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University at Albany Faculty Experts on Shopping Behaviors, Charitable Giving, Holiday Stress and New Year Resolutions

UAlbany’s Faculty Experts are available to speak to the media on the many issues and topics related to the holiday season.

ALBANY, N.Y. (November 22, 2017) – It's holiday season in the United States, which sees millions of Americans flocking to stores and making plans to visit relatives during Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. The University at Albany's faculty experts cover a wide array of seasonal issues, including Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping habits, holiday stress, and the struggles of maintaining New Year's resolutions.

Seasonal Shopping Patterns and Marketing

Suraj Commuri, associate dean of the School of Business, studies marketing trends, brand counterfeiting and consumer-generated content. He previously served as a research consultant for multinational brands entering Asian markets.

Beth DuFault, assistant professor, studies consumer behavior in various sociocultural contexts, including: health care, higher education, religious organizations and the inner city.

Charitable Giving During the Holidays

Elizabeth Searing, assistant professor of public administration and policy and director of the Institute of Nonprofit Leadership and Community Development, has a research focus in the financial management of nonprofit and social enterprise organizations. She also conducts work on comparative social economy, the role of social and psychological factors in economic development and policy effectiveness, and applied ethics for the social sciences.

Holiday Stress

Julia Hormes, assistant professor in psychology, is a clinical and health psychologist and the director of the Health Behaviors Laboratory at the University at Albany. Hormes examines a range of health and health-compromising behaviors related to food intake and body weight, substance use and misuse, non-substance/behavioral addictions, and the status of women in academia.

John P. Forsyth, psychology professor and clinical psychologist, studies mindfulness-based approaches to alleviate human suffering and to promote psychological health and wellness. Forsyth is an expert on anxiety and stress-related problems, and directs the Anxiety Disorders Research Program at Ualbany. He is also a widely sought after ACT trainer and speaker, and author of several popular self-help books, including The Mindfulness & Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety.

New Year's Resolutions

Ioannis Kareklas assistant professor in marketing, researches advertising effectiveness, public policy issues related to socially-beneficial behaviors, and sensory perception. Dr. Kareklas often employs implicit measures and meta-analytic techniques in his research.


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