Skip to Main Content

Paul T Fuglestad

Associate Professor | Associate Professor

Psychology | College of Arts & Sciences

Areas of Expertise

Social & Personality Psychology, Health Behavior Change, Self-regulation, Self-monitoring, Relationship Processes


Ph.D. Social Psychology, University of Minnesota

B.A. Psychology, Calvin College


Broadly, my research interests lie at the intersection of social, personality, and health psychology. My current lines of inquiry focus on behavior change and relationship processes that impact people’s physical and psychological well-being. Listed below are research questions that I am currently investigating:

What processes govern the initiation and maintenance of health behavior change? How do individual differences in self-regulation and other aspects of personality relate to health behavior change? How can maintenance be improved?

How do relationship processes affect well-being and health behaviors? Does it matter if relationship partners agree or disagree regarding important attitudes and values? How do power and influence dynamics relate to well-being?


Society for Personality and Social Psychology

Social Personality and Health Network

Society of Behavioral Medicine

Grants and Contracts Awarded

Dean’s Research Professorship Grant (2018-2020): Examining the impact of college on eating disorders, weight and health behaviors: A longitudinal cohort study. Brooks College of Health, University of North Florida.


Faculty Development Scholarship Grant (2016-2017): Development of a NIH R15 proposal to examine an electronic activity monitor system (EAMS) in a behavioral weight loss program. Academic Affairs, University of North Florida.


Faculty Development Scholarship Grant (2015-2016): Using tailored messages to encourage healthy lifestyle choices in a brief, self-directed intervention. Academic Affairs, University of North Florida.


Environmental Center Seed Grant (2015): Should we ‘Go Green’ or ‘Police Pollution’: Using regulatory fit theory to craft effective pro-environmental messages. Environmental Center, University of North Florida.


Pilot and Feasibility Grant (2012-2013): Matching messages to self-regulatory dispositions in a brief self-directed weight loss intervention. Minnesota Obesity Center, University of Minnesota.


Postdoctoral Fellow (2010-2013), Minnesota Obesity Prevention Training Program, University of Minnesota.

Publications & Presentations

Fuglestad, P.T., Leone, C., & Drury, T. (2019). Protective and acquisitive self-monitoring differences in attachment anxiety and avoidance. Self and Identity


Fuglestad, P.T., Nicholson, J., & James, L. (in press). Health behavior change. Entry to appear in K. Sweeney & M. Robbins (Eds.), The Wiley Encyclopedia of Health Psychology. Wiley.


Yu, Z., Arce Indelicato, N., Fuglestad, P.T., Tan, M., Bane, L., & Stice, C. (2018). Sex differences in disordered eating and food addiction among college students. Appetite, 129, 12-18.


Moses, J.F., Dwyer, P.C., Fuglestad, P.T., Kim, J.S., Maki, A., Snyder, M., & Terveen, L. (2017). Encouraging online engagement: The role of interdependent self-construal and social motives in fostering online participation. Personality and Individual Differences, special issue on Cyberspace.


Cheung, I., Campbell, L., LeBel, E...Fuglestad, P.T. (2016). Registered Replication Report: Finkel, Rusbult, Kumashiro, & Hannon (2002) Study 1. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 11, 750-764.


Fuglestad, P.T., Wall, M.M., Shim, J.J., Eisenberg, M.E., & Neumark-Sztainer, D.R. (2016). Is friendship network weight status associated with one’s own psychological well-being? It depends on one’s own weight status. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 35, 401-424.


Rothman, A.J., Baldwin, A.S., Burns, R.J., & Fuglestad, P.T. (2016). Strategies to promote behavioral maintenance: Moving from theoretical principles to practice. In M.A. Diefenbach, S.M. Miller, & D. Bowen (Eds.), Handbook of Health Decision Science. (pp. 121-132). Springer Verlag.


Fuglestad, P.T., Rothman, A.J., Jeffery, R.W., & Sherwood, N.E. (2015). Regulatory Focus, proximity to goal weight, and weight loss maintenance. American Journal of Health Behavior, 39, 709-20.


Fuglestad, P.T., Bruening, M., Graham, D.J., Eisenberg, M.E., & Neumark-Sztainer, D.R. (2013). The associations of eating-related attitudinal balance with psychological well-being and eating behaviors. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 30, 1040-1060.


Fuglestad, P.T., Rothman, A.J., & Jeffery, R.W. (2013). The effect of regulatory focus on responding to and avoiding slips in a longitudinal study of smoking cessation. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 35, 426-435.


Fuglestad, P.T., Jeffery, R.W., & Sherwood, N. E. (2012). Lifestyle patterns associated with diet, physical activity, body mass index and amount of recent weight loss in a sample of successful weight losers. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 9, 79.


Fuglestad, P.T., Dwyer, P.C., Moses, J.F., Kim, J.S., Mannino, C.A., Terveen, L., & Snyder, M. (2012). What makes users rate (share, tag, edit…)? Predicting patterns of participation in online communities. In proceedings of the ACM 2012 conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work (pp. 969-978). New York: ACM.


Rothman, A.J., Baldwin, A.S., Hertel, A.W., & Fuglestad, P.T. (2011). Self-regulation and behavior change: Disentangling behavioral initiation and behavioral maintenance. In R. F. Baumeister & K. D. Vohs (Eds.), Handbook of self-regulation: Research, theory, and applications (2nd ed.). (pp. 574-591). New York: Guilford Press.


Fuglestad, P.T., & Snyder, M. (2010). Status and the motivational underpinnings of self-monitoring. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 4, 1031-1041.


Oyamot, C.M., Jr., Fuglestad, P.T., & Snyder, M. (2010). Self-monitoring and perceptions of balance of power in romantic relationships: Who influences whom, and with what effect? Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 27, 23-46.


Fuglestad, P.T., & Snyder, M. (2009). Self-monitoring. In M. R. Leary & R. H. Hoyle (Eds.), Handbook of individual differences in social behavior. (pp. 574-591). New York: Guilford Press.


Fuglestad, P.T., & Snyder, M. (2009). Self-monitoring and relationships. In H. T. Reis & S. Sprecher (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Human Relationships. (pp. 1431-1433). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.


Fuglestad, P.T., Rothman, A.J., & Jeffery, R.W. (2008). Getting there and hanging on: The effect of regulatory focus on performance in smoking and weight loss interventions. Health Psychology, 27, S260 – S270.

Contact Information

Building 51, Room 3419

(904) 620-1630