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Lora Park

Associate Professor of Psychology
University at Buffalo College of Arts and Sciences


Self, self-esteem, motivation, interpersonal processes

Lora Park’s research examines how aspects of individuals shape their responses to situations and events that occur in everyday life.

In one line of research, she examines how staking one’s self-worth on success in specific areas (e.g., academics, relationships, finances), or being sensitive to rejection (e.g., based on physical appearance) affects how people react to negative experiences in these domains.

Another line of research, which has been funded by the National Science Foundation, examines how the pursuit of romantic goals affects women’s interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) – fields where women are typically underrepresented. Her research in this area also examines contexts that may boost minorities’ interest and motivation to pursue these fields.

Other research interests include examining factors that affect how power is experienced and perceived in others; and the impact of sociocultural factors in shaping psychological experience.

Her work has been published in outlets such as the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, and Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, where she serves as an associate editor.


Lora Park, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychology
University at Buffalo College of Arts and Sciences