Dwight A. Hennessy
Campus Addess: Classroom Building C310
Dr. Hennessy received his Ph.D. from York University in Personality and Social Psychology and has been a faculty member at Buffalo State since 2000. He specializes in Social, Environmental, Consumer, and Traffic psychology. Before joining the faculty at Buffalo State, Dr. Hennessy worked as a market research analyst and consultant.
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Recent Students Mentored
Lattrell Sturdivant: Lattrell was a McNair scholar and graduated in May 2013 and is completing a Master’s degree in School Psychology at Niagara University. She received the McNair Scholars David Matyjasik Award and presented her research findings at EPA and SRCC conferences.
Rebeccah Whited: Rebeccah graduated in May 2012 and is completing a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling at UB. She received an undergraduate student research fellowship from BSC and presented her research at EPA and SRCC conferences.
Jessica Hemingway: Jessica graduated in May 2007. She was my teaching assistant in Environmental Psychology and co-authored a book chapter on the effects on media on dangerous driving. She recently completed her Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning at Ohio State University, and is currently completing her Ph.D. at Dresden Leibniz University in Germany.
Elizabeth Manley: Liz graduated in May 2006 and completed her Master’s degree in School Psychology at Niagara University. She has presented research at EPA and CMRSC and co-authored a journal publication with me on Fatal Vision Goggles and drunk driving.
Nicole Maiorana: Nicole graduated in May 2006 after working with me for two years. She was a McNair Scholar and completed an honor’s thesis. She was also awarded the President’s Medal as the outstanding senior at Buffalo State. She has presented research at EPA and CMRSC and co-authored a journal publication with me on Fatal Vision Goggles and drunk driving.
Robert Jakubowski: Rob worked with me for three years and graduated in May 2005. He completed his Ph.D. in Social Psychology at Colorado State University. He has presented several research papers at conferences and has co-authored a chapter with me on attribution biases in drivers, and a journal publication on driver stress spillover.
Sarah Newman: Sarah completed her honor’s thesis and graduated in May 2005. She obtained her Ph.D. in counseling psychology at UB. She presented her research at EPA and the Student Research and Creativity day.
Selected Peer-reviewed Publications
(*notes student co-author)
Hennessy, D. A., & Schwartz, S. (2009). The influence of instrumental motives and daily hassles on Spectator aggression at little league baseball games. Contemporary Athletics.
Hennessy, D. A. (2008). The impact of commuter stress on workplace aggression. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 38, 2315-2335.
Hennessy, D. A., & Jakubowski, R.* (2007). The impact of visual perspective and anger on the Actor-Observer Bias among automobile drivers. Traffic Injury Prevention, 8, 115-122.
Hennessy, D. A., & Schwartz, S. (2007). Personal predictors of spectator aggression at little league baseball games. Violence & Victims, 22, 205-215.
Hennessy, D. A., Lanni, E.*, & Maiorana, N.* (2006). The impact of Fatal Vision Goggles on intentions to drink and drive. Journal of Drug Education, 36, 59-2.
Hennessy, D. A., & Wiesenthal, D. L. (2005). Driving vengeance and willful violations: Clustering of problem driving attitudes. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 35, 61-79.
Fengzhi, L.*, Changji, L., Yunfang, L., Chenglie, Z., & Hennessy, D. A. (2004). Reliability and validity of aggressive driving measures in China. Traffic Injury Prevention, 5, 349-355.
Wiesenthal, D. L., Hennessy, D. A., & Totten, B.* (2003). The influence of music on mild driver aggression. Transportation Research Part F, 6, 125-134.
Hennessy, D. A., & Wiesenthal, D. L. (2001). Gender, driver aggression, and driver violence: An applied evaluation. Sex Roles, 44, 661-676.
Wiesenthal, D. L., Hennessy, D. A., & Gibson, P. M.* (2000). The Driving Vengeance Questionnaire (DVQ): The Development of a scale to measure deviant drivers' attitudes. Violence and Victims, 15, 115-136.
Selected Books and Chapters
Hennessy, D. A. (2015). Personality predictors of driver space preference. In N. Columbus (Ed.), Advances in Psychology Research, Vol. 104, (pp 31-46). New York: Nova Science.
Hennessy, D. A. (2013). Personal predictors of driver aggression in Moscow. In B. C. Guevara and N. A Becerra (Eds.), Psychology of Aggression: New Research (pp. 79-98). New York: Nova Science Publishers.
Hennessy, D. A. (2011). Social, personality, and affective constructs in driving. In B. Porter (Ed.), Handbook Of Traffic Psychology (pp. 149-164). New York: Elsevier.
Hennessy, D. A. (2011). Traffic psychology: An international perspective. New York: Nova Science Publishers.
Hennessy, D. A., Hemingway, J.*, & Howard, S.* (2008). The effects of media portrayals of dangerous driving on young drivers’ performance. In F.N. Gustavvson (Ed.), New Transportation Research Progress (pp. 143-156). New York: Nova Science Publishers.
Hennessy, D. A., & Jakubowski, R.* (2008). The impact of stressful commuting on subsequent performance during low versus high frustration tasks. In A.M Columbus (Ed.), Advances in Psychology Research, Vol. 54 (pp. 263-272). New York: Nova Science Publishers.
Hennessy, D. A., & Wiesenthal, D. L. (2005). Contemporary issues in road user behavior and traffic safety research. New York: Nova Science Publishers.
Hennessy, D. A. (2013). The Person-Situation Transaction in Traffic Safety. Invited symposium presentation at the 121st Annual American Psychological Association Convention, Honolulu, HI: July 31-August 4, 2013.
Hennessy, D. A. (2010). The relationship between driver space preference, trait stress, and fatigue. Invited symposium presentation at the 27th International Congress of Applied Psychology. Melbourne, Australia: July 11-16.
Hennessy, D. A. (2009). Universal (mis)communication in the traffic environment. Invited presentation at the Annual Conference on Language, Lexicography, and Communication. Moscow State University: November 23.
Hennessy, D. A. (2009). Hostile and vengeful attitudes as a response to threatened group esteem. Invited presentation at the 5th International Scientific Conference on Security and Counter Terrorism Issues. Lomonosov Moscow State University: October 29-31.
- Introduction to Psychology (PSY 101)
- Social Behavior (PSY 325)
- Psychology of the Consumer (PSY 382)
- Psychology of Aggression and Violence (PSY 384)
- Environmental Psychology (PSY 370)
- Experimental Psychology (PSY 450)
- Senior Seminar (PSY 472)
Aggression, Violence, and Vengeance (including female aggression, driver aggression, workplace aggression, spectator aggression),
Daily Hassles, Stress & Coping (work stress, driver stress), Traffic Psychology,
Scientific Racism, Gender Roles, Consumer Psychology, Adoption Matching
President's Award for Excellence in Research, Scholarship, and Creativity
President's Award for Excellence in Academic Advisement
NIHCD Grant: Improving Parenting Capacity to Promote Safe Driving For Adolescents With ADHD (Dr. Greg Fabiano, UB). This was a project looking at factors that might impact safe driving among teens with ADHD.
CDHS Minigrant (2014). Loneliness: The Psychological and Emotional Impact of a Powerful Emotion. This was a grant to help understand the basic psychological issues associated with loneliness and the types of referral that are most appropriate can assist the child welfare worker in developing an effective service plan with treatment family.
CDHS Minigrant (2011). Short Term Evaluation of Coaching Effectiveness in HRA. This grant investigated ways to evaluate effectiveness of coaching outcomes in the HRA system.