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Dr. Joelle Ruthig
Ph.D. University of Manitoba
Social and Health Psychology
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I am interested in the impact of individuals' social psychological perceptions on their health, well-being, and performance.
- Health behaviors and perceptions of health risks
- Healthy aging
- The roles of social comparison, optimism, and perceived control in subsequent physical health, psychological well-being, and survival outcomes
- Social perceptions of cancer
- Comparative and unrealistic optimism in performance and health estimates
- Positivity bias in older adults
- Social perceptions of gender discrimination
I am available to supervise graduate student theses/ dissertations relating to the above research areas. As well, both undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in becoming research assistants in my lab are welcome to contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chipperfield, J. G., Hamm, J. M., Perry, R. P., & Ruthig, J. C. (in press). Perspectives on Studying Perceived Control in the 21st Century. In M. Robinson & M. Eid (Eds.), The happy mind: Cognitive contributions to well-being. Springer.
Ruthig, J. C., Gamblin, B., Jones, K., Vanderzanden, K., & Kehn, A. (2017). Concurrently examining unrealistic absolute and comparative optimism: Temporal shifts, individual-difference and event-specific correlates, and behavioral outcomes. British Journal of Psychology, 108, 107-126.
Ruthig, J. C., Kehn, A., Gamblin, B., Vanderzanden, K., & Jones, K. (2017). When women’s gains equal men’s losses: Predicting a zero-sum perspective of gender status. Sex Roles, 76, 17-26.
Ruthig, J. C. (2016). Applying Protection Motivation Theory to examine health risk perceptions and exercise in later life. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 35, 939-959.
Ruthig, J. C. & Holfeld, B. (2016). Positive thinking and social perceptions of a female vs. male peer’s cancer experience. Journal of Social Psychology, 156, 154-167.
Jones, K., & Ruthig, J. C. (2015). The impact of positive thinking, gender, and empathy on social attributions for cancer outcomes. Current Psychology, 34, 762-771.
Ruthig, J. C., Trisko J., & Chipperfield, J. G. (2014). Shifting positivity ratios: Emotions and psychological health in later life. Aging and Mental Health, 18, 547-553.
Kehn, A., & Ruthig, J. C. (2013). Perceptions of gender discrimination across six decades: The moderating roles of gender and age. Sex Roles, 69, 289-296.
Stewart, T. L., Chipperfield, J. G., Ruthig, J. C., & Heckhausen, J. (2013). Downward social comparison and subjective well-being in late life: The moderating role of perceived control. Aging & Mental Health, 17, 375-385.
Chipperfield, J. G., Newall, N., Perry, R. P., Stewart, T. L., Bailis, D. S., & Ruthig, J. C. (2012). Retaining a sense of control in late life: Health and survival implications. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 38, 1081-1092.
Ruthig, J. C., Holfeld, B., & Hanson, B. L. (2012). The role of positive thinking in social perceptions of cancer outcomes. Psychology & Health, 27, 1244-1258.
Ruthig, J. C., & Trisko, J., & Stewart, T. L. (2012). The impact of spouse’s health and well-being on own well-being: A dyadic study of older married couples. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 31,508-529.
Ruthig, J. C., Chipperfield, J. G., & Payne, B. (2011). A five-year study of older adults’ health incongruence: Consistency, functional changes, and subsequent survival. Psychology & Health, 26, 1463-1478.
Ruthig, J. C., Hanson, B. L., Pedersen, H., Weber, A., & Chipperfield, J. G. (2011). Later life health optimism, pessimism, and realism: Psychosocial contributors and health correlates. Psychology & Health, 26, 835-853.
Ruthig, J. C., Hanson, B. L., Ludtke, R., & McDonald, L. R. (2009). Perceived barriers to health care, health behaviors, and self-rated health among Native American elders. Psychology, Health & Medicine, 14, 190-200.
Ruthig, J. C., Hanson, B. L., & Marino, J. (2009). A three-phase examination of academic comparative optimism and perceived academic control. Learning and Individual Differences, 19, 435-439.
Ruthig, J. C., Haynes, T. L., Stupnisky, R. H., & Perry, R. P. (2009). Perceived academic control: Mediating the effects of optimism and social support on college students’ psychological health. Social Psychology of Education, 12, 233-249.
Ruthig, J. C., & Allery, A. (2008). Native American elders' health congruence: The role of gender and corresponding functional well-being, hospital admissions, and social engagement. Journal of Health Psychology, 13, 1072-1081.
Ruthig, J. C., Chipperfield, J. G., Bailis, D. S., & Perry, R. P. (2008). Perceived control and risk characteristics as predictors of older adults' health risk estimates. Journal of Social Psychology, 148, 667-688.
Ruthig, J. C., Perry, R. P., Hladkyj, S., Hall, N. C., Pekrun, R., & Chipperfield, J. G. (2008). Perceived control and emotions: Interactive effects on performance in achievement settings. Social Psychology of Education, 11, 161-180.
Chipperfield, J. G., Perry, R. P., Bailis, D. S., Ruthig, J. C., & Chuchmach, L. P. (2007). Gender differences in use of primary and secondary control strategies in older adults with major health problems. Psychology and Health, 22, 83-105.
Ruthig, J. C., & Chipperfield, J. G. (2007). Health incongruence in later life: A longitudinal analysis of well-being and health care. Health Psychology, 26, 753-761.
Ruthig, J. C., Chipperfield, J. G., Newall, N. E., Perry, R. P., & Hall, N. C. (2007). Detrimental effects of falling on health and well-being in later life: The mediating roles of perceived control and optimism. Journal of Health Psychology, 12, 231-248.
Ruthig, J. C., Chipperfield, J. G., Perry, R. P., Newall, N. E., & Swift, A. (2007). Comparative risk and perceived control: Implications for psychological and physical well-being among older adults. Journal of Social Psychology, 147, 345-369.
Ruthig, J. C., Haynes, T. L., Perry, R. P., & Chipperfield, J. G. (2007). Academic optimistic bias: Implications for college student performance and well-being. Social Psychology of Education, 10, 115-137.
Hall, N. C., Perry, R. P., Ruthig, J. C., Hladkyj, S., & Chipperfield, J. G. (2006). Primary and secondary control in achievement settings: A longitudinal field study of academic motivation, emotions, and performance. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 36, 1430-1470.
Perry, R. P., Hall, N. C., & Ruthig, J. C. (2005). Perceived (academic) control and scholastic attainment in higher education. In J. Smart (Ed.), Higher education: Handbook of theory and research (Vol. 20, pp. 363-436). The Netherlands: Springer.
Ruthig, J. C., Perry, R. P., Hall, N. C., & Hladkyj, S. (2004). Optimism and attributional retraining: Longitudinal effects on academic achievement, test anxiety, and voluntary course withdrawal. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 34(4), 709-730.