Jennifer Jill Harman
Associate Professor, Applied Social program coordinator
Applied Social and Health Psychology
Phone: (970) 491-1529
Office Location: 219 BHSCI
PhD: University of Connecticut 2005
Area of Specialization: Intimate relationships, psychosocial factorsinvolved with HIV and other infectious disease risk behaviors,medical adherence theory and intervention, social status, andhealth.
Teaching Courses: Social Psychology, Infectious Diseases and Substance Use, Attitudes and Persuasion, Close Relationships, The Science of Intimate Relationships
Monday- | Tuesday- | Wednesday- | Thursday- | Friday- | By Appointment-
Current Research: Intimate relationships, power, parental alienation, psychosocial factors associated with aggression and health behaviors (e.g., substance abuse, infectious disease risk behaviors), social interventions, recidivism prevention among criminal justice populations.
Other Web Sites
Biringen, Z., Harman, J. J., Saunders, H., & Emde, R. N. (in press). Attachment security and emotional availability: The broadening of two prominent concepts. In N. Silton (Ed.), Family Dynamics and Romantic Relationships in a Changing Society. IGI Global.
Merolla, A. & Harman, J. J. (2016). Relationship-specific hope and constructive management in adult romantic relationships: Testing an accommodation framework. Communication Research. Published online before print. doi: 10.1177/0093650215627484
Harman, J. J., Leder-Elder, S. & Biringen, Z. (2016). Prevalence of parental alienation drawn from a representative poll. Children & Youth Services Review, 66, 62-66. doi: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2016.04.021
Harman, J. J., Kaufman, M. R., & Khati, D. (2016). Parents behaving badly: Gender biases in the perception of parental alienation. Journal of Family Psychology, Advance online publication. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/fam0000232
Harman, J. J., & Biringen, Z. (2016). Parents acting badly: How institutions and societies promote the alienation of children from their loving families. Fort Collins, CO: Colorado Parental Alienation Project, LLC
Harman Close Relationships Lab: Dr. Harmanís lab focuses on interpersonal relationships and health behaviors using social psychological theory. Employing experimental and qualitative techniques, undergraduate and graduate students actively collaborate with Dr. Harman to study a range of topics that lead to publications and conference presentations. Undergraduate students work in groups or on individual projects (e.g., honorís theses) and routinely meet with all lab members to discuss research issues, ideas, and proposals. A sample of some recent research topics studied in the lab include:
The role of sexual arousal on perceptions of risk for STIs
An examination of how health intervention elements impact perceptions of risk and vulnerability for HIV infection
Determining how racial and social demographic changes impact punitive attitudes (in collaboration with faculty in sociology)
Examining how commitment is defined among polyamorous individuals
Exploring how confident people feel in limiting food portions alone or with others
Examining the impact of a personality feedback intervention among inmates on recidivism She collaborates with faculty and students from all over the world,from Austin, TX and Fort Collins, CO to Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Nepal.
Location: Fort Collins, CO