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John A. Updegraff

Associate Professor & Graduate Coordinator
Education: Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles (2002)

Research Area: Experimental - Social, Experimental - Health

Research Interests

I am a social and health psychologist interested in understanding

  • Health communication - in particular, the role of message framing and message tailoring in promoting health behavior change,
  • How self-concept and motivations influence people's interpretations and reactions to everyday experiences,
  • The role of positive psychological states - such as posttraumatic growth and finding meaning - in coping with stress.

Lab Site: Self, Health & Emotion Lab

Courses Taught

  • Health Psychology (undergraduate)
  • General Psychology (undergraduate)
  • Health Behavior and Health Behavior Change (graduate)
  • Social Psychology (graduate)
  • Social Psychological Perspectives on Well-Being (graduate)


Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Updegraff, J. A., Rothman, A. J., & Salovey, P. (in press). Using message framing to promote healthful behaviors: An update. In J. A. Trafton (Ed.), Best Practices in the Behavioral Management of Chronic Disease.

Segar, M. L., Updegraff, J. A., Zikmund-Fisher, B. J., & Richardson, C. R. (2012). Physical activity advertisements that feature daily well-being improve autonomy and body image in overweight women but not men. Journal of Obesity. doi:10.1155/2012/354721

Ciesla, J.A., Reilly, L.C., Dickson, K.S., Emanuel, A.S., Updegraff, J.A. (in press). Dispositional mindfulness moderates the effects of stress among adolescents: Rumination as a mediator. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.

Gallagher, K. M., & Updegraff, J. A. (2012). Health message framing effects on attitudes, intentions, and behavior: A meta-analytic review. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 43, 101-116.

Hill, C. L., & Updegraff, J. A. (2012). Mindfulness and its relationship to emotional regulation. Emotion, 21, 81-90.

Updegraff, J. A., Emanuel, A. S., Gallagher, K. M., & Steinman, C. (2011). Framing flu prevention - An experimental field test of signs promoting hand hygiene during the 2009-2010 H1N1 pandemic. Health Psychology, 30, 295-299.

Gallagher, K.M., Updegraff, J. A., Rothman, A. J., & Sims, L. (2011). Perceived susceptibility to breast cancer moderates the effect of gain- and loss-framed messages on use of screening mammography. Health Psychology, 30, 145-152.

Sherman, D. K., Uskul, A.K., & Updegraff, J. A. (2011). The role of the self in responses to health communications: A cultural perspective. Self and Identity, 10, 284-294.

Gallagher, K. M., & Updegraff, J. A. (2011). When “fit” leads to fit and when “fit” leads to fat: How message framing and intrinsic v. extrinsic exercise outcomes interact in promoting physical activity. Psychology and Health, 26, 819-834.

Emanuel, A. S., Updegraff, J. A., Kalmbach, D. A. & Ciesla, J. A. (2010). The role of mindfulness facets in affective forecasting.Personality and Individual Differences, 49, 815-818.

Updegraff, J. A., Emanuel, A. S., Suh, E. M., & Gallagher, K. M. (2010). Sheltering the self from the storm: Self-construal abstractness and the stability of self-esteem. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 36, 97-108.

Rothman, A. J., & Updegraff, J. A. (2010). Specifying when and how gain- and loss-framed messages motivate healthy behavior: An integrated approach. To appear in G. Keren (Ed.), Perspectives on Framing (pp. 257-278). London: Psychology Press / Taylor & Francis.

Sherman, D. K., Updegraff, J. A., & Mann, T. L. (2008). Improving oral health behavior: A social psychological approach. Journal of the American Dental Association, 139, 1382-1387.

Updegraff, J. A., Silver, R. C., & Holman, E. A. (2008). Searching for and finding meaning in a collective trauma: Results from a national longitudinal study of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 95, 709-722.

Updegraff, J. A., Sherman, D. K., Luyster, F. S., & Mann, T. L. (2007). The effects of message quality and congruency on perceptions of tailored health communications. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 43, 248-256.

Sherman, D. K., Mann, T. L., & Updegraff, J. A. (2006). Approach/avoidance orientation, message framing, and health behavior: Understanding the congruency effect. Motivation and Emotion, 30, 164-168.

Updegraff, J. A. & Marshall, G. N. (2005). Predictors of perceived growth following direct exposure to community violence.Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 24, 538-560.
Mann, T. L., Sherman, D. S., & Updegraff, J. A. (2004). Dispositional motivations and message framing: A test of the congruency hypothesis. Health Psychology, 23, 330-334.

Updegraff, J. A., Gable, S. L., & Taylor, S. E. (2004). What makes experiences satisfying? The interaction of approach-avoidance motivations and emotions in well-being. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 86, 496-504.

Updegraff, J. A., Taylor, S. E., Kemeny, M. E., & Wyatt, G. E. (2002). Positive and negative effects of HIV-infection in women with low socioeconomic resources. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 28, 382-394.

Taylor, S. E., Klein, L. C., Lewis, B. L., Gruenewald, T. L., Gurung, R. A. R., & Updegraff, J. A. (2000). Biobehavioral responses to stress in females: Tend-and-befriend, not fight-or-flight. Psychological Review, 107, 411-429.

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John A. Updegraff
Department of Psychology
321 Kent Hall
Phone: 330-672-4731
Fax: 330-672-3786