Maureen Mathews, Ph.D., in front of greenery

Maureen Mathews, Ph.D.

Teaching Assistant Professor

(804) 828-8949

Bird House, 820 W. Franklin St., Room 112

Social Psychology




  • Ph.D.: Virginia Commonwealth University, 2009

Research Interests

Broadly construed, Dr. Maureen Mathews is interested in how self-conceptualization interacts with social cognition and emotion. A specific focus of Matthews' work compares the psychological differences between gratitude and indebtedness and how self-awareness affects these differences. Matthews' also has experience with undergraduate curriculum development and assessment.

Select Publications

  • Yoder, M. S., Ault, L. K., & Mathews, M. A. (2017). Knowing your face: A componential analysis of self-perceived facial attractiveness. Journal of Social Psychology, 157, 366-381.
  • Mathews, M. A., & Shook, N. J. (2013). Preventing or promoting thanks: Regulatory focus and its effect on gratitude and indebtedness. Journal of Research in Personality, 47, 191-195.
  • Mathews, M. A., & Green, J. D. (2010). Looking at me, appreciating you: Self-focused attention distinguishes between gratitude and indebtedness. Cognition & Emotion, 24, 710-718.
  • Green, J. D., Mathews, M. A., & Foster, C. A. (2009). Another kind of “interpersonal” relationship: Humans, animal companions, and attachment theory. In E. Cuyler & M. Ackhart (Eds.), Psychology of Relationships (pp. 87-109). Hauppage, NY: Nova Science Publishers.


  • Application of Statistics
  • Social Psychology