Winter 2018 Newsletter | New Faces

PBS welcomes Sabrina Flagg as Graduate Programs Administrative Assistant

PBS welcomes Sabrina Flagg as our new Graduate Programs Administrative Assistant. She will provide guidance to prospective and current graduate students in a broad variety of ways, ensuring their program needs are addressed. Flagg will serve as an assistant to the Graduate Programs Director, Michael Constantino, overseeing the workflow and operation of the program. Some of her duties include supporting graduate student admissions, processing scholarship and travel grant applications, and counseling students on program requirements. She will work with graduate students to secure research and teaching assistantships, and tuition waivers. Registering for graduate program courses and off-line/independent studies will also be covered by Flagg. She will keep program policies up-to-date, also providing information to students on fellowships, internships, grants, and post-doctoral openings.

Flagg is originally from Southampton, MA, attending Hampshire Regional High School. She owns her original family home there, grateful to live in an area where she can enjoy many outdoor activities. A personal goal for Flagg this year is to reactivate her normal regiment of physical activity, including weight lifting and hiking. She also likes biking, motorbiking, and camping on weekends. An interesting fact about Flagg; she has trained with her husband in martial arts, reaching the level of third-degree black belt. In her spare time, she loves taking a cruise in her Chevy Camaro with her children. She is looking forward to her annual February trip to sunny Mexico with her family.

Contact Sabrina Flagg:

(413) 545-2503

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David Reinhard Joins the Psychology of Peace and Violence Program as Postdoc

David Reinhard, Ph.D. has joined the Psychology of Peace and Violence Program in the fall of 2017 as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation awarded to Bernhard Leidner. David received his Ph.D. (2017) and M.A. (2014) in Social Psychology from the University of Virginia. Prior, he received his B.A. in Psychology (with High Honors) from the University of Michigan in 2010. He also worked as a lab manager in the Research Center for Group Dynamics at Michigan’s Institute for Social Research. In his primary line of research, he examines how shared competitive (and cooperative) histories influence the way people think about and pursue their goals. He examines competitive histories in intergroup and interpersonal conflicts (by contrasting rivalry from mere competition) and cooperative histories in intragroup alliances (by examining temporal group identities). In another line of work, he examines how people can use their thoughts and attentional focus to change the intensity of emotional events.

In the Psychology of Peace and Violence Program, David examines the consequences of past collective trauma on intergroup relations in the present. He has also started investigating how rivalries can increase conflict escalation between nations, and begun to review and integrate the literature on intractable conflicts with research on the social-cognitive processes underlying rivalries. For this new work on intergroup rivalries, he has just received a grant from the Society of Social and Personality Psychology (SPSP). In the future, he further plans to examine the consequences of highlighting connections between past and present generations of a group for alliance building and cooperation.

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Clore, G.L. & Reinhard, D.A. (in press). Emotional intensity: It’s the thought that counts. In R. Davidson, A. Shackman, A. Fox, & R. Lapate (Eds.), The Nature of Emotion: A volume of short essays addressing fundamental questions in emotion. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Converse, B. A. & Reinhard, D. A. (2016). On rivalry and goal pursuit: Shared competitive history, legacy concerns, and strategy selection. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 110, 191-213.

Open Science Collaboration. (2015). Estimating the reproducibility of psychological science. Science, 349, aac4716.

Wilson, T. D., Reinhard, D., Westgate, E. C., Gilbert, D., Ellerbeck, N., Hahn, C., Brown, C., & Shaked, A. (2014). Just think: The challenges of the disengaged mind. Science, 345, 75-77.

Wilson, T. D., Gilbert, D., Reinhard, D., Westgate, E. C., & Brown, C. (2014). Would you fund this movie? A reply to Fox et al. (2014). Frontiers in Psychology, 5, 1428.

Reinhard, D., Konrath, S., Lopez, W., & Cameron, H. (2012). Expensive Egos: Narcissistic Males Have Higher Cortisol. PLoS ONE, 7, e30858.

Chandler, J., Reinhard, D., & Schwarz, N. (2012). To judge a book by its weight you need to know its content: Knowledge moderates the use of embodied cues. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48, 948-952.