College of Natural Sciences

Jennifer J. Harman

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Associate Professor
Applied Social and Health Psychology

Phone: (970) 491-1529
Office Location: 219 BHSCI

PhD: University of Connecticut 2005
Area of Specialization: Intimate relationships, psychosocial factors involved with HIV and other infectious disease risk behaviors, medical adherence theory and intervention, social status, and health.
Teaching Courses:
Office Hours:
Monday- | Tuesday- | Wednesday- 1:00-2:30 | Thursday- | Friday- | By Appointment-

Vita: harman.pdf

Academic Genealogy

Recent Publications

Harman, J. J., Kaufman, M. R., & Khati, D. (in press). Evaluation of the Letís Talk Intervention in Nepal. Journal of Health Communication.

Harman, J. J., Kaufman, M. R., Aoki, E., & Trott, C. D. (in press). Sexual network partners in Tanzania: Labels, power, and the systemic muting of womenís health and identity. In H. Pishwa & R. Schulze (Eds.), Expression of Inequality in Interaction: Power, Dominance, and Status. John Benjamins Publishing Company.

OíGrady, M. A., Harman, J. J., Gleason, M. E. J., & Wilson, K. (2012). Managing an attractive impression by using alcohol: Evidence from two diary studies. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 34, 76-87.

Kaufman, M. R., Harman, J. J. & Khati, D. (2012). Letís Talk about Sex: Development of a sexual health program for Nepali women. . AIDS Education and Prevention, 24, 327-338.

Harman, J. J., Wilson, K., & Keneski, E. (2010). Social and environmental contributors to perceived vulnerability and perception of risk for negative health consequences. In J. G. Lavino & R. B. Neumann (Eds.), Psychology of Risk Perception, pp. 1-45. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.


Harman's 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