The George Washington University
Department of Psychology
Industrial/Organizational and Applied Social Psychology Program
Paul J. Poppen, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor

Biographical Information
Research Interests / Current Projects
Publications / Presentations
Courses Taught
Contact Information

Biographical Information

Dr. Poppen received his Ph.D. in Personality and Social Psychology from Cornell University in 1973.  Except for sabbatical leaves and brief stints elsewhere, he has been at GWU continuously since then. His is currently director of the Applied Social Psychology area of  the IO/Applied Social Psychology Program.  He served as chair of the Psychology Department from 1988-1991.  His research in the past decade has focused on gender and health, especially HIV/AIDS.  His special methodological interests concern survey research on sensitive topics, computerized data collection, and software development.  Away from the university, he is an avid tennis player.

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Research Interests / Current Projects

 

   Gender & Health
   Sexual Risk-Taking
   Disclosure of personal information:  HIV status, sexual history
   Survey Research Methodology, Computerized Data Collection
 (For details of research, click here)

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Publications / Presentations

Publications

Sexual Behavior and Risk-Taking
  Paul J. Poppen and Carol A. Reisen.  (2000).  Women's use of dual methods of sexual self-protection.  Women and Health, 30, 53-66.

   Carol A. Reisen and Paul J. Poppen (1999).  A New Conceptualization of Perceived Vulnerability to Sexually Transmitted Diseases:  Partner Specific Risk Perception.  Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 29, 667-684. 

    Paul J. Poppen and Carol A. Reisen  (1997).  Perception of Risk and Sexual Self-Protective Behavior:  A Methodological Critique. AIDS:  Education and Prevention, 9, 373-390.

    Dale R. Buchanan, Paul J. Poppen, & Carol A. Reisen.  (1996).  The Nature of Partner Relationship and AIDS Sexual Risk Taking in Gay Men. Psychology and Health, 11, 541-555.

   Paul J. Poppen.  (1995).  Gender and patterns of sexual risk-taking in college students. Sex Roles, 32, 545-555.

  Carol A. Reisen and Paul J. Poppen.  (1995).  College Women and Condom Use:  Importance of Partner Relationship.  Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 25, 1485-1498.

   Paul J. Poppen & Carol A. Reisen (1994).  Heterosexual Behaviors and Risk of Exposure to HIV:  Current Status and Prospects for Change. Applied and Preventive Psychology, 3, 75-90.

   Paul J. Poppen.  Adolescent Contraceptive Use and Communication:  Changes over a Decade.  (1994).  Adolescence, 29(115), 503-514.
 

Disclosure, Mental Health, Sexual Risk
Maria Cecilia Zea, Carol A. Reisen, & Paul J. Poppen.  (1999).  Psychological Well-Being among Latino Lesbians and Gay Men. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 5, 371-379.

    Carol A. Reisen, Maria Cecilia Zea, and Paul J. Poppen  (1997).  Psychosocial factors in the disclosure of HIV status to sex partners among Latino gay and bisexual men.  Journal of Gender, Culture, and Health, 2, 89-96.

Unwanted Sexual Behavior
  Jamie L. Goldenberg, Elizabeth M. Ginexi, Carol K. Sigelman, and Paul J. Poppen.  (1999).  Just Say No:  Japanese and American Styles of Refusing Unwanted Sexual Advances.  Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 29, 889-902.

   Paul J. Poppen and Nina J. Segal.  (1988).  The Influence of Sex and Sex Role Orientation on Sexual Coercion. Sex Roles,  19, 689-701.

Presentations  (1995-present)
   Paul J. Poppen & Carol A. Reisen.  Patterns of Sexual Behavior, Gender, and Perception of Risk in a College Sample.  To be presented at the 42nd Annual Meetings of the Society for Scientific Study of Sexuality, November, 2000, Orlando, Florida.

   Maria Cecilia Zea & Paul J. Poppen.  Methodological Issues in Conducting Research with HIV-Positive Latino Gay men.  Presented at the Conference on Gender and Health in a Diverse Society, a  Conference of the Counseling Health Psychology Section of APA Division 17, August, 2000, Washington, D.C.

  Paul J. Poppen & Carol A. Reisen.  Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Antecedents of Partner-Specific Risk Perception.  Presented at the 12th Annual Meetings of the American Psychological Society, June, 2000, Miami, Florida.

  Christine Karkashian, Natalie Frank, Paul J. Poppen, & Rolf A. Peterson, & David Costanza.  Adherence as a Mediator of Diabetes-Specific Stress and Metabolic Control.  Presented at the 21st Annual Meetings of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, April, 2000, Nashville, Tennessee.

  Cheryl Rinehart & Paul J. Poppen.  Cigars and cigarettes: Use of the Theory of Reasoned Action to Predict Behavioral Intentions.  Presented at the 71st Annual Meetings of the Eastern Psychological Association, March, 2000, Baltimore, Maryland.

  Maria Cecilia Zea, Carol A. Reisen, Paul J. Poppen, John J. Echeverry, & Jose Gutierrez.  Psychosocial Factors in the Disclosure of HIV status to sex partners among  Latino gay and bisexual men.  Presented at the IVth Conference on HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean and Latin America.  January, 2000, Havana, Cuba.

  Paul J. Poppen, Carol A. Reisen, and Brooke Hamilton.  Condom Use, Relationship duration, and Sexual Experience in College Women.  Presented at the 107th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, August, 1999, Boston.

  Paul J. Poppen and Carol A. Reisen.  Sexual and non-sexual risk-taking for college males and females.   Presented at the 11th Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Society, June, 1999, Denver.

  Carol A. Reisen, Paul J. Poppen, Manu Singh, and Andrea Paluso.  Biased STD risk perception for past and current romantic partners.  Presented at 10th Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Society, May,1998, Washington.

  Paul J. Poppen, Carol A. Reisen, & Emily Fleischman.  Interpersonal Power and Sexual Self-Protection in College Intimate Heterosexual Relationships.  Presented at the 105th Annual Convention of APA, for Division 35 Session on Diversity of Women's Experiences:  A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words, August, 1997, Chicago.

  Carol A. Reisen, Paul J. Poppen, & Elizabeth M. Ginexi.  Pre-Existing and Manipulated Mood and Perceived Likelihood of Future Events.  Presented at 9th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Society, May, 1997, Washington, D.C.

  Paul J. Poppen, Carol A. Reisen, & Maria Cecilia Zea.  The UCLA Multi-Dimensional Condom Attitude Scale for Latino gay men.  Presented at 1st Scholars Showcase, Faculty Research at George Washington University, March 4, 1997.

  Paul J. Poppen, Carol A. Reisen, & Maria Cecilia Zea.  The UCLA Multi-Dimensional Condom Attitude Scale for Latino gay men.  Presented at 104th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, August, 1996, Toronto.  Session for Division 45, Psychological Issues for People and Communities of Color. 

   Paul J. Poppen and Carol A. Reisen.  HIV Risk Perception:  Optimistic Bias for Self and Sexual Partners.  Presented at 103rd Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, New York, August, 1995.

  Jamie L. Goldenberg and Paul J. Poppen.  Japanese and American Styles of Communicating "No" to Unwanted Sexual Advances.  Presented at the 66th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Boston, April, 1995.

  Elizabeth M. Murphy, Kristine Doyle, Carol A. Reisen and Paul J. Poppen.  Gender Differences in optimism about contracting sexually transmitted diseases and AIDS.  Presented at 66th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Boston, April, 1995.

  Paul J. Poppen.  Longitudinal Study of Heterosexual AIDS Risk Taking Behavior and Perception.  Presented at 102nd Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, Los Angeles, August, 1994.
 

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  Courses Taught
   PSYC 12 - Social Psychology (undergraduate) 
Social foundations of behavior; cognition, motivation, role behavior, communication, small-group processes, attitudes.   Sophomore level gateway course in psychology, required of all majors.   (3 credits, fall and spring semesters)
   PSYC 129 - Theories of Personality (undergraduate)
Survey of personality theories, from psychodynamic theory of Freud through social learning theory of Bandura.  (3 credits, summer)
  PSYC 150 - Psychology of Sex Differences (undergraduate)
Relevant biological, psychological, and social influences on males and females in the development of sex differences.  Focus on gender differences/similarities in personality and human sexuality, and on the antecedents and consequences of diffeences/similarities.  (3 credits, spring semester)
  PSYC 156 - Psychology of Attitudes and Public Opinion (undergraduate)
Psychological approach to the study of attitudes and public opinion.  Attitude measurement, attitude structure and function,  attitude & opinion formation, persuasion, and the impact of attitudes and opinions on behavior.  (3 credits, fall semester)
   PSYC 255 - Attitudes and Attitude Changes  (graduate) 
Current theory and research on attitudes and attitude change.  (3 credits, alternate years)
   PSYC 256 - Survey Research Methods  (graduate)
Theory and practice of survey research methods, including both data collection instruments and sampling of respondents.  Focus on self-report data collection techniques, especially use and design of questionnaires; data collection of sensitive information; use of computerized data collection techniques  (3 credits, spring). 
   PSYC 257 - Special Topics in Social Psychology (Risk Taking Behavior) (graduate) 
Examination of theory and research on risk-taking behavior, especially in health related domains such as sexual behavior, substance use, and life-style habits.  Focus on individual perception of risk and on the motivational significance of risk perception.
 (3 credits, alternate years)

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Contact Information
Paul J. Poppen, Ph.D. 
Department of Psychology
George Washington University
2125 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052
Phone: (202) 994-6324
Fax: (202) 994-1602
e-mail: pjp@gwu.edu








 

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