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Matthew Hand, Ph.D.

Matthew Hand is a professor of Psychology at Texas Wesleyan University

Matthew Hand

Associate Professor of Psychology, Chair of the Department of Psychology
Nenetta Burton Carter Building 108

Education

  • B.A. Psychology, Baylor University, 2001
  • M.A. Psychology, University of Mary-Hardin Baylor, 2005   
  • Ph.D. Counseling Psychology, Louisiana Tech University, 2010

Research Interests/Scholastic Profile

Dr. Hand’s research focuses on the ways that technology affects human behavior, emotion and interpersonal relationships. More specifically, he is interested in how social media and video games have affected our relationships with ourselves and with others.

We have found our everyday life to be inundated with technology. The way we have come to utilize technology may have profound ways in how we view and express ourselves.

Most recently, I have become specifically interested in how video games provide possible psychological benefits. 

Courses Taught at Texas Wesleyan

  • PSY 1301 (General Psychology)
  • PSY 2303 (Foundations of Psychology)
  • PSY 2392 (Introduction to Counseling)
  • PSY 3303 (Child Psychology)
  • PSY 3305 (Adolescent Development)
  • PSY 3315 (Social Psychology)
  • PSY 4362 (History & Systems of Psychology)
  • PSY 4375 (Abnormal Psychology)
  • ASE 1111 (Academic Success Experience)
Publications
  • Hand, M. M., Thomas, D., Buboltz, W. C., Deemer, E. D., & Buyanjargal, M. (2013). Facebook and romantic relationships: Intimacy and couple satisfaction associated with online social network use. Cyberpsychology, Behavior & Social Networking, 16(1), 8-13.
Presentations
  • Jones, A., Esker, L., Carlini, P., & Hand, M. (2015)Social desirability as situationally independent and related to agreeableness. Poster session presented at the annual convention of the Association for Psychological Science, New York, NY, May.
  • Niles, R., Shamp, L., Hand, M., & Thomas, D. (2014) Examination of the relationship between narcissism, situational motivation, and supportive messages. Poster session presented at the 2014 Counseling Psychology Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, March.
  • Hand, M. M., Niles, R., & Thomas, D. (2013)Relationships among situational motivation and Twitter usage. Poster session presented at the annual convention of the Association for Psychological Science, Washington, DC, May.
  • Niles, R., Hand, M. M., & Thomas, D. (2013)Relationships among situational motivation and Facebook usage. Poster session presented at the annual convention of the Association for Psychological Science, Washington, DC, May.
  • Hand, M., Buboltz, W. C., Soper, B (2009). An exploration of intimacy and online social  networks. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Las Vegas, February.
  • Thomas, D., Buboltz, W., Matherne, M., Hand, M. (2006). The effects of gender role conflict on relationship beliefs. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC, August. 
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