Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus
401 Psychology Building
(706) 542-2174

Research Interests

Social Psychology

Attitudes and attitude change, close relationships, extralegal influences on juridic decisions

Developmental Psychology

Development of self-concept and self-esteem, family caregiving, sex-typing and sex-role development, psychological contributors to elder abuse

Selected Publications

Articles (Recent and Selected)

Morse, J. Q., Shaffer, D. R., Williamson, G. M., Dooley, W. K., & Schulz, R. (2012). Models of self and others and their relation to positive and negative caregiving responses. Psychology and Aging, 27, 211-218.

Dooley, W. K., Shaffer, D. R., & Williamson, G. M. (2007). Informal care can be better than adequate: Development and evaluation of the Exemplary Care Scale. Rehabilitation Psychology.

Shaffer, D. R., Dooley, W. K., & Williamson, G. W. (2007). Endorsement of proactively aggressive caregiving strategies moderates the relationship between caregiver mental health and potentially harmful caregiver behavior. Psychology and Aging, 22, 494-504.

Shaffer, D. R., & Williamson, G. M. (2006). Shall we select selective investment theory? A viewpoint from the informal care arena. Psychological Inquiry, 17, 51-55.

Shaffer, D. R., & Wittes, E. (2006). Women's precollege sports participation, enjoyment of sports, and self-esteem. Sex Roles, 55, 225-233.

Peck, S. R., Shaffer, D. R., & Williamson, G. M. (2004). Sexual satisfaction and relationship satisfaction in dating couples: The contributions of relationship communality and favorability of sexual exchanges. Journal of Psychology and Human Sexuality, 16, 17-37.

Shaffer, D. R., & Augustine, M. L. (2003). Affective mediation of homophobic reactions to homosexual males. Journal of Psychology and Human Sexuality, 14, 67-85.

Shaffer, D. R., & Collier, C. A. (2003). Activation and use of stereotyped beliefs in personnel decisions: A mock football draft. Advances in Psychology Research, 14, 185-196.

Morrison, M. M., & Shaffer, D. R. (2003). Gender-role congruence and self-referencing as determinants of advertising effectiveness. Sex Roles, 49, 265-275.

Williamson, G. M., Walters, A. S., & Shaffer, D. R. (2002). Caregiver models of self and others, coping and depression: Predictors of depression in children with chronic pain. Health Psychology, 21, 405-410.

Books (Recent and Selected)

Shaffer, D. R., & Kipp, K. (2014). Developmental psychology: Childhood and adolescence (9th ed.). Belmont, CA: Cengage.

Shaffer, D. R. (2009). Social and personality development (6th ed.). Belmont, CA: Cengage.

Williamson, G.M., Shaffer, D.R., & Parmelee, P.A. (2000). Physical illness and depression in older adults: A handbook of theory, research, and practice. New York: Plenum.

Chapters (Recent and Selected)

Shaffer, D. R., & Williamson, G. M. (2007). Age and cognitive functioning. In S. Ayers, A. Baum, C. McManus, S. Newman, K. Wallston, J. Weinman, & R. West (Eds.), Cambridge handbook of psychology, health, & medicine (2nd ed., pp. 15-20). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Williamson, G. M., & Shaffer, D. R. (2007). Age and physical functioning. In S. Ayers, A. Baum, C. McManus, S. Newman, K. Wallston, J. Weinman, & R. West (Eds.), Cambridge handbook of psychology, health, & medicine (2nd ed., pp. 10-14). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Selected Professional Activities

Associate Editor, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 1975-1977

Associate Editor, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 1978-1980

Associate Editor, Journal of Personality, 1981-1986

Consulting Editor, Review of Personality and Social Psychology, 1980-1988

Honors and Awards

Josiah Meigs Award for Instruction, University of Georgia, 1990

Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award, PSI CHI, The National Honorary Society in Psychology, 1990

Distinguished Alumnus, Humboldt State University, 1994

Honored as co-founder of the Society of Southeastern Social Psychologists (SSSP), 1998

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