I recently joined the Department of Psychology at Miami University (Ohio), and plan to accept students to begin graduate school in Fall 2020. Applications are due by December 1, 2019. You can find information about the PhD program in Social Psychology here and are encouraged to email me directly to learn more about ongoing work in my lab. If you are interested in becoming a research assistant in my lab this fall, please fill out and email me the application form found here.
My research uses insights from social psychology to understand and improve the health of stigmatized groups (e.g., higher body weight individuals, racial and sexual minorities). I often examine the consequences of stigma through the theoretical lens of social identity threat. I employ both experimental and non-experimental methods, including experience sampling, daily diary designs, and theory-driven analyses of large population health datasets. I take a diverse approach to health assessment, including outcomes such as physiological indicators of stress (e.g., cardiovascular reactivity), health behaviors (e.g., eating), psychological health (e.g., depression), and social well-being (e.g., loneliness).
I previously completed my Ph.D. (2017) in Social Psychology at UCSB working with Dr. Brenda Major in the Self and Social Identity Lab, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship (2019) in Health Psychology at UCLA in Dr. Janet Tomiyama's Dieting, Stress, and Health Lab.
Feel free to see my CV, Google Scholar profile or email me if you have any questions!
August 2019: Our paper on the evaluative implications of intersecting body weight and other social categories (lead by Dr. Nicholas Alt) was published at Body Image! Read it here.
July 2019: I made the cross-country journey to Cincinnati. I'm officially an Ohioan!
June 2019: Our paper on weight-based discrimination, interpersonal needs, and suicidal ideation was published at Stigma & Health! Read it here.
January 2019: I accepted a tenure-track faculty position in Social Psychology at Miami University (Ohio)!
Last updated: October 2019
Jeffrey M. Hunger, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Social Psychology
Miami University of Ohio