Awards and Honors
- Society for the Teaching of Psychology, 2014, 2014 Wilbert J. McKeachie Teaching Excellence Award
PhD, University of California, Riverside, Riverside, CA, 2013
MS, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA, 2009
BA, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, 2006
Research and Creative Works
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.
INT 298: On the Good Life
MHC 723: Applied Social Psychology
MHC 741: Threat Mgt:Clinical Approachs
MM 802: Maintain Matriculation-Phd
PSY 257: Sports Psychology
PSY 304: Social Psychology
PSY 327: Mentored Lab Class Semester 1
PSY 328: Mentored Lab Class Semester 2
PSY 380: Experimental Psychology I
PSY 381: Experimental Psychology II
PSY 600: Grad Psy / Indpndnt Study
PSY 623: Social Psychology
Publications and Presentations
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.
Professional Contributions and Service
- Council for Undergraduate Research
- Society of Personality and Social Psychology
- Society for the Teaching of Psychology [Co-chair of the Early Career Psychologist Committee]