LISA G. ASPINWALL portrait
  • Professor, Psychology Department
  • Member, Cancer Control and Population Sciences Program, Huntsman Cancer Institute

Professional Service

  • NWO, The Dutch Research Council. Role: reviewer. Editorial Board. 01/2019 - 12/2020
  • National Science Foundation. Reviewer. 01/2018 - present
  • Psychological Science. Role: Reviewer. Review articles. 01/2018 - 12/31/2018
  • Psychological Bulletin. Reviewer. 01/2018 - 12/31/2018
  • Psychology and Health. Reviewer. 01/2018 - 12/31/2018
  • Journal of Behavioral Medicine. Reviewer. 01/2018 - 12/31/2018
  • Cancer. Reviewer. 01/2018 - 12/31/2018
  • Social Science and Medicine. Reviewer. 01/2018 - 12/31/2018
  • Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Reviewer. 01/2018 - 12/31/2018
  • Journal of Applied Social Psychology. Reviewer. 01/2018 - 12/31/2018
  • JAMA Dermatology. Role: Reviewer. Review articles. 01/2018 - 12/31/2018
  • Annals of Behavioral Medicine. Role: Reviewer. Review articles. 01/2018 - 12/31/2018
  • Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science. Role: Chair. Conversation with Scientists event for Psychology and Social Sciences at SACNAS annual conference. 10/2017 - 10/2017
  • Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science. Role: Mentor Judge. Undergraduate and Graduate student posters, SACNAS annual conference. 10/2017 - 10/2017
  • Huntsman Cancer Institute PathMaker Program. Role: Faculty Research Mentor. Work with underrepresented students in cancer research. Advisees were Ramon Aparicio and Mai Her. 06/2017 - 08/2017
  • Psychology and Health. Role: Reviewer. Editorial Board. 01/2017 - 12/2017
  • Health Psychology. Role: Reviewer. Review articles. 01/2017 - 12/2017
  • Journal of Genetic Counseling. Role: Reviewer. Review articles. 01/2017 - 12/2017
  • Journal of Behavioral Medicine. Role: Reviewer. Review articles. 01/2017 - 12/2017
  • PLOS One. Role: Reviewer. Review articles. 01/2017 - 12/2017
  • Current Directions in Psychological Science. Role: Reviewer. Review articles. 01/2017 - 12/2017
  • Psycho Oncology. Reviewer. 01/01/2017 - 12/2017
  • JAMA Dermatology. Editorial Board. 01/2016 - 12/2016
  • Melanoma Management. Editorial Board. 01/2016 - 12/2016
  • Developmental Psychology. Role: Reviewer. Reviewed articles. 01/2015 - 12/2016
  • Annals of Behavioral Medicine. Role: Reviewer. Reviewed articles. 01/2015 - 12/2015
  • Journal of Personalized Medicine. Role: Reviewer. Reviewed articles. 01/2015 - 12/2015
  • Behavioral Sciences & the Law. Role: Reviewer. Reviewed articles. 01/2015 - 12/2015
  • Journal of Positive Psychology. Reviewer. 01/01/2014 - 12/2015
  • Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. Reviewer. 01/01/2014 - 12/2014
  • Templeton Foundation. Reviewer. 01/01/2014 - 12/2014
  • Legal and Criminal Logical Psychology. Reviewer. 01/01/2014 - 12/2014
  • Anxiety, Stress & Coping. Reviewer. 01/01/2014 - 12/2014
  • Stress and Health. Reviewer. 01/01/2014 - 12/2014
  • Gut. Reviewer. 01/01/2014 - 12/2014
  • European Journal of Social Psychology. Reviewer. 01/2013 - 12/2013
  • Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. Reviewer. 01/2013 - 12/2013
  • Journal of Behavioral Medicine. Reviewer. 01/2012 - 12/2016
  • Health Psychology. Reviewer. 01/2012 - 12/2016
  • Journal of Personality. Reviewer. 01/2012 - 12/2015
  • Psychological Review. Reviewer. 01/2012 - 12/2015
  • Social and Personality Psychology Compass. Reviewer. 01/2012 - 12/2014
  • Personality and Social Psychology Review. Reviewer. 01/2012 - 12/2012
  • Canadian Review on Aging. Reviewer. 01/2012 - 12/2012
  • Psychological Science. Reviewer. 01/2012 - 12/2012
  • Basic and Applied Social Psychology. Reviewer. 01/2012 - 12/2012
  • National Science Foundation. Reviewer. 01/2012 - 12/2012
  • Department of Psychology, University of Utah. Role: Organizer. Campus Pride Week table. 10/19/2011 - 10/19/2011
  • Rocky Mountain Psychology. Role: Organizer. organize events for day long visit. 04/15/2011 - 04/15/2011
  • Osher Adult Education. Role: Presenter. Positive thinking and health. 04/13/2011 - 04/13/2011
  • Psychology and Health. Role: reviewer. Editorial Board. 01/2011 - 12/2023
  • Health Psychology. Role: Reviewer. Reviewed articles. 01/2011 - 12/2011
  • GLBT Alliance in Social and Personality Psychology. Role: Chair. Annual mentorship luncheon at Society of Personality and Social Psychology. 01/01/2011 - present
  • Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. Role: Reviewer. Reviewed articles. 01/01/2011 - 12/2016
  • Motivation and Emotion. Role: Reviewer. Reviewed articles. 01/01/2011 - 12/2015
  • Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Role: Reviewer. Reviewed articles. 01/01/2011 - 12/2015
  • German Israeli Foundation. Role: Reviewer. Reviewed proposals. 01/01/2011 - 12/2011
  • Public Health Genomics. Role: Reviewer. Reviewed articles. 01/01/2011 - 12/2011
  • Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. Role: Reviewer. Reviewed articles. 01/01/2011 - 12/2011
  • National Institute of Health. Role: Review panel. Center for Scientific Review. OppNet Basic Research on Self-Regulation (R21). 01/01/2011 - 07/01/2011
  • National Institute on Aging. Role: Reviewer. Special Emphasis Panel on Subjective Well-Being. 01/01/2011 - 04/01/2011
  • Huntsman Cancer Institute, Cancer Control and Population Sciences. Role: Reviewer. Review pilot project awards. 01/01/2011 - 01/11/2011
  • Journal of Behavioral Medicine. Role: Reviewer. Reviewed articles. 01/2010 - 12/2010
  • Psychological Science. Role: Reviewer. Reviewed articles. 01/2010 - 12/2010
  • Psychology and Health. Role: Reviewer. Reviewed articles. 01/2010 - 12/2010
  • Archives of General Psychiatry. Role: Reviewer. Reviewed articles. 01/2010 - 12/2010
  • Motivation and Emotion. Role: Reviewer. Reviewed articles. 01/2010 - 12/2010
  • Encyclopedia of Human Behavior. Role: Reviewer. Reviewed articles. 01/2010 - 12/2010
  • Cognition and Emotion. Role: Reviewer. Reviewed articles. 01/2010 - 12/2010
  • Memory and Cognition. Role: Reviewer. Reviewed articles. 01/2010 - 12/2010
  • Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. Role: Reviewer. Reviewed articles. 01/2010 - 12/2010
  • Journal of Research in Personality. Role: Reviewer. Reviewed articles. 01/2010 - 12/2010
  • Psychology and Aging. Role: Reviewer. Reviewed articles. 01/2010 - 12/2010
  • National Cancer Institute. Role: Member. Health Cognitions Working Group, National Cancer Institute, Cancer Control and Population Sciences, 2001-present . 01/2001 - 01/2010
  • GLBT Alliance in Social and Personality Psychology (GASP). Role: co-director. co-founder. 01/2000 - present
  • Journal of Applied Social Psychology. Role: reviewer. Editorial Board. 01/1996 - 12/2020

Internal Service

  • STARS Training Grant. faculty mentor and Internal Advisory Board member, 07/2019 - 12/2020. Other service.
  • Personnel Committee. member, 07/2019 - 06/2020. Department service.
  • Diversity Committee. member, 07/2019 - 06/2020. College service.
  • Professional Issues and Ethics Committee's program on New Challenges in Assigning Research Authorship. Panelist, 04/13/2017 - 04/13/2017. Department service.
  • Graduate Education Strategy Group. Co-Chair, 01/09/2017 - 01/2018. University service.
  • Search Committee, Director of Foundation Relations, 2016-17. member, 11/01/2016 - 06/01/2017. University service.
  • Genetic Counseling Shared Resource Advisory Board, Huntsman Cancer Institute. member, 07/01/2016 - present. University service.
  • CSBS College Council. Member, 07/01/2015 - 06/30/2018. College service.
  • Chair, Department of Psychology. 07/01/2015 - 06/30/2018. Department service.
  • College ADVANCE Task Force. committee member, 10/01/2014 - 06/30/2015. College service.
  • Department of Psychology Executive Committee. member, 08/01/2014 - 06/30/2015. Department service.
  • Social Psychology PhD program. Area coordinator, 08/01/2014 - 06/30/2015. Department service.
  • Search Committee for Assistant Professor, Social Psychology. Chair, 06/03/2014 - 02/28/2015. Department service.
  • Jeanine Stefanucci's RPT review for promotion and tenure to associate professor. Candidate selection, 03/04/2014 - 12/31/2014. Department service.
  • Psychology Honors Advisory Committee. Chair, 08/2012 - 07/2013. Department service.
  • Reviewer for Funding Incentive Seed Grant, Office of the Vice President for Research, University of Utah. reviewer, 01/2012 - 06/2012. University service.
  • Graduate Research Fellowship Review Committee, Graduate School, University of Utah, 2012. Reviewer, 01/01/2012 - 04/01/2013. College service.
  • Departmental Honors Advisor. Advisor, 08/2011 - 07/2013. Department service.
  • Chair, Honors Ad Hoc Committee. Developed proposal and curriculum for new departmental honors track in psychology. Chair, 08/2011 - 07/2012. Department service.
  • Internal Reviewer, Department of Oncological Sciences. 09/2010 - 11/2010. University service.
  • Academic Senate. 08/2010 - 07/2013. University service.
  • College RPT Committee. 08/2010 - 07/2011. College service.
  • Area Coordinator, Social Psychology Ph.D. Program. 07/2010 - 06/2013. Department service.
  • Distinguished Scholarly and Creative Research Award Subcommittee. Chair, 08/2009 - 07/2010. University service.
  • Steering Committee, Cancer Control and Population Sciences Program, Huntsman Cancer Institute. Member, 07/2008 - 08/30/2013. Other service.
  • Oversight Committee, Genetic Counseling Shared Resource, Huntsman Cancer Institute. Member, 01/2008 - 08/30/2013. Other service.

Outreach

  • scientific literacy outreach through involvement in program on Utah Public Radio Undisciplined: The Population Science Psychologist and the Pediatric Allergist. Utah Public Radio. Accessed at: https://www.upr.org/post/undisciplined-population-science-psychologist-and-pediatric-allergist. 10/24/2019 - present
  • Scientific literacy outreach through involvement in program on Utah Public Radio Undisciplined: Science News Roundup (October 2019). Utah Public Radio. Accessed at: https://www.upr.org/post/undisciplined-science-news-roundup-october-2019. 10/10/2019 - present
  • Aspinwall, L.G. (2015, November). Understanding familial melanoma history as a motivator of prevention and screening behavior. Invited presentation to the Melanoma Community Research Forum sponsored by SolSurvivors Oregon and Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR. Presentation, Presented, 11/19/2015. 11/19/2015 - 11/19/2015
  • Chaired a graduate student and new faculty mentorship luncheon for LGBT students and allies at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. This is an organization I founded and have directed since 2001. 02/2001 - present

Honors & Awards

  • Irwin Altman Outstanding Psychology Faculty Award. Psychology Department, University of Utah, 05/2017
  • Finalist for College of Social & Behavioral Science Superior Research Award, 2014-2015. College of Social and Behavioral Science, 03/03/2015
  • Finalist, College of Social & Behavioral Science Superior Research Award, 2013-2014. College of Social & Behavioral Science , 03/2014
  • College of Social and Behavioral Science Superior Teaching Award. University of Utah, 03/2013
  • Fellow. Society of Experimental Social Psychology, 2009
  • Fellow. Society for Personality and Social Psychology, 2007
  • Fellow. American Psychological Association, 2007
  • Fellow. Association for Psychological Science, 2007
  • Associate Member, Cancer Control and Population Sciences Program. Huntsman Cancer Institute, 2004
  • Templeton Positive Psychology Prize. John Templeton Foundation and APA, 2000
  • Semester Research Award, General Research Board. University of Maryland, 1998
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, College of Beahvioral and Social Sciences. University of Maryland, 1995
  • Certificate of Teaching Excellence. University of Maryland, 1994
  • Sigma Xi Outstanding Graduate Science Student Award. University of California, Los Angeles, 1991
  • NIMH Health Psychology Research Trainee. 1989
  • Firestone Medal for Excellence in Research. Stanford University, 1987
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship. National Science Foundation, 1987
  • Phi Beta Kappa. 1986
  • Gordon A. Craig Prize (history). Stanford University, 1984

In the Media

  • Can Genetic Counseling and Test Reporting in patients Susceptible to Melanoma Development Change Behavior? The ASCO Post. 08/09/2019. https://www.ascopost.com/News/60333
  • Genetic test helped Utahns at risk for melanoma change behavior, study finds. Deseret News . 08/09/2019. https://www.deseret.com/utah/2019/8/9/20799861/gen...
  • Genetic testing motivates behavior changes in people at risk for melanoma, finds study. News Medical Net . 08/03/2019. https://www.news-medical.net/news/20190803/Genetic...
  • Genetic testing motivates behavior changes in families with melanoma risks, study says. 08/03/2019. https://kutv.com/news/local/genetic-testing-motiva...
  • Study finds genetic testing motivates behavior changes in families at risk for melanoma. News release . 08/02/2019. https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-08/hc...
  • Genetic testing motivates behavior changes in families at risk for melanoma. Science Daily. 08/02/2019. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/08/1908...
  • Study finds genetic testing motivates behavior changes in families at risk for melanoma. Hekim Pro . 03/08/2019. https://hekim.pro/news/study-finds-genetic-testing...
  • US News and world Report health site. 08/2018. https://health.usnews.com/health-care/patient-advi...
  • Small Steps for Success. The Daily Utah Chronicle. 01/15/2018. http://dailyutahchronicle.com/2018/01/15/small-ste...
  • Kyodo News. Japanense news story of Science article. 12/2012. http://www.nikkei.com/article/DGXNASDG17010_X10C12...
  • Opinion: Science in the courtroom published in The Scientist regarding Science article. 11/2012. <http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/artic...
  • Brain science's day in court. LA Times editorial by Robert Sapolsky regarding Science article. 10/2012. http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-...
  • A judgment call. Commentary of Science article by Akshat Rathi published in The Economist. 10/2012. http://www.economist.com/node/21564195
  • Chinese Newsweek psychpath story. Translation of the Science article. 10/2012. http://newsweek.inewsweek.cn/magazine.php?id=6069
  • Opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal profiles Science article. 10/2012. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB100008723963904445...
  • Biology gives American psychopaths a legal break Reuters via iTechPost: <http://www.itechpost.com/articles/4000/20120817/biology-gives-american-psychopaths-legal-break.htm Reuters via WHTC, Holland, Mich.: <http://whtc.com/news/articles/2012/aug/16/biology-gives-american-psychopaths-a-legal-break/> Reuters via WKZO, Kalamazoo Mich.: <http://wkzo.com/news/articles/2012/aug/16/biology-gives-american-psychopaths-a-legal-break/ . 08/2012.
  • Psychopaths brief in The Atlantic regarding Science article. 08/2012. http://www.theatlanticwire.com/technology/2012/08/...
  • science - psychopaths - biology Reuters: <http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/08/16/us-science-psychopaths-biology-idUSBRE87F12M20120816 Reuters India: <http://in.reuters.com/article/2012/08/16/us-science-psychopaths-biology-idINBRE87F12M20120816> Reuters U.K.: <http://uk.reuters.com/article/2012/08/16/us-science-psychopaths-biology-idUKBRE87F12M20120816 . 08/2012.
  • TIME magazine: My brain made me do it: psychopaths and free will <http://healthland.time.com/2012/08/17/my-brain-made-me-do-it-psychopaths-and-free-will/> . 08/2012.
  • Why psychopathy may not be the best defense Live Science via Fox News: <http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/08/17/why-psychopathy-may-not-be-best-defense/> LiveScience via Yahoo.com: <http://news.yahoo.com/why-psychopathy-may-not-best-defense-180716336.html . 08/2012.
  • Would judge give psychopath genetic defect lighter sentence National Public Radio “Morning Edition” NPR via WGBH, Boston NPR via WBUR-FM, Boston NPR via North Country Public Radio, Canton, N.Y. NPR via WMHT, Albany, N.Y. NPR via WFSU, Tallahassee, Fla. NPR via WEKU, Richmond-Lexington, Ky. NPR via WFDIT, Melbourne, Fla. NPR via WKU, Bowling Green, Ky. NPR via WKNO, Cordova, Tenn. NPR via Tri States Public Radio, Macomb, Ill. NPR via KUNC, Greeley, Colo. NPR via WBAA, West Lafayette, Ind. NPR via KUNM, Albuquerque, N.M. NPR via KNAU, Flagstaff, Ariz. NPR via KERA, Dallas NPR via WABE, Atlanta NPR via NHPR, Concord, N.H. NPR via Red River Radio, Shreveport, La./Lufkin, Texas NPR via NWPR, Pullman, Wash. NPR via KETR, Commerce, Texas NPR via KBIA, Columbia, Mo. NPR via Georgia Public Broadcasting, Atlanta NPR via KCUR, Kansas City, Mo. NPR via KALW, San Francisco NPR via Vermont Public Radio, Colchester, Vt. NPR via Boise State Public Radio, Idaho NPR via KASU, State University, Ark. NPR via Minnesota Public Radio, St. Paul NPR via KUHF, Houston NPR via Alabama Public Radio, Tuscaloosa NPR via WWNO, New Orleans . 08/2012.
  • (August 16, 2012). Brain evidence sways sentencing in study of judges. The New York Times. 08/2012.
  • (August 17, 2012). In mock case, biological evidence reduces sentences. Science, 337, p.788. 08/2012.
  • #298 - The Relationship between positive psychology and health outcomes. ShrinkRapRadio interview. 03/2012.
  • Utah Ranks No. 1 in Gallup City Optimism Survey. 11/17/2011. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAuldLn3oG0&feature...
  • Positive psychology advances, with growing pains. APA Monitor. 04/2011.
  • Genetic testing for melanoma may spark better preventions. Deseret News. 01/06/2011. http://www.deseretnews.com/article/705363932/Genet...
  • Genetic testing for melanoma may spark better preventions. KSL. 01/05/2011. http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=13891492
  • Utah parents at high risk of skin cancer want genetic tests for their children, Salt Lake Tribune. 12/26/2010.
  • Optimism can help, hinder patients: Though fatalistic thoughts have a proven track record, experts say the push to think positive may stifle emotions and imply that happiness cures, Chicago Tribune. 09/22/2010.