Research Interests: The role of emotions in managing positive and negative features of one's individual identity. Also researches the impact of emotions on social relationships and behaviors.
Professor Tamara Ferguson joined the USU faculty in the Department of Psychology in 1988, after enjoying her tenure as Associate Professor at the University of Nijmegen in the Netherlands. She earned her degree in Social Psychology with a focus on developmental processes from the University of Alberta in 1980. Her research interests include the role of emotions (such as, guilt, shame, anger, and pride) in managing positive and negative features of one's individual identity and these emotions' impact on social relationships and behaviors (including moral behavior, bullying, victimization, conformity, and compliance). She also focuses on the peer and parenting antecedents of guilt and shame proneness, as well as these dispositions' roles in normal and psychopathological development.