Daniel Chapman received his BA in both Psychology and Government & Political Affairs in 2013 from Millersville University. As an undergraduate, he took part in projects examining topics including the link between death-related cognition and ideologically-motivated decision making, the role of spirituality as a stress-buffer, and the impact of personal control perceptions on endorsement of control-providing structures such as religion and government. In addition to this work, he also served as a research assistant for an initiative in Millersville University’s Center for Disaster Research and Education involving academic institutions in four countries seeking to collaborate on legal, educational, and scientific topics related to natural disaster risk reduction and resiliency.
Daniel’s current research interests focus on a series of topics centered on political conflict and peacemaking. Some of his research aims include understanding the roles of guilt, shame and collective responsibility in the endorsement of punitive international law frameworks, examining the conceptualizations of humanitarian aid/interventions as moral imperatives and charity-based initiatives, and understanding the growing impact of climate change on psychological functioning and social conflict. Ultimately, he hopes to tie these investigations into developing a framework of interactions between individual, group, and system-level psychological processes and contributing to the ongoing process of applying scientific findings to conflict reduction and resolution.