Curriculum Vitae Dr. Amber Abernathy

Amber R. Massey-Abernathy, Ph.D.

Mary-Charlotte Bayles Shealy Chair in Conscientious Psychology
Assistant Professor

CONTACT INFORMATION
Department of Psychology
403 Hill Hall
Missouri State University
Springfield, MO 65897
Office: (417) 836-6840 | Fax: (417) 836-8330
Email: AmberAbernathy@missouristate.edu

POSITIONS

  • Assistant Professor Psychology Missouri State University (2015-present)
  • Mary-Charlotte Bayles Shealy Chair in Missouri State University | Conscientious Psychology (2015-present)
  • Graduate Student Instructor Oklahoma State University (2010-2015)
  • Curriculum Assessment Committee Member Oklahoma State University (2012-2015)
  • Summer Science Academy Counselor Oklahoma State University (Summer of 2013 and 2014)

EDUCATION

  • 2012-2015 | PhD Oklahoma State University (Experimental Psychology)
  • 2010-2012 | MS Oklahoma State University (Psychology)
  • 2010 | BS Oklahoma State University (Psychology)

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Broad: Conscientiousness, Personality, Changing Personality Traits, Psychophysiology, Leadership, Mindfulness, Meditation, Self-Regulation, Social Status, Psychobiology of the Stress Response, Sex Differences, Stress and Health, Dominance, Social Hierarchies, Machiavellianism, Empathy, Autism

AWARDS/ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Blackboard Black Belt Virtual Learner Award | 2018
  • Mind’s Eye Missouri State University Award Recipient | 2018
  • Marquis Who’s Who in America | 2017
  • Master Advisor Certificate | 2016
  • First Place $100 Graduate Poster at Oklahoma Psychological Society Conference | 2014
  • Preparing Online Instructor Certificate | 2014

ADDITIONAL RESEARCH, TEACHING, AND SERVICE EXPERIENCE

  • Member and attending presenter at Midwest Psychological Association | 2018 – Present
  • Opioid Use University Committee Member | 2017 – Present
  • Psychology Faculty Unity Committee – working with per course and adjunct faculty to unite the department and make curriculum cohesive | 2017 – Present
  • Attend and presented at MSU psychology department research and teaching meetings | 2017 – Present
  • Search Committee Psychology Department | 2017
  • Attended International Holistic Medicine Summit | June, 2017
  • Member and Judge at Great Plains Undergraduate Psychology Conference | March, 2017
  • Retention Committee Member | 2016 – Present
  • Experimental Track Application Team | 2016 – Present
  • Worked with Wabash Religion Grant to create new classes for Health and Human Service Students | 2016 – Present
  • Member and attending presenter at Human Behavior and Evolution Society | 2015 – Present
  • Member and attending presenter at Southwest Psychological Association | 2011 – Present
  • Worked with the computer program and data software SPSS | Aug, 2008 – Present
  • Member and Judge at Great Plains Student Psychological Conference | March, 2017
  • Member and attending present at Oklahoma Psychological Society | 2015
  • Worked to help develop and assisted in equipment set-up and training for a new psychoneuroendocrinology lab at OSU | 2012 – 2015
  • Helped create the curriculum for Summer Science Academy | Summer 2014
  • Attended ONTOP Teaching and Learning Conference | 2013 and 2014
  • Worked on a grant for studies regarding pregnant women and stress (Results were published) | 2011 – 2012
  • Helped with data coding and observation for the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University | Oct, 2010 – Jan, 2011

GRANTS
Summer Dissertation Grant
“Adult Workplace Stress, Dominance, and Synchrony” Not Funded

PUBLICATIONS
Manuscripts Near Completion

  • Massey-Abernathy, A.R. (2018). Parental Personality and Child Preparation: Warm Father’s and Conscientiousness.
  • Massey-Abernathy, A.R. & Robinson, D. (2018). My future makes me sweat: The impact of positive future selves on skin conductance levels.
  • Massey-Abernathy, A.R. (2018). Tell Me Something Good: the impact of positive primes on skin conductance levels
  • Miller, K., Buchannan, E., & Massey-Abernathy (2018). The Mediating Effects of Cortisol on the Relationship between Conscientiousness and Judgement of Learning.
  • Clayton, M., Aholt, S., & Massey-Abernathy, A.R. (2108). Effects of a Brief Mindfulness Training on Heart Rate and Cortisol Levels.

Manuscripts Under Review

Massey-Abernathy, A.R. (2018). Personality Promotion: The Impact of Behavioral Activation and Instructional Feedback on Trait Level Personality Changes.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Massey-Abernathy, A. R., & Haseltine, E. (2018). Power Talk: Communication Styles, Vocalization Rates and Dominance. Journal of psycholinguistic research, 1-10.
  • Shealy, C. N., Sorin, S., Abernathy, A., Thomlinson, P., & Landis, P. (2018). Health Enhancement and Stress Reduction with Scalar Therapy: Biochemical stress reduction, scalar energy, healthy longevity, International Journal of Holistic Medicine.
  • Massey-Abernathy, A. R. (2017). From oxytocin to health: Exploring the relationship between OXTR rs53576, emotional stability, social support, and health, Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology, 3(3), 212-220.
  • Massey-Abernathy, A. R. & Byrd-Craven, J. (2016). Functional Leadership: Bi-strategic Controllers High on Effortful Control Show Gains in Status and Health, Personality and Individual Differences, 97, 193-197.
  • Massey-Abernathy, A. R. & Byrd-Craven, J. (2016). Seeing but Not Feeling: Machiavellian Traits in Relation to Physiological Empathetic Responding and Life Experiences, Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology, 2(3), 252-266.
  • Byrd-Craven, J., Massey, A. R., Calvi, J. L., & Geary, D. C. (2015). Is systemizing a feature of the extreme male brain from an evolutionary perspective?. Personality and Individual Differences, 82, 237-241.
  • Massey-Abernathy, A. R., Byrd-Craven, J., & Swearingen, C. L., (2015). The Biological Diary of a Woman Physiological Consequences of Status and Social Rejection. Evolutionary Psychological Science.
  • Massey, A .R, Byrd-Craven, J., Auer, B. J., & Swearingen, C. L. (2014). Climbing the Social Ladder: Physiological Response to Social Status in Adolescents. Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology
  • Massey, A. R., Byrd-Craven, J., & Swearingen, C. L. (2014). Preschool Power Play: Resource Control Strategies Associated with Health. Child Development Research, 2014
  • Byrd-Craven, J. & Massey, A. R. (2013). Lean on me: The effects of social support on low-socioeconomic status pregnant women. Nursing and Health Sciences, 15, 374-378.
  • Byrd-Craven, J., Auer, B.J., Granger, D.A., & Massey, A.M. (2012). The Father-Daughter Dance: The influence of father-daughter relationship quality on daughters’ stress response to peer dynamics. Journal of Family Psychology, 26, 87-94.

Book Chapters

  • Geary, D.C., Byrd-Craven, J. & Massey, A. R. (2015). Sexual selection and the extreme male brain theory of autism.
  • In S. Baron-Cohen, M., Lombardo, & A. Wakabayashi (Eds.), The empathizing-systemizing (E-S) theory: Beyond sex differences in cognitive style.
  • Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.

Other Publications

  • Byrd-Craven, J., Auer, B.J., & Massey, A.R. (2014).
  • Intrasexual competition.
  • M. LaFlaur & W. Trevathan (Eds).
  • The Encyclopedia of Human Sexuality.
  • Wiley- Blackwell Reference.

Presentations

  • Prosperi, G., Robinson, D., Cornelius, R., Dowler, S.A., Hopke, T.G., & Massey- Abernathy, A. (2018). Parental Personality and Child Preparation: Warm Father’s and Conscientiousness. Poster Presented at the annual Missouri State University Health and Human Services Research Symposium.
  • Dowler, S.A., Hopke, T.G., Prosperi, G., Robinson, D., Cornelius, R., & Massey-Abernathy, A. (2018). Personality Promotion: Life Quality Enrichment through Personality Change (Three Semesters of Research). Poster Presented at the Ninetieth annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Hopke, T.G., Prosperi, G., Robinson, D., Cornelius, R., Dowler, S.A., & Massey-Abernathy, A. (2018). Creating Conscientiousness: Behavioral Activation Impacting Trait Level Change. Poster Presented at the Ninetieth annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Prosperi, G., Robinson, D., Cornelius, R., Dowler, S.A., Hopke, T.G., & Massey-Abernathy, A. (2018). Parental Personality and Child Preparation: Warm Father’s and Conscientiousness. Poster Presented at the Ninetieth annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Dowler, S.A., Groh, C.R., & Massey-Abernathy, A.R. (2017). Personality Promotion: Life Quality Enrichment through Personality Change. Poster Presented at the annual Missouri State University Health and Human Services Research Symposium.
  • Groh, C.R., Dowler, S.A., & Massey-Abernathy, A.R. (2017). The Relationship between OXTR rs53576, Emotional Stability, Social Support, & Health. Poster Presented at the annual Missouri State University Health and Human Services Research Symposium.
  • Richmond, C.J., Ford, C.L., & Massey-Abernathy, A.R. (2017). Enhancing Personality: Behavioral Activation. Poster Presented at the annual Missouri State University Health and Human Services Research Symposium.
  • Massey-Abernathy, A.R., Byrd-Craven, J., & Swearingen-Stanbrough, C.L. (2016). The Adaptive Trade-Offs of Personality Traits and Empathy. Symposium chair and speaker at the annual meeting of Southwest Psychological Association, Dallas, TX.
  • Massey-Abernathy, A.R., Byrd-Craven, J., & Seller, S. (2015). Emotions, Empathy, and Physiology. Poster presented at the annual meeting of Human Behavior and Evolution Society, Columbia, MO.
  • Massey-Abernathy, A.R., Russell, C., August, M., & Byrd-Craven, J. (2015). Associations between social positions, prenatal hormone exposure, stress, and health. Poster presented at the annual meeting of Southwestern Psychological Association, Wichita, KS.
  • Massey-Abernathy, A.R., Duell, E., McMilin, K., August, M., Russell, C., & Byrd-Craven, J. (2015). Emotions, Empathy, and Physiology. Poster presented at the annual meeting of Southwestern Psychological Association, Wichita, KS.
  • Massey, A.R., Pasquini, A., & Byrd-Craven, J. (2014). The biological diary of a dominant woman: Physiological consequences of social rejection. A poster presented at the annual meeting of Oklahoma Psychological Society, Oklahoma City, OK.
  • Byrd-Craven, J., Auer, B., Calvi, J., & Massey, A.R. (2013). Sex Differences and the Social Brain. Symposium presented at Southwestern Psychological Association, Fort Worth, Texas.
  • Massey, A.R. & Byrd-Craven, J. (2013). Autism: An Evolutionary Perspective. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Forth Worth, TX.
  • Massey, A.R., Swearingen, C. L., Hadjis, R. A., & Byrd-Craven, J. (2013). Experiencing Rejection: How Status and Group Importance Effects Rejection Emotions. Poster presented at the annual meeting of Southwestern Psychological Association, Fort Worth, Texas.
  • Massey, A.R., Swearingen, C. L., & Byrd-Craven, J. (2012). Does popularity change? Poster presented at the annual meeting of Southwestern Psychological Association, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
  • Massey, A.R., Swearingen, C.L., Shreve, L.C., Calvi, J., Greenfield, N., & Byrd Craven, J. (2012). Climbing the social ladder: Social hierarchies, perceived popularity and stress. A poster presented at the annual meeting of Southwestern Psychological Association, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
  • Auer, B.J., Fratzke, J., Massey, A.R., Byrd-Craven, J. (2011). Affiliation under stress. A poster session presented at the annual meeting of Southwestern Psychological Association, San Antonio, Texas.

Other Presentations

  • Television interview of KY3 News (Feb. 17, 2018). MSU Researches Video Game Software to Reduce Stress.
  • Radio interview on KSMU (Dec. 19, 2017). Biofeedback and Meditation.
  • Television interview of KY3 News (Dec. 6, 2017). MSU Researches Stress.
  • Radio interview on KSMU (Nov. 28, 2017). Stress and the Holidays.
  • Guest host of Shealy-Sorin Wellness on KWTO News Talk 560AM (November 16, 2017).
  • Guest host of Shealy-Sorin Wellness on KWTO News Talk 560AM (October 5, 2017).
  • Guest host of Shealy-Sorin Wellness on KWTO News Talk 560AM (April 27, 2017).
  • Interviewed for The Standard, Missouri State University Paper (2017). Don’t fall prey to procrastination blues, Vol 110, Issue 25.
  • Guest host of Shealy-Sorin Wellness on KWTO News Talk 560AM (March 9, 2017).
  • Interviewed for The Standard, Missouri State University Paper (2017). Exploring Lent: Origins, traditions, self-discipline, Vol 110, Issue 23.
  • Guest host of Shealy-Sorin Wellness on KWTO News Talk 560AM (March 2, 2017).
  • Guest host of The Norman Shealy Show on BBM Global (2016). Show Number 2.
  • Interview in The Darr Difference (2016). A Bronze Award for a Gold Hearted Man (p. 25-26).
  • Radio interview on KSMU (2016). Mediation and Conscientiousness.
  • Interview in 417 Magazine (2015).

Four Questions with Amber Abernathy: A conscientiousness expert shares her insight on the factors that affect everything from our personalities to health and longevity.