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.


Lacey, Heather

Heather Pond Lacey

Associate Professor, Applied Psychology
Faculty Suite J, Room 122

I grew up in Berkeley, California. I received my B.A. in 1996 in Psychology from California State University East Bay (Formerly, CSU Hayward) where I discovered a love of experimental research. I moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1997 to attend graduate school at the University of Michigan. I received my M.A. in 1999 and my Ph.D. in 2003 in the Cognition & Perception program in psychology, studying reading and language processes and memory in social relationships. In post-doctoral study, I joined the Center for Behavioral and Decision Sciences in Medicine, a joint program in the UM Medical School and the Veterans Affairs Hospital, studying health-related decision making. In 2006, I joined the faculty at Bryant University in Smithfield, RI where I have continued my research in decision making. When I'm not on campus, I'm usually caring for my two amazing children, occasionally getting to a zumba or yoga class, and whenever possible, gardening.

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., The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence, ABC-CLIO.

Lacey, H., Zikmund-Fisher, B., Scherer, L., Lacey, S., Distinguishing sensitivity to probabilities vs. emotional reactivity in risk perception.

Lacey, H., Zikmund-Fisher, B., Scherer, L., Lacey, S., Health risk messages and individual differences in risk perception.

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.