Heidi L. Dempsey, Ph.D.

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Education

Ph.D. Experimental Psychology (Social Psychology Concentration),University of Kentucky, Lexington 2004
Graduate Certificate in College Teaching and Learning, University of Kentucky , 2004
M.A. Experimental Psychology (Social Psychology and Developmental Psychology Concentrations), Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, 2000
B.S. with University Honors and Departmental Honors in Psychology, Utah State University, Logan, Utah, 1998

Courses Taught

- Principles of Psychology (PSY 201)
- Honors Principles of Psychology (PSY 202)
- Orientation to Psychology (PSY 205)
- Professional Psychology (PSY 305)
- Research Methods (PSY 310)
- Theories of Personality (PSY 335)
- Social Psychology (PSY 350)
- Human Sexuality (PSY 352)
- Social Psychology II (PSY 413)
- Psychology of Emotion (PSY 414)
- History and Systems of Psychology (PSY 450)
- Instructional Practicum (PSY 460)
- Individual Research (PSY 490; 491)
- Honors Thesis (PSY 498)
- Social Behavior (PSY 545)
- Behavior Analytic Approaches to Instruction (PSY 555)
- Instructional Practicum (PSY 570)
- Independent Research (PSY 592; 593)
- Independent Readings (PSY 594; 595)
- Thesis (PSY 599).

Areas of Research Interest

Social influence and social behavior; impulsivity and self-control in education; guilt and shame assessment; applying behavioral theory to social psychology concepts; scholarship of teaching and learning; behavioral processes in learning; computer-aided learning; student study behaviors; college student adjustment

Practicum Opportunities in the Social Behavior Lab

Seeking undergraduate and graduate students who wish to participate in research on impulsivity and self control in an educational setting (delay discounting of grades).  Also working on a new study looking at correlates of guilt and shame. Visit my research lab in 102 Ayers Hall or email me if you are interested in obtaining research experience (opportunities available for those wish to receive course credit or just volunteer their time).

Sample Publications

Ferguson, T. J. & Dempsey, H. L. (2010). Reconciling interpersonal versus responsibility based models of guilt. In W. Koops, D. Brugman, T. J. Ferguson, & A. F. Sanders (Eds.) The development and structure of conscience. New York: Psychology Press.

Eyre, H. L. (2007). Keller's personalized system of instruction: Was it a fleeting fancy or is there a revival on the horizon? Behavior Analyst Today, 8(3), 317-324.

Ferguson , T. J., Brugman, D., White, J., & Eyre, H. L. (2007). Shame and guilt as morally warranted experiences. Invited chapter in J. L. Tracy, R. W. Robbins, & J. P. Tangney (Eds) The self-conscious emotions: Theory and research. New York : Guilford .

Crone-Todd, D. E., Eyre, H. L., Hutchens, S. A., Jones, J. R., & Pear, J. J. (2007). The effect of changing grading criteria on student writing. Behavior Analyst Today, 8(1), 35-42.

Smith, R. H., Eyre, H. L., Powell, C. A. J., & Kim, S. H. (2006). Relativistic origins of emotional reactions to events happening to others and to ourselves. British Journal of Social Psychology, 45, 357-371.

Hutchens, S. A., Jones, J. R., Crone-Todd, D. E., & Eyre, H. L. (2006). Engaging and assessing students in online courses. Academic Exchange Quarterly, 10(1), 110-115.

Eyre, H. L., Crone-Todd, D. E., Jones, J. R., & Hutchens, S. A. (2005). Using CAPSI to increase student engagement in general psychology. Delta Education Journal, 3(1), 33-40.

Jones, J. R., Hutchens, S., Eyre, H. L., & Crone-Todd, D. E. (2005). The cart before the horse: Thoughts on the emergence of educational technology. Delta Education Journal, 3(1), 9-21.

Smith, R. H., Webster, J. M., Parrott, W. G., & Eyre, H. L. (2002). The role of public exposure in the experience of moral and nonmoral shame and guilt. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 83(1), 138-159.

Ferguson , T. J., Eyre, H. L., & Ashbaker, M. (2000). Unwanted identities: A key variable in shame-anger links and gender differences in shame. Sex Roles, 42(3-4), 133-157.

Ferguson, T. J., & Eyre, H. L. (2000). Engendering gender differences in shame and guilt: Stereotypes, socialization, and situational pressures. Invited chapter in A. Fischer (Ed.), Gender and emotion: Social psychological perspectives (pp. 254-276). Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press.

Ferguson , T. J., Stegge, H., Eyre, H. L., Vollmer, R., & Ashbaker, M. (2000). Context effects and the (mal)adaptive nature of guilt and shame in children. Genetic, Social, and General Psychology Monographs, 126, 319-346.

Sample Recent Conference Presentations

Silfver-Kuhalampi, M., Fontaine, J., Scherer, K., Dempsey, H., Khosla, M., & Al-Jamil, T. (2012, Novermber).  The Contexts of Guilt and Shame Experiences in Finland, USA, India, and Lebanon. Paper presented at 38th Annual Meeting of The Association for Moral Education, San Antonio, TX. 

Dempsey, H. L., Ward, A., & Dempsey, D. W. (2012, October).  Effort Discounting of Exam Grades. Poster presented at the Southeastern Association for Behavior Analysis, Atlanta, GA.

Dempsey, D. W., Dempsey, H. L., Thornton, D. C., Garrett, A. L., Martin, S., Whetstone, M., & Ussery, E. (2011, March). Hypothetical vs. Real-Time Effort Discounting of Extra Credit. Poster presented at the Association for Behavior Analysis International Behavioral Economics Conference: From Demand Curves to Public Policy, Chicago, IL.

Dempsey, H. L., Dempsey, D. W., Garrett, A. L., Thornton, D. C., Sudduth, J., Morton, S., & Ferrell, D. (2011, March). Discounting of Exam Grades, Extra Credit, and Delayed Money. Poster presented at the Association for Behavior Analysis International Behavioral Economics Conference: From Demand Curves to Public Policy, Chicago, IL.

Thornton, D., Garrett, A., Dempsey, D. W., & Dempsey, H. L. (2011, March). Developing a Game-inspired Curriculum for an Introductory Programming Course. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Alabama Academy of Science, Jacksonville, AL.

Ferrell, D., Dempsey, H. L., Dempsey, D. W., Sudduth, J., Martin, S., Whetstone, M., Ussery, E., & Morton, S. (2011, March). Correlating Guilt and Shame Proneness and Frequency with Self-Reported and Behavioral Measures of Impulsivity. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Alabama Academy of Science, Jacksonville, AL.

Martin, S., Dempsey, H. L., Dempsey, D. W., Whetstone, M., Ussery, E., Morton, S., Ferrell, D., & Sudduth, J. (2011, March).Area Under the Curve Correlations for Double Limit and Multiple Choice Measures of Temporal Discounting. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Alabama Academy of Science, Jacksonville, AL.

Morton, S., Dempsey, H. L., Dempsey, D. W., Ussery, E., Sudduth, J., Martin, S., Whetstone, M., & Ferrell, D. (2011, March). Framing of Cost/Benefit Analysis Questions and the Relationship to Measures of Impulsivity. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Alabama Academy of Science, Jacksonville, AL.

Sudduth, J., Dempsey, H. L., Dempsey, D. W., Ferrell, D., Morton, S., Ussery, E., Whetstone, M., & Martin, S. (2011, March). Magnitude effects and stability of responses in a measure of delayed discounting of money. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Alabama Academy of Science, Jacksonville, AL.

Ussery, E., Dempsey, H. L., Dempsey, D. W., Martin, S., Morton, S., Ferrell, D., Sudduth, J., & Whetstone, M. (2011, March). Examining the Relationship Between Study Distractors, Procrastination, and Impulsivity. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Alabama Academy of Science, Jacksonville, AL.

Whetstone, M., Dempsey, H. L., Dempsey, D. W., Morton, S., Ferrell, D., Martin, S., Sudduth, J., & Ussery, E. (2011, March). Correlations Between Effort Discounting, Grades, Academic Delay of Gratification, Locus of Control, and Need for Cognition. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Alabama Academy of Science, Jacksonville, AL.

Dempsey, H. L, & Dempsey, D. W. (2010, March). How does temporal discounting relate to traditional personality variables? Paper presented at the Southeastern Psychological Association, Chattanooga, TN.

Dempsey, H. L., Dempsey, D. W., Manora, T. A., Webster, A. C., Thompson, J. A., Garrett, A., Cammack, I. D., Dossou, Y., Johnston, A., & Mitchell, M. (2010, March). Comparing three computerized methods of assessing delayed discounting. Paper presented at the Southeastern Psychological Association, Chattanooga, TN.

Eyre, H. L., Klein, J. L., & Ogura, K. R. (2008, February). The Shame and Guilt Inventory: Further validation of a new scenario-based measure of shame- and guilt-proneness. Poster presented at the Emotion Preconference of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Albuquerque, NM.





Associate Professor
Psi Chi and Psychology Club Advisor for JSU
102 Ayers Hall
hdempsey@jsu.edu

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