Academic Interests and Areas of Expertise
Areas of expertise are developmental psychology and evolutionary psychology
Dr. Hehman's past research interests have included studying memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s as well as ‘Theory of Mind’ across the lifespan. Her current research includes developing a bio-social-cognitive model of ageism and investigating ways to foster more positive life outcomes for older adults.
Description of Research
Dr. Hehman is currently working on a series of research studies (in collaboration with Daphne Bugental, UCSB) aimed at identifying individual differences and contextual variables that lead some older adults to succumb more to the challenges of older age than others. She intends to use the findings from these studies to inform an intervention program aimed at enhancing life outcomes of older adults (i.e., promoting ‘successful aging’).
Courses Offered at Redlands
- Introduction to Psychology
- Developmental Psychology
- Research Methods
- Nature and Origin of Human Relationships Across the Lifespan
- Psychology of aging
- B.S., Psychology, Northern Kentucky University, 2002
- Ph.D., Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2009
Previous Teaching Experience
At UCSB, she has taught courses on Human Relationships Across the Lifespan, Basic Statistics, and Advanced Research Methods.
Previous Relevant Work Experience
At UCSB, she served as a teaching assistant responsible for leading discussion/laboratory sections of Introduction to Psychology, Basic Statistics, Advanced Research Methods, as well as Animal Learning courses
Awards and Honors
- Recipient of the Graduate Opportunity Fellowship for 2006-2007 academic year (tuition/fees and stipend; UCSB)
- Received Professional Development Award for community education regarding common myths of aging (UCSB, 11/07)
Publications, Presentations and Panels
Hehman, J.A., & Bugental, D.B. (2012). Life Stage-Specific Variations in Performance in Response to Age Stereotypes. Developmental Psychology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1037/a0029559
Hehman, J.A., Corpuz, R., & Bugental, D.B. (2012). Patronizing speech to older adults. Journal of Nonverbal Behavior. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s10919-012-0135-8
Hehman, J.A. & Bugental, D.B. (2012). Life stage-specific responses to patronizing communication? Invited talk at Social Interaction Lab, University of California, Santa Barbara, April 2012.
Hehman, J.A. & Bugental, D. (2011). Life stage-specific responses to age-based stigma. Paper presented at Center for Evolutionary Psychology, University of California Santa Barbara, CA, October 2011.
Hehman, J.A. & Bugental, D. (2011). Stigmatization of those who are too young or too old. Paper presented at annual Human Behavior and Evolution Society conference, Montpellier, France, June 2011.
Hehman, J.A. & Bugental, D. (2010). “Age stereotypes by self and others influence older adults' performance and threat responses.” Paper presented at annual Human Behavior and Evolution Society conference, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, June 2010.
Hehman, J.A. (2009). Costs and Potential Mitigating Factors of the Stigmatization of Older Adults. (Doctoral dissertation). Available from the ProQuest Dissertation and Theses database (PQDT).
Hehman, J. A. (2009, February). “A bio-social-cognitive model of ageism.” A paper presented at a joint seminar meeting of the Interdisciplinary program in Human Development and the Developmental and Evolutionary program, UCSB.
Bugental, D.B. & Hehman, J.A. (2007). “Ageism: A Review of Research and Policy Implications.” Social Issues and Policy Review, 1 (1), 173-216.
Bardgett M.E., Griffith M.S., Foltz R.F., Hopkins J.A., Massie C.M., & O'Connell S.M. (2006). “The effects of clozapine on delayed spatial alternation deficits in rats with hippocampal damage.” Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 85:86-94.
Hehman, J.A., German, T.P., & Klein, S.B. (2005). “Impaired self-recognition from recent photographs in a case of late-stage Alzheimer's Disease.” Social Cognition, 23 (1), 118-123.
German, T.P. & Hehman, J.A. (2006). “Representational and executive selection resources in 'theory of mind': Evidence from compromised belief-desire reasoning in old age.” Cognition, 101, 129-152.
- Member of APA
- Member of APS
- Member of Psi Chi
- Member of Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI)
- Center for Evolutionary Psychology, UC Santa Barbara
Jessica Hehman is the faculty Sponsor for Psi Chi – The National Honor Society in Psychology