Eric Dahlen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology

Dr. Eric Dahlen directs the Anger and Traffic Psychology Lab in the Department of Psychology. Our work focuses on the assessment, prevention, and treatment of clinically dysfunctional anger; overt and relational aggression; and the role of driver personality in aggressive driving and other unsafe driving behaviors. We are particularly interested in the contribution of personality and other individual difference factors in understanding anger, aggression, and interpersonal conflict among emerging adults.

Undergraduate involvement is welcome in all phases of the research process, from initial idea generation through presentation and publication. Undergraduate research assistants will have the opportunity to work alongside master's and doctoral students, providing a close-up look at the graduate school research experience.

To learn more, please visit our lab website at


Boudreaux, D. J., Dahlen, E. R., Madson, M. B., Bullock-Yowell, E. (in press). Attitudes toward anger management scale: Development and initial validation. Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development.

Dahlen, E. R., Czar, K. A., Prather, E., & Dyess, C. (2013). Relational aggression and victimization in college students. Journal of College Student Development, 54, 140-154. doi: 10.1353/csd.2013.0021

Prather, E., Dahlen, E. R., Nicholson, B. C., & Bullock-Yowell, E. (2012). Relational aggression in college students' dating relationships. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma, 21, 705-720. doi: 10.1080/10926771.2012.693151

Dahlen, E. R., Edwards, B. D., Tubré, T., Zyphur, M. J., & Warren, C. R. (2012). Taking a look behind the wheel: An investigation into the personality predictors of aggressive driving. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 45, 1-9. doi: 10.1016/j.aap.2011.11.012

Czar, K. A., Dahlen, E. R., Bullock-Yowell, E., & Nicholson, B. C. (2011). Psychopathic personality traits in relational aggression among young adults. Aggressive Behavior, 37, 207-214. doi: 10.1002/ab.20381

Martin, R. C., & Dahlen, E. R. (2011). Angry thoughts and response to provocation: Validity of the Angry Cognitions Scale. Journal of Rational-Emotive & Cognitive Behavior Therapy, 29, 65-76. doi: 10.1007/s10942-009-0104-2

Pseekos, A. C., Bullock-Yowell, E., & Dahlen, E. R. (2011). Examining Holland’s person-environment fit, workplace aggression, interpersonal conflict, and job satisfaction. Journal of Employment Counseling, 48, 63-71. doi: 10.1002/j.2161-1920.2011.tb00115.x

Moore, M., & Dahlen, E. R. (2008). Forgiveness and consideration of future consequences in aggressive driving. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 40, 1661-1666. doi: 10.1016/j.aap.2008.05.007

Dahlen, E. R. (2007). Cognitive therapy for clinically dysfunctional anger: A case study. Clinical Case Studies, 6, 493-507. doi: 10.1177/1534650107298707

Martin, R. C., & Dahlen, E. R. (2007). Anger response styles and reaction to provocation. Personality and Individual Differences, 43, 2083-2094. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2007.06.022

Martin, R. C., & Dahlen, E. R. (2007). The Angry Cognitions Scale: A new inventory for assessing cognitions in anger. Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive Behavior Therapy, 25, 155-173. doi: 10.1007/s10942-006-0033-2

Dahlen, E. R., & Martin, R. C. (2006). Refining the Anger Consequences Questionnaire. Personality and Individual Differences, 41, 1021-1031. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2006.04.008

Dahlen, E. R., & White, R. P. (2006). The Big Five factors, sensation seeking, and driving anger in the prediction of unsafe driving. Personality and Individual Differences, 41, 903-915. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2006.03.016

Dahlen, E. R., & Martin, R. C. (2005). The experience, expression, and control of anger in perceived social support. Personality and Individual Differences, 39, 391-401. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2005.01.019

Martin, R. C., & Dahlen, E. R. (2005). Cognitive emotion regulation in the prediction of depression, anxiety, stress, and anger. Personality and Individual Differences, 39, 1249-1260. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2005.06.004

Dahlen, E. R., Martin, R. C., Ragan, K., & Kuhlman, M. M. (2005). Driving anger, sensation seeking, impulsiveness, and boredom proneness in the prediction of unsafe driving. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 37, 341-348. doi: 10.1016/j.aap.2004.10.006

Dahlen E. R., Martin, R. C., Ragan, K., & Kuhlman, M. M. (2004). Boredom proneness in anger and aggression: Effects of impulsiveness and sensation seeking. Personality and Individual Differences, 37, 1615-1627. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2004.02.016

Dahlen, E. R., & Ragan, K. M. (2004). Validation of the Propensity for Angry Driving Scale. Journal of Safety Research, 35, 557-563. doi: 10.1016/j.jsr.2004.09.002

Martin, R. C., & Dahlen, E. R. (2004). Irrational beliefs and the experience and expression of anger. Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, 22, 3-20.

Deffenbacher, J. L., Lynch, R. S., Filetti, L. B., Dahlen, E. R., & Oetting, E. R. (2003). Anger, aggression, risky behavior, and crash-related outcomes in three groups of drivers. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 41, 333-349. doi: 10.1016/S0005-7967(02)00014-1

Deffenbacher, J. L., Filetti, L. B., Lynch, R. S., Dahlen, E. R., & Oetting, E. R. (2002). Cognitive-behavioral treatment of high anger drivers. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 40, 895-910.

Dahlen, E. R., & Deffenbacher, J. L. (2001). Anger management. In W. J. Lyddon & J. V. Jones (Eds.), Empirically-supported cognitive therapies: Current status and future promise (pp. 163-181). New York: Springer.

Dahlen, E. R., & Deffenbacher, J. L. (2000). A partial component analysis of Beck’s cognitive therapy for the treatment of general anger. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, 14, 77-95.

Deffenbacher, J. L., Dahlen, E. R., Lynch, R. S., Morris, C. D., & Gowensmith, W. N. (2000). An application of Beck’s cognitive therapy to general anger reduction. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 24, 689-697.