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Dr. Ethan McMahan

Associate Professor, Behavioral Sciences Division

(503) 838-8634 | mcmahane@wou.edu | TODD 321

Education

 

Ph.D. University of Wyoming, Experimental Psychology, 2010.
Concentration: Developmental Psychology

 

Undergraduate Courses

 

General Psychology

Introduction to Research Methods

Quantitative Methods

Research Methods in Psychology

Developmental Psychology

Positive Psychology

Infancy and Childhood

Adolescent Development

Adulthood and Aging

 

Recent Publications/Presentations

 

McMahan, E. A., & Josh, P. (in press). Measuring preference for natural versus built environments: Initial validation of the Preference for Nature Questionnaire. Ecopsychology.

Sink, C. A., & McMahan, E. A. (in press). Positive psychology in South Korea: Current state of affairs and future potential. In E. C. Chang, C. Downey, H. Yang, I. Zettler, & M. Muyan (Eds.), The International Handbook of Positive Psychology: A Global Perspective on the Science of Positive Human Existence. New York, NY: Springer.

Losco, J., McMahan, E. A., & Alexander, J. (2017, April) tDCS: A review concerning treatment effectiveness. Presented at the Annual Convention for the Western Psychological Association, Sacramento, CA, April 28, 2017.

Welty, C., Toplar, C., & McMahan, E. A. (2017, April). Destruction of or by nature: Responses to human-altered environments. Presented at the Annual Convention for the Western Psychological Association, Sacramento, CA, April 27, 2017.

Welty, C., Toplar, C., & McMahan, E. A. (2017, February). Destruction of or by nature: Responses to human-altered environments. Proceedings of the Oregon Academy of Sciences, 76, 43.

McMahan, E. A., Choi, I., Kwon, Y., Choi, J., Fuller, J., & Josh, P. (2016). Some implications of believing that happiness involves the absence of pain: Negative hedonic beliefs exacerbate the effects of stress on well-being. Journal of Happiness Studies. Advance online publication. doi:10.1007/s10902-015-9707-8

McMahan, E. A., Cloud, J. M., Josh, P., & Scott, M. (2016). Nature with a human touch: Knowledge of human-induced alteration impacts perceived naturalness and preferences for natural environments. Ecopsychology, 8, 54-63. doi:10.1089/eco.2015.0068.

Murfin, J. S., Bryan, C., & McMahan E. A. (2016, April). Effects of immersive natural environmental simulations on affect and meaning. Presented at the Annual Convention for the Western Psychological Association, Long Beach, CA, April 29, 2016.

McMahan, E. A., & Estes, D. (2015). The effect of contact with natural environments on positive and negative affect: A meta-analysis. Journal of Positive Psychology, 10, 507-519.

Renken, M. D., McMahan, E. A., Nitkova, M. (2015). Initial validation of an instrument measuring psychology-specific epistemological beliefs. Teaching of Psychology, 42, 126-136.

Josh, P. & McMahan, E. A. (2015, May). Knowledge of human-induced alteration reduces the perceived naturalness and value of natural environments. Presented at the Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, New York, NY, May 23, 2015.

McMahan, E. A., Ryu, S., & Choi, I. (2014). Lay conceptions of well-being among undergraduate students from the United States and South Korea: Culture-level differences and correlates. Social Indicators Research, 119, 321-329. doi: 10.1007/s11205-013-0476-7

Roscoe, L. J., & McMahan, E. A. (2014). Outcomes of Introduction to the Psychology Major: Careers and Opportunities course. Teaching of Psychology, 41, 110-114. doi:10.1177/0098628314530340

Cookingham, P., Josh, P., Boggess, M., & McMahan E. A. (2014, April). Beliefs about the hedonic nature of well-being moderate the effects of stressful life experiences on actual well-being. Poster presented at the Annual Convention of the Western Psychological Association (WPA), Portland, OR, April 25, 2014.

McMahan, E. A., Renken, M. D., Kehn, A., & Nitkova, M. (2013). Individual conceptions of well-being predict psychological and subjective well-being: Beyond the Big Five. In F. Sarracino (Ed.), The Happiness Compass: Theories, Actions, and Perspectives for Well-Being (pp. 3-16). Hauppauge, NY:  Nova Science Publishers.

McMahan, E. A., Dixon, K. J., & King, L. M. (2013). Evidence of associations between lay conceptions of well-being, conception-congruent behavior, and experienced well-being. Journal of Happiness Studies, 14, 655-671. doi:10.1007/s10902-012-9347-1

Cookingham, P., Josh, P., McMahan, E. A., Renken, M. D., Kehn, A., & Nitkova, M. (2013, April). Intra-national ethnic differences in affect valuation. Poster presented at the Annual Convention of the Western Psychological Association (WPA), Reno, NV, April 28, 2013.

McMahan, E. A. (2013, April). Promoting academic excellence through meaningful research-related experiences. Presented at the Annual Convention of the Western Psychological Association (WPA), Reno, NV, April 27, 2013.

Contact

Behavioral Science Division

(503) 838-8344 | or e-mail: kunzel@wou.edu  | Location: Todd 325