Heather Pond Lacey

Heather Pond Lacey

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.

Ph D, University of Michigan

MA, University of Michigan

BA, California State University East Bay

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, Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 2020.

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., Rationalizing preferred cancer treatment decisions with probabilities, Medical Decision Making.

Lacey, H.,Lacey, S. C.,Scherer, L. D.,Zikmund-Fisher, B. J., Headaches, sunburns, and drinking water: Individual differences in response to mundane health risks, Risk Analysis.

Lacey, H.,Lacey, S. C.,Forest, C.,Blasi, D.,Dayal, P., The Role of Emotional Sensitivity to Probability in the Decision to Choose Genetic Testing, Journal of Genetic Counseling, 2022.

Lacey, H.,Rivera, A. N., Emotional Sensitivity to Probability as a Predictor of COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy and Prevention Behaviors, Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research, 2022.

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.

Merit Award, 2021

Merit Award, 2019

Merit Award, 2016

Excellence in Teaching Award, 2015

Merit Award, 2014

Merit Award, 2011

Merit Award, 2008

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.

My research specialty within Cognitive Psychology is Judgment and Decision Making. More specifically, I study health related decision making and risk perception.

Society for Judgment and Decision Making

American Psychological Association

Associaton for Psychological Science