Department of Psychology

Richard S. Pond, Jr.

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Dr. Richard S. Pond, Jr., Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 2013.
M.A., College of William & Mary, 2008.
B.S., Virginia Commonwealth University, 2005.

Teaching Laboratory Building, Rm 3103
601 South College Road, Wilmington, NC 28403
(910) 962-3372.


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I am a social psychologist whose primary research is focused on understanding the causes of aggression and violence, as well as the interventions that mitigate aggressive impulses. To this end, my research investigates the affective processes, personality characteristics, and social contexts that work to amplify or buffer the cycle of violence. Thus, my work touches on a variety of topics, including: emotions, social rejection, romantic relationships, religiosity, and self-control. One area of research that I am currently pursuing explores how individual differences in emotion differentiation (i.e., the tendency to identify and classify emotional experiences with specific vs. general affect terms) buffers the impact of provocation on aggressive tendencies. That is, people who are better at differentiating their emotions are much less aggressive when they are provoked to feel anger, compared to people who differentiate their emotions more generally (Pond et al., 2012). One mechanism underlying the moderating effect of emotion differentiation is better emotional control among high differentiators. My lab uses a multimethod approach to understanding aggression, however, much of my work incorporates longitudinal and daily diary/experience-sampling methods to examine issues pertaining to within-person variability in aggressive tendencies. Finally, I also have extensive interests and training in statistical methods, including: Meta-Analysis, Hierarchical Linear Modeling, Structural Equation Modeling, Dyadic Data Analysis, and Social Network Analysis.

Selected Publications

Chester, D. S., Eisenberger, N. I., Pond, R. S., Jr., Richman, S. B., Bushman, B. J., & DeWall, C. N. (in press). The interactive effect of social pain and executive functioning on aggression: An fMRI experiment. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience.

DeWall, C. N., Finkel, E. J., Lambert, N. M., Slotter, E. B., Bodenhausen, G. V., Pond, R. S., Jr., Renzetti, C. M., & Fincham, F. D. (in press). The voodoo doll task: Introducing and validating a novel method for studying aggression. Aggressive Behavior.

Webster, G. D., DeWall, C. N., Pond, R. S., Jr., Deckman, T., Jonason, P. K., Le, B. M., Nichols, A. L., Schember, T. O., Crysel, L. C., Crosier, B. S., Smith, C. V., Paddock, E. L., Nezlek, J. B., Kirkpatrick, L. A., Bryan, A. D., & Bator, R. J. (in press). The brief aggression questionnaire. Aggressive Behavior.

Kashdan, T. B., DeWall, C. N., Pond, R. S., Jr., Savostyanova, A. A., Lambert, N. M., Fincham, F. D., Silvia, P. J., & Keller, P. S. (2013). Curiosity protects against interpersonal aggression: Cross-sectional, daily process, and behavioral evidence. Journal of Personality, 81, 81-102.

DeWall, C. N., Lambert, N. M., Pond, R. S., Jr., Kashdan, T. B., & Fincham, F. D. (2012). A grateful heart is a non-violent heart: Cross-sectional, experience sampling, longitudinal, and experimental evidence. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 3, 232-240.

Pond, R. S., Jr., DeWall, C. N., Lambert, N. M., Deckman, T., Bonser, I., & Fincham, F. D. (2012). Repulsed by violence: Disgust sensitivity buffers trait, behavioral, and daily aggression. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 102, 175-188.

Pond, R. S., Jr., Kashdan, T. B., DeWall, C. N., Savostyanova, A. A., Lambert, N. M., & Fincham, F. D. (2012). Emotion differentiation moderates aggressive tendencies in angry people: A daily diary analysis. Emotion, 12, 326-337.

Finkel, E. J., DeWall, C. N., Slotter, E. B., McNulty, J. K., Pond, R. S., Jr., & Atkins, D. C. (2012). Using I3 Theory to clarify when dispositional aggressiveness predicts intimate partner violence perpetration. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 102, 533-549.

Slotter, E. B., Finkel, E. J., DeWall, C. N., Pond, R. S., Jr., Lambert, N. M., Bodenhausen, G. V., & Fincham, F. D. (2012). Putting the brakes on aggression toward a romantic partner: The inhibitory influence of relationship commitment. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 102, 291-305.


  • PSY 246: Psychology of Personality
  • PSY 555: Psychological Research Methods I (Graduate Statistics)