Comments for Amy Bucher, Ph.D. Psychology for Health and Happiness Mon, 05 Dec 2016 19:42:09 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on Three Classic Social Psychology Findings That Matter Today by Joe Slade Mon, 05 Dec 2016 19:42:09 +0000 These three findings are timeless. As much as we advance and eveolve as humans, these 3 findings will always remain true.

Comment on Three Classic Social Psychology Findings That Matter Today by Tania Gonzalez, Ph.D Thu, 24 Nov 2016 05:03:18 +0000 Totally agree with your post. I believe all three findings are still being seen relevant today in different scenarios. It’s amazing how even how we’ve evolved as human beings, there are still some things that may always be present.

– Tania

Comment on So, Does Facebook Influence Users or Not? (Yes, It Does) by Victor Morrison Thu, 17 Nov 2016 20:04:56 +0000 Spot on as usual Amy!

Comment on A Behavior Change Perspective on the Community First! Village in Austin by Danielle K. Mon, 31 Oct 2016 18:03:53 +0000 Yes, “Housing first” is a model Pine Street Inn uses in Boston.

(Getting people housed before working on other issues.)

And PSI has over 900 people housed in buildings across the city (in addition to the emergency shelter beds). They buildings have common kitchen space and a common living room, for the same social reasons.

I learned a lot when I temped in the Pine Street Inn fundraising office. It’s a wonderful organization.

Comment on Why I Miss Wearing Glasses by Amy Bucher Fri, 07 Oct 2016 18:37:51 +0000 Ha! I sympathize! But I don’t think I’m quite at the point of prescription-faking yet 🙂

Comment on So You Want to Run the Boston Marathon for Charity? by Amy Bucher Fri, 07 Oct 2016 18:36:33 +0000 Hi Alyssa-

Yep, I just did it through (aggressive) word of mouth. I did weekly blog post updates (which are all still on my site under the 2015 Boston Marathon heading) about my training for the past week. I also sent regular emails, two of them. One was to people who already donated letting them know I was grateful for their generosity and keeping them informed. The other was to people who had not yet donated but I was asking for donations to. I would include links to the blog posts.

Another thing that helped was making it as easy as possible for my coworkers to apply for our company’s matching donations. I included the links to the program and step-by-step instructions.

The only fundraiser I did was Superbowl Squares, which was easy to run and fun.

I hope that helps. Hopefully the ALS Foundation will have support for the fundraising aspect to make it easier for you. Good luck!


Comment on Why I Miss Wearing Glasses by Jim Fri, 07 Oct 2016 17:46:15 +0000 Oddly enough you’re by far not the first person to have lasik and find after a short time they really do miss their glasses. Now i’m sure you don’t miss the poor vision even though your vision must not have been too bad to begin with. I am a retired optician and I have a very good friend that had had -5.50 with some astigmatisms as well and becasue she misused her contacts by over wearing them was unable to ever wear contacts again. So she had been wearing glasses since high school. She told me that while in high school and still wearing contacts daily she was a cheerleader. but when she couldn’t wear contacts anymore she quit the team because she couldn’t see well enough to do cheers without her glasses and she just couldn’t see herself wearing glasses as cheerleader. Anyway after she finished school and started working she got a job as an optician. At some point someone from TLC came in and offered her lasik for $500.00 if she would give out cards to TLC. She was fine with that and so was her boss since they didn’t offer lasik. She came out with 20/10 vision and she loved it at first. But after a couple years she told me that she missed her glasses. She had several pairs of plano glasses from where she worked but that didn’t satisfy her. She convinced her doctor at the store she worked at that she was having trouble seeing at night when driving which of course she wasn’t. He finally gave in and prescribed her with -.50 glasses and he even told her that she should only wear them at night when driving. But when she got her glasses she wore them full time. The glasses did change her eyesight slightly and she now has an actual prescription of -.50 and she is perfectly fine with that prescription.

Comment on So You Want to Run the Boston Marathon for Charity? by Alyssa Cantwell Thu, 06 Oct 2016 00:11:34 +0000 Hi Amy, this was a super informative post! I am applying to run on the team for Massachusetts Chapter of the ALS Association. I’m hoping to run in honor of my aunt, who was diagnosed with the disease about two years ago. Their minimum fundraising requirement is $7500, which is a hefty chunk of change and knowing that I am on the hook for anything I don’t raise is making me anxious . Were you able to just raise money by word of mouth? I’d love to hear more specifics about how you accomplished your fundraising goal for DFCI. Thanks so much for sharing!

Comment on Should I Get a PhD in Psychology? by Amy Bucher Mon, 26 Sep 2016 19:31:25 +0000 Hi Liz-

Thank you for the kind comments!

As for applying–it can’t hurt to look at a few programs and see if you can’t find one that feels like a good fit. Having served on the admissions committee while in grad school (we were all required to give a year in service), I can tell you that your passion and curiosity will matter. Maybe you can find a few names of professors or grad students at schools that interest you working on resilience and grit and reach out to them for an informational interview (you may have better luck with grad students).

The other thing you could try to do is find a non-academic research job that lets you explore your questions. Agencies are a good place to look. Many big companies are also bringing behavior change teams in-house.

I’d love to know what you end up doing!


Comment on Should I Get a PhD in Psychology? by Liz Thu, 22 Sep 2016 23:56:49 +0000 Hi Amy! Thank you so much for your posts. I’ve been STRUGGLING with the decision of whether or not to apply to graduate school for a PhD in Social Psychology. To be frank, I don’t feel qualified to apply and I’m unsure if my reasons for wanting to go to graduate school are good ones. I’m no longer an undergrad student so opportunities to work in a lab has been impossible without at least a Master’s.

A little bit about me: I graduated from undergrad in 2015. I did work as a research assistant for a couple of months, but I mainly invested my time working full-time to pay for school. I liked working in a lab but it was in Human Development & Nutrition, so I often found myself watching the dynamics and social interactions between the family members rather than watching what I was tasked to focus on (whoops). I graduated with decent grades (3.75) with two majors (Communication & Psychology) and a minor (Latin – I love languages). I have a lot of supervising and training work experience from my job, and I would like to continue working in a training/educational capacity (so not really interested in being in academia).

The reason I want to study Social Psychology at the Doctoral level is because I have SO many questions on topics like resilience & life stories. As a trainer & supervisor, I would witness people crumble and thrive in the face of obstacles and (as a person who has the tendency to crumble) I would wonder: “What do resilient people do differently? How can the way we view our life stories change how resilient we are in the face of life challenges? What about in the context of training for a new position? How can programs be created to take into account differing personalities and stories?” Another reason is because I’ve read so many personal development books but I couldn’t help but think: “This is nice but show me the research behind it. I want to see it tested and understand why it works.” Not really sure if those are good enough reasons to apply.

Overall, I want to be able to take research on resilience and make it more applicable and accessible. I want to create workshops & train people on resilience & life stories (possibly do something similar to life coaching), but I’m not sure if that’s a good enough reason to apply or if I should probably go about it through another route.

I apologize for the long comment, but you’re website has been the only helpful website I have found on this topic!