Kristel M. Gallagher, PhD
Kristel M. Gallagher, PhDAssistant Professor
Department or Division: Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Phone Number:(570) 945-8370
What makes Keystone special to me?
"The Keystone community is truly one of a kind. Faculty, staff, and students alike welcome you with smiles, warmth, and a genuine attitude of kindness. They take the time to get to know your name, your story, and you as a whole person. The Keystone community is a family that looks out for one another and I am proud to be part of that family!"
- Ph.D. in Experimental Social and Health Psychology (2012) – Kent State University, Kent, OH
- M.A. in Experimental Social and Health Psychology (2009) – Kent State University, Kent, OH
- B.A. in Psychology (2007) – Waynesburg University, Waynesburg, PA
How do we motivate people to live healthy lives and make healthy choices? This “million dollar” question is what guides my research, in addition to being a focal point for many top national health organizations. I am a social and health psychologist, which means I apply theories and principles from the field of social psychology to the promotion of healthy behaviors. In particular, I am interested in the promotion of behaviors related to obesity – physical activity and diet.
Some of the issues I have examined include:
- How our choice of ‘wording’ in health messages influences persuasion (i.e., should we tell people the benefits of performing a health behavior or the consequences of not performing it?).
- What kinds of exercise ‘outcomes’ are most persuasive (i.e., should we tell people how exercise will affect them physically and socially or emotionally and mentally?).
- How our motivation to be healthy changes over time (i.e., should we send a unique message to older adults about the benefits of being healthy?).
- Emanuel, A.S., McCully, S.N., Gallagher, K.M., & Updegraff, J.A. (2012). Theory of planned behavior explains gender difference in fruit and vegetable consumption. Appetite.
- Gallagher, K.M. & Updegraff, J.A. (2012). Health message framing effects on attitudes, intentions, and behavior: A meta-analytic review. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 43 (1), 101-116.
- Gallagher, K.M., Updegraff, J.A., Rothman, A., & Sims, L. (2011). Perceived susceptibility to breast cancer moderates the effect of gain- and loss-framed messages on use of screening mammography. Health Psychology, 30 (2), 145-152.
- Gallagher, K.M. & Updegraff, J.A. (2011). When “fit” leads to fit, and when “fit” leads to fat: How message framing and intrinsic v. extrinsic exercise outcomes interact in promoting physical activity. Psychology and Health, 26 (7), 819-834.
- Updegraff, J. A., Emanuel, A. S., Gallagher, K. M., & Steinman, C. (2011). Brief report: Framing flu prevention - An experimental field test of signs promoting hand hygiene during the 2009-2010 H1N1 pandemic. Health Psychology, 30 (3), 295-299.
- Updegraff, J. A., Emanuel, A. S., Suh, E. M., & Gallagher, K. M. (2010). Sheltering the self from the storm: Self-construal abstractness and the stability of self-esteem. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 36, 97-108.
- General Psychology
- Social Psychology
- Health Psychology
- Research Methods for the Social and Behavioral Sciences
- Research Implementation and Analysis