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Indiana University Bloomington

Lisa Thomassen

Dr. Lisa Thomassen

Senior Lecturer


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office: PY A200C | (812)856-0658


Identity and Emotions, Sentiment Socialization, Deviance, Alcohol Treatment, Affect Control Theory research program

Educational Background

  • 1996-98 - Post-doctoral researcher, Prevention Research Center, University of California - Berkeley
  • 1996 - Ph.D. in Sociology, Indiana University Bloomington
  • 1984 - B.S.W., IU School of Social Work, IUPUI

Awards and Honors

  • CITL Summer Instructional Development Fellowship, 2011
  • College of Arts and Sciences Course Development Grant, 2011
  • Accepted to Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching (FACET), 2011
  • Celebrity Guest Judge, Council for Leadership and IU Outdoor Pool Cardboard Boat Regatta, 2009
  • Indiana University Trustees "Excellence in Teaching" Award, 2009
  • Dancing with Professors, 2009
  • Campus Writing Program Summer Writing-Teaching Grant, 2007
  • Very Influential Professor, Women's Basketball Guest Coach, 2007
  • Student Choice Award for Outstanding Faculty Nominee, 2006, 2009


  • P101 - Introductory Psychology I
  • P102 - Introductory Psychology II
  • P155 - Introduction to Psychological and Brain Sciences
  • P299 - Sophomore Honors Seminar
  • P315 - Developmental Psychology
  • P324 - Abnormal Psychology
  • S105 - Intensive Freshman Seminar: Psychology of College Life

Areas of Interest

Previous Research Interests:
  • Identity
  • Emotions
  • Sentiment Socialization and Deviance
  • Alcohol Treatment
  • Affect Control Theory research program

Representative Publications

Lisa Thomassen. "An Alcoholic is Good and Sober: Sentiment Change in AA". Deviant Behavior: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 23: 177-200, 2002.

Lisa Thomassen. "AA Utilization After Introduction In Outpatient Treatment". Substance Use and Misuse 37 (2), 239-253, 2002.

Lisa Thomas. "AA Exposure and Sentiment Convergence". Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, Vol. 21, No. 3 (May,1997): 130A.

Lisa Thomas (with David R. Heise). "Mining the Error Variance and Hitting Paydirt: Discovering Systematic Variation in Social Sentiments". Sociological Quarterly, Vol. 36, No.2 (1995): 901-914.

Lisa Thomas (with David R. Heise). "Predicting Impressions Created by Combinations of Emotions and Social Identity". Social Psychology Quarterly, Vol. 52, No.2 (1989) : 141-148.