Our Faculty

Angela Legg

Associate Professor

Dyson College of Arts and Sciences

Psychology - PLV

Location
  • @Pleasantville
    Marks Hall 25

Education


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
Psychology

Awards and Honors


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


Publications


A Situational Construal Approach to Healthcare Experiences
Morse, P. J., Sweeny, K. & Legg, A. (2009). 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.

RESEARCH INTEREST


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.

MEDIA CONTRIBUTIONS


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

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS


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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