• Elicia C. Lair, Ph.D.

    Limited-Term Assistant Professor, Kennesaw State University

    About me: After completing my B.A. and M.A. in Psychology at the College of William & Mary, I graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a Ph.D. in Social Psychology in 2014 (with a concentration in Quantitative Methods).


    My primary line of research examines affect and cognitive information processing styles, particularly how these processes interact to influence a variety of judgments, decisions, and behaviors. A second line of research explores the intersection of social cognition and clinical psychology.


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  • Research

    I primarily investigate how cognitive information processing styles (thinking in a big-picture or detailed manner) and affect (moods, emotions, and feelings) interact to influence a wide variety of judgments, decisions, and behaviors. More specifically, I have investigated how these processes impact risk perceptions, subjective probability estimates, thoughts about the self, and reliance on stereotypes in impression formation.


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    Lair, E. C. (in press). Gender influences the feedback anger and disgust provide about construal use in likelihood judgments. Psychology of Men and Masculinities. https://doi.org/10.1037/men0000235


    Isbell, L. M., & Lair, E. C. (in press). Positive and negative affective states, assessment of. In B. J. Carducci (Editor-in-Chief & Vol Ed.), The Wiley-Blackwell encyclopedia of personality and individual differences: Vol. II. Research methods and assessment techniques. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.


    Lair, E. C., Jordan, L. N., Peters, R. M., & Nguyen, T. V. (2020). Emotion provides feedback about thinking styles to influence judgments about natural hazard likeliness and perceived preparedness. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 45. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijdrr.2019.101469.


    Smith, C. V., Lair, E. C., & O'Brien, S. M. (2019). Purposely Stoic, Accidentally Alone? Self-Monitoring Moderates the Relationship between Emotion Suppression and Loneliness. Personality and Individual Differences, 149, 286-290.


    Florez, I. A., Schulenberg, S. E., Lair, E. C. Wilson, K., & Johnson, K. (2019). Understanding the relationship between meaning and racial prejudice: Examining self-transcendence and psychological inflexibility in a sample of white college students. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, 12, 1-6. DOI: 10.1016/j.jcbs.2018.11.007


    Hooks, C. N., Lair, E. C., & Gross, A. M. (2019). Examining the Impact of Geosocial Networking on the Sex Behaviors of Men Who Have Sex With Men. Journal of Technology in Behavioral Science. DOI: 10.1007/s41347-018-0065-3


    Darden, M. C., Ehman, A. E., Lair, E. C., & Gross, A. M. (2019). Sexual compliance: Examining the relationship between sexual want, sexual consent, and sexual assertiveness. Sexuality & Culture, 23, 220-235. DOI: 10.1007/s12119-018-9551-1


    Weber, M. C., Schulenberg, S. E., & Lair, E. C. (2018). University Employees' Preparedness for Natural Hazards and Incidents of Mass Violence: An Application of the Extended Parallel Process Model. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 31, 1082-1091. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijdrr.2018.03.032


    Tkachuck, M. A., Schulenberg, S. E., & Lair, E. C. (2018). Natural disaster preparedness in college students: Implications for institutions of higher learning. Journal of American College Health, 66(4), 269-279. DOI: 10.1080/07448481.2018.1431897


    Ehman, A. C., Lair, E. C., & Gross, A. M. (2018). The relationship between trait impulsivity and cyberbullying behavior is accounted for by sensation seeking. Journal of Bullying and Social Aggression, 1(1).


    Isbell, L. M., Rovenpor, D. R., & Lair, E.C. (2016). The impact of negative emotions on self-concept abstraction depends on accessible information processing styles. Emotion, 16, 1040-1049.


    Isbell, L. M., Lair, E. C., & Rovenpor, D. R. (2016). The impact of affect on out-group judgments depends on dominant information processing styles: Evidence from incidental and integral affect paradigms. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 42(4), 485-497.


    Isbell, L. M., & Lair, E. C. (2013). Moods, emotions, and evaluations as information. In D. Carlston (Ed.), Oxford handbook of social cognition (pp. 435-462). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.


    Isbell L. M., & McCabe, J., Burns, K. C., & Lair, E. C. (2013). Who am I?: The influence of affect on the working self-concept. Cognition and Emotion, 27(6), 1073-1090.


    Isbell, L. M., Lair, E. C., & Rovenpor, D. R. (2013). Affect-As-Information about processing styles: A cognitive malleability approach. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 7(2), 93-114.

    Manuscripts In Preparation, Under Review, or Under Revision

    Lair, E. C., Peters, R. M., Jordan, L. N., & Pal, S. (under review). General negative affect and need for cognition influence cognitive processing of everyday life events.


    Ehman, A. C. & Lair, E. C. (under review). Putting the “Me” in Blame: Independent vs. Interdependent Construal Message Framing Effects on Sexual Assault Victim Blame and Avoidance.


    Jordan, L. N., Curtis, P. D., & Lair, E. C. (in prep). Interdependent Construals and Emotion influence judgments of obese targets.


    Lair, E. C., Isbell, L. M., & Rovenpor, D.R. (in preparation). Affect provides feedback about information processing styles and evaluative targets: social-cognitive mechanisms of voting preferences.


    Lair, E. C. & Isbell, L. M. (in preparation). Incorporating moral actions into moral character: Cognitive processing styles and emotions influence moral impression formation.

  • Teaching

    Over 10 years of experience teaching in higher education


    My teaching is student-focused and interactive. Traditional courses integrate hands-on and applied skills, as well as emphasize activity-based lectures. Online courses intersperse distributed learning techniques with discussions and activities.

    Current Courses Offered

    Kennesaw State University

    Kennesaw State University

    • Introductory Psychology (online)
    • Psychology as a Science (online)
    • Social Psychology (50/50 hybrid)
    • Research Methods (traditional & online)

    Previous Courses Taught

    University of Mississippi & University of Massachusetts Amherst

    Undergraduate Courses

    • Social Psychology
    • Social Psychology Research Methods Advanced Lab
    • Junior Writing Seminar in Psychology
    • Research Methods
    • Statistics in Behavioral Science
    Graduate Courses
    • Social Cognition Seminar
    • Quantitative Methods in Psychology I (introductory statistics)
  • Consulting Services

    Research & Statistics

    I offer research design and statistical consulting for academic/non-profit and non-academic/corporate clients. Please contact me below if you are interested in learning more about my services and what skills I can offer your project.

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