Jim Allen

Associate Professor of Psychology
Bailey 134
(585) 245-5203

Research Interests

  • Social Influence
  • Environmental Psychology
  • Psychology of Happiness.

Links of Interest

Student Opportunities

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., Arizona State University, 1993

  • BA, Auburn University, 1983

Selected Publications

  • Allen, J. B., (2017). The psychology of happiness in the modern world: A social psychological approach. Springer Publishing Company, New York.

Recent Classes Taught

  • Introduction to Behavioral Research Methods (Psyc 251)

  • Environmental Psychology (Psyc 275)

  • Psychology of Happiness (Psyc 278)

  • Social Psychology (Psyc 350)

  • Selected Topics:  Misinformation (Psyc 390)

  • Advanced Research in Psychology:  Environmental Attitudes (Psyc 452)


  • PSYC 278: Psychology of Happiness

    This course is an introduction to the empirical study of human happiness and well-being. Topics include how values, personality and social characteristics, attitudes, and cultural and evolutionary variables predict and potentially affect human happiness. Special emphasis will be placed on understanding how and why these variables are related to happiness.

  • PSYC 350: Social Psychology

    A study of the behavior of the individual in the social context, with attention to leadership and small group phenomena, social motivation, attitudes and attitude change. Selected research techniques in social psychology.

  • PSYC 452: AdvRes:Environmental Attitudes

    A selected-topic seminar that integrates, at an advanced level, a particular content area with its appropriate literature, research methods, and statistics. In the course of study of the selected issue, students review literature, design research, collect data, analyze and interpret results, and produce both oral and written reports.