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Dwight Hennessy

Dwight A. Hennessy

Chair and Professor
(716) 878-5532
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

Sarah Holenstein: Sarah graduated in December 2017 and conducted several research studies.  She received an Undergraduate Research Small Grant for one study and was awarded an Undergraduate Student Research Fellowship for the other. She presented her findings at EPA and SRCC.

Emma O'Connor: Emma graduated in 2015.  She received her MA from Western Carolina University and is currently in the PhD program in Applied Social Psychology at Portland State University.  In addition to receiving an Undergraduate Student Research Fellowship and Undergraduate Research Small Grant, Emma was the recipient of the David Vernon Bullough Outstanding Senior Award in Psychology.  She presented her findings at EPA and SRCC.

Abby Criswell: Abby graduated in May 2014.  She received an Undergraduate Student Research Fellowship and presented her research findings at EPA and SRCC. She has since received a Master’s degree in Social Work from UB. 

Lattrell Sturdivant: Lattrell was a McNair scholar and graduated in May 2013.  She received the McNair Scholars David Matyjasik Award and presented her research findings at EPA and SRCC conferences. She has since received a Master’s degree in School Psychology from Niagara University. 

Jaclyn Turley: Jaclyn graduated in May 2013.  She received an Undergraduate Student Research Fellowship and presented her research findings at EPA and SRCC conferences. She has since received a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Niagara University. 

Rebeccah Whited: Rebeccah graduated in May 2012. She received an Undergraduate Student Research Fellowship from BSC and presented her research at EPA and SRCC conferences.  She has since completed a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from UB. 

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 has since received a Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning at Ohio State University, and a Ph.D. from Dresden Leibniz University in Germany in 2017.

Selected Peer-reviewed Publications

(*notes student co-author)

Hennessy, D. A. (2016). Are narcissists really angrier drivers?  An examination of state driving anger among narcissistic subtypes.  Special Issue “Advances in Driving Anger”, Transportation Research Part F, 42, 267-275.

Hennessy, D. A., Jakubowski, R.*, & Leo, B.* (2016). The impact of primacy/recency effects and hazard monitoring on attributions of other drivers.  Transportation Research Part F, 39, 43-53.

Zhang, J., Liu, Y.*, & Hennessy, D. A. (2016). Effects of psychological strains on Chinese college students’ depression and suicidal ideation.  Journal of Forensic Psychology, 1, 106.

Hennessy, D. A., & Schwartz, S. (2009).  The influence of instrumental motives and daily hassles on spectator aggression at little league baseball games.  Contemporary Athletics, 4, 123-138.

Zhang, J., Hennessy, D. A., Luo, J., Song, Y., Ren, K., Zhang, Q., Han, Z., & Yao, P. (2009).  Are women in China sexist toward other women?  Psychological Reports, 105, 267-274.

Hennessy, D. A. (2008).  The impact of commuter stress on workplace aggression.  Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 38, 2315-2335.

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.

Selected Books and Chapters

Hennessy, D. A. (2017). The impact of brand logo prompts on selection during blind taste tests.  In N. Columbus (Ed.), Advances in Psychology Research, Vol. 123, (pp 25-36). New York: Nova Science.

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).  Traffic psychology: An international perspective.  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.. & Chilicki, J.* (2011).  Name discrimination of potential job applicants: The spillover of commuter stress and modern racist attitudes.  In D. A. Hennessy (Ed.), Traffic psychology: An international perspective (175–194).  New York: Nova Science Publishers.

Hennessy, D. A., Howard, S. E.,* & Carr, E.* (2011).  Driver space preference: Differences across age, gender, and traffic conditions.  In D. A. Hennessy (Ed.), Traffic psychology: An international perspective (233–250).  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. 

Invited Presentations

Hennessy, D. A., (2016). Interpersonal Distance and Psychological Space: Are There Individual Differences in Driver Personal Space? Invited presentation at Old Dominion University, Department of Psychology, November 4.

Hennessy, D. A. (2016).  Traffic Psychology in the 21st Century.  Invited presentation at the School of Sociology and Psychology, Central University of Finance and Economics, Beijing China: September 21.

Hennessy, D. A. (2016). Traffic Psychology and Public Health. Invited presentation at the School of Public Health, Shandong University, Jinan China: September 22.

Hennessy, D. A. (2016).  Publishing Your Research: Tips from an Editor.  Invited presentation at the School of Public Health, Shandong University, Jinan China: September 22.

Hennessy, D. A. (2016).  What is Traffic Psychology and How Will It Change Your Life?  Invited presentation at the Central University of Finance and Economics, Shahe Campus, Beijing China: September 28.

Hennessy, D. A. (2016). Traffic Psychology: Beyond the Big Three “Es” (Enforcement, Engineering, Education). Invited presentation at the School of Civil Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing China: October 8.

Hennessy, D. A. (2013).  The Person-Situation Transaction in Traffic Safety.  Symposium presentation at the 121st Annual American Psychological Association Convention, Honolulu, HI: July 31-August 4, 2013. 

Courses Taught

  • 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)

Research Interests

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

Awards

2013    Buffalo State College President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching

2010    Buffalo State College President’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Research

2008    Center for Development of Human Services Outstanding Faculty Partner

2007    Buffalo State College President’s Award for Excellence in Academic Advisement

2006    McNair Scholars Program Mentor of the Year

Research Support

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.

 

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