Cynthia L. S. Pury

Phone:  (864) 656-7876
Office:  410-H Brackett Hall
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  • PhD:  Clinical Psychology (Northwestern University, 1997)
  • MA:  Clinical Psychology (Northwestern University, 1991)
  • BA:  Psychology (University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1989)

Research Interests:

  • Courageous responding
  • Positive psychology
  • Situational affordances
  • Cognitive and psychophysiological processes of emotion
  • Teaching of psychology

Selected Publications:

  • Pury, C. L. S., Britt, T. W., Zinzow, H. M., & Raymond, M. A. (2014). Blended courage: Moral and psychological courage elements in mental health treatment seeking by active duty military personnel. The Journal of Positive Psychology, 9, 30-41, doi 10.1080/17439760.2013.831466
  • Grau, C., & Pury, C. S. (2013). Attitudes Towards Reference and Replaceability. Review of Philosophy and Psychology, 1-14. doi: 10.1007/s13164-013-0162-3
  • Pury, C. L. S. (2011). Automation can lead to confounds in text analysis: Back, Kufner, and Egloff (2010) and the Not-So-Angry Americans. Psychological Science, 22(6), 835 – 836. doi: DOI 10.1177/0956797611408735
  • Pury, C. L. S., & Lopez, S. J., Eds. (2010). The psychology of courage: Modern research on an ancient virtue. Washington DC, American Psychological Association.
  • Pury, C. L. S, & Hensel, A.D. (2010).  Are courageous actions successful actions? Journal of Positive Psychology, 5, 62 – 72.
  • Pury, C. L. S., & Lopez, S. J. (2009). Courage. In S. J. Lopez & C. R. Snyder (Eds.) Oxford Handbook on Positive Psychology, 2nd Ed. New York: Oxford. pp. 375-382.
  • Pury, C. L. S. (2008). Can Courage Be Learned? In S. J. Lopez (Ed.) Positive psychology: Exploring the best in people, Vol 1 Discovering Human Strengths. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers.
  • Pury, C. L. S., & Kowalski, R. (2007). Human strengths, courageous actions, and general and personal courage. Journal of Positive Psychology, 2, 120-128.
  • Pury, C. L. S., Kowalski, R., & Spearman, M. J. (2007). Distinctions between general and personal courage. Journal of Positive Psychology, 2, 99-114.
  • Pury, C. L. S., McCubbin, J., Helfer, S., Galloway, C., & McMullen, L. J. (2004). Elevated resting blood pressure and dampened emotional responses. Psychosomatic Medicine, 66, 583-587.
  • Pury, C. L. S. (2002).  Information processing predictors of emotional response to stress. Cognition and Emotion, 16, 667 – 683.

Professional Positions:

  • Associate Editor: Journal of Positive Psychology

Professional Affiliations:

  • Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • International Positive Psychology Association
  • American Psychological Association
  • Association of Psychological Science

Awards and Honors:

  • Honorary Member: Golden Key International Honour Society
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Psi Chi

Teaching Responsibilities:

  • PSYCH 3700: Personality
  • PSYCH 3830: Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYCH 4880: Theories of Psychotherapy
  • PSYCH 4820: Positive Psychology
  • PSYCH 8990: Workplace Mental Health & Wellbeing