New Psychology Faculty Member Joins Social and Behavioral Sciences at UMass Amherst

AMHERST, Mass. - Linda Isbell has joined the faculty at the University of Massachusetts as an assistant professor of psychology. Glen Gordon, dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, announced her appointment, which began with the fall 1999 semester.

"We are delighted to have Linda Isbell as part of our psychology department," said Gordon. "She brings talents and research insights that will be of great value to students in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences."

Isbell formerly was a research assistant at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the State University of New York at Stony Brook. For nearly a decade, she has conducted research on the effects of mood and other factors on information processing and judgment formation. Her current research examines the effects of mood on information that individuals use as a basis for forming impressions of others. She is especially interested in the extent to which people rely on stereotypes when they are experiencing positive or negative moods.

While at Urbana-Champaign, Isbell was named to the University of Illinois List of Excellent Teachers for three consecutive semesters. She currently is a member of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, the International Society of Political Psychology, the Midwestern Psychology Association, and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.

Isbell completed her undergraduate work in political science at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where she graduated summa cum laude. She earned her master s and doctorate degrees in social psychology with an emphasis on social cognition at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.