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Debi Brannan

Debi Brannan

  • SPN Mentor

As an applied social psychologist, the focus of my research is on understanding how positive interactions and social support buffer individuals from stress and negative health behaviors. Using daily process methodology I examine the effects of daily social support on drinking behaviors, as well as the relationship between daily moods and drinking motives. In addition, I am interested in the role of social support across cultures -- specifically, the connections among social support and well-being, health, and job success. Finally, I also am an associate editor for the Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research.

Primary Interests:

  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Close Relationships
  • Culture and Ethnicity
  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Health Psychology
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Life Satisfaction, Well-Being
  • Research Methods, Assessment
  • Sociology, Social Networks


  • Brannan, D. & Mohr, C.D. (2013). Friendship, Love and Social Support. In R. Biswas-Diener & E. Diener (Eds), Noba textbook series: Psychology. Champaign, IL: DEF Publishers. DOI:

Journal Articles:

  • Arpin, S., Mohr, C.D., & Brannan, D. (2013, Under Review, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin) Loneliness, social context, and health behavior: The influence of gender and perceptions of support on responses to daily loneliness.
  • Brannan, D., Biswas-Diener, R., Mohr, C.D. Mortazavi, S. & Stein, N. (2012). Friends and family, a cross-cultural investigation of social support and subjective well-being, Journal of Positive Psychology, 8(1), 65-75. DOI:10.1080/17439760.2012.743573
  • Brannan, D. & Bleinsten, T. (2012). Novice ESOL teachers’ perceptions of social support and self-efficacy, TESOL Quarterly, 46, 519-541. DOI: 10.1002/tesq.40
  • Mohr, C.D., Brannan, D., Mohr, J. Armeli, S., & Tennen H. (2008). Evidence for the undoing hypothesis among college student drinkers, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 34, 1249-1259.
  • Mohr, C.D., Brannan, D., Wendt, S., Jacobs, L., Wright, R., & Wang, M. (2013). Daily mood-drinking slopes as predictors: A new take on drinking motives and related outcomes. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. doi:10.1037/a0032633
  • Sturm, D., Conkey, E., Nibler, N., Brannan, D. & Bleistein, T. (2012). Gender and optimism as predictors of novice ESOL teaching performance, PURE Insights, 1(8) 35-41.

Courses Taught:

  • Aging and Mental Health
  • Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Human Relations
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Mental Health
  • Motivation
  • Personality
  • Research Methods
  • Social Psychology

Debi Brannan
Department of Psychology
Western Oregon University
345 North Monmouth Avenue
Monmouth, Oregon 97361
United States

  • Phone: (503) 751-4200

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