Dennis Jennings

Professor of Psychology

(434) 592-3112


  • B.A., Butler University
  • M.A., Stanford University
  • Ph.D., Stanford University

Currently Teaching

  • PSYC 101, General Psychology
  • PSYC 312, Social Psychology
  • PSYC 355, Statistics
  • PSYC 421, Psychological Measurement


My primary interest is using the theories and methods of psychology to solve practical problems in real world settings. Reflecting this interest is the fact that my professional career includes both academic experience at New York University and applied experience as a consultant and senior manager in a Fortune 500 firm. I am currently working with a student research team to examine how college age individuals use texting to communicate. I am a member of the Grace Evangelical Free Church and serve as a member of the Finance Committee. My hobbies include designing and building furniture. During the summers my wife and I enjoy traveling.

Selected Publications and Professional Presentations

Woodruff, B., Jennings, D. L., & Rico, N. L. (1975) When experiences of failure promote expectations of success: The impact of attributing failure to ineffective strategies, Perception & Psychophysics, 18(2), 98-104.

Anderson, C. A. & Jennings, D. L. (1980) When experiences of failure promote expectations of success: The impact of attributing failure to ineffective strategies. Journal of Personality, 48(3), 393-407.

Jennings, D. L., Lepper, M. R., & Ross, L. (1981) Persistence of impressions of personal persuasiveness: Perseverance of erroneous self-assessments outside the debriefing paradigm. Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin, 7(2), 257-263.

Dornbusch, S.M., Carlsmith, J.M. Gross, R.T. Martin, J.A. Jennings, D., Rosenberg, A., & Duke, P.M. (l98l). Sexual development, age and dating: A comparison of biological and social influences upon one set of behaviors. Child Development, 52, l79-l85. [REPRINTED IN Chess, S. and Thomas, H. (Eds.), Annual progress in child psychiatry and child development, l982.]

Jennings, D. L., Amabile, T. M., & Ross, L. (1982), "Informal Covariation Assessment: Data-Based versus Theory-Based Judgments," in Judgment Under Uncertainty: Heuristics and Biases, eds. D. Kahneman, P. Slovic, and A. Tversky, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 211-230.

Duke, P.M., Carlsmith, J.M., Jennings, D., Martin, J.A., Dornbusch, S.M., Gross, R.T., & Siegel-Gorelick, B. (l982). Educational correlates of early and late sexual maturation in adolescence. Journal of Pediatrics, l00, 633-637.

Gilovich, T., Jennings, D. L., & Jennings, S. (1983) Causal focus and estimates of consensus: An examination of the false-consensus effect,  Journal of Personality & Social Psychology, 45(3), 550-559.

Zukier, H. & Jennings, D. L. (1984) Nondiagnosticity and typicality effects in prediction. Social Cognition, 2(3), 187-198.

Anderson, C. A., Jennings, D. L., &  Arnoult, L. H. (1988) Validity and utility of the attributional style construct at a moderate level of specificity. Journal of Personality & Social Psychology, 55(6), 979-990.

Jennings, D. L. & Ritchie, G. R. (2000) The long and winding ROAD, Telephony, 239(22), 60-70.