Elizabeth Focella, Ph.D.
Dr. Elizabeth Focella is a social psychologist with expertise in attitudes and behavior change research. She earned a B.S. in psychology and another in sociology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She later earned her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Arizona with a minor in Marketing at the University of Arizona Eller School of Management. Following her doctoral education, she was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Missouri’s Department of Health Sciences where she conducted research in medical decision making. Prior to joining Research Into Action, Elizabeth was an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, where she directed the Attitudes and Behavior Change Research Lab and taught undergraduate and graduate courses on social psychology, health psychology, and attitudes. Her independent research focused on attitudes and behavior change, chiefly in the areas of health, prejudice and stereotyping, and cognitive dissonance, which she has presented at symposia and poster presentations at national conferences. Outside of work, Elizabeth loves to go on relaxing, nature-inspired walks with her husband and baby daughter, travel, and occasionally, paint.