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David Oberleitner

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Dr. Oberleitner received his B.A. in Psychology (minor in instrumental music; percussion) from the University of Toledo and received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology (Social) from Wayne State University. At the University of Bridgeport, David is the Chair of the Department of Psychology and Program Director for the online psychology degree program, is a faculty advisor to numerous psychology majors, and teaches courses for the honor's program. He is also a co-chair of the University IRB and a member of the UB Undergraduate Counsel for Research and Scholarship. His research interests fall broadly under the umbrella of social-cognition. His primary research interest is in the social-cognitive processes underlying social exclusion (ostracism) and the consequences of experiencing social exclusion/isolation. Specifically, he is interested in the interplay of social exclusion/social isolation with pain and physical/mental health, the ramifications of social exclusion on one's self-concept, and how social isolation impacts collegiate success and positive adjustment in college students.

Primary Interests:

  • Aggression, Conflict, Peace
  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Attitudes and Beliefs
  • Culture and Ethnicity
  • Health Psychology
  • Person Perception
  • Prejudice and Stereotyping
  • Self and Identity
  • Social Cognition

Journal Articles:

  • Beitel, M., Oberleitner, L., Muthulingam, D., Oberleitner, D., Madden, L. M., Marcus, R., ... & Barry, D. T. (2018). Experiences of burnout among drug counselors in a large opioid treatment program: A qualitative investigation. Substance abuse, 1-24.
  • Connolly, S., Oberleitner, D., & Guarneri, J. (2018). Tracking social isolation, academic self-efficacy and adjustment to college: Self-reported perceptions across the first semester of college. The Journal of College Orientation and Transition, 17.
  • Fuller, E. W., McIntyre, R. B., & Oberleitner, D. E. (2013). Engineering academic performance with selective retrieval: The benefits of implied ability. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 43(11), 2195 - 2202, DOI: 10.1111/jasp.12170
  • Guarneri, J. A., Oberleitner, D. E., & Connolly, S. (2019). Perceived stigma and self-stigma in college students: A literature review and implications for practice and research. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 1-15.
  • Mun, C. J., Beitel, M., Oberleitner, L., Oberleitner, D. E., Madden, L. M., Bollampally, P., & Barry, D. T. (2019). Pain catastrophizing and pain acceptance are associated with pain severity and interference among methadone‐maintained patients. Journal of clinical psychology, 75(12), 2233-2247.
  • Oberleitner, D. E., Marcus, R., Beitel, M., Muthulingam, D., Oberleitner, L. M. S., Madden, L. M., ... & Barry, D. T. (2019). " Day-to-day, it's a roller coaster. It's frustrating. It's rewarding. It's maddening and it's enjoyable": A qualitative investigation of the lived experiences of addiction counselors. Psychological services.
  • Welker, K. M., Oberleitner, D. E., Cain, S., & Carré, J. M. (2013). Upright and left out: Posture moderates the effects of social exclusion on mood and threats to basic needs. European Journal of Social Psychology, 43(5), 355-361. DOI: 10.1002/ejsp.1944
  • Wilhelmi, B., Pereira, L., Pereira, S., Oberleitner, D., & Braniecki, S. (2019). Work and Family in the Psychology Pipeline: Qualitative Findings From a National Study of Trainees and Mentors. Practice Innovations, 4(4), 225-240.

Courses Taught:

  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Psychology of Personality
  • Psychology of Stigma
  • Social Psychology
  • Social Psychology of Mental Health

David Oberleitner
Department of Psychology
University of Bridgeport
135 Park Avenue
Bridgeport, Connecticut 06604
United States of America

  • Phone: (203) 576-4158

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