John A. Updegraff | Kent State University

John A. Updegraff

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I am a social and health psychologist interested in understanding

  • Health behavior - why do some people succeed at improving their health behaviors, but other people fail? What is the role of motivation, goal-setting, and self-regulation in this process?
  • 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.

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)


Updegraff, J. A., Brick, C., Emanuel, A. S., Mintzer, R. E., & Sherman, D. K. (in press). Message framing for health: Moderation by perceived susceptibility and motivational orientation in a diverse sample of Americans. Health Psychology.

McCully, S. N., Don, B. P., & Updegraff, J. A. (2013). Using the internet to help with diet, weight and physical activity: Results from the Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS). Journal of Medical Internet Research. doi: 10.2196/jmir.2612

Updegraff, J. A., & Rothman, A. J. (2013). Health message framing: Moderators, mediators, and mysteries. Social an Personality Psychology Compass.

Emanuel, A. S., McCully, S. N., Gallagher, K .M., & Updegraff, J. A. (2012). Theory of planned behavior explains gender difference in fruit and vegetable consumption. Appetite, 59, 693-697.

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.

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., 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.
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.

KSU student authors in bold

Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles (2002)

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