Jack Mearns, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology

California State University, Fullerton

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Teaching:

I currently teach two graduate level classes: Psyc 547--Theories of Psychological Intervention and Psyc 594--Fieldwork. Psyc 547 and 594 are core courses for the M.S. program in clinical psychology at CSUF. I have also taught Psyc 341--Abnormal, Psyc 431--Theories of Personality, and Psyc 520T--Seminar in Personality Test Construction.

I was recently given the 2013 Outstanding Teaching Award from the College of the Humanities and Social Sciences at CSUF.


M. S. Program:

I am the coordinator of the Master of Science graduate program in clinical psychology. Click here for more information about the M. S. Program. The M. S. Program is a balanced scientist-practitioner program that prepares students to get MFT or LPCC license, or to go on for a Ph.D. or Psy.D. in clinial psychology. It gives graduates a strong research experience, as well as intensive, hands-on clinical training. The M.S. Program draws students from other Cal. State universities, the Univ. of California system, and universities across the United States. We also have enrolled many international students, most recently from India, Japan and Turkey. The Los Angeles Times recently listed Marriage and Family Therapists as one of the top ten fastest growing jobs in California.


Research:

My research interests focus on people's generalized expectancies for negative mood regulation (NMRE). Much of this has been done in conjunction with Salvatore J. Catanzaro, Ph.D., at Illinois State Univ. The research is based in Julian B. Rotter's social learning theory. NMR expectancies represent beliefs individuals have that, when they are in a bad mood, they can do something to make themselves feel better. People with strong beliefs in their ability to alleviate negative moods cope more adaptively with stress, and they experience less negative affect (anger, anxiety, depression, guilt) and fewer health problems. This research has been done on a variety of populations, including college students, caregivers for individuals with Alzheimer's disease, and police officers. Recent research suggests that those with stronger NMRE will benefit more from psychotherapy, and that change in NMRE is an indicator of therapeutic improvement. The NMR Scale, which measures NMRE, has been translated into several languages: German, Spanish, Korean and Chinese versions have been validated. The validity study for the Japanese translation has recently been accepted for publication. There also is a children's NMR Scale -- the NMR-Y.

I am very interested in recruiting Japanese students for the M.S. program, who want to continue the research on the Japanese language NMR Scale.

Click on the link to go to the Negative Mood Regulation Research Page. You can also view a list of unpublished master's theses that I have supervised at Cal. State Fullerton.


Department Chair:

I served as chair of the Psychology Department from 2008 to 2014. The current Psychology Department chair is Dr. Eriko Self.


About Me:

My Suspense Novels:

book photo Caliphornia Mid-21st Century Los Angeles: wracked by global warming, the city
is now the western-most outpost of an Arab empire. Los Angeles-born
police officer Ali comes under suspicion when he discovers the body of the
daughter of one of the Caliph's ruling elite.
book photo Deadline News When celebrity TV anchor Wade Newsome is acquitted of his
wife's murder, who is the mysterious assailant targeting
Newsome as an act of divine justice?


My Favorite Authors (and recommended books) :

Conrad Aiken Great Circle
Robert M. Coates Yesterday's Burdens
John Sanford The Color of the Air The People from Heaven

My book on the writings of John Sanford is published by Oak Knoll Press.

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Ways to Contact Me:

Office Number H-830M
Office Phone (657) 278-3514
Department Address P. O. Box 6846 (H-830M), Fullerton, CA 92834-6846
Department Phone (657) 278-3514
Department Fax Number (657) 278-7134

Click here to see my office hours for the current semester.


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Go to the CSUF psychology department home page.

rev. 8/15/14