the Larson Lab, we investigate how self
determination theory applies to vocational psychology. We have
examined how students’ need for autonomy, competence, and relatedness
predict their career well-being. We also are interested in how
environmental supports and barriers help or hinder students’ needs
being met. We also have projects going concerning faculty well-being
and the environmental supports that assist faculty’s autonomy,
competence, and relatedness being met. Other ongoing projects include
our commitment to students’ comfort both in and outside the classroom.
We have examined racial and ethnic minority students discomfort due to
inappropriate comments made to them by faculty and other students. We
have also examined comments made by female students as well. Other
projects that are currently ongoing include: (a) how distress, public
stigma, and private stigma affect vocational and personal help-seeking;
(b) how death anxiety may affect choice of educational major; (c) how
punishment and reward seeking may influence career choice; and (d) how
the need for relatedness may relate to educational major satisfaction.
The Larson Lab currently includes one
lab coordinator, three other graduate students, and one undergraduate research
Below are pictures of some former graduate students who served as
Verena Bonitz is currently on faculty at Lake Forest College. She was
the lab coordinator in the fall of 2009 through the summer of 2011.
Tsui-Feng Wu received her Ph.D. in social psychology and currently
lives in Indianapolis. is a graduate student
from Taiwan. She has worked with Dr. Larson as lab coordinator from
2006 through 2009.