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Joy Berrenberg, Ph.D.


Associate Professor

Email: Joy Berrenberg
Office Location: North Classroom 5002D
Phone: (303) 556-8350
Fax: (303) 556-3520
Office hours: T 9:00-9:45 a.m.; Th 9:00-9:45 a.m., 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Areas of Expertise:
Health & Personality Psychology

Education & Degrees

Ph.D., Psychology, University of Colorado, 1982

M.A., Psychology, University of Colorado, 1982

B.A., Psychology, University of Colorado, 1976


Background: Earned Ph.D. in Social/Personality psychology with a minor in Behavior Genetics from the University of Colorado Boulder in 1982. Tenure track faculty at UCD since 1985. In addition to faculty duties have served as Chair of Faculty Assembly (1994-1996), Interim Associate Vice Chancellor of Academic & Student Affairs (1997-1998), and faculty representative to the Auraria Higher Education Board.

Research Focus: Primary Focus: Psychometrics. Have designed and published scales: BPCS (Belief in Personal Control Scale), CAI (Cancer Attitude Inventory), LSE (Labile Self-Esteem Scale). Secondary Focus: Illness Attitudes and Stereotypes and Unstable Self-Esteem.

Select Publications

Berrenberg, J.L. "A self-report measure of labile self-esteem: Development
and validation." Journal of Personality Assessment. In Review

DiClementi, J.D., Berrenberg, J.L., & Giese, L. "Association between hypnotizability, perceived self-efficacy, and provider contact in a healthy college sample; An analog adherence study." J. of Applied Social Psychology, 2007, 37, 370-379.

Walczak, S., Gregg, D.G., & Berrenberg, J.L. "Market decision making for online auction sellers: Profit maximization or socialization?" J. of Electronic Commerce Research, 2006, 7, 199-220.

Berrenberg, J.L., Finlay, K.A., Stephan, W., & Stephan, C. "Prejudice towards people with cancer and AIDS: Applying the integrated threat model." J. of Applied Biobehavioral Research, 2002, 7, 75-86.

Eiser, C. & Berrenberg, J.L. "Assessing the impact of chronic disease on the relationship between parents and their adolescents." Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 1995, 39, 109-114.

Berrenberg, J.L. "The Belief in Personal Control Scale. In Fischer & Corcoran (Eds.)" Measures for clinical practice. 1994, 2nd Edition, Vol 2, NY: Free Press.

Berrenberg, J.L. "The Cancer Attitude Inventory." Journal of Psycholsocial Oncology, 1991, 9, 35-44.

Berrenberg, J.L., Rosnik, D. & Kravcisin, N. "Blaming the victim: When disease prevention programs misfire." Current Psychology, 1991, 9, 1-5.

Berrenberg, J.L. "Attitudes towards cancer: A test of three models." Psychology and Health, 1989, 3, 233-243.

Berrenberg, J.L. & Deyle, R. "Type A Behavior, masculinity, and self-esteem: Achievement disclosure as a moderating variable." Journal of Social Behavior and Personality, 1989, 4, 389-399.

Courses Taught

PSY 1000: Introduction to Psychology I
PSY 1005: Introduction to Psychology II
Health Psychology
History of Psychology