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Dr. Donald R. Gaffney (Ryan) is a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Owen Graduate School of Management. Ryan specializes in consumer inference and perceptions of uncertainty. Through a social information processing lens, Ryan's research investigates behavior in times and types of uncertainty. Fake news, public health, and consumer well-being are just a few domains in which Ryan conducts his research. Within these areas, Ryan often seeks to understand the role limited information has on decision-making and inference.
Vanderbilt University - Owen Graduate School of Management
Postdoctoral Scholar, 2021 - present

Employment

Education

University of Cincinnati
Ph.D., 2017-2021, Marketing | Concentration: Information Processing
 
M.Sc., 2016-2017, Marketing | Concentration: Consumer Psychology
 
B.B.A., 2013-2016, Majors: International Business, Marketing

Posavac, Steve S., Heidi D. Posavac, Donald R. Gaffney & Frank R. Kardes, (2022), "Toward A Clinical Consumer Psychology," Frontiers in Psychology.

Kardes, Frank R., Steve S. Posavac, & Donald R. Gaffney (2022), “Omission Neglect and Judgment and Inference Based on Limited Evidence,” In L. R. Kahle, T. M. Lowrey & J. Huber (Eds.), Handbook of Consumer Psychology. Routledge.

Posavac, Steve S., Frank R. Kardes, Heidi D. Posavac & Donald R. Gaffney, (2022), “The Utility of Clinical Psychology Concepts for Judgment and Decision Making Research: The Case of Histrionic Features,” Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

Kellaris, James J., Karen A. Machleit & Donald R. Gaffney (2020), “Sign Evaluation and Compliance Under Mortality Salience: Lessons from a Pandemic,” Interdisciplinary Journal of Signage and Wayfinding, 4 (2), 51-66. 

Publications

In the Works

*Gaffney, Donald R., Bryan M. Buechner & Noah VanBergen (preparing for submission). The Will of the People: The Role of Subjective Uncertainty Variant on Inference and Behavior. Targeting the Journal of Consumer Research.

Gaffney, Donald R., Joshua J. Clarkson & Frank R. Kardes (preparing for submission). Cognitive Motivations of Ideological Extremity. Targeting Science.

Gaffney, Donald R., Ruomeng Wu
 & Frank R. Kardes (preparing for submission). The Product Purity Inference. Targeting the Journal of Business Research.

*Gaffney, Donald R.
, Frank R. Kardes & Steven S. Posavac (collecting data). Revisiting Base-rate Neglect: An Epistemic Inference Hypothesis. Targeting the Journal of Consumer Research.

Gaffney, Donald R., Emma Neybert, Frank R. Kardes & Robert S. Wyer, Jr. (collecting data). The Veil of Trust: Media Effects on Hidden Information. Targeting Psychological Science.

*dissertation
full list available upon request.

*Gaffney, Donald R., Bryan M. Buechner, and Noah VanBergen (2022), "Inference in Times and Types of Uncertainty: The Case of COVID-19 and Free Will," presented at the Association for Consumer Research, Denver, CO.

Gaffney, Donald R., Emma Neybert, Frank R. Kardes, and Robert S. Wyer, Jr. (2022), "The Biasing Role of Trust on Missing Information," presented at the 94th Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

*Gaffney, Donald R., Bryan M. Buechner, and Noah VanBergen (2021), "Subjective Uncertainty and the Belief-Behavior Link for COVID-19 Countermeasure Compliance," presented at the 2021 Association for Psychological Science Virtual Convention, Virtual. 
 

Posavac, Steven S., Frank R. Kardes, Heidi D. Posavac, and Donald R. Gaffney (2021), "Decision Motives and Judgment Tendencies of the Histrionic Personality," presented at the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, Virtual.
 

Kardes, Frank R. and Donald R. Gaffney (2020), “Omission Neglect: Out of Sight, Out of Mind,” paper presented at TEDxUCincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.

 

Gaffney, Donald R., Frank R. Kardes, and Robert S. Wyer Jr. (2019), "Does Feeling Ignorant Give Us More Control?" paper presented at the Annual Association for Consumer Research Conference, Atlanta, GA.
 

Gaffney, Donald R., Emma Neybert, Frank R. Kardes, and Robert S. Wyer (2019), “Seeing the Unseen:  The Role of Distrust in Considering Missing Information,” paper presented at the Annual Association for Consumer Research Conference, Atlanta, GA.
 

[Invited] *Gaffney, Donald R. (2019), “Uncertainty within Self: The Impact of Subjective Uncertainty in Marketing,” paper presented at the University of Cincinnati Bicentennial Community Day, Cincinnati, OH.

*dissertation

full list available upon request.

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Presentations