Website: Negy’s Research on Population Variables

Professor Negy joined UCF in the Fall, 1998, having been Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Texas-Pan American during the previous four years. He obtained his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Texas A&M University in 1994. In addition to his faculty position, he worked three years as a psychologist in a school district located along the Texas-Mexico border where he conducted therapy and assessments with low-income, Mexican American children, adolescents, and families. Dr. Negy has studied at the Universidad de Madrid in Spain and at private schools in Mexico. He also has taught a graduate level course on Tests and Measurements at the Universidad de Monterey in Mexico. His research interests vary, but have focused primarily on how Hispanic Americans adapt to the United States’ culture and how that adaptation manifests itself on psychological and personality tests.

Dr. Negy: “I enjoy pursuing a variety of research topics provided they are pursued from either a cross-ethnic or cross-cultural perspective. Conducting research with multiple cultural groups allow us to have some insight into whether our findings are “universal” or merely apply to the specific ethnic group who served in our sample. We also get to learn more about people from other cultural groups which broadens our own understanding of human behavior.”

Professor Negy’s research focuses on population variables more than any specific behavioral variable. Specifically, he examines how variables such as race, ethnicity, culture, acculturation, gender, social class, and sexual orientation influence people’s attitudes and behaviors, including performance on personality tests. Although his studies usually are contextualized in clinical psychology, the essence of the research falls more within the domain of personality/social psychology.

Research Areas

  • Examining how people rate the seriousness of domestic violence differently depending on the race/ethnicity of those involved in the violence
  • Comparing social identity theory vs. multicultural theory among multiethnic college students (the first theory argues that the more people are attached to their ethnicity, the more they dislike other ethnic groups; multicultural theory argues that the more people are attached to their ethnicity, the more they appreciate other ethnic groups)
  • Comparing the marital relationships of Mexican couples with relationships of Mexican American couples to see if Mexican Americans’ relationships are influenced by the dominant, White cultural notions of what constitutes a marital relationship.