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  Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology 2021-2023 Faculty and Administration Biographies Nancy S. Fagley, Emerita  

Nancy S. Fagley, Emerita

Ph.D., University of Utah

Nancy S. Fagley, Ph.D., is Professor Emerita in the Department of School Psychology. Her current research focuses on appreciation (including gratitude, among other components), with emphasis on fine-tuning its conceptualization and measurement and on identifying its causes and consequences. She conceptualizes appreciation as a higher-order construct, with gratitude representing one of several lower-level components. Her research has demonstrated that a greater tendency to feel appreciation significantly contributes to life satisfaction, even after controlling for individual differences in the Big 5 personality factors and trait gratitude. Thus gratitude and appreciation are not synonymous, but instead are hierarchically nested. Her earlier research focused on framing effects on choice, and her research (in collaboration with Paul M. Miller and others) identified a number of moderators of the effects of framing on choice including decision maker characteristics such as gender, task features such as providing a rationale, and decision problem features such as the arena (e.g., human life vs. money). She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Behavioral Decision Making.

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