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Shelley Aikman, Ph.D.

Shelley Aikman
Title: Professor, Psychological Science
Phone: 678-717-3879

Office: Strickland Academic, 101, Gainesville
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Dr. Aikman’s research focuses on the contextual influence of environmental and motivational factors on attitude reports. Her primary interest is in the factors that impact health-related attitudes and behaviors. She is also interested in the impact context (e.g., culture) has on attitudes toward people/groups.

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Psychological Science
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Psychology of Eating


  • Ph.D., Applied Research Psychology w/emphasis in Health, University of Texas at El Paso, 2003
  • B.A., Psychology, English & American Literature, University of Texas at El Paso, 1997

Research/Special Interests

  • Attitudes
  • Health-related Attitudes and Behaviors
  • Stereotypes


Verhaeghen, P. & Aikman, S.N. (2020). How the mindfulness manifold relates to the five moral foundations, prejudice, and awareness of privilege. Mindfulness, 11(1), 241-254. doi 10.1007/s12671-019-01243-2

McLaughlin, K. & Aikman, S.N. (2019). That is what a feminist looks like: Identification and exploration of the factors underlying the concept of feminism and predicting the endorsement of traditional gender roles. Gender Issues, 1-34.doi 10.1007/s12147-019-09240-4

Verhaeghen, P., Aikman, S. N., Doyle-Portillo, S., Bell, C. R., & Simmons, N. (2018). When I saw me standing there: First-person and third-person memories and future projections, and how they relate to the self. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 1-15.

Aikman, S. N., Doyle-Portillo, S., Verhaeghen, P., & Simmons, N. (2017). The Effect of Instruction Point of View on Self-efficacy for Performing Breast Self-exams. American Journal of Health Education, 48(1), 1-10.

Verhaeghen, P., Trani, A. N., & Aikman, S. N. (2017). On Being Found: How Habitual Patterns of Thought Influence Creative Interest, Behavior, and Ability. Creativity Research Journal, 29(1), 1-9.

Faul, M., Aikman, S. N., & Sasser, S. M. (2016). Bystander Intervention Prior to The Arrival of Emergency Medical Services: Comparing Assistance across Types of Medical Emergencies. Prehospital Emergency Care, 1-7.

Verhaeghen, P., Joormann, J., & Aikman, S. N. (2014). Creativity, mood, and the examined life: Self-reflective rumination boosts creativity, brooding breeds dysphoria. Psychology of Aesthetics, ​Creativity, and the Arts8(2), 211.

Verhaeghen, P., Aikman, S.N., & Van Gulick, A.E. (2011). Prime and Prejudice: Co-occurrence in the culture as a source of automatic stereotype priming. British Journal of Social Psychology, 50 (3), 501-518.

Zhang, P., Aikman, S., & Sun, H. (2008). Two types of attitudes in ICT acceptance and use. International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction, 24(7), 628-648.

Aikman, S.N. & Crites, S.L., Jr. (2007). Structure of Food Attitudes: Replication of Aikman, Crites, & Fabrigar (2006). Appetite, 49, 516-520.

Hitlan, R.T., Carrillo, K., Zárate, M.A., & Aikman, S.N., (2007). Attitudes toward immigrant groups and the effects of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 13, 135-152. 

Aikman, S.N., Min, K.E., & Graham, D. (2006). Food attitudes, eating behavior, and the information underlying food attitudes. Appetite, 47, 111-114.

Aikman, S.N., Crites, S.L., Jr., & Fabrigar, L.R. (2006). Beyond affect and cognition: Identification of the informational bases of food attitudes. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 36, 340-382.

Aikman, S.N. & Crites, S.L., Jr. (2005). Hash browns for breakfast, baked potatoes for dinner: Changes in food attitudes based on motivation and context. European Journal of Social Psychology, 35, 181-198.

Crites, S. L., Jr., & Aikman, S. N. (2005). Impact of nutrition knowledge on food evaluations. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 59, 1191-1200.

Crites, S.L., Jr. & Aikman-Eckenrode, S.N. (2001). Making inferences concerning physiological responses: A reply to Rossiter, Silberstein, Harris, & Nield. Journal of Advertising Research, 41, 23-25.

Lozano, D.I., Crites, S.L., & Aikman, S.N. (1998). Changes in food attitudes as a function of hunger. Appetite, 32, 207-218.

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