Degrees and Advanced Training
B.A. University of Maine-Orono
M.A. Wesleyan University (CT)
Ph.D. Clark University
Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Research, Behavioral Science Division, National Center for PTSD, Boston Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Scholarly Interests I'm a clinical psychologist, and my research is focused on three areas: emotional self-perception, psychological trauma, and social conflict.
Theoretically, my work is grounded in:
• the pragmatism of William James (especially the notions that knowledge should be useful, and that "reality" should be conceived as pluralistic)
• the political thinking of Noam Chomsky (especially that "basic principles of [all] doctrinal systems" should be open to critique)
• feminism (the radical notion that women and men should be equal)
• and the equally radical notion that compassion and cooperation are better in the long run than competition and conflict
Current Courses (*indicates course with a service-learning component)
Advanced Abnormal Psychology (Psychological Trauma)*
Applied Research Methods Seminar in Emotion
Conflict and Peace in Northern Ireland (Bucknell in Northern Ireland)*
Recent Publications (since 2000; *indicates work published with student co-author*)
*Kimble, M., Neacsiu, D., Flack, W.F., Jr., & Horner, J. (2008). Risk of unwanted sex for
college women: Evidence for a "red zone." Journal of American College Health,
*Flack, W.F., Jr., Caron, M.L., Leinen, S.J., Breitenbach, K.G., Barber, A.M., Brown, E.N.,
Gilbert, C.T., Harchak, T.F.,Hendricks, M.M., Rector, C.E., Schatten, H.T., &
Stein, H.C. (2008). The red zone: Temporal risk for unwanted sex among
college students. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 23, 1177-1196.
*Flack, W.F., Jr., Daubman, K.A., Caron, M.L., Asadorian, J., D’Aureli, N., Kiser, S., Hall, A., Gigliotti, S., & Stine, E.. (2007). Risk factors and consequences of unwanted sex among university students: Hooking up, alcohol, and stress response. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 22, 139-157.
Flack, W.F., Jr. (2006). Peripheral feedback effects of facial expressions, bodily postures, and vocal expressions on emotional feelings. Cognition and Emotion, 20, 177-195.
*Flack, W.F., Jr., Milanak , M.E. , & Kimble, M.O. (2005). Emotional numbing in relation to stressful civilian experiences among college students. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 18, 569-573.
*Deichert, N.T., Flack, W.F., Jr., & Craig, F.W., Jr. (2005). Patterns of cardiovascular responses during angry, sad, and happy emotional recall tasks. Cognition and Emotion, 19, 941-951.
Flack, W.F., Jr. (2000). Emotional self-perception, social adaptation, and interpersonal disruption: A functional perspective on severe psychopathology. Evolution and Cognition, 6, 108-116. [Reprinted as Flack, W.F., Jr. (2005). Emotionale selbstwahrnehmung, sociale anpassung und interpersonale kommunikations unterbrechung: Eine funktionelle perspective bei schweren psychopathologischen storüngen. In M. Wimmer & L. Ciompi (Hrsg.), Emotion-kognition-evolution:Biologische, psychologische, soziodynamische und philosophische aspekte (pp. 167-183). Fürth, Germany: Filander Verlag.]
Flack, W.F., Jr., Litz, B.T., Hsieh, F.Y., Kaloupek, D.G., & Keane, T.M. (2000). Predictors of emotional numbing, revisited: A replication and extension. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 13, 611-618.