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Joseph McGahan
Professor
School of Behavioral & Social Sci
STRS 335
318-342-1338
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Joseph R McGahan, PhD
Professor, Psychology

Education

Ph D

1988, Social Psychology
University of Oklahoma

MS

1978, Educational and Child Psychology
Yeshiva University, NY

BA

1975, Psychology
S.U.N.Y. at Oswego, Oswego, NY

Biographical Sketch

Community Service is right up there with my interests in teaching (e.g., social psychology, research methods, history of psychology, personality, and various advanced topics) and, (currently) to a lesser extent research. However, my community development efforts are an extension of my research interests and the emerging positive results from our community service efforts are revitalizing my interests in research. For example, my work with students on (potential) projects related to literacy (e.g., financial literacy), "everyday correlations" (under the umbrella of The Psychometrics of Everyday Living and, in particular, intuitive covariation assessment) and the implications for being a "mindful motorist" are extensions of my research foundation (i.e., intuitive statistical reasoning).

Research Interests

What do people think about the relationship (perhaps correlation) between responsibility and freedom still represents my primary research interests. In addition to improving the measurement scheme I developed to assess this perceived covariation, I have become increasingly interested in how changing the law to legalize recreational marijuana has influenced how people think about the above mentioned association.

Creative Works

Co-produced Documentary Film (DVD), Stay Brady Stay, Monroe, Louisiana. (January 24 2008).

Recent Publications

McGahan, J., Salzman, D., Sneed, M., Lambert, C. (2013). Linguistic Responsibility and Security. Security Info Watch.
McGahan, J., Roberts, J., Wilkerson, K. (2009). An interdisciplinary approach to tolerance of ambiguity, ecumenical theology, and world peace (pp. 14). Forum on Public Policy: A Journal of the Oxford Round Table.
White, N., McGahan, J., Sutherlin, J., Alibeli, M. (2009). A Report for the Center for Community Preparedness Office of Public Health Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Assessment of the Dissemination of the Individual and Family Handbook "How You Can Be Prepared for a Flu Pandemic".
Wilkerson, K., McGahan, J., Stevens, R., Williamson, J. D., Low, J. (2009). Judgment and judgment latency for freedom and responsibility relatedness given subtle linguistic variations (pp. 641-656). Journal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied.
White, N., McGahan, J., Sutherlin, J., Alibeli, M. (2010). Public Perceptions Concerning Flu Pandemic Preparedness as it Relates to the H1N1 Swine Flu.
Frangou, G., Wilkerson, K., McGahan, J. (2008). Perceived freedom-responsibility covariation among Cypriot Adolescents (pp. 183-202). The Journal of General Psychology: Experimental, Physiological and Comparative.

Research Grants

Kauffman, B. J. (Supporting), McGahan, J. (Principal), "Chautauqua Nexus: Ecumenical Theology & World Peace" (Not Funded), Sponsored By Templeton Foundation, External to The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $289112. (July 1 2011 - July 1 2013).
Kauffman, B. J. (Supporting), McGahan, J. (Principal), "Conflict Mediation & Resolution" (Not Funded), Sponsored By United States Institute of Peace, External to The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $200000. (July 1 2011 - June 30 2013).
Sutton, J. (Principal), McGahan, J. (Supporting), "" (Funded), Sponsored By MacArthur Foundation, External to The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $385000. (2009 - 2011).
White, N. (Principal), McGahan, J. (Supporting), Sutherlin, J. (Supporting), Alibeli, M. (Supporting), "H1N1 Public Assessment “Scope of Work” for the Center for Community Preparedness Office of Public Health" (Not Funded), Sponsored By Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, External to The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $49778. (March 30 2010 - June 30 2010).
Stockley, J. P. (Principal), Unter, K. (Co-Principal), McGahan, J. (Co-Principal), "Social Science Research Laboratory (SSRL) Survey Center" (Not Funded), Sponsored By The Student Technology Access Plan (STAP), The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $39310. (November 11 2009 - April 2010).
White, N. (Principal), McGahan, J. (Supporting), Sutherlin, J. (Supporting), Alibeli, M. (Supporting), "A Report for the Center for Community Preparedness Office of Public Health Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals; Assessment of the Dissemination of the Individual and Family Handbook “How You Can Be Prepared for a Flu Pandemic”" (Funded), Sponsored By Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, External to The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $24367. (February 27 2008 - December 18 2009).
Sutherlin, J. (Co-Principal), McGahan, J. (Principal), "Economic Development along Louisiana's Northern Frontier" (Funded), Sponsored By University of Louisiana System, External to The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $30000. (January 2008 - August 2009).
Fellows, J. (Co-Principal), McGahan, J. (Co-Principal), "Awareness of Breast Cancer Signs, Symptoms, and Screening Procedures Among Female University Students in Northeast Louisiana" (Not Funded), Sponsored By Komen for the Cure: Northeast Louisiana Affiliate, External to The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $20081. (October 2008).

Awards & Honors

2003 Professor of the Year.

2003 Professor of the Year.

2003 Finalist for Outstanding Professor.

1998 Outstanding Professor.

1994 Outstanding Researcher.

Courses Taught

PSYC 2001Introduction To Psychology, 2 course(s)

PSYC 3001EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY, 13 course(s)

PSYC 3039INTRO TO RESEARCH METHODS, 19 course(s)

PSYC 4000PSYCHOLOGY LABORATORY, 16 course(s)

PSYC 4002SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY, 13 course(s)

PSYC 4006PERSONALITY, 1 course(s)

PSYC 4007HISTORY AND SYSTEMS, 6 course(s)

PSYC 4011ADVANCED TOPICS, 6 course(s)

PSYC 4039Statistics, 1 course(s)

PSYC 4051Psy Test Measurement, 2 course(s)

PSYC 4098UNGRAD PSYCHOLOGY INTERNSHIP, 18 course(s)

PSYC 5002SOCIAL COGNITION, 5 course(s)

PSYC 5023Research Methods, 1 course(s)