Social Psychology Network

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Cynthia Lonsbary

Cynthia Lonsbary

  • SPN Mentor

I regularly teach Introductory Psychology, Social Psychology, Research Methods in Social Sciences, and Lifespan Development

Most of my time is spent teaching at Jefferson Community College wich I enjoy tremendously. When I research I am interested in the areas of academic performance and the self & motivation. I am currently planing reearch into how people manage transitions between multiple socail roales (parent to student, spouse to manager, etc).

In the past I have researched the following topics: self-determination theory, implicit theories, academic performance, academic dishonesty, academic identity, goal pursuits, and contingencies of self-worth. Additionally I am interested in interpersonal relationships, specifically regarding romantic relationships, jealousy, mentor relationships, and social support.

Primary Interests:

  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Attitudes and Beliefs
  • Close Relationships
  • Helping, Prosocial Behavior
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Motivation, Goal Setting
  • Persuasion, Social Influence
  • Research Methods, Assessment
  • Self and Identity
  • Social Cognition

Journal Articles:

  • Patrick, H., Knee, C. R., Canevello, A., & Lonsbary, C. (2007). The role of need fulfillment in relationship functioning and well-being: A self-determination theory perspective. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 92, 434-457.
  • Knee, C. R., Lonsbary, C., Canevello, A., & Patrick, H. (2005). Self-determination and conflict in romantic relationships. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 89, 997-1009.
  • Knee, C. R., Patrick, H., & Lonsbary, C. (2003). Implicit theories of relationships: Orientations toward evaluation and cultivation. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 7, 41-55.

Courses Taught:

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Lifespan Development
  • Research Methods in Social Sciences
  • Social Psychology

Cynthia Lonsbary
Social Sciences Department
Jefferson Community College
1220 Coffeen Street
Watertown, NY 13601
United States

  • Phone: (315) 786-6577

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