Jeana L. Magyar
Professor of Psychology
Office: D243 Science Building
Ph.D. - University of Kansas
M.S. - University of Kansas
B.S. - University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point
FYS 101 - Pursuit of Happiness
PSYC 270 - Positive Psychology
PSYC 295 - Careers in Psychology
PSYC 301 - Personality Psychology
PSYC 351 - Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 402 - Practicum in Counseling and Psychotherapy
PSYC 494/5 - Human Services Internship
My research interests are varied, but typically revolve around topics
related to positive psychology (the scientific study of optimal human
functioning), the scholarship of teaching and learning, and therapy
process and outcome. Four to five research assistants (that can each
commit to one full year or more of work with me) are invited to work
with me each year on all aspects of research, from development of the
research design, to data entry, to writing up posters and manuscripts,
and finally co-presenting the work at various undergraduate and
professional psychology conventions. Due to my varied interests, it is
common to find my research assistants working on several studies at one
My most recent work completed with the assistance of undergraduate
research assistants include studies on the emotional and psychological
outcomes of service-learning, the effects of couples gratitude
journaling on relationship satisfaction and well-being, and the
effectiveness of a positive psychology psychoeducational training
program for children. I am also in the process of collecting data on
intellectual safety in the college classroom, counseling psychologist’s
use of positive psychology in their teaching, research, and clinical
work, and the effects of workplace gratitude journaling. I am always
open to new research ideas related to my areas of interest and invite
such ideas from students who may be interested in joining my research
Magyar-Moe, J. L. (2009). Therapist’s guide to positive psychological interventions. San Diego, CA: Elsevier Academic Press.
Magyar-Moe, J. L., & Lopez, S. J. (2008). Human agency, strengths-based development, and psychological well-being. In W. B. Walsh (Ed.). Biennial Review of Counseling Psychology, (pp. 157-177). New York: Routledge Psychology Press.
Magyar-Moe, J. L. (2008). Academic advising with Division 3 student-athletes. In A. Toogood & E. Gill (Eds.), Advising student-athletes: A collaborative approach to success. (pp. 107-111). Manhattan, KS: National Academic Advising Association.
Magyar-Moe, J. L. (2008). Creating an undergraduate psychology peer mentoring program: Challenges and rewards. In S. A. Meyers & J. R. Stowell (Eds.), Essays from e-xcellence in teaching (Vol. 7, pp. 43-46).
Lopez, S. J., Magyar-Moe, J. L., Petersen, S. E., & Ryder, J. A., Krieshok, T. S., O’Byrne, K. K., Lichtenberg, J. W., & Fry, N. A. (2006). Counseling psychology’s focus on positive aspects of human functioning. The Counseling Psychologist, 34, 205-227.
Lopez, S. J., & Magyar-Moe, J. L. (2006). A positive psychology that matters. The Counseling Psychologist, 34, 323-330.