Faculty Profile

Marie Helweg-Larsen

Professor of Psychology (2002)

Contact Information


Kaufman Building Room 168


Professor Helweg-Larsen’s research is in the areas of social psychology, health psychology and cross-cultural psychology – specifically why smart people do dumb thing and how to make them stop. She is currently examining in the US and Denmark how smokers react to being stigmatized.


  • B.A., California State University - Northridge, 1989
  • M.A., University of California - Los Angeles, 1990
  • Ph.D., 1994

2016-2017 Academic Year

Fall 2016

HEST 400 Senior Sem in Health Studies
The course will take an interdisciplinary approach to understanding smoking and smoking cessation. We will examine the interaction of multiples causes of smoking such as economic, sociological, psychological, public health, economic, and biological perspectives on why people smoke and why they struggle to quit. We will also focus on the experiences of smokers of lower socio-economic status and the role of smoking in disparity in health. In this community-based research course students will work with our partner agency, Sadler Health, on surveying two groups of people in their clinic: people currently in a smoking cessation program and patients who smoke but are not currently interested in quitting. The students will work with Sadler Health to develop the specific questions and survey instruments, will assist in data collection, and enter and analyze the data. Students will use the results of these surveys to write a report which will include academic background information, the survey methodology used, the findings, and specific recommendations. The reports will inform decision making at Sadler Health. Learning goals: • effective team building and collaboration • professional conduct in communication and collaboration with a community partner • high quality oral and written final reports suitable for a community partner • interdisciplinary examination of smoking cessation attitudes (e.g., economic, sociological, psychological, public health, economic, and biological perspectives) • skills associated with research including the development of hypotheses, selection of survey questions, data entry and analysis, and reporting of descriptive and inferential results

PSYC 560 Stu/Faculty Collaborative Rsch

Spring 2017

PSYC 340 Rsrch Meth in Social Psych
We conduct empirical studies in order to become familiar with techniques for measuring attitudes and social behavior in the field and the lab, for analyzing and evaluating data, and for reporting findings and conclusions. Students gain direct experience in the process of conducting research studies by working as experimenters and data analysts. Three hours classroom plus three hours laboratory a week. Prerequisites: 140, 201 and 202.

PSYC 560 Stu/Faculty Collaborative Rsch