Jeana L. Magyar

Professor of Psychology

Office: D243 Science Building

Education ​ 

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 

Research Interests

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 time. 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 team.

Recent Publications

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.