Eric R. Dahlen

Associate Professor, Clinic Director

What is Your Background in Psychology?

I earned my Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Colorado State University. Much of my work as a graduate student focused on the assessment and treatment of emerging adults experiencing dysfunctional anger. For example, my dissertation was a treatment outcome study of a group cognitive therapy intervention for angry college students. I completed my pre-doctoral internship in Clinical Psychology at Western State Hospital in Tacoma, WA, which I selected because I was interested in gaining additional experience in adult inpatient treatment and forensic psychology.

Describe Your Research Program

At the broadest level, much of my work is aimed at improving our understanding of why people engage in behaviors that most of us consider antisocial or morally transgressive (e.g., aggression, bullying, lying, cheating, interpersonal manipulation/exploitation). These behaviors lead to considerable harm, and my hope is that improved understanding will inform efforts to prevent their occurrence and assist those providing treatment to perpetrators and victims.

My research program focuses on overt and relational aggression and victimization among emerging adults, dysfunctional anger, and clinical traffic psychology (i.e., the study of personality in motor vehicle accidents and accident-related behaviors). Much of my recent work addresses the role of normal and dark personality traits in aggressive behavior. For example, we are currently examining models of normal personality (e.g., the Five Factor and HEXACO models) and Dark Triad traits (i.e., psychopathy, narcissism, and Machiavellianism) in the context of relational aggression, cyber aggression, and aggressive driving.

Are You Accepting New Students into Your Lab?

Yes. Interested students are encouraged to visit the Anger and Traffic Psychology Lab website to learn more about the work we are doing and how to apply.