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Larry Christensen, Ph.D.
Department Chair

Ph.D., University of Southern Mississippi, 1967, Psychology
M.S., University of Southern Mississippi, 1966, Psychology
B.S., University of Southern Mississippi, 1964, Psychology

Office: UCOM 1205
Phone: 251-460-6371
Fax: 251-460-6320

Discipline: Experimental Psychology
Others: Food Cravings, Food & Mood, Food & Depression

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests


Identification of the variables contributing to food cravings: The role of mood in food selection; The contribution of consumption of selected foods to the psychological state of depression.

The food we eat and the mood state we are experiencing are interrelated in some individuals. The food we eat can affect our moods such as our feelings of depression and the mood state we are in affects the foods we select to eat. My research examines this interrelationship.

Selected Publications


Christensen, L. (2012). Types of designs using random assignment. In Harris Cooper (ed.) APA handbook of research methods in psychology. Washington, D.C.: APA Press.

Christensen, L., Johnson, B.R., & Turner, L.A. (2011). Research Methods, Design and Analysis, (11th ed.). Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

Johnson, B. & Christensen, L. (2011). Educational Research: Quantitative, Qualitative, and Mixed Approaches. Sage

Johnson, B. & Christensen, L. (2008). Educational Research Methods. SAGE

Christensen, L. (2007). Dietary carbohydrates as mood and performance modulators. . In C.G. Biliaderis and M.S.Izydorczyk (Eds.). Functional food carbohydrates. CRC press, Boca Raton, Fl.

Christensen, L. (2007). Craving for sweet-carbohydrate and fat-rich foods—possible triggers and impact on nutritional intake. Nutrition Bulletin, 32 (Suppl. 1), 43-51.

Christensen, L. (2007). Experimental Methodology (10th Ed.). Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

Christensen, L. & Pettijohn, L. (2001). Mood and carbohydrate cravings. Appetite 36(2), 137-145.

Christensen, L. (2001). The effect of food intake on mood. Clinical Nutrition, 20 (Suppl. 1), 161-166.

Classes Taught

  • PSY 220 - Research and Design Analysis I
  • PSY 500 - Proseminar in Psychology
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