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Meet Professor Cynthia Mohr
Meet Professor Cynthia Mohr

Professor Cynthia Mohr received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Connecticut in 1999 and joined the faculty of PSU in 2001. She has received numerous grants and awards, publishes regularly and is a frequent presenter at academic and community venues.

Professor Mohr's research interests focus on the manner in which individuals influence one another's perceptions and behaviors, particularly in terms of health behaviors. She believes psychologists are like detectives using the clues of human behavior to understand what influences may determine alcohol consumption, smoking, exercise and other health-related behaviors.

In 2004, Professor Mohr received a grant of $28,602 from Oregon Health & Science University Foundation for two community-based research studies. Professor Mohr's research team was interested in talking to Portland community members about the types of behaviors, positive and negative, in which people engage in their daily lives and how those behaviors relate to personal health. In her research she asks the question, what are the meaningful patterns of daily life?

Currently Professor Mohr is the Principle Investigator for a two-year grant of $131,402 from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. This grant funds research on alcohol consumption as well as health, exercise, mood, and other interpersonal behaviors. To identify patterns over time, and to improve data collection and analysis, her research team has developed a daily survey that is custom programmable for use on a PDA. By collecting information from people as it occurs, instead of asking people to recall events, Professor Mohr's team is uncovering experiences as they were perceived at the moment, which is often different from how they are later viewed.

Much of Professor Mohr's teaching also focuses on the aspects of data collection. Students collect data from their own lives, current events and observation. They then examine how these data hold up in the real world as well as how research gets reported. Professor Mohr believes it is important for students to understand that psychologists use tools to measure events and experiences that occur in the real world.

Name: Cynthia Mohr
Title: Assistant Professor
office: 317 CH
phone: (503) 725-3981
fax: (503) 725-3904