Loyola University Chicago

Department of Psychology

Applied Social Psychology Faculty

Associate Professor
My primary research interests encompass the study of positive psychology, including research on savoring, the dynamics of positive emotional regulation, happiness, and subjective well-being. I am also involved in cross-disciplinary work in medicine and collaborative research in clinical, developmental, and personality psychology. In addition, I specialize in multivariate quantitative methods, including structural equation modeling, psychometrics, and classification tree analysis.
 
Tracy DeHart, PhD
Associate Professor
My research focuses on the origins and consequences of people’s conscious and unconscious beliefs about the self. Specifically, I have used multiple methods (cross-sectional, experimental, observational and longitudinal research designs) to examine the effect of people’s self-esteem on self-regulatory processes, close relationships, and health behaviors. My most recent research has begun to examine how perceptions of discrimination impact self-regulation and close relationship functioning.
 
Jeffrey R. Huntsinger, PhD
Assistant Professor
My research focuses on the cognitive consequences of affective feelings (e.g., moods and emotions). Specifically, I examine the role played by affective feelings in cognition and perception (e.g., does being happy make us focus on the forest, rather than the trees); as well as how moods and emotions influence processes of stereotyping and prejudice.
 
My research focuses on the problem-solving, decision-making, and motivational processes that underlie the collective performance of small groups. Much of this work examines the interpersonal and social interaction factors that impact the ability of small groups of people to transform diverse facts, opinions, and preferences into consensual, group-level judgments and decisions. A more recent set of studies also examine variables that influence how much effort members will expend on behalf of their group.
 
My current research agenda focuses on the nature and extent of mental illnesses and co-occurring disorders among correctional populations. In addition, I am now using research as a tool to improve the treatment of the mentally ill in the criminal justice system and to alleviate the problem of disproportionate minority confinement for drug crimes.
 
Robyn K. Mallett, PhD
Associate Professor
My research investigates pathways to positive intergroup relations by examining the factors that inhibit and promote positive intergroup contact. I use a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods to examine three main questions: What factors facilitate positive intergroup contact? How do stigmatized and non-stigmatized individuals respond to stigma-related threats during intergroup contact? What factors promote social change in the form of personal behavior change or collective action?
 
My research activities include basic psychological research in social cognition and attitudes; as well as interdisciplinary work in the areas of political psychology, communication, cross-cultural psychology, the psychology of religion, and criminal justice. My research focuses on the psychological determinants of social judgments, attitudes, and opinions.
 
Loretta Stalans, PhD
Professor, Psychology and Criminal Justice and Criminology
My research activities including studying factors contributing to persistent offending, particularly in sex and violent offenders. I'm also interested in managing stigma and identities of victims and offenders, gender similarities and differences in offending and in domestic violence, and evaluation and implications of policies and programs about intimate partner violence, prostitution, human trafficking.
 
Much of my research focuses on the cognitive and social processes that influence group consensus processes and performance. Using laboratory and computer simulation methods, I have explored how different consensus processes impact performance under different circumstances. My recent work has focused on how shared cognitions influence ethical decision making by groups. My applied interests include juries, teams in organizations, and multi-person forecasting.