Dyson College of Arts and Sciences
Psychology - PLV
Marks Hall 25
PhD, University of California, Riverside, Riverside, CA, 2013
MS, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA, 2009
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. (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.
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]