Dr. Chris Anderson, Psychology

Name: Chris Anderson

Department: Behavioral Science

Q: What is your research focus?

CA: Health Psychology/Behavioral Medicine, Pedagogy

Q: What current research projects are you working on, if any?

CA: Currently I am working to develop a questionnaire related to weight management practices for use by health care providers to help patients reach goals. I am planning on converting the questionnaire into an app to help individuals with long-term behavioral patterns to manage their weight status. Other current projects focus on reducing obesity stigma, negative emotions during weight loss, and behavioral associations with weight gain.

I am also researching topics within Pedagogy (the method and practice of teaching) such as practices for high-achieving classes, mentoring new adjunct faculty members, and the predictors of student satisfaction with instructors and courses.

Q: What opportunities are available to UVU students who would like to get involved in research?

CA: I currently have space for a few new students to become involved in research endeavors who could devote 2+ hours a week to research–students who can help with literature reviews would be preferred.

Q: Currently, or in the near future (if so, please provide an availability date), are you available to facilitate research opportunities with students?

CA: As stated above, I currently would have space for a few new students.

Q: What advice do you have for undergraduate students? (research, grad school, building relationships with teachers, etc.)

CA: It seems to me that many students pursuing graduate school don’t fully see the “big picture” of the graduate school admission process. That is, graduate school admission committees don’t just look at an applicant’s GPA—they look at research experience, letters of recommendation, G.P.A., GRE scores, social skills, work experience, and the goodness of fit between the applicant’s goals and the program’s goals. Despite this, it seems students devote 90% of their energy towards their GPA and just 10% towards the other important factors (I was guilty of this myself as an undergraduate). Consequently, I recommend students devote more energy towards research, working with faculty members so they can receive better letters of recommendation, researching graduate school programs, and preparing for the GRE.

Regarding building relationships with instructors I’d recommend that students be courteous and respectful of the professor’s time—notice when their office hours are and set up appointments to meet during those times. When working with professors on research teams be reliable and do what you say you’re going to do and don’t be late on your deadlines. Overall you’ll want to show that you are a good person to work with so they can confidently recommend you to a graduate program as a person they will want to be around for the next few years.