V. Bede Agocha

Assistant Professor in Residence (AFRA)

Ph.D., 2001, University of Missouri
Research Interests:
Mechanisms of bias & prejudice
Information processing & psychophysiology of decision making
Psychosocial mechanisms of health & risk behavior (e.g., role of alcohol in HIV-related risk taking)
Students in Research: Undergraduate students may contact this professor to see about working in his research program.
Recent Publications: Publications since 2010, indexed on Google Scholar
Representative Publications:
  • Anderson-Hanley, C., Sherman, M., Riggs, R., Agocha, V. B., & Compas, B. E. (2003). Neuropsychological effects of treatments for adults with cancer: A meta-analysis and review of the literature. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 9, 967-982.


  • Cooper, M. L., Agocha, V. B., & Powers, A. M. (1999). Motivations for condom use: Do pregnancy prevention goals undermine disease prevention among heterosexual young adults? Health Psychology, 18, 464-474.


  • Agocha, V. B., & Cooper, M. L. (1999). Risk perceptions and safer-sex intentions: Does a partner’s physical attractiveness undermine the use of risk-relevant information? Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin, 25, 746-759.


  • Dermen, K. H., Cooper, M. L., & Agocha, V. B. (1998). Sex-related alcohol expectancies as moderators of the relationship between alcohol use and risky sex in adolescents. Journal of Studies on Alcohol, 59, 71-77.


  • Cooper, M. L., Agocha, V. B., & Sheldon, M. S. (2000). A motivational perspective on risky behaviors: The role of personality and affect regulatory processes. Journal of Personality, 68, 1059-1088.


V. Bede Agocha
Contact Information
Mailing AddressUnit 1020
Office LocationBousfield 134A