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Steven Prentice-Dunn

Steven Prentice-Dunn

Steven Prentice-Dunn is a faculty member in the University of Alabama’s doctoral program in social psychology. He has taught at the University of Alabama since 1981 and has served as the Director of Graduate Studies as well as the Coordinator of the Introductory Psychology Program.

Steve has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses, including social psychology, research methods, statistics, and introductory psychology. For the past 20 years, Steve has offered Teaching of Psychology, a seminar in which advanced doctoral students receive close supervision as they learn teaching techniques and then implement them in their own small PY 101 course. A recent accreditation evaluator called Teaching of Psychology, “a wonderfully developed program that provides a unique learning experience for graduate students while also providing more personalized instruction in introductory psychology.”

Steve’s current undergraduate teaching emphasis is Introduction to Psychology in traditional, honors, and online formats. In 2010, he developed the first online PY 101 course offered at the University, with content being delivered through an e-book and online articles, interactive exercises, video clips, student discussion boards, recorded brief lectures from imminent researchers, and a constantly updated newsfeed of psychology headlines from around the world. In 2011, he created a PY 101 course in which students supplement attendance at large lectures with small interactive classes that involve group discussion, demonstrations, and writing projects.

Steve has been honored to receive the National Alumni Association’s Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Award, the Arts & Sciences Teaching Fellow designation, and the Psychology Chair’s Award for Distinguished Teaching. He has also been named Faculty Member of the Year by the Graduate Student Association and by Psi Chi, the psychology honorary society. He is the former consulting editor for the journal, Teaching of Psychology.

Steve is a social psychologist whose 90 publications focus on health and on teaching. In recent years, he has investigated brief, low-cost interventions to promote preventive health behaviors such as reducing deliberate sun exposure to lower skin cancer risk, complying with dietary guidelines following gastric bypass surgery, and increasing breast cancer awareness among young adults. He has also written articles on training graduate students to teach and on consultation with new instructors. Steve has been designated as a Fellow of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.

Primary Interests:

  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Attitudes and Beliefs
  • Health Psychology
  • Persuasion, Social Influence

Journal Articles:

  • Allen, R. S., Phillips, L. L., Pekmezi, D., Crowther, M. R., & Prentice-Dunn, S. (2009). Living well with living wills: Application of protection motivation theory to living will execution among older Caucasian and African American adults. Clinical Gerontologist, 32, 44-59.
  • Boeka, A., Prentice-Dunn, S., & Lokken, K. (2010). Psychosocial predictors of weight loss and intentions to comply with post-surgical guidelines following bariatric surgery. Psychology, Health, and Medicine, 15, 188-197.
  • Payne, K. L., Prentice-Dunn, S., & Allen, R. S (2010). A comparison of two interventions to increase completion of advance directives. Clinical Gerontologist, 33, 49-61.
  • Prentice-Dunn, H., & Prentice-Dunn, S. (2012). Physical activity, sedentary behavior, and childhood obesity: A review of cross-sectional studies. Psychology, Health and Medicine, 17, 255-273.
  • Prentice-Dunn, S., McMath, B. F., & Cramer, R. J. (2009). Protection motivation theory and stages of change in sun protective behavior. Journal of Health Psychology, 14, 297-305.

Other Publications:

  • Prentice-Dunn, S. (2012).Teaching in the context of professional development and work-private life balance. In W. Buskist & V. A. Benassi (Eds.), Effective college and university teaching: Strategies and tactics for the new professoriate (pp. 39-47). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Courses Taught:

  • Honors Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Online Introduction to Psychology
  • Teaching of Psychology

Steven Prentice-Dunn
Department of Psychology
University of Alabama
P.O. Box 870348
Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35487-0348
United States

  • Phone: (205) 348-1940
  • Fax: (205) 348-8648

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