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Lisa G. Aspinwall

Lisa G. Aspinwall

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Lisa G. Aspinwall received her undergraduate degree from Stanford University in 1987 and her Ph.D. from UCLA in 1991. Her research interests include the study of self-regulation (how people plan, control, and revise their own actions) and the role of emotions and expectations in this process.

Specific areas of interest include future-oriented thinking (optimism, proactive coping, preventive behaviors), positive affect, and the processing of negative events and information. Her current research examines these processes in the context of cancer genetic testing and other health-risk communications. She is particularly interested in the different ways that people think about genetic causes of mental and physical health outcomes and whether they may be modified.

She is a member of the Cancer Control and Population Sciences Program at the Huntsman Cancer Institute, the recipient of research grants from the National Science Foundation and National Cancer Institute, and a winner of the 2000 Templeton Positive Psychology Prize.

Primary Interests:

  • Causal Attribution
  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Evolution and Genetics
  • Health Psychology
  • Motivation, Goal Setting
  • Social Cognition

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Lisa G. Aspinwall
Department of Psychology
University of Utah
380 S. 1530 E., Room 502
Salt Lake City, Utah 84112
United States of America

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