LISA LOCKHART, PH.D.
Introduction to Psychology
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Radford University (Virginia)
Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology
Kent State University: Doctor of Philosophy,
Experimental Psychology/Social Psychology (1998)
John Carroll University (Cleveland, OH): Bachelor of Sciences in
I am interested in the application of social-cognitive principles and methodology to both legal and health contexts. I am particularly interested in how bias affects our ability to reach decisions in the medical domain. I have conducted research applying these issues to the areas of advance medical directives, general health decisions, and obesity.
Stereotyping and prejudice is a related area of interest to me. Issues concerning race and gender are important to me, and have always been a part of my research interests. I would like to further pursue the role that affect plays in both the formation and the maintenance of prejudice. Ultimately, I would like to incorporate these issues with my work in the legal and medical contexts.
I have most recently been involved in research on eating
disorders and obesity in Hispanic, college-age population. I am also in
the process of examining how attributional style affects reactions to
a negative unexpected event in an ethnically diverse college sample. Additionally,
I plan to revisit some of the work I conducted in graduate school examining
reactions to favorable and unfavorable medical information, with a new
focus on possible ethnic differences in these reactions.