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James A Shepperd

University of Florida



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James Shepperd, Ph.D., is the R. David Thomas Endowed Professor of Psychology at the University of Florida. He received his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Missouri in 1988 and taught at Holy Cross College before joining the faculty at Florida in 1992. He was an invited professor at the Université de Savoie and the Université Paris X, and held a Fulbright fellowship at Katholieke Universiteit in Leuven, Belgium. He served as the director of graduate training in social psychology for several years and the Research Director for the Southeast Center for Research to Disparities in Oral Health. He is a former associate editor for Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin and serves on the editorial board of numerous journals including Personality & Social Psychology, Psychological Bulletin, Review of General Psychology, and Review of Health Psychology.

He has received over four million dollars in funding from agencies such as the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Health, the National Cancer Institute, and the Templeton Foundation. Dr. Shepperd has published over 120 peer-reviewed papers and has received multiple teaching, mentoring, and research awards. Dr. Shepperd’s research expertise is in the area of judgment and decision making and its implications for health and addresses how people manage threatening information, which includes topics such as optimism, fluctuations in future outlooks, maintaining desired self-views, and gun violence.

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