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Psychological Sciences

Dr. Ethan McMahan Assistant Professor of Psychology

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Office: Todd 321
Phone: (503) 838-8634
Fax: (503)838-8618
E-mail address: mcmahane@wou.edu

 

 

 

 

Academic Preparation

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

Courses Taught

 

General Psychology

Introduction to Research Methods

Quantitative Methods

Research Methods in Psychology

Developmental Psychology

Positive Psychology

Infancy and Childhood

Adolescent Development

Adulthood and Aging

 

 

Selected Publications

McMahan, E. A., Ryu, S., & Choi, I. (in press). Lay conceptions of well-being among undergraduate students from the United States and South Korea: Culture-level differences and correlates. Social Indicators Research.

 

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

 

McMahan, E. A., & Estes, D. (2012). Age-related differences in lay conceptions of well-being and experienced well-being. Journal of Happiness Studies, 13, 79-101. DOI: 10.1007/s10902-001-9251-0.

 

McMahan, E. A., & Dehart Renken, M. (2011). Eudaimonic conceptions of well-being, meaning in life, and self-reported well-being: Initial test of a mediational model. Personality and Individual Differences, 51, 589-594.

 

McMahan, E. A., & Estes, D.. (2011). Hedonic versus eudaimonic conceptions of well-being:  Evidence of differential associations with experienced well-being. Social Indicators Research, 103, 93-108.

 

McMahan, E. A., & Estes, D.. (2011). Measuring lay conceptions of well-being: The beliefs about well-being scale. Journal of Happiness Studies 12, 267-287.

 

Grants Funded

 

A Multi-Method Investigation of the Effects of Avoidance of Negative Experience and Stressful Life Events on Well-Being. Seoul National University, Center for Happiness Studies. Amount of Award: $20,000. Dates of Award: 11-15-13 to 11-14-15. PI: McMahan, E. A. 

 

Conceptions of Well-Being and Experienced Well-Being in South Korea and the United States: Scale Validation and Cross-Cultural Comparisons. Seoul National University, Center for Happiness Studies. Amount of Award: $15,000. Dates of Award: 7-1-11 to 6-30-12. PI: McMahan, E.A.

 

Presentations and Published Abstracts (last two years)

McMahan, E. A. (2014, April). Best practices in applying to graduate school. Presented at the Annual Convention of the Western Psychological Association (WPA), Portland, OR, April 26, 2014.

 

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.

 

Josh, P.W.*, Cookingham, P. T.*, Boggess, M.*, & McMahan, E. A. (2014, February). Hedonic well-being beliefs moderate associations between stress and psychological functioning. Proceedings of the Oregon Academy of Sciences, 73, 17.

 

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). Best practices in applying to graduate school. Presented at the Annual Convention of the Western Psychological Association (WPA), Reno, NV, April 27, 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.

 

Josh, P.*, Cookingham, P.*, & McMahan, E. A. (2013, March). Feeling happy versus being well: Emotional state valence and level of functioning differentially judgments of other happiness and well-being. Proceedings of the Oregon Academy of Sciences, 72, 17.

 

Nitkova, M., Renken, M., & McMahan, E. (2012, December). Understanding psychology-specificepistemological beliefs in emerging adults. Poster presented at the Georgia Association for Positive Behavioral Support (GAPBS) Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.

 

Renken, M. D., McMahan, E. A., & Nitkova, M. (2012, October). Understanding psychology-specific epistemological beliefs in emerging adults. Poster presented at the Transition from Adolescence to Adult Themed Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), Tampa, FL, October 18, 2012.

 

McMahan, E.A., Meyers, C. K., Mackor, K. M., King, L. K., & Easton, C. (2012, May) Lay conceptions of well-being and experienced well-being in South Korea and the United States. Poster presented at the Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science (APS), Chicago, IL, May 26, 2012.

 

Roscoe, L. J., & McMahan, E. A. (2012, April). Outcomes of Introduction to the Psychology Major: Careers and Opportunities course. Poster presented at the Annual Convention of the Western Psychological Association (WPA), San Francisco, CA April 29, 2012.

 

King, L. M., Mackor, K. M., Meyers, C. K., Easton, C., & McMahan, E. A. (2012, April). Individual conceptions of well-being and perceptions of the quality and goodness of others' lives. Poster presented at the Annual Convention of the Western Psychological Association (WPA), San Francisco, CA, April 29, 2012.

 

McMahan, E. A. (2012, April). Financial assistance during graduate training. Presented at the Annual convention of the Western Psychological Association (WPA), San Francisco, CA, April 28. 2012.

 

McMahan, E. A. (2012, April). Lay conceptions of well-being in South Korea and the United States: An exploration of cross-cultural differences and similarities.  Presented at the Annual Convention of the Western Psychological Association (WPA), San Francisco, CA, April 28, 2012.

 

King, L. M., Easton, C., Mackor, K. M., Meyers, C. K., & McMahan, E. A. (2012 February). The role of happiness, meaning and religiosity in judgments of the quality and moral goodness of others' lives. Proceedings of the Oregon Academy of Sciences, 71, 51-52.

 

 

Research in Progress

 

The Relationship between Conceptions of Well-being and Daily Hedonic and Eudaimonic Behavior
PI: Ethan A. McMahan

 

Conceptions of Well-being and Perceptions of the Goodness and Quality of Others’ Lives
PI: Ethan A. McMahan

 

Further Validation of the Beliefs about Well-Being Scale
PI: Ethan A. McMahan

 

 

 

 

Contact

Psychological Sciences (503) 838-8344 | or e-mail: kunzel@wou.edu

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