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Rosemond T. Lorona, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Rosemond Lorona came to PLNU as an Assistant Professor of Psychology in 2019. She has researched topics broadly pertaining to how people think and feel about themselves and others and how religiosity intersects with these perceptions. In particular, she is passionate about studying mental health stigma and reasons why people may not seek needed mental health treatment. She is currently researching how people perceive anxiety and anxiety disorders, and she is interested in how religion may affect attitudes about mental health. Dr. Lorona in originally from southern California and earned her B.A. in psychology from Pepperdine University. She then went to Baylor University in Waco, Texas to complete her M.A. and Ph.D. in social psychology. She and her husband, Adam, live in San Diego and sing together with a local barbershop chorus.

Education

Ph.D. in Psychology, Baylor University, Waco, TX

Social Concentration, Minor in Statistics

 

M.A. in Psychology, Baylor University, Waco, TX

Social Concentration

 

B.A. in Psychology, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA

Minor in Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Summa Cum Laude

Dissertations, Presentations, and Publications


PUBLICATIONS

Peer Reviewed Articles/Accepted Manuscripts

Schnitker, S. A., Ratchford. J. L. & Lorona, R. T. (2019): How can joy escape jingle-jangle? Virtue and telos conceptualizations as alternative approaches to the scientific study of joy, The Journal of Positive Psychology, doi: 10.1080/17439760.2019.1685572

Lorona, R. T., Fergus, T. A., Valentiner, D. P., Miller, L. M. & McGrath, P. B. (2018). Self-stigma and etiological beliefs about symptoms among individuals diagnosed with an anxiety disorder: Relations with symptom severity and symptom improvement following CBT. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 37, 536-557.

Lorona, R. T., & Fergus, T. A. (2018). How dual-faceted disgust relates to state mental contamination in religious individuals. Mental Health, Religion & Culture, 21, 139-152.

Lorona, R. T., Rowatt, W. C., & Fergus, T. A. (2018). Assessing state mental contamination: Development and preliminary validation of the State Mental Contamination Scale. Journal of Personality Assessment, 100, 281-291.

Lorona, R. T. & Miller-Perrin, C. (2016). Parent and child knowledge and attitudes toward mental illness: A pilot study. Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research, 21, 152-161.

Travis, R., & Fergus, T. A. (2015). The potentiating effect of disgust sensitivity on the relationship between disgust propensity and mental contamination. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, 6, 114-119.

 

Book Chapters

Lorona, R. T., Fergus, T. A., Rowatt, W. C. (forthcoming). The psychology of emotions and religious intergroup relations. In J. Morehead & B. Benziger (Eds.), He had compassion for them: Orthopathy in multi-faith engagement. Pickwick.

 

GRANTS

         Psi Chi Spring Graduate Research Grant (P. I., 2018). Diagnostic labels for generalized anxiety disorder: Examining concern for symptoms, stigma, and treatment seeking consequences.

 

PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS

Lorona, R. T. (2019, March). Perceived threats and emotions toward people with mental illness across social contexts. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies, Dallas, TX.

Lorona, R. T. (2019, February). Perceived threats and emotional reactions toward people with mental illness: A sociofunctional application. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Portland, OR.

Lorona, R. T., Fergus, T. A., Valentiner, D. P., Miller, L. M. & McGrath, P. B. (2018, March). Self-stigma and etiological beliefs about symptoms among individuals diagnosed with an anxiety disorder: Relations with symptom severity and symptom improvement following CBT. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Atlanta, GA.

Lorona, R. T., Martin, S., & Tsang, J. (2017, January). How perceived social enforcement of religion influences internalization of religiosity and moral behaviors. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Antonio, TX.

Lorona, R. T., Fergus, T. A., & Rowatt, W. C. (2016, January). The influence of mental contamination on attitudes and social distance. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, CA.

Travis, R., Fergus, T. A., Rowatt, W. C. (2015, February). Interactions with the homeless and emotions experienced: The role of mental contamination. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Long Beach, CA.

Travis, R., Miller-Perrin, C. (2014, May). The association between parent and children's knowledge and attitudes toward mental illness. Poster presented at the annual meeting for the Association for Psychological Science, San Francisco, CA.

Travis, R., Krumrei-Mancuso, E. J. (2014, March). Psychological correlates of prostitution. Symposium presentation at Seaver College’s annual Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Achievement Symposium, Malibu, CA.