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Dr Tamlin Conner

Tamlin Conner

Email tconner@psy.otago.ac.nz
Tel 64 3 479 7624

Dr Tamlin Conner’s research on emotional and physical well-being is distinguished by the use of mobile technology to measure people’s experiences in real-time in the context of daily life. She maintains several interdisciplinary collaborations and is currently interested in the links between nutrition and well-being, university student alcohol use, and mobile phone based interventions to improve wellness.

She is the co-editor of the Handbook of Research Methods for Studying Daily Life (2012) and vice president of the Society for Ambulatory Assessment. She regularly reviews software for conducting experience sampling studies on mobile phones.

Link to the Society for Ambulatory Assessment

Tamlin received her BA(Hons) in psychology from the University of Colorado, PhD in social psychology from Boston College, and postdoctoral training in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut Health Center in the United States. She joined the University of Otago in 2008.

Tamlin supervises PhD, Masters, and postgraduate diploma students from New Zealand and overseas; she will accept new students starting in 2017 or 2018.

Teaching

Research Interests

  • Use of computerised experience sampling methods to study daily experience; experience sampling methods; ecological momentary assessment; ecological momentary interventions
  • Psychological, health, nutritional and genetic factors that affect emotional well-being in daily life
  • Well-being and happiness; health; nutrition; university student alcohol use

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Publications

Aldaz, B. E., Treharne, G. J., Knight, R. G., Conner, T. S., & Perez, D. (2017). Oncology healthcare professionals' perspectives on the psychosocial support needs of cancer patients during oncology treatment. Journal of Health Psychology, 22(10), 1332-1344. doi: 10.1177/1359105315626999

Conner, T. S., Thompson, L. M., Knight, R. L., Flett, J. A. M., Richardson, A. C., & Brookie, K. L. (2017). The role of personality traits in young adult fruit and vegetable consumption. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, 119. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00119

Flett, J. A. M., Lie, C., Riordan, B. C., Thompson, L. M., Conner, T. S., & Hayne, H. (2017). Sharpen your pencils: Preliminary evidence that adult coloring reduces depressive symptoms and anxiety. Creativity Research Journal, 29(4), 409-416. doi: 10.1080/10400419.2017.1376505

Riordan, B. C., Conner, T. S., Flett, J. A. M., & Scarf, D. (2017). A text message intervention to reduce first year university students’ alcohol use: A pilot experimental study. Digital Health, 3. doi: 10.1177/2055207617707627

Conner, T. S., Brookie, K. L., Carr, A. C., Mainvil, L. A., & Vissers, M. C. M. (2017). Let them eat fruit! The effect of fruit and vegetable consumption on psychological well-being in young adults: A randomized controlled trial. PLoS ONE, 12(2), e0171206. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0171206

Edited Book - Research

Mehl, M. R., & Conner, T. S. (Eds.). (2012). Handbook of research methods for studying daily life. New York: Guilford Press, 678p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Conner, T. S., & Mehl, M. R. (2015). Ambulatory assessment: Methods for studying everyday life. In R. A. Scott & S. M. Kosslyn (Eds.), Emerging trends in the social and behavioral sciences. John Wiley & Sons. doi: 10.1002/9781118900772.etrds0010

Polak, M. A., Richardson, A. C., Flett, J. A. M., Brookie, K. L., & Conner, T. S. (2015). Measuring mood: Considerations and innovations for nutrition science. In T. Best & L. Dye (Eds.), Nutrition for brain health and cognitive performance. (pp. 95-122). Boca Raton, FL: CRC PRess.

Conner, T. S., & Mehl, M. R. (2012). Preface. In M. R. Mehl & T. S. Conner (Eds.), Handbook of research methods for studying daily life. (pp. xix-xxiii). New York: Guilford Press.

Conner, T. S., & Lehman, B. J. (2011). Getting started: Launching a study in daily life. In M. R. Mehl & T. S. Conner (Eds.), Handbook of research methods for studying daily life. (pp. 89-107). New York: Guilford Press.

Conner, T. S., & Tennen, H. (2009). Diary methods. In D. Matsumoto (Ed.), Cambridge dictionary of psychology. (pp. 159-160). Cambridge University Press.

Conner, T. S., Barrett, L. F., Tugade, M. M., & Tennen, H. (2007). Idiographic personality: The theory and practice of experience sampling. In R. W. Robins, R. C. Fraley & R. F. Krueger (Eds.), Handbook of research methods in personality psychology. (pp. 79-96). New York: Guildford Press.

Conner, T. S., & Tennen, H. (2007). Personality. In W. A. Darity (Ed.), International encyclopedia of the social sciences. (2nd ed.) (pp. 217-220). New York: MacMillan.

Tugade, M. M., Conner, T., & Barrett, L. F. (2007). Assessment of mood. In S. Ayers, A. Baum, C. McManus, S. Newman, K. Wallston, J. Weinman & R. West (Eds.), Cambridge handbook of psychology, health and medicine. (2nd ed.) (pp. 278-286). Cambridge University Press.

Conner, T., & Bliss-Moreau, E. (2006). Sampling human experience in naturalistic settings. In S. N. Hesse-Biber & P. Leavy (Eds.), Emergent methods in social research. (pp. 109-129). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

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Journal - Research Article

Aldaz, B. E., Treharne, G. J., Knight, R. G., Conner, T. S., & Perez, D. (2017). Oncology healthcare professionals' perspectives on the psychosocial support needs of cancer patients during oncology treatment. Journal of Health Psychology, 22(10), 1332-1344. doi: 10.1177/1359105315626999

Conner, T. S., Brookie, K. L., Carr, A. C., Mainvil, L. A., & Vissers, M. C. M. (2017). Let them eat fruit! The effect of fruit and vegetable consumption on psychological well-being in young adults: A randomized controlled trial. PLoS ONE, 12(2), e0171206. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0171206

Riordan, B. C., Conner, T. S., Flett, J. A. M., & Scarf, D. (2017). A text message intervention to reduce first year university students’ alcohol use: A pilot experimental study. Digital Health, 3. doi: 10.1177/2055207617707627

Flett, J. A. M., Lie, C., Riordan, B. C., Thompson, L. M., Conner, T. S., & Hayne, H. (2017). Sharpen your pencils: Preliminary evidence that adult coloring reduces depressive symptoms and anxiety. Creativity Research Journal, 29(4), 409-416. doi: 10.1080/10400419.2017.1376505

Conner, T. S., Thompson, L. M., Knight, R. L., Flett, J. A. M., Richardson, A. C., & Brookie, K. L. (2017). The role of personality traits in young adult fruit and vegetable consumption. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, 119. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00119

Conner, T. S., DeYoung, C. G., & Silvia, P. J. (2016). Everyday creative activity as a path to flourishing. Journal of Positive Psychology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/17439760.2016.1257049

Brookie, K. L., Mainvil, L. A., Carr, A. C., Vissers, M. C. M., & Conner, T. S. (2016). The development and effectiveness of an ecological momentary intervention to increase daily fruit and vegetable consumption in low-consuming young adults. Appetite, 108, 32-41. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2016.09.015

Aldaz, B. E., Treharne, G. J., Knight, R. G., Conner, T. S., & Perez, D. (2016). 'It gets into your head as well as your body': The experiences of patients with cancer during oncology treatment with curative intent. Journal of Health Psychology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/1359105316671185

Peniamina, R. L., Mirosa, M., Bremer, P., & Conner, T. S. (2016). The stress of food allergy issues in daily life. Psychology & Health, 31(6), 750-767. doi: 10.1080/08870446.2016.1143945

Hegarty, R. S. M., Treharne, G. J., Stebbings, S., & Conner, T. S. (2016). Fatigue and mood among people with arthritis: Carry-over across the day. Health Psychology, 35(5), 492-499. doi: 10.1037/hea0000321

Wenzel, M., Kubiak, T., & Conner, T. S. (2016). Self-control in daily life: How affect may boost or sabotage efforts at self-control. Social Psychological & Personality Science, 7(3), 195-203. doi: 10.1177/1948550616632578

Conner, T. S., & Silvia, P. J. (2015). Creative days: A daily diary study of emotion, personality, and everyday creativity. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, & the Arts, 9(4), 463-470. doi: 10.1037/aca0000022

Conner, T. S., Richardson, A. C., & Miller, J. C. (2015). Optimal serum selenium concentrations are associated with lower depressive symptoms and negative mood among young adults. Journal of Nutrition, 145(1), 59-65. doi: 10.3945/jn.114.198010

Hegarty, R. S. M., Conner, T. S., Stebbings, S., & Treharne, G. J. (2015). Feel the fatigue and be active anyway: Physical activity on high-fatigue days protects adults with arthritis from decrements in same-day positive mood. Arthritis Care & Research, 67(9), 1230-1236. doi: 10.1002/acr.22582

Riordan, B. C., Scarf, D., & Conner, T. S. (2015). Is Orientation Week a gateway to persistent alcohol use in university students? A preliminary investigation. Journal of Studies on Alcohol & Drugs, 76(2), 204-211.

Riordan, B. C., Conner, T. S., Flett, J. A. M., & Scarf, D. (2015). A brief Orientation Week ecological momentary intervention to reduce university student alcohol consumption. Journal of Studies on Alcohol & Drugs, 76(4), 525-529. doi: 10.15288/jsad.2015.76.525

Richardson, A. C., Heath, A.-L. M., Haszard, J. J., Polak, M. A., Houghton, L. A., & Conner, T. S. (2015). Higher body iron is associated with greater depression symptoms among young adult men but not women: Observational data from the Daily Life Study. Nutrients, 7, 6055-6072. doi: 10.3390/nu7085270

Conner, T. S., Brookie, K. L., Richardson, A. C., & Polak, M. A. (2015). On carrots and curiosity: Eating fruit and vegetables is associated with greater flourishing in daily life. British Journal of Health Psychology, 20(2), 413-427. doi: 10.1111/bjhp.12113

Riordan, B. C., Flett, J. A. M., Hunter, J. A., Scarf, D. K., & Conner, T. S. (2015). Fear of missing out (FoMO): The relationship between FoMO, alcohol use, and alcohol-related consequences in college students. Annals of Neuroscience & Psychology, 2, 7. Retrieved from http://www.vipoa.org/neuropsychol/2/7

Wenzel, M., Kubiak, T., & Conner, T. S. (2014). Positive affect and self-control: Attention to self-control demands mediates the influence of positive affect on consecutive self-control. Cognition & Emotion, 28(4), 747-755. doi: 10.1080/02699931.2013.851069

Peniamina, R. L., Bremer, P., Conner, T. S., & Mirosa, M. (2014). Understanding the needs of food-allergic adults. Qualitative Health Research, 24(7), 933-945. doi: 10.1177/1049732314539733

Polak, M. A., Houghton, L. A., Reeder, A. I., Harper, M. J., & Conner, T. S. (2014). Serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentrations and depressive symptoms among young adult men and women. Nutrients, 6(11), 4720-4730. doi: 10.3390/nu6114720

Peniamina, R., Bremer, P., Conner, T. S., & Mirosa, M. (2014). The food allergy journey: Understanding the lived experiences of food-allergic consumers as a pathway towards improving their wellbeing. Journal of Research for Consumers, 25, 20-52.

White, B. A., Horwath, C. C., & Conner, T. S. (2013). Many apples a day keep the blues away: Daily experiences of negative and positive affect and food consumption in young adults. British Journal of Health Psychology, 18(4), 782-798. doi: 10.1111/bjhp.12021

Wenzel, M., Conner, T. S., & Kubiak, T. (2013). Understanding the limits of self-control: Positive affect moderates the impact of task switching on consecutive self-control performance. European Journal of Social Psychology, 43(3), 175-184. doi: 10.1002/ejsp.1936

Sato, I., & Conner, T. S. (2013). The quality of time in nature: How fascination explains and enhances the relationship between nature experiences and daily affect. Ecopsychology, 5(3), 197-204. doi: 10.1089/eco.2013.0026

Polak, M. A., & Conner, T. S. (2012). Impairments in daily functioning after heavy and extreme episodic drinking in university students. Drug & Alcohol Review, 31(6), 763-769. doi: 10.1111/j.1465-3362.2012.00429.x

Conner, T. S., & Barrett, L. F. (2012). Trends in ambulatory self-report: The role of momentary experience in psychosomatic medicine. Psychosomatic Medicine, 74(4), 327-337. doi: 10.1097/PSY.0b013e3182546f18

Conner, T. S., & Reid, K. A. (2012). Effects of intensive mobile happiness reporting in daily life. Social Psychological & Personality Science, 3(3), 315-323. doi: 10.1177/1948550611419677

Herman, A. I., Conner, T. S., Anton, R. F., Gelernter, J., Kranzler, H. R., & Covault, J. (2011). Variation in the gene encoding the serotonin transporter is associated with a measure of sociopathy in alcoholics. Addiction Biology, 16(1), 124-132. doi: 10.1111/j.1369-1600.2009.00197.x

Armeli, S., Conner, T. S., Cullum, J., & Tennen, H. (2010). A longitudinal analysis of drinking motives moderating the negative affect-drinking association among college students. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 24(1), 38-47. doi: 10.1037/a0017530

Conner, T. S., Jensen, K. P., Tennen, H., Furneaux, H. M., Kranzler, H. R., & Covault, J. (2010). Functional polymorphisms in the serotonin 1B receptor gene (HTR1B) predict self-reported anger and hostility among young men. American Journal of Medical Genetics Part B, 153B(1), 67-78. doi: 10.1002/ajmg.b.30955

Jensen, K. P., Covault, J., Conner, T. S., Tennen, H., Kranzler, H. R., & Furneaux, H. M. (2009). A common polymorphism in serotonin receptor 1B mRNA moderates regulation by miR-96 and associates with aggressive human behaviors. Molecular Psychiatry, 14, 381-389. doi: 10.1038/mp.2008.15

Conner, T. S., Tennen, H., Fleeson, W., & Barrett, L. F. (2009). Experience sampling methods: A modern idiographic approach to personality research. Social & Personality Psychology Compass, 3(3), 292-313. doi: 10.1111/j.1751-9004.2009.00170.x

Gacek, P., Conner, T. S., Tennen, H., Kranzler, H. R., & Covault, J. (2008). Tryptophan hydroxylase 2 gene and alcohol use among college students. Addiction Biology, 13(3-4), 440-448. doi: 10.1111/j.1369-1600.2008.00118.x

Armeli, S., Conner, T. S., Covault, J., Tennen, H., & Kranzler, H. R. (2008). A serotonin transporter gene polymorphism (5-HTTLPR), drinking-to-cope motivation, and negative life events among college students. Journal of Studies on Alcohol & Drugs, 69, 814-823.

Armeli, S., Todd, M., Conner, T. S., & Tennen, H. (2008). Drinking to cope with negative moods and the immediacy of drinking within the weekly cycle among college students. Journal of Studies on Alcohol & Drugs, 69(2), 313-322.

Gunthert, K. C., Conner, T. S., Armeli, S., Tennen, H., Covault, J., & Kranzler, H. R. (2007). Serotonin transporter gene polymorphism (5-HTTLPR) and anxiety reactivity in daily life: A daily process approach to gene-environment interaction. Psychosomatic Medicine, 69, 762-768. doi: 10.1097/PSY.0b013e318157ad42

Covault, J., Tennen, H., Armeli, S., Conner, T. S., Herman, A. I., Cillessen, A., & Kranzler, H. R. (2007). Interactive effects of the serotonin transporter 5-HTTLPR polymorphism and stressful life events on college student drinking and drug use. Biological Psychiatry, 61, 609-616. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2006.05.018

Conner, T. S., Tennen, H., Zautra, A. J., Affleck, G., Armeli, S., & Fifield, J. (2006). Coping with rheumatoid arthritis pain in daily life: Within-person analyses reveal hidden vulnerability for the formerly depressed. Pain, 126, 198-209. doi: 10.1016/j.pain.2006.06.033

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