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Richard J. Harnish

Richard J. Harnish

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Dr. Harnish received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Michigan State University. Prior to joining Penn State University in 2003, he spent 13 years working in private industry, most recently as director of market research for Blattner Brunner, a comprehensive marketing services firm with offices in Atlanta, Washington DC, and Pittsburgh. Dr. Harnish has an active record of publications with a focus on three research interests -- the functional theories of attitudes, interdependence theory and person perception. Of late, his research has focused on understanding how stakeholders solve problems facing the community by using exit-voice behaviors.

Primary Interests:

  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Attitudes and Beliefs
  • Person Perception
  • Persuasion, Social Influence

Journal Articles:

  • Abbey, A., & Harnish, R. J. (1995). Perception of sexual intent: The role of gender, alcohol consumption, and rape supportive attitudes. Sex Roles, 32(5-6), 297-313.
  • Harnish, R. J., Abbey, A., & DeBono, K. G. (1990). Toward an understanding of the "sex game": The effects of gender and self-monitoring in initial interactions. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 20, 1333-1344.
  • Harnish, R. J., & Bridges, K. R. (2006). Social influence: The role of self-monitoring when making social comparisons. Psychology & Marketing, 23, 961-973.
  • Harnish, R. J., & Bridges, K. R. (2004). University-community partnership: Teaching applied social psychology to foster engagement in strategic planning. Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, 10, 107-119.
  • Jackson, L. A., Sullivan, L. A., Harnish, R. J., & Hodge, C. N. (1996). Achieving positive and Social Identity: Social mobility, social creativity, and permeability of group boundaries. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 70, 241-254.

Other Publications:

  • Harnish, R. J. (in press). Using the Kano Model of Customer Satisfaction to predict exit-voice strategies. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.

Courses Taught:

  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Personality Psychology
  • Principles of Measurement
  • Research Methods
  • Social Psychology

Richard J. Harnish
Department of Social Sciences and Education
3550 7th Street Road, Route 780
Penn State New Kensington
New Kensington, Pennsylvania 15068
United States

  • Phone: (724) 334-6735
  • Fax: (724) 334-6039

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