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
Morse, P. J., Sweeny, K. & Legg, A. A Situational Construal Approach to Healthcare Experiences. Social Science & Medicine.
Legg, A. & Sweeny, K. Blended news delivery in healthcare: A framework for injecting good news into bad news conversations. Health Psychology Review.
Legg, A., Andrews, S. E., Huynh, H., Ghane, A., Tabuenca, A. & Sweeny, K. Patients' anxiety and hope: Predictors and adherence intentions in an acute care context.. Health Expectations.
Andrews, S. E., Ghane, A., Legg, A., Tabuenca, A. & Sweeny, K. Expectations in the context of gallbladder and hernia surgery: A descriptive report.. 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],
March 11 2014
Give It to Me Straight - April 2014 Issue
National Geographic [Internet],
November 18 2013
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],
November 11 2013
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]