Research Interests and Clinical Work:
Effects of problem framing on choice; judgment and decision making; appreciation, gratitude, and well being
Instructor for the Following Courses:
Statistical methods and design analysis
Advanced statistics and research design
Judgment and decision making in organizational psychology
Cognitive and Affective Bases of Behavior
Nancy S. Fagley’s research focuses on two areas: decision making and positive psychology. In the area of decision making, her research focuses on identifying moderators of the effect of framing on choice. To date, she has identified task, scenario, and individual difference variables that moderate the occurrence of framing effects on risky choices. In the area of positive psychology, her research focuses on appreciation and its relation to well being.In collaboration with one of her doctoral students, she developed and validated an instrument to measure individual differences in appreciativeness and demonstrated that appreciativeness significantly contributes to positive affect and life satisfaction, even after controlling for individual differences in dispositional optimism. She also demonstrated that appreciation makes a significant contribution to life satisfaction and social support even after controlling for individual differences in the Big 5 personality traits and trait gratitude. Dr. Fagley has served on the editorial board of Journal of Applied School Psychology and as a reviewer for a number of scholarly journals including Psychological Bulletin, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, Personality and Individual Differences, and Psychological Science.