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Lucas Keefer

Dr. Lucas Keefer

Assistant Professor


Dr. Keefer has diverse research interests at the intersection of psychology and philosophy. This includes recent work on language and meaning, religion, and morality. He teaches courses on personality and the history of psychology, as well as regular sections of general psychology. Sample publications are listed below, but for more information and available opportunities, please visit:

  • Social; Minor: Quantitative Psychology (PHD) - University of Kansas (2014)
  • MA - University of Kansas (2011)
  • MA - Georgia State University (2009)
  • BA - Indiana University of Pennsylvania (2007)
  • BA - Indiana University of Pennsylvania (2007)

PSY 110: General Psychology
PSY 421: Psychology of Language
PSY 455: Personality Psychology
Psy 492: Existential Psychology
PSY 635: Personality
PSY 718: History of Modern Psychology
Psy 725: Motivation and Emotion

  • Growth motivation moderates a self-serving attribution bias in the health domain, Personality and Individual Differences, 2018
  • Metaphor and analogy in everyday problem solving., Wiley interdisciplinary reviews. Cognitive science, 2016, 10.1002/wcs.1407
  • Framing plagiarism as a disease heightens students' valuation of academic integrity, International Journal of Psychology, 2019,
  • Embodied metaphor and abstract problem solving: Testing a metaphoric fit hypothesis in the health domain, JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY, 2014, 10.1016/j.jesp.2014.05.012
  • Attachment to objects as compensation for close others' perceived unreliability, JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY, 2012, 10.1016/j.jesp.2012.02.007
  • Applying the QM Rubric (Virtual) (APPQMR)
  • Effective College Instruction
  • Preventing Discrimination & Harassment: Employees V2.3
  • Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
  • Title IX: Preventing Sexual Misconduct for Faculty and Staff – "Responsible Employee" Edition
  • English (Native or Bilingual)
  • German (Limited Working)

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Areas of Expertise

Brain and Behavior, Existential Psychology, Metaphor, Personality