Where am I?

Laurel Newman

Associate Professor of Psychology
Chair, Department of Behavioral Sciences

Education:

  • Ph.D. Washington University in St. Louis, 2006, Psychology
    • Dissertation Title: Interpersonal Goals of Narcissists
  • MS Washington University in St. Louis, 2003, Psychology
  • BA Lindenwood University, Psychology and Sociology

Research Area/Scholarly Interests:

Dr. Newman is interested in the ways personality traits and situational and other contextual factors combine to influence people’s thoughts, feelings, and behavior. Recently, her work has focused on identifying the predictors of adjustment and success in college among undergraduate students, as well as providing a critical analysis of the conclusions contained in the positive psychology literature.

Recent Publications:

  • Newman, L. C. & Larsen, R. J. (2010). Taking Sides: Clashing views in personality psychology. New York: McGraw-Hill.
  • Newman, L. C. & Larsen, R. J. (2010). How much of our happiness is within our control? In L. C. Newman & R. J. Larsen (Eds.), Taking Sides: Clashing views in personality psychology. New York: McGraw-Hill.
  • Newman, L. C. (2010). Instructors’ Resource Guide for using Taking Sides: Clashing views in personality psychology. New York: McGraw-Hill.
  • Strube, M. J, Hanson, J. S., & Newman, L. The virtues and vices of personal control. In E. Chang & L. Sanna (Eds), Personality, adjustment, and strategy: Beyond virtue and vice. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Manuscripts in Preparation:

  • Strube, M. J, & Newman, L. C. (2005, 2014 under revision). Psychometrics. In J. T. Cacioppo, L. G. Tassinary, & G. G. Berntson (Eds.), Handbook of psychophysiology. London: Cambridge University Press.

Recent Conference Presentations:

  • Newman, L. C. (2014, February). Different big 5 trait combinations predict satisfaction in different types of relationships. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Austin, TX.
  • Newman, L. C. & Bono, T. J. (2014, February). Relationships with others and emotional well-being during the first months of college. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Austin, TX.
  • *Nickols, S. T. & Newman, L. C. (2013, May). Psychological Barriers to Pro-Environmental Behavioral Change: Creating a Scale to Test a Taxonomy. Poster Presented at the Annual Conference of the Midwest Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  • *Whitlock, H., Newman, L. C., & *Jumper, A. (2013, May). An Exploratory Study of Within and Between Race Bullying. Poster Presented at the Annual Conference of the Midwest Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Newman, L. C. (2013, January). Discussion on Teaching Controversial Issues in Psychology, Moderated at the Teaching of Psychology Preconference at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, New Orleans, LA.
  • Newman, L. C. (2013, January). Using University of Utah’s “Lick Your Rats” Website to Demonstrate the Epiginetic Processes Underlying Personality. Teaching Demonstration Presented at the Teaching of Psychology Preconference at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, New Orleans, LA.
  • *Duran, C. & Newman, L. C. (2012, November). Gender Differences in Fast Food Calorie Consumption. Poster Presented at the Missouri Undergraduate Psychology Conference, Fulton, MO.
  • Foushée R. D., & Newman, L. C. (2012, October). Creating an Integrated Curriculum: Techniques for Teaching Statistics and Research Methods Throughout the Undergraduate Psychology Major. Symposium presented at the Annual Conference for the Teaching of Psychology, Atlanta, GA.
  • Afful, S. A., Newman, L. C., Estle, S. J., & Brown, C. M. (2012, October). Lessons Taught and Learned: Advice for Early Career Psychologists on Designing Successful Courses in Research Methods & Statistics. Symposium presented at the Annual Conference for the Teaching of Psychology, Atlanta, GA.
  • Newman, L. C. (2012, January). Using Interteaching Techniques to Teach Controversial Issues in Social and Personality Psychology. Presentation at the Teaching of Psychology Preconference at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, CA.
  • Newman, L. C., Afful, S. A., & Larsen, R. J. (2012, January). Personality differences in strategies used to regulate emotion. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, CA.
  • Newman, L. C., Afful, S. A., & Estle, S. J. (2011, October). Using the learner centered approach to increase student engagement in the Introductory Psychology classroom. Symposium presented at the Annual Conference for the Teaching of Psychology, Atlanta, GA.
  • Foushee, R. D., Newman, L. C., Afful, S. E., & Hennessy, J. T. (2010, January). Training the next generation of scholars: Building an integrated, research-based undergraduate psychology curriculum. Presented at the Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy, Blacksburg, Virginia.
  • Afful, S. E., & Newman, L. C., (2010, January). A comparison of the effectiveness of podcasted vs. powerpoint online lecture formats. Presented at the Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy, Blacksburg, Virginia.
  • *Newman, L. C., Lancaster, M., & Afful, S. A. (2010, January). Unintentional Effects of In-Class Debate. Roundtable presented at the teaching pre-conference of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology annual meeting, Las Vegas, Nevada.

*Indicates research conducted with Fontbonne Students

Professional Organizations:

  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Psi Chi
  • Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP)
  • Society for the Teaching of Psychology

Courses Taught:

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Research Methods
  • Undergraduate Statistics
  • Social Psychology
  • Personality Psychology
  • Positive Psychology
  • Controversial Issues in Psychology
  • Undergraduate Research (Senior Seminar) I & II

Contact Information:

Department of Behavioral Sciences

Fontbonne University
6800 Wydown Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63105
Email: LNewman@fontbonne.edu
Phone: (314) 889-1440
Office: 310B East Building