Faculty Profile

Marie Helweg-Larsen

Professor of Psychology (2002)

Contact Information


Kaufman Building Room 168


My research is in the areas of cross-cultural psychology, health psychology, and social psychology -- specifically why people do risky things that they should not. I am currently studying moralization, stigmatization and risk perception in smokers and non-smokers around the world.


  • 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