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William Pedersen

Bill

Professor 

Ph.D., University of Southern California, 2002
    Social Psychology

M.A., University of Southern California, 1998
    Social Psychology

B.A., Seattle University, 1994
    Psychology – Summa Cum Laude
    Humanities – Summa Cum Laude

Office: PSY 231

Phone: 562-985-5010
Email: bill.pedersen@csulb.edu
Classes: PSY 411/511 (Statistical Design and Analysis of Experiments)
PSY 351 (Social Psychology)
PSY 110 (Introductory Statistics)
PSY 350 (Psychology and Contemporary Social Issues)

Research:

My research is primarily focused on factors that impact aggressive behavior and violence. I am interested in a variety of personality factors including trait rumination, narcissism, impulsivity, attachment style, and religiosity. I have also investigated a variety of situational factors that impact aggression including rumination, social support, power restoration, alcohol priming, and drug use. A related line of research investigates the impact of trait displaced aggression on romantic relationships, life satisfaction, and both mental and physical health. Finally, I have smaller research programs in the areas of both intergroup relations and evolutionary psychology (specifically gender differences in mating strategies).

Publications:

Affiliations and Awards:

Professional Memberships

Honorary Societies

Distinctions

  • Most Inspirational Professor Award, California State University, Long Beach, 2010
  • Outstanding Faculty Mentor for Student Engagement in Research, Scholarly or Creative Activities, California State University, Long Beach, 2008
  • Society of Experimental Social Psychology (SESP), 2008-present
  • Most Valuable Professor Award, California State University, Long Beach, 2007
  • Scholarly and Creative Activities Award, California State University, Long Beach, 2003-2004; 2005-present
  • Outstanding Faculty Achievement Award, California State University, Long Beach, 2001

Other Interests:

  • Basketball
  • Hiking
  • Movies
  • Water skiing