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Ronald Lynn Poulson

Ronald Lynn Poulson

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I am presently conducting research on how self-rated Africentrism impacts African-American students' use of drugs and/or alcohol and risky sex behaviors. I am also examining how self-rated Africentrism correlates with African-American student appreciation of different types of "hip-hop/rap" lyrics.

I am now developing research protocols to do an in-depth analysis of how African-American men under the age of 50 respond to and cope with the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer.

I am co-authoring a textbook entitled: "African-Americans, Psychology and The Law: The Residuals of Slavery." Consistent with this book, I am also conducting research on how attributions are made about the perceived likelihood of success for low-income African-American males as a function of race and SES of the perceiver.

I have received grant support from the National Science Foundation for research conducted on factors that impact insanity defense verdict selections. I am a three time nominee and finalist for the Amoco Teaching Excellence Award. I have received two awards for teaching excellence on the departmental level. I am a past American Psychological Association Minority Fellow.

I currently teach courses in the areas of experimental psychology, statistics, learning, introduction to psychology, and psychology and the law. I also served as Board Director for an organization that serves the homeless population of Raleigh. I am a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.

And, most of all, I am the proud father of three lovely children: Marisa, age 19; Micah, age 17; and Madelynn, age 14.

Primary Interests:

  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Attitudes and Beliefs
  • Causal Attribution
  • Culture and Ethnicity
  • Law and Public Policy
  • Person Perception
  • Personality, Individual Differences
  • Prejudice and Stereotyping
  • Research Methods, Assessment
  • Social Cognition

Journal Articles:

  • Smith, J. T., Poulson, R. L., Ward, H. B., Hood, D. S., & Bazemore, K. F. (Manuscript under review). The impact of gender on preferences for transactional or transformational professorial leadership styles: An empirical analysis.
  • Poulson, R. L. (1990). Mock juror attribution of criminal responsibility: Effects of race and the guilty but mentally ill verdict option (GBMI) verdict option. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 20, 1596-1611.
  • Hood, J. D., Poulson, R. L., Mason, S. A., Walker, T. C., & Dixon, J. (2009). An examination of traditional and nontraditional students' evaluations of professorial leadership styles: Transformational versus transactional approach. Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 1, 1-12.
  • Poulson, R. L., Bradshaw, S. D., Huff, J. M., Peebles, L. L., & Hilton, D. (2008). Risky sex behaviors among African American college students: The influence of alcohol, marijuana, and religiosity. North American Journal of Psychology, 10, 529-542.
  • Braithwaite, R. L., Braithwaite, K., & Poulson, R. L. (1999). Prisons, HIV, and TB: A call for action. Corrections Today, 1, 108-111.
  • Poulson, R. L., Braithwaite, R. L., & Brondino, M. (1998). Relations among mock jurors' attitudes, trial evidence, and their selections of an insanity defense verdict: A path analytic approach. Psychological Reports, 82, 3-16.
  • Poulson, R. L., Wuensch, K. L., Brondino, M. J. (1998). Factors that discriminate among mock jurors' verdict selections: Impact of the guilty but mentally ill option. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 25, 366-381.
  • Ginn, S. R., Walker, K., Poulson, R. L., Singletary, S. K., Cyrus, V. K., & Picarelli, J. A. (1998). Coercive sexual behavior and the influence of alcohol and religiosity. Journal of Social Behavior and Personality, 13, 151-165.
  • Poulson, R. L., Eppler, M. A., Satterwhite, T. N., Wuensch, K. L., & Bass, L. A. (1998). Alcohol consumption, strength of religious beliefs and risky sexual behavior in college students in the Bible Belt. Journal of American College Health, 46, 227-232.
  • Poulson, R. L., Wuensch, K. L., Brown, M., & Braithwaite, R. L. (1997). Mock jurors evaluations of an insanity defense verdict selection: The role of death penalty attitudes. Journal of Social Behavior and Personality, 12, 1065-1078.
  • Poulson, R. L., Braithwaite, R. L., Brondino, M. J., & Wuensch, K. L. (1997). Factors which discriminate among mock jurors insanity defense verdict selections: The role of evidence, attitudes, and verdict options. Journal of Social Behavior and Personality, 12, 743-758.
  • Burke, W. L., Poulson, R. L, & Brondino, M. J. (1992). Fact or fiction: The effect of the opening statement. Journal of Contemporary Law, 18, 195-210.

Other Publications:

  • Poulson, R. L., Eppler, M., Satterwhite, T. N., Wuensch, K., & Bass, L. (1998). Alcohol consumption and risky sex behaviors among college students. In J. K. Davidson, Jr. & N. Moore (Eds.), Speaking of sexuality: Interdisciplinary readings (2001) (pp. 134-139). Roxbury.
  • Poulson, R. L., Eppler, M., Satterwhite, T. N., Wuensch, K., & Bass, L. (1998). Alcohol consumption and risky sex behaviors among college students. In R. Matson (Ed.), Spirit of sociology (2007). Allyn & Bacon.

Courses Taught:

  • Experimental Psychology
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Principles of Learning
  • Social Psychology
  • Statistics for Psychology Majors
  • Theories of Personality

Ronald Lynn Poulson
Department of Psychology
Elizabeth City State University
1704 Weeksville Road
Elizabeth City, NC 27909
United States

  • Phone: (252) 335-8518

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