Richard E. Petty [Faculty]
Rich received his MA and PhD degrees from Ohio State University where he currently is Distinguished University Professor of psychology. Much of his current work (and that of the students and colleagues with whom he collaborates) focuses broadly on the situational and individual difference factors responsible for changes in beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors. Topics of special current interest include: understanding the role of meta-cognitive (e.g., confidence/certainty) as well as implicit (automatic or unconscious) factors in persuasion, resistance to change, and advocacy; the effect of racial and ethnic prejudice, specific emotions, and morality on social judgment and behavior; and investigating how people correct their evaluations for various factors they think may have biased their judgments. He has received career contribution awards from SESP, SPSP, SCP, and PMIG. His prior service includes being Editor of PSPB and serving as President of SPSP, FPSP, and MPA. His work has resulted in 8 books and over 400 journal articles and chapters.
Duane T. Wegener [Faculty]
Duane received his MA and PhD degrees from Ohio State University. After serving as Assistant Professor of psychology at Yale and Associate Professor and Full Professor at Purdue University, he joined OSU in 2010 where he is currently Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of psychology. His research focuses on attitudes and bias correction. Current topics include influences on the amount and nature of information processing, antecedents of various aspects of attitude strength, meta-cognitive influences on use of attitudes in judgment and behavior, and antecedents and consequences of perceptions of persuasive source characteristics. His research extends theories of attitudes and bias correction across domains such as stereotyping, misinformation effects, impression formation, and judgment and decision-making. His recognitions include the APA Early Career Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions to social psychology (2001) and serving as editor of PSPB (2013-2016). His research has resulted in 1 book and over 100 journal articles and book chapters.
Pablo Briñol [Research Associate — Sponsor: Richard Petty]
Pablo received his MA and PHD degrees from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid where he currently serves as Distinguished Professor of psychology. After a postdoc with Richard Petty, he continues as a regular visiting scholar at Ohio State. His primary research interest focuses on the study of the psychological mechanisms underlying attitudes and persuasion with an emphasis on metacognitive processes and measures of change. In 2017 he received the Kurt Lewin Medal from the European Association of Social Psychology as a leading mid-career researcher in social psychology. His research has appeared in the field’s top journals and includes more than 100 publications.
Darcy Acevedo-Torres [Graduate Student — Advisor: Richard Petty]
Darcy received her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez as well as a minor in international relations in 2021. She is currently a first year graduate student in the social psychology doctoral program. Her research interests broadly include political affirmations and empathy. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jacob Goebel [Graduate student — Advisor: Duane Wegener]
Jake received his Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Vassar College in 2018 and then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Princeton University working with Alin Coman focused on decision making. He is currently a second year student in the social psychology doctoral program working on his masters thesis on the topic of social networks.
Nick Khaligh [Graduate Student — Advisor: Duane Wegener]
Nick received his Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from George Mason University. He is now a third year student in the social psychology program working on his masters thesis on the topic of human values.
Mark Matthews [Graduate Student — Co-advisors: Duane Wegener and Richard Petty]
Mark received his BA in psychology with minors in both history and professional writing from The Ohio State University at Mansfield in 2016 and his MA in general psychology from the University of Dayton in 2018. Currently, he is a fourth year student in the social psychology Ph.D. program. His research aims to examine: (1) how individual differences in beliefs and personality affect persuasion processes, and (2) when and why attitudes become integrated into one’s self concept with a focus on how those attitudes influence behavior. Mark is passionate about working on projects involving interpersonal relationships, religion, morality, politics, and self-development.
Aviva Philipp-Muller [Graduate Student — Co-advisors: Duane Wegener and Richard Petty]
Aviva received her B.Sc. in psychology from the University of Toronto in 2016 and her M.A. in psychology from Ohio State in 2018. She is currently a doctoral candidate in the social psychology program. Her research examines the circumstances under which different attitude features predict behaviors such as purchase intentions, listening to health authorities, advocacy, and initiating relationships. Her work also examines when individuals are persuaded by scientific messaging, with a focus on how product positioning impacts the types of appeals that have the greatest influence. She collaborates often with both psychology and marketing faculty at Ohio State. She can be reached at: email@example.com.
Joe Siev [Graduate Student — Advisor: Richard Petty]
Joe completed a B.A. in history at the University of Maryland-College Park in 2009 and an M.A. in social psychology in 2019 at OSU, where he is currently a Ph.D. candidate. His research investigates the psychology of extremism, including factors that motivate people to make extreme sacrifices for their beliefs (e.g., martyrdom), and causes and consequences of perceiving others to be extremists about their opinions. Conversely, Joe is also interested in the psychology of moderation and is currently exploring motives for avoiding identification with political parties and other groups (e.g., labeling oneself as an independent). He would be happy to hear from you at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark Susmann [Graduate Student — Advisor: Duane Wegener]
Mark received his BA in psychology from SUNY-Geneseo in 2015 and he is currently a fifth year student in the social psychology Ph.D. program. Mark’s research interests broadly lie in the examination of how attitudes influence one’s perceptions of information and why people rely on certain pieces of information about others. Recently, Mark has been examining how attitudes and perceptions of the source can affect people’s reaction to numeric anchors. Additionally, Mark has been investigating how and why people continue to rely on retracted misinformation and the consequences this continued reliance may have.
Jake Teeny [Alumnus — Advisor: Richard Petty]
Jake received a BS in psychology and philosophy from Santa Clara University in 2012, and his Ph.D. in social psychology from Ohio State in Summer, 2020. Throughout his graduate training, Jake worked with both psychology and marketing faculty to develop two primary streams of research. The first is on the antecedents to information spreading (i.e., understanding when and why people try to convince others of their beliefs), and the second is on consumer metacognition (i.e., how consumers’ thoughts about their thoughts and feelings influence their marketplace behavior). Jake is currently a faculty member at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. For more information on Jake, check out his website at www.everydaypsych.com.
Tori Westbrook [Graduate Student — Advisor: Duane Wegener]
Tori received her BS in Behavioral Science from the United States Air Force Academy in 2017. She is currently a second year graduate student in the decision psychology program. Her research interests focus on processes of social influence and persuasion. She also serves as an Active Duty Information Operations Officer in the U.S. Air Force and intends to research misinformation effects in her master’s thesis. She can be contacted at email@example.com.
Sydney Williams [Graduate Student — Advisor: Richard Petty]
Sydney received her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Central College in 2020. She is currently a second year graduate student in the social psychology doctoral program. She is broadly interested in political identity and the strength of people’s commitments to their political attitudes when those attitudes are challenged. She is currently examining what variables contribute to the perception of political scandal. She can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nancy Xu [Alumnus — Advisor: Richard Petty]
Nancy received her BA in psychology from the University of Virginia in 2015, her MA in psychology from Ohio State in 2017 and her Ph.D. in 2021. She is particularly interested in investigating the motivations (i.e., learning and expression) behind people’s general need to form evaluations and their differential implications in self-persuasion as well as online word of mouth domains. Currently, she is working on projects examining moral attitudes and their influence on people’s open-mindedness as well as their attitudes when encountering one- versus two-sided messages. Nancy is currently on the faculty at the School of Management at Fudan University in Shanghai, China and can be reached at: email@example.com.