Applied Psychology

An understanding of psychology can be applied to every aspect of professional and personal life. The Department of Applied Psychology offers courses that provide a deep understanding of the self, other people, and how to apply that knowledge to a broad range of professional fields.


Department Faculty

Adjunct Professors

  • Louis Cerbo
  • Bary R. Fleet
  • Laurie Hazard
  • Robert Masse
  • Jo-Anne Petrie
  • William Phillips
Lacey, Heather

Heather Pond Lacey

Associate Professor, Applied Psychology
Faculty Suite J, Room 122
Ph D, University of Michigan
MA, University of Michigan
BA, California State University East Bay

In addition to Introduction to Psychology and Research Methods in Psychology, I teach classes in my specialty area, including Cognitive Psychology, and Judgment and Decision Making. In the near future, I'll be teaching Forensic Psychology.

My research specialty within Cognitive Psychology is Judgment and Decision Making. More specifically, I study Health Related Decision Making, Happiness and Quality of Life, and Judgments of Aging and Health Conditions.

  • Society for Judgment and Decision Making
  • American Psychological Association
  • Associaton for Psychological Science
  • 2015, Excellence in Teaching Award

Butler, A., Lacey, H., Luiggi, N., Roberto, M., Innovation Nation: Teaching Middle School Students to be Design Thinkers.

Lacey, H., Lacey, S. C., Forest, C., Dayal, P., Blasi, D., Predicting the Cancer Commission Bias with the Possibility Probability Questionnaire.

Lacey, H., Lacey, S. C., Forest, C., Dayal, P., Blasi, D., Sensitivity to probability and emotional reactivity predicts willingness to seek diagnostic information..

Lacey, H., Lacey, S. C., Scherer, L. D., Zikmund-Fisher, B. J., Headaches, sunburns, and drinking water: Sensitivity to probability and emotional reactivity in response to mundane health risks.

Lacey, H., Lacey, S., Blasi, D., Everson, K., Mahan, K., Miller, R., Improbable but intolerable: Sensitivity to probability and emotional reactivity to possibility predicts worry about mass shooting risks.

Lacey, H., Lacey, S., Scherer, L., Zikmund-Fisher, B., What if I'm the one? Measuring individual differences in sensitivity to probability and emotional reactivity to possibility, Judgment and Decision Making.

Lacey, H., The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence, ABC-CLIO, 2018.

Lacey, H., Free lunch: Managing special diets for children with food allergies and sensitivities, Texas Child Care Quarterly, 2016.

Choi, Y., Lacey, H., Yoon, S., Online Game Characters’ Influence on Brand Trust: Self-Disclosure, Group Membership, and Product Type, Journal of Business Research, 2013.

Kierstead, T. A., Morey, D., Lacey, H., De-biasing the age-happiness bias: Memory search and cultural expectations in happiness judgments across the lifespan., Journal of Happiness Studies, 2012.

Loewenstein, G., Ubel, P. A., Lacey, H., A joint evaluation method for assessing quality of life, Quality of Life Research, 2011.

Fagerlin, A., Loewenstein, G., Smith, D., Riis, J., Ubel, P., Lacey, H., Are they really that happy? Exploring scale recalibration in estimates of well-being, Health Psychology, 2008.

Fagerlin, A., Zikmund-Fisher, B. J., Lacey, H., The potential impact of decision role and patient age on end-of-life treatment decision making, Journal of Medical Ethics, 2008.

Lacey, H., It must be awful for them: Healthy people overlook disease variability in quality of life judgments, Judgment and Decision Making, 2006.

Smith, D., Ubel, P. A., Lacey, H., Hope I die before I get old: Mispredicting happiness across the lifespan, Journal of Happiness Studies, 2006.