Richard Harnish

Professor, Social Sciences and Education
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Engineering, 122A

Richard J. Harnish, Ph.D. is professor of psychology at the Pennsylvania State University, New Kensington Campus, where he teaches social psychology, personality psychology, and research method courses.

Research Interests

Of late, Dr. Harnish’s research has focused on social and psychological influences in everyday decision-making.


Using Technology to Teach in the COVID-19 Era: Some Considerations, Society for the Teaching of Psychology Graduate Student Teaching Association Blog

Compulsive Buying: The Impact of Attitudes Toward Body Image, Eating Disorders, and Physical Appearance Investment, Psychological Reports - 2019
Collaborators: Joshua Gump, Co-Author; Kenneth Bridges, Co-Author; Frederick Slack, Co-Author; Karen Rottschaefer

What I Wished My Mentor Had Told Me - May, 2019
Collaborators: Kenneth Bridges, Co-Editor; David Sattler, Co-Author; Michael Munson, Co-Editor; Sean Bridgen, Co-Editor; Frederick Slack, Co-Editor; Savannah Smith, Co-Editor

The tripartite model of aberrant purchasing: A theory to explain the maladaptive pursuit of consumption, Psychology & Marketing - December, 2018
Collaborator: Catherine Roster

The Use of Technology in Teaching and Learning - 2018
Collaborators: Kenneth Bridges; David Sattler; Margaret Signorella; Michael Munson

The impact of money attitudes and global life satisfaction on the maladaptive pursuit of consumption, Psychology & Marketing - 2018
Collaborators: Kenneth Bridges, Secondary Author; Rajan Nataraajan; Joshua Gump; Alicia Carson

Predicting Economic, Social, and Foreign Policy Conservatism: The Role of Right-Wing Authoritarianism, Social Dominance Orientation, Moral Foundations Orientation, and Religious Fundamentalism, Current Psychology - September, 2018
Collaborators: Kenneth Bridges, Secondary Author; Joshua Gump, Secondary Author

Compulsive Buying: Prevalence, Irrational Beliefs and Purchasing, International Journal of Mental Health & Addiction - 2017
Collaborators: Kenneth Bridges; Joshua Karelitz

Volunteerism: Its Impact on Personal Development and Educational Experience, Currents in Teaching and Learning - February, 2016
Collaborators: Kenneth Bridges, Co-Author; Andrea Adolph, Co-Author

Mall Haul Videos: Self-presentational Motives and the Role of Self-monitoring, Psychology & Marketing - January, 2016
Collaborator: Kenneth Bridges

Predicting Volunteer Motives among University Faculty and Staff: Implications for Anchoring Colleges and Universities in the Community, PRISM: A Journal of Regional Engagement
Collaborator: Kenneth Bridges

Gender Differences in Formal Thinking: Their Impact on Right-Wing Authoritarianism and Religious Fundamentalism, Psychology - October, 2015
Collaborators: Kenneth Bridges, Primary Author; Array Array

Compulsive Buying: The Role of Irrational Beliefs, Materialism, and Narcissism, Journal of Rational-Emotive Cognitive Behavioral Therapy - March 1, 2015
Collaborator: Kenneth Bridges, Co-Author

Remote and Resident Students' Final Grades and Ratings of Teaching Effectiveness in an Undergraduate Psychology Course, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology - February 16, 2015
Collaborator: Kenneth Bridges, Co-Author

How Advisors Can Promote Student Engagement Outside the Classroom - 2014
Collaborators: Kenneth Bridges, Co-Author; Joshua Karelitz, Co-Author

Understanding Community Engagement Motives: A "Functional" Approach, PRISM: A Journal of Regional Engagement - December, 2013
Collaborator: Kevin Snider, Co-Author

Blogs in Undergraduate Psychology: Applications and Advantages, Essays from e-xcellence in teaching - August, 2013
Collaborators: Kenneth Bridges, Co-Author; Deborah Sillman, Co-Author

Improving Teaching and Learning in Synchronous Live Video Streamed Courses, Essays from e-xcellence in teaching - August, 2013
Collaborator: Kenneth Bridges

Transnational Care of the Elderly - August, 2013
Collaborators: Jyotsna Kalavar, Author; Kenneth Bridges, Author

Development and Psychometric Evaluation of the Sexual Intent Scale, Journal of Sex Research - June, 2013
Collaborators: Kenneth Bridges, Co-Author; Karen Rottschaefer, Co-Author

Promoting Student Engagement: Using Community Service-Learning Projects in Undergraduate Psychology, PRISM: A Journal of Regional Engagement - November 29, 2012
Collaborator: Kenneth Bridges, Co-Author

Teaching Undergraduate Positive Psychology: An Active Learning Approach Using Student Blogs, Psychology Learning & Teaching - October, 2012
Collaborators: Kenneth Bridges, Primary Author; Deborah Sillman, Co-Author

Evaluating Advice: Self-Presentational Biases between High and Low Self-Monitors, Psychology & Marketing - March, 2012
Collaborators: Kenneth Bridges, Co-Author; Matthew Krajci, Author

Effect of Syllabus Tone: Students' Perceptions of Instructor and Course, Social Psychology of Education: an International Journal - September, 2011
Collaborators: Kenneth Bridges, Author; Array Array; Array Array; Array Array; Array Array

Engaging Students in Applied Social Psychology, Society for the Teaching of Psychology e-book on Student Engagement - April, 2011
Collaborators: Kenneth Bridges, Co-Author; Alecia Denillo, Co-Author; Michele Flaherty, Co-Author

Creating the foundation for a warm classroom climate: Best practices in syllabus tone, APS Observer - January 1, 2011
Collaborators: Rory O'Brien-McElwee, Author; Jeanne Slattery; Sue Frantz; Michelle Haney; Celia Shore; Julie Penley

Is She Hot or Not? The Impact of Gender and Alcohol on Social Comparisons of Attractiveness and Promiscuity, Social Interactions in the 21st Century - December, 2010
Collaborator: Antonia Abbey

Assessment of Irrational Beliefs, Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology and Behavioral Science - December, 2010
Collaborator: K. Bridges, Contributor to Edited Volume

Role of Irrational Beliefs in Depression and Anxiety: A Review, Health - August, 2010
Collaborator: Kenneth Bridges, Author

Irrational Beliefs, Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology - January, 2010
Collaborators: Kenneth Bridges, Author; Array Array

Social Influence: The Role of Self-Monitoring When Making Social Comparisons, Psychology and Marketing - November, 2006
Collaborator: K. Robert Bridges

University-Community Partnership: Teaching Applied Social Psychology to Foster Engagement in Strategic Planning, Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement - November, 2004
Collaborator: K. Robert Bridges

Normative studies with the scale for interpersonal behaviour (SIB): II. US students a cross-cultural comparison with Dutch data, Behaviour Research and Therapy - 2001
Collaborators: W. Arrindell, Primary Author; Kenneth Bridges, Secondary Author; J, van der Ende, Secondary Author; J. St. Lawrence, Secondary Author; L. Gray-Shellberg, Secondary Author; R. Rogers, Secondary Author; R. Sanderman, Secondary Author

Achieving positive and social identity: Social mobility, social creativity, and permeability of group boundaries, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology - 1996
Collaborators: Linda Jackson, Primary Author; Linda Sullivan, Secondary Author; Carol Hodge, Secondary Author

Perception of sexual intent: The role of gender, alcohol consumption, and rape supportive attitudes, Sex Roles - 1995
Collaborator: Antonia Abbey, Co-Author

Body image: Differences between high and low self-monitoring males and females, Journal of Research in Personality - 1990
Collaborator: Linda Sullivan, Co-Author

Toward an understanding of the "sex game": The effects of gender and self-monitoring in initial interactions, Journal of Applied Social Psychology - 1990
Collaborators: Antonia Abbey, Co-Author; Kenneth DeBono, Co-Author

Source expertise, source attractiveness, and the processing of persuasive information: A functional approach, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology - 1988
Collaborator: Kenneth DeBono, Co-Author

The effects of clothing and dyad sex composition on perceptions of sexual intent: Do women and men evaluate these cues differently?, Journal of Applied Social Psychology - 1987
Collaborators: Antonia Abbey, Co-Author; Cathy Cozzarelli; Kim McLaughlin

The relationship of television viewing time to scores on the fear survey schedule, Personality and Individual Differences - July, 1987
Collaborators: KR Bridges, Primary Author; Kim Korber


Ph D, Psychology, Michigan State University

BA, Psychology, Penn State University