Academics

Jessica Hehman

Asst Professor, Psychology

Degrees: Ph.D., Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2009; B.S., Psychology, Northern Kentucky University, 2002

Office: Psychology , Larsen Hall

Phone: 909/748-8469 Campus Ext. 8469

E-mail: jessica_hehman@redlands.edu

Portrait

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 

Degrees Held

  • 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

Salmon, C. A., & Hehman, J. A.  (2014).  The evolutionary psychology of sibling conflict and siblicide.  In T. K. Shackelford & R. D. Hansen (Eds.), The Evolution of Violence (pp. 137-157).  New York, NY:  Springer.

Salmon, C. A., & Hehman, J. A.  (2014).  Evolutionary perspectives on the sources of sibling conflict.  Paper presented at the annual Human Behavior and Evolution Society conference, Natal Brazil, July 2014.

Salmon, C. A., & Hehman, J. A. (2013).  Effects of sex and relatedness on levels of sibling conflict. Paper presented at the annual Human Behavior and Evolution Society conference, Miami, Florida, July 2013.

Hehman, J.A., & Bugental, D.B. (2012). "Life stage-specific" variations in performance in response to age stereotypes. Developmental Psychology, 49(7), 1396-1406. doi: 10.1037/a0029559

Hehman, J.A., Corpuz, R., & Bugental, D.B. (2012). Patronizing speech to older adults. Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, 36(4), 249-261. 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.

Professional Affiliations

  • 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


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