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Tracy DeHart

My research focuses on the origins of people’s beliefs about the self and the effect of these beliefs on self-regulatory processes and close relationships. My research has looked at people’s implicit (unconscious) and explicit (conscious) beliefs about the self and close others. More specifically, I have been examining early experiences that influence the level and stability of people’s implicit and explicit self-esteem. In addition, I have been studying how, once formed, people’s explicit and implicit self-evaluations influence how people regulate their feelings of dependency in their close relationships, thoughts and feelings about themselves, and health related behaviors (such as alcohol consumption).

Primary Interests:

  • Close Relationships
  • Health Psychology
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Self and Identity
  • Social Cognition

Journal Articles:

  • DeHart, T., Tennen, H., Armeli, S., Todd, M., & Mohr, C. (in press). A diary study of implicit self- esteem, interpersonal interactions, and alcohol consumption in college students. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.
  • DeHart, T., Tennen, H., Armeli, S., Todd, M., & Mohr, C. (in press). A diary study of implicit self- esteem, interpersonal interactions, and alcohol consumption in college students. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.
  • Longua, J., DeHart, T., Tennen, H., & Armeli, S. (in press). Personality moderates the interaction between positive and negative daily events predicting negative affect. Journal of Research in Personality.
  • DeHart, T., Murray, S. L., Pelham, B. W., & Rose, P. (2003). The regulation of dependency in mother-child relationships. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 39, 59-67.
  • DeHart, T. & Pelham, B. W. (2007). Fluctuations in state implicit self-esteem in response to daily negative events. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 43, 157–165.
  • DeHart, T., Pelham, B. W., & Murray, S. L. (2004). Implicit dependency regulation: Self-esteem, relationship closeness, and implicit evaluation of close others. Social Cognition, 22, 126-146. [Special Issue: The Art and Science of Self-Defense]
  • DeHart, T., Pelham, B. W., & Tennen, H. (2006). What lies beneath: Parenting style and implicit self-esteem. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 42, 1-17.
  • DeHart, T., Tennen, H., Armeli, S., Todd, M., & Affleck, G. (2008). Drinking to regulate negative romantic relationship interactions: The moderating role of self- esteem. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 44, 527 - 538.

Other Publications:

  • DeHart, T., & Tennen, H. (2006). Self-esteem in therapeutic settings and emotional disorders. In Michael Kernis (Ed.), Self-esteem: Issues and answers (pp. 316-325). New York: Psychology Press.
  • Koole, S. L., & DeHart, T. (2007). Self-affection without self-reflection: Origins, models, and consequences of implicit self-esteem. In C. Sedikides & S.Spencer (Eds.), The Self in Social Psychology. (pp.36 – 86). New York: Psychology Press.

Courses Taught:

  • Graduate Statistics
  • Research Methods
  • Social Psychology
  • The Self

Tracy DeHart
Department of Psychology
Loyola University Chicago
1032 W. Sheridan Road
Chicago, Illinois 60660
United States

  • Phone: (773) 508-3281

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