psychology - PLV

  • @Pleasantville
    Marks Hall 25


PhD, University of California, Riverside, Riverside, CA, 2013
Social/Personality Psychology

MS, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA, 2009
Experimental Psychology

BA, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, 2006

Awards and Honors

Society for the Teaching of Psychology, May 15, 2014 - 2014 Wilbert J. McKeachie Teaching Excellence Award


A Situational Construal Approach to Healthcare Experiences
Morse, P. J., Sweeny, K. & Legg, A. Social Science & Medicine.

Blended news delivery in healthcare: A framework for injecting good news into bad news conversations
Legg, A. & Sweeny, K. Health Psychology Review.

Patients' anxiety and hope: Predictors and adherence intentions in an acute care context.
Legg, A., Andrews, S. E., Huynh, H., Ghane, A., Tabuenca, A. & Sweeny, K. Health Expectations.

Expectations in the context of gallbladder and hernia surgery: A descriptive report.
Andrews, S. E., Ghane, A., Legg, A., Tabuenca, A. & Sweeny, K. Health Expectations.


Bad news delivery; Genetic testing; Threat management; Doctor-patient communication; Professor-student rapport; Bad news delivery within the counselor-client relationship ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Broadly, my research focuses on improving dyadic relations marked by potential threat. To this end, I examine relationships marked by power differentials in high stakes situations such healthcare and education. I am specifically interested in how people develop rapport in these potentially threatening dyads (doctor-patient, professor-student, and manager-employee, for example) and how people communicate threatening information such as bad news and negative evaluative feedback. My research also maps social/health psychology theories of communication and bad news delivery onto the counselor-client relationship. I am also interested in how individuals decide to pursue potentially threatening information such as their genetic risk factors.


Psychology Today [Magazine], March112014
Give It to Me Straight - April 2014 Issue

National Geographic [Internet], November182013
Good News or Bad: Which Do You Want First? http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/11/131115-good-news-bad-news-diagnosis-doctors-psychology-science/

Huffington Post [Internet], November112013
Good News or Bad News First? Study Shows When We Prefer One Over the Other http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/11/good-news-bad-news_n_4219756.html


Council for Undergraduate Research

Society of Personality and Social Psychology

Society for the Teaching of Psychology[Co-chair of the Early Career Psychologist Committee]

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