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Dana C. Leighton, Ph.D.

Texas A&M University—Texarkana, Texarkana TX 75503

voice: 903-334-6627 • email: dleighton@tamut.edu

 

Education

Ph.D. University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR (2012)

Major: Experimental Psychology, Social Psychology emphasis

Dissertation: Effects of Symbolic and Realistic Threats on Moral Exclusion from the Scope of Justice.

Advisor: David A. Schroeder, Ph.D.

M.A. University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC (2004)

Major: Social Psychology

Thesis: Affective and Cognitive Responses to Threatening People and Places.

Advisor: Mark Schaller, Ph.D.

B.A. Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA (2001)

Major: Psychology

Senior Thesis: Effects of Stress on Integrative Complexity and Attitudes Toward Violence.

Advisor: Matthew W. Prull, Ph.D.

A.A. Sierra College, Rocklin, CA (1998)

Major: Liberal Arts (with Honors)

 

Academic Work Experience

2017–present Assistant Professor of Psychology, Texas A&M University, Texarkana, TX

2015–2017 Assistant Professor of Psychology, Southern Arkansas University, Magnolia, AR

2015 Adjunct Professor of Psychology, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR

2013–2014 Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology, Hendrix College, Conway, AR

2012–2013 Assistant Professor of Psychology, Marywood University, Scranton, PA

2008–2012 Psychology Instructor, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR

Undergraduate Advisor, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR

Teaching Assistant, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR

Research Assistant, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR

2006–2008 Psychology Instructor, Portland Community College, Portland, OR

2004–2006 Psychology Instructor, Tri-County Technical College, Pendleton, SC

2001–2004 Research Assistant and Teaching Assistant, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

 

Publications

* denotes undergraduate authors ** denotes graduate authors

Grahe, J. E., **Cuccolo, K., Leighton, D. C., & Cramblet Alvarez, L. D. (2019). Inviting students into open science promotes diverse, just, and sustainable research and educational outcomes. Psychology Teaching and Learning, Online First. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1475725719869164

Leighton, D. C., Brandt, M. J., & Kennedy, L. A. (2019). Partisanship, social media use, social support, and well-being for emerging adults during the 2016 presidential election campaign. Emerging Adulthood, Online First. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/2167696818810618

Faas, C., McFall, J., Peer, J. W., Schmolesky, M. T., Chalk, H. M., Hermann, W. J., … Leighton, D.C., … Grahe, J. (2018). Emerging adulthood MoA/IDEA-8 scale characteristics from multiple institutions. Emerging Adulthood, Online First. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/2167696818811192

Leighton, D. C., Legate, N., *LePine, S., **Anderson, S. F., & Grahe, J. (2018). Self-esteem, self-disclosure, self-expression, and connection on Facebook: A collaborative replication meta-analysis. Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research, 23, 98–109. http://dx.doi.org/10.24839/2325-7342.JN23.2.98

Leighton, D. C. (2017). Teaching empathy for schizophrenia using immersive experience. In R. L. Miller & T. Collette (Eds.), Teaching tips: A compendium of conference presentations on teaching, 2015-16 (pp. 388–391). Retrieved from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology web site: http://teachpsych.org

Leighton, D. C. (2015). Spark enthusiasm for psychological science by integrating laboratory experiences into introductory psychology. In W. S. Altman, L. Stein, & J. R. Stowell (Eds.), Essays from E-xcellence in Teaching (Vol. 14, pp. 40–44). Retrieved from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology Web site: http://teachpsych.org

Suedfeld, P., Leighton, D. C., & Conway, L. G. III (2006). Integrative complexity and decision making in international confrontations. In M. Fitzduff & C. E. Stout (Eds.), The psychology of resolving global conflicts: From war to peace. Volume 1, Nature vs. nurture (pp. 211-237). New York: Praeger Security International.

Suedfeld, P., & Leighton, D. C. (2002). Early communications in the war against terrorism: An integrative complexity analysis. Political Psychology 23, 585-599. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/0162-895X.00299

Winter, D. D., & Leighton, D. C. (2001). Structural violence. In D. J. Christie, R. V. Wagner, & D. D. Winter (Eds.), Peace, conflict, and violence: Peace psychology in the 21st century. New York: Prentice-Hall.

In preparation:

Passini, S., Leighton, D. C., & Morselli, D. Validation of the Inclusion/Exclusion of Other Groups scale in a large U.S. sample. Manuscript in preparation.

 

Books

Jhangiani, R. S., Chiang, I-C., Cuttler, C., & Leighton, D. C. (2019). Research methods in psychology (4th ed.) Retrieved from https://kpu.pressbooks.pub/psychmethods4e/ eBook ISBN: 978-1-9991981-0-7 Print ISBN: 978-1-9991981-1-4 http://doi.org/10.17605/OSF.IO/HF7DQ

Price, P. C., Jhangiani, R. S., Chiang, I-C., Leighton, D. C., & Cuttler, C. (2017). Research methods in psychology (3rd American ed.). Retrieved from https://opentext.wsu.edu/carriecuttler/

Price, P. C., Jhangiani, R. S., Chiang, I-C., & Leighton, D. C. (2017). Research methods in psychology (2nd American ed.). Retrieved from https://osf.io/2j3pt/ http://doi.org/10.17605/OSF.IO/2J3PT

 

Awards and Honors

  • Nominee, Teaching Excellence Award, Honors Program, Texas A&M University—Texarkana (2019).
  • Preregistration Challenge Award, Center for Open Science (2018) $1000 prize for Leighton, Brandt, & Kennedy (2019).
  • Pete Reid Young Alumni Award, Whitman College (2013)
  • Eugene Marx Service Award, Whitman College (2001)

 

Fellowships and Scholarships

Doctoral Academy Fellowship, University of Arkansas (4 years 2008–2012)

International Student Scholarship, University of British Columbia (3 years 2001–2004)

Alexander “Jay” Anderson Scholarship, Whitman College (3 years 1998–2001)

 

Research Presentations

* denotes undergraduate collaborators ** denotes graduate collaborators

 

Leighton, D. C., *Gardner, T., *Wilkins, P., *Lebrun, C., *Hall, M., *Couture, A., *Davis, D., & *Haley, C. (2019, April). Racial Bias in Jury Selection, poster presented at the 2019 Southwestern Psychological Association Convention, Albuquerque, NM.

Leighton, D. C. (2018, September). The Revolution Starts Here: Undergraduate Researchers As Open Science Revolutionaries, Invited talk for Honors College Colloquium, Texas A&M University, Texarkana, TX.

Brannan, D., Leighton, D. C., & **Cuccolo, K. (2018, May). Open Science Initiatives Promote Diverse, Just, and Sustainable Research Practices, Psi Chi Symposium presentation at the 30th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, San Francisco, CA.

Leighton, D. C. (2018, April). Self-Esteem and Self-Disclosure on Facebook: A Collaborative Replication Meta-Analysis, SWPA Symposium presentation at the 2018 Southwestern Psychological Association Convention, Houston, TX.

Hughes, T., Leighton, D. C., *Johnson, T., **Custer, P., & *Cobb, B. (2018, April). The Relationship of Emotional Intelligence with Kindness and Life Satisfaction, poster presented at the 2018 Southwestern Psychological Association Convention, Houston, TX.

Leighton, D. C. & *Glass, M. (2017, April). Partisanship, Social Media Use, and Well-Being for Emerging Adults During the 2016 Presidential Election Campaign, poster presented at the 2017 Southwestern Psychological Association Convention, San Antonio, TX.

*Everett, D., *Glass, M., & Leighton, D. C. (2017, April). Facebook and Self-Disclosure: A Collaborative Replication and Education Project, poster presented at the 2017 Southwestern Psychological Association Convention, San Antonio, TX.

Leighton, D. C., *Norzagaray, A.-A. M., & *Williams, M. (2016, April). Racial Bias, Social Dominance Orientation, and Symbolic Racism in Peremptory Jury Selection, poster presented at the 2016 Southwestern Psychological Association Convention, Dallas, TX.

Leighton, D. C. (2015, November). Social Capital, Moral Exclusion, and Our Kids. Invited talk at Texas A&M University, Texarkana, TX.

Leighton, D. C. & **Osif, R. A. (2014). Symbolic and Realistic Threat’s Effects on Moral Exclusion are Moderated by Right-Wing Authoritarianism and Social Dominance Orientation, poster presented at the 15th annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Austin, TX

Leighton, D. C. (2013). The Injustice of Threat: How Perceived Threats Shrink the Scope of Justice, invited talk at Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA.

**Osif, R. A., Leighton, D. C., *Staerker-Lewis, B. S., *Bradley, S. E., & *Tucker, C. (2013). Symbolic and Realistic Threat: How Do They Affect Moral Exclusion?, poster presented at the 25th annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Washington, D. C.

Leighton, D. C., *Baker, C., *Clay, S. E., *Ricca, R., & *Shelden, T. (2013). Effects of Symbolic and Realistic Threats on Moral Exclusion From the Scope of Justice, poster presented at the 14th annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, New Orleans, LA.

Leighton, D. C., Passini, S., *Ricca, R., *Shelden, T., & Schroeder, D. A. (2012). Validation of the Inclusion/Exclusion of Other Groups Measure, poster presented at the 84th annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

Leighton, D. C. (2011). Effects of Attentional Control and Age on the Semantic Isolation Effect, poster presented at the 23rd annual convention of the Association for Psychological Science, Washington, DC.

Poepsel, D., Leighton, D. C., Schroeder, D., Bridges, A., *Cogburn, Z., *Ginn, W., & *Hilliard, K. (2011). Converging Evidence of a Model for Procedural Justice as a Determinant for Joining Groups, poster presented at the 12th annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Antonio, TX.

Leighton, D. C., Schroeder, D. A., & *Banks, K. E. (2010). Responses to Equality Norm Violations, poster presented at the 11th annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Las Vegas, NV.

Leighton, D. C., *DeVries, K., *Ong, R., & Schaller, M. (2004). Ambient Darkness Moderates Negative Affect In Response to Immigrant Outgroups, poster presented at the 2004 Southeastern Society for Social Psychology conference, Clemson, SC.

Leighton, D. C., *Pirani, Z., Hoffmann, K., & Schaller, M. (2003). Belief in a Dangerous World Moderates Responses to Group Conflict Outcome, poster presented at the 4th annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Los Angeles, CA.

Leighton, D. C. (2002). Political Decision Making for War or Peace, invited talk presented at the St. John’s College Resident Speaker Series, University of British Columbia.

Leighton, D. C. (2001). Effects of Stress on Integrative Complexity and Attitudes Toward Violence; poster presented at the 81st annual Western Psychological Association convention, Maui, HI.

 

Teaching Presentations

Allen, J., Allard, D., Leighton, D. C., Matthews, B., & Stover, T. (2019, June). Open educational resources to reduce student costs, presentation at the NETnet Summer Distance Learning Conference, Tyler, TX.

Leighton, D. C., & Sikorski, A. (2019, April). A beginner's workshop for psychophysiology in the classroom and laboratory, workshop presented at the annual convention of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Albuquerque, NM.

Leighton, D. C. (2016, March). Teaching Empathy for Schizophrenia Using Immersive Experiences, poster presented at the 28th Southeastern Conference on the Teaching of Psychology.

Leighton, D. C. (2014, August). Teaching the science of psychology by integrating psychophysiology lab exercises. In Peterson, J. J. (Chair), Laboratory experiences for Introductory Psychology students: What works? Symposium presented at the 122nd annual convention of the American Psychological Association.

Musselman, R., Altman, W. S., Leighton, D. C., & Musselman, R. M. (2011, May). Get Them Involved! Easy Ways to Integrate Hands-on Experiments in Your Classes, Psi-Beta workshop presented at the 23rd annual convention of the Association for Psychological Science.

Leighton, D. C. (2008). Podcast It, and They Will Come, poster presented at the 20th annual convention of the Association for Psychological Science.

Leighton, D. C. (2008). On the Horizon: Podcasting, invited presentation for the Portland Community College Teaching and Learning Center, Portland, OR.

Leighton, D. C., & Perez, J. (2007). On the Horizon: Podcasting and Other Emerging Technologies that Will Impact Teaching & Learning, invited presentation at the 19th Southeastern Conference on the Teaching of Psychology, Atlanta, GA.

Leighton, D. C., Segrist, D., & Bennett, S. (2006). Effective Activities and Demonstrations for Teaching Abnormal Psychology, invited presentation at the 18th Southeastern Conference on the Teaching of Psychology, Atlanta, GA.

 

Public Presentations

Leighton, D. C. (2019, October). Motivation for Independent Financial Professionals. Talk for the Edward Jones Region 295 All-Stars meeting.

 

Research Grants

2019 Faculty Research Enhancement and Professional Development Grant, Texas A&M University—Texarkana, $3000, Predictors and Moderators of Peremptory Jury Selection Bias.

2018 Faculty Research Enhancement and Professional Development Grant, Texas A&M University—Texarkana, $2830, Predictors and Moderators of Peremptory Jury Selection Bias.

2015 Faculty Research Grant, Southern Arkansas University, $1307, Predictors and Moderators of Peremptory Jury Selection Bias.

 

Teaching Grants

2016 Southern Arkansas University Faculty Development in Teaching with Technology Grant, $950, for implementation of immersive auditory hallucination simulation curricular component in Abnormal Psychology.

2007 Portland Community College Service Learning Mini-Grant, $750, for the creation of a service-learning curricular component in Abnormal Psychology.

2006 Society for the Teaching of Psychology Small Grant: Promoting Partnerships, $500, for production of a regional meeting of high school, community college, and public and private 4-year college instructors, to collaborate, compare curricula, and discuss implementing the APA Education Directorate’s recommendations for learning goals and outcomes.

 

Teaching Methods & Technologies

Methods:

  • Lecture, Discussion
  • Small & large group work, Group presentations
  • Service learning & reflection papers
  • Primary source readings & response papers
  • Psychophysiology laboratory exercises
  • Probing questions; Frequent quizzes for reinforcing learning
  • Scaffolded, developmental assignments to build skills

Technologies:

  • Learning Management Systems (i.e., Blackboard 9.1, Moodle 2)
  • Lecture capture (i.e, Camtasia, Echo360, Tegrity, Zoom)
  • Interactive videoconferencing (I.e., Zoom)
  • Presentation software (i.e., Keynote, PowerPoint) integrating text, media, graphics, interactive polling
  • Personal Response Systems & Formative Assessment (i.e., NearPod, Polleverywhere, Turning Point)
  • Adaptive learning systems (i.e., McGraw Hill ConnectPlus, LearnSmart, SmartBook; Pearson Revel; Norton InQuizitive; CogBooks; LRNR)
  • Online laboratory exercises (i.e., Norton ZapsLabs)

 

Courses Taught

Undergraduate:

  • General/Introductory Psychology & Honors General/Introductory Psychology
  • Research Methods / Experimental Psychology
  • Social Psychology & Honors Social Psychology
  • Social Cognition
  • Stereotyping, Prejudice, and Discrimination
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Career Planning in Psychology
  • History of Psychology
  • Lifespan Developmental Psychology
  • Human Sexuality
  • Psychological Testing & Measurement
  • Industrial & Organizational Psychology
  • Senior Capstone Seminar

Graduate:

  • Advanced Social Psychology
  • Advanced Cognitive Psychology
  • Graduate Psychological Testing & Measurement
  • Graduate Research Methods
  • Teaching Practicum
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Professional Development

2018 Association for Psychological Science Teaching Institute

2017 Introduction to Multilevel Modeling, professor Leoniek Wijngaards, Utrecht University Summer School, 3 day workshop, Utrecht, Netherlands

2016 Improving Your Statistical Inferences by professor Daniel Lakens, Eindhoven University of Technology, online via Coursera. 21 hour course. Covered Frequentist, Likelihood, and Bayesian statistics, power analysis, effect size estimation, and open science practices. Certificate earned on December 4, 2016 https://www.coursera.org/account/accomplishments/certificate/QSK7W8DAMT9G

2016 Southeastern Conference on the Teaching of Psychology

2013 EDUCAUSE Annual Conference: The Best Thinking in Higher Education IT

2007 Tried and True: Investigative Psychophysiology Activities for Your Introductory Psychology Course. National Science Foundation sponsored national workshop for community college instructors to learn principles of psychophysiology and begin integrating scientific laboratory experiences into Introductory Psychology courses. Presented by Project Kaleidoscope and St. Olaf College.

2005–2007 Southeastern Conference on the Teaching of Psychology

2005 National Institute for the Teaching of Psychology

 

College/University Service

Texas A&M University—Texarkana

  • 2018–present Chair, Institutional Review Board
  • 2018–present Faculty Advisor: Psychology Club
  • 2017–present Faculty Staff Giving Committee
  • 2018–2019 Search Committee, Assistant Professor of Adult Education
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Southern Arkansas University

  • 2016 Search Committee, Assistant Professor of Psychology
  • 2016 Search Committee Chair, Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology position
  • 2015–2017 Member, Institutional Review Board for Human Subjects Research
    • 2016–2017: Secretary
  • 2015–2017 Faculty Advisor: Psychology Club
  • 2015 Diversity Strategic Plan Committee

Marywood University (2012–2013)

  • Faculty Advisor: Psychology Club

Tri-County Technical College (2004–2006)

  • Professional Development Instructor: Going Beyond Hearing — A Workshop in Active Listening
  • Faculty Advisor: The Psychology Society
  • Bluegrass Concert Committee

 

Thesis & Dissertation Committee Service

Jackson State University, Adjunct Graduate Faculty Status (2019-present)

Dissertation Committee Member

    • Arica A. M. Norzagaray, 2019-present, Title TBD

 

Marywood University (2012–2014)

Thesis Committee Chair

    • Regina A. Osif, 2013–2014, Mortality Salience and Shared Human Experience: Do They Affect Same-Sex Civil Rights Attitudes?

Thesis Committee Member

    • Lauren Lee, 2012–2013, How Do Narcissists Perceive Narcissistic Behavior in Others?
    • Jason Vogt, 2012–2013, Distractions While Driving: A Comparison of the Effects of Mobile Devices on Driver Situation Awareness and Performance

 

Professional Service

2019 Chapter Reviewer, Psychology, OpenStax open textbook project

2017–2019 Ad-Hoc Journal Reviewer, Journal of Social Psychology

2016–2019 Reviewer, National Science Foundation

2016–2019 Conference Proposal Reviewer, Southwestern Psychological Association

2018 Ad-Hoc Journal Reviewer, Psychology Learning and Teaching

2017 Conference Proposal Reviewer, Psi Chi Session, Midwestern Psychological Association

2017 Reviewer, Teacher Scholar Travel Awards, Society for Personality and Social Psychology

2017 Ad-Hoc Journal Reviewer, Self and Identity

2016–2017 Reviewer, Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR), Society for Personality and Social Psychology

2016 Reviewer, Outstanding Research Award & Student Poster Award, Society for Personality and Social Psychology Student Committee

2016 Expert Rater, The College Board College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

2016 Conference Proposal Reviewer, APA Division 9, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues

2014 Reader, AP Psychology Exam, Educational Testing Service

2014 Conference Proposal Reviewer, APA Division 8, Personality and Social Psychology

2013–2014 Judge, SPSP Student Poster Award, Society for Personality and Social Psychology Graduate Student Council

2013 Reviewer, Student Research Competition, Southwestern Psychological Association Awards Committee

2012 Conference Proposal Reviewer, APA Division 9, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues

2009 Ad-Hoc Journal Reviewer, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin

2009 Summer Institute for Social Psychology, Northwestern University

2005–2007 Conference Proposal Reviewer, APA Division 2, Society for the Teaching of Psychology

 

Professional Societies

Association for Psychological Science

International Society for Justice Research

Psi Chi International Honor Society for Psychology

Society for Personality and Social Psychology

Society for the Teaching of Psychology

Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues

Southwestern Psychological Association

 

 

Community Service

2016 Democratic Party of Columbia County, AR

  • Presentation & Workshop: The Science and Practice of Get-Out-The-Vote, August 20, 2016
  • Consultant: Get-Out-The-Vote voter mobilization effort

 

Research Interests

 

Social Psychology: I am interested in researching the psychological processes involved in intergroup conflict. My main interest is focused on exploring the ways in which people view ingroups and outgroups, especially in terms of ethnicity, political orientation, and religion, and how these contribute to peace, violence, and conflict. I am interested in the psychology of legitimacy (e.g. the ways people legitimize unjust institutions), the psychological processes that people use to exclude others from their scope of justice, and the cognitive and affective responses people have to threats posed by people or situations. I am also beginning a line of research on intergroup trust.

 

Improving Psychological Science: Psychological science has endured a crisis of confidence in our published findings, largely as a product of questionable research practices, underreported null findings, and weak statistical power. I am interested in pursuing and promoting research that addresses these issues. Specifically, I am involved in large-scale crowdsourced research projects and in giving students an opportunity to participate in replications and extensions of prior findings.

 

Peace Psychology: Peace psychology has become a critical area of study because of radical changes in the nature of warfare from large-scale global conflicts to smaller-scale regional wars and ethnic conflicts. Ethnic conflicts and civil wars often traumatize people in all levels of society and at all ages. I am interested in the antecedents of violence or peaceful conflict resolution, and how social psychology can inform the discourse on peacemaking and peacebuilding.

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