Hwang, Hyeyeon (Ellie)
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Dr. Hyeyeon (Ellie) Hwang graduated with her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the New Mexico State University in 2012. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2000 from Chung-Ang University, Seoul, Korea and she received a Master of Arts in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Western Michigan University in 2007.
Dr. Hwang has taught Personality Psychology, Research Methods, Advanced Research Seminar, and Psychology of Women. She enjoys working with students in a fun but challenging learning environment so that students can find their own paths in psychology throughout their learning experiences. She plans to teach Social Psychology, General Psychology, Research Design and Analysis I & II, and Social Bases of Behavior. She is also interested in teaching courses such as Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Conservation Psychology, and Systems of Psychology.
As an applied social psychologist, Dr. Hwang’s primary research goal is to identify, develop, and test new approaches and theories to solve a variety of societal problems, including sustainability, education, health, and inequality and related conflict. She particularly focuses on understanding psychological motivation for and barriers to conservation behavior by examining the effects of several approaches, including self-priming, attitude, education, and different emotional reactions to environmental problems and conservation issues. Her main goal in this research area is to develop the theoretical foundation with which to understand human behavior concerning conservation and to build an efficient strategy to promote pro-social behavior. In addition, she is also interested in topics such as self-priming related to explicit social behavior and cognition; negative social emotion (e.g., embarrassment, jealousy, fear, and social anxiety) and its effect on social cognition and interpersonal behavior; social behavior in the workplace (e.g., competition, cooperation, and helping); and the scholarship of teaching and learning.