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Adam K. Fetterman, Ph.D.

Adam K. Fetterman

Associate Professor and Director
Personality, Emotion, and Social Cognition lab
Social, Personality, & Health Psychology
Ph.D., North Dakota State University

Office: 207D Heyne
Phone: 713-743-5801

Dr. Fetterman will be reviewing graduate student applications for the 2024-2025 academic year.

Biographical Summary

Adam Fetterman received his B.A. in Psychology, Criminal Justice, and Human Relations and Multicultural education, at St. Cloud State University, in St. Cloud Minnesota. He then moved to Fargo, North Dakota, where he completed his M.S. and Ph.D. in Social/Health Psychology at North Dakota State University. From there he was off to Tübingen, Germany, where he spent two years as a postdoctoral researcher at the Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien. After his time in Germany, he moved to Colchester, England, where he was a lecturer (eq. to a US assistant professor) at the University of Essex and then moved to the University of Texas at El Paso. Finally, Dr. Fetterman is currently an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Houston and the director of the Personality, Emotion, and Social Cognition lab.


  • B.A. in Psychology, St. Cloud State University
  • M.S. in Social/Health Psychology, North Dakota State University
  • Ph.D. in Social/Health Psychology, North Dakota State University

Research Interests

  • Dr. Fetterman's research interests lie at the intersection of social, personality, and cognitive psychology. Utilizing methods from each of these fields, he focuses on the science of identity, understanding, and belief. The major areas he focuses on here are the correlates and consequences of metaphor use, the processes of experiencing nostalgia, and the combination of these topics. He also investigates the reputational consequences of wrongness admission. Aside from these main programs of research, he likes to dive into a variety of interesting topics centered around identity, understanding, and belief. For example, a new line of research focuses on how personal experience impacts science denial. Another ongoing project focuses on predicting understanding and beliefs from higher-order goal orientations. Additional topics include religion and atheism, doomsday preppers, political ideology, stereotyping and prejudice, cultural identity and diversity, and language analysis.


  • Dr. Fetterman teaches classes on social psychology, personality, and emotion.

Selected Publications

A full list of Dr. Fetterman's published work can be found his Google Scholar page.

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