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  •  icpam@asu.edu
  •  602/543-6110
  •  Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences, MC 3051 Arizona State University P.O. Box 37100, 4701 W. Thunderbird Road Phoenix
Associate Professor
Faculty, WEST Campus, Mailcode 3051
Biography

Paul Miller is an associate professor of psychology in New College's School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. He received a doctorate in educational psychology in 1984 from the University of Texas where he was honored with the Ben Futcher Award for dissertation excellence. He earned his first master's degree in school psychology from North Carolina State University in 1974 and a second master's degree in program evaluation from the University of Texas in 1980. His bachelor's degree in psychology was awarded by St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Penn. 

Miller came to the Psychology Department at ASU in 1985, as a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Postdoctoral Research Fellow, to conduct research on the socialization of children's empathy and prosocial behavior. Upon completing this fellowship, he was granted a research fellowship in 1987 through a National Institute of Mental Health Training Grant to the Prevention Research Center to study the socialization of children's coping with divorce-related stressful events. He joined the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences on the West campus of ASU in 1988.

Miller has conducted research on the socialization of empathy and coping in children and the relation of empathy to moral reasoning in children. His research has focused on socialization processes that facilitate children's learning of strategies for coping with stressful life events, such as divorce, interparental conflict, parental job loss and natural disasters. As an Investigator on a NIMH-funded grant on "Child and Family Adaptation to Parental Job Loss," he also has studied cross-cultural differences in coping socialization processes. His current research focuses on the influence of personality and past experiences on individuals’ cognitive processing of information in everyday stressful event scenes, such as natural disasters, police victimization, child bullying, child distress and family conflict.

Miller is widely published, and his work on the socialization of empathy and the relation of empathy to moral reasoning in children has appeared in major developmental journals such as Developmental Psychology, Child Development, and Merrill-Palmer Quarterly. He has also appeared within the pages of the Psychological Bulletin, Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, Qualitative Psychology, and the Journal of Child and Family Studies. His current publications have focused on maternal-child communication patterns that affect children’s recall and use of suggested coping strategies for dealing with interparental conflict and family and child coping in the context of natural disasters, specifically wildfires and tornados.

His areas of teaching specialization include developmental psychology, social development, stress and coping, and developmental psychopathology. As a licensed psychologist in the state of Arizona, Miller directs the undergraduate internship program at ASU's West campus in which psychology majors receive practical work experiences in mental health, social service, and educational agencies across the metro-Phoenix area. 

Education
  • Ph.D. Educational Psychology, University of Texas 1984
  • M.S. School Psychology, North Carolina State University 1974
  • M.A. Program Evaluation, University of Texas 1980
  • B.S. Psychology, St. Vincent College, Latrobe, PA 
Research Interests

 

Dr. Miller has conducted research on the socialization of empathy and coping in children and the relation of empathy to moral reasoning in children.  His research has focused on socialization processes that facilitate children's learning of strategies for coping with stressful life events, such as divorce, interparental conflict, parental job loss and natural disasters.  As an Investigator on a NIMH-funded grant on "Child and Family Adaptation to Parental Job Loss," he also has studied cross-cultural differences in coping socialization processes. His current research focuses on the influence of personality and past experiences on individuals’ cognitive processing of information in everyday stressful event scenes, such as natural disasters, police victimization, child bullying, child distress, and family conflict.

 

 

 Dr. Miller is widely published, and his work on the socialization of empathy and the relation of empathy to moral reasoning in children has appeared in major developmental journals such as Developmental Psychology, Child Development, and Merrill-Palmer Quarterly.  He has also appeared within the pages of the Psychological Bulletin, Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, Qualitative Psychology, and the Journal of Child and Family Studies. His current publications have focused on maternal-child communication patterns that affect children’s recall and use of suggested coping strategies for dealing with interparental conflict and family and child coping in the context of natural disasters, specifically wildfires and tornados.

Publications
  • Miller, P. A., Beard, R., & Lloyd, C. (2016, August 15). Preadolescents’ coping goals and strategies in response to postdivorce interparental conflict.  Journal of Qualitative Psychology.   Advance online publication.  DOI http://dx.doi.org.ezproxy1.lib.asu.edu/10.1037/qup0000067

  • Carlson, J.M., & Miller, P.A. (Accepted) Family burden, child disability, and the adjustment of mothers              caring for children with epilepsy: Role of social support and coping. Epilepsy and Behavior

  • Miller, P.A., & Tao, C., (Invited Chapter, submitted). Classroom intervention with young children after a tornado disaster. In J. Szente (Ed.). Assisting Children Caught in Human Crises and Environmental Disasters, New York, NY: Springer.

  • Tao, C., Miller, P.A., & Gao, J. (Invited Chapter, submitted). Coping with Parents' Work Migration in China: Left-behind Children's Stress and Adjustment. J. Szente (Ed.). Assisting Children Caught in Human Crises and Environmental Disasters, New York. NY: Springer

  • Miller, P.A., Kliewer, W., & Partch, J. Socialization of children's recall and use of strategies for coping with interparental conflict. Child and Family Studies (2009).

Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 592Research
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 484Internship
PSY 494Special Topics
PSY 584Internship
PSY 592Research
PSY 593Applied Project
PSY 599Thesis
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 465Psychology of Stress & Coping
PSY 484Internship
PSY 492Honors Directed Study
PSY 494Special Topics
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 584Internship
PSY 592Research
PSY 599Thesis
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 592Research
PSY 599Thesis
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 341Developmental Psychology
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 484Internship
PSY 592Research
PSY 593Applied Project
PSY 599Thesis
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 484Internship
PSY 492Honors Directed Study
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 584Internship
PSY 592Research
PSY 593Applied Project
PSY 595Continuing Registration
PSY 598Special Topics
PSY 599Thesis
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 484Internship
PSY 592Research
PSY 593Applied Project
PSY 595Continuing Registration
PSY 599Thesis
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 484Internship
PSY 493Honors Thesis
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 592Research
PSY 593Applied Project
PSY 595Continuing Registration
PSY 599Thesis
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 484Internship
PSY 492Honors Directed Study
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 584Internship
PSY 592Research
PSY 595Continuing Registration
PSY 599Thesis
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 484Internship
PSY 580Practicum
PSY 595Continuing Registration
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 341Developmental Psychology
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 484Internship
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 584Internship
PSY 592Research
PSY 593Applied Project
PSY 595Continuing Registration
PSY 599Thesis
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 465Psychology of Stress & Coping
PSY 484Internship
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 592Research
PSY 593Applied Project
PSY 595Continuing Registration
PSY 599Thesis
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 595Continuing Registration
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 341Developmental Psychology
PSY 399Supervised Research
SBS 484Internship
PSY 484Internship
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 593Applied Project
PSY 599Thesis
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 465Psychology of Stress & Coping
PSY 484Internship
PSY 493Honors Thesis
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 592Research
PSY 599Thesis
Presentations
  • Tao, C. , van Huisstede, L., Maldonado, S., Berry, M., & Miller, P.A. Family History Predictors of Individuals Attention to Family and Social-related Stressors. Western Psychological Association (Nov 2012).
  • Bearden, C., Mintert, J. S., & Miller, P.A.., Sweiss, J. Trauma and Victimization Effects on Individuals’Cognitive Processing of Threat and Victim Stimuli. Western Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA (Dec 2011).
  • Sweiss, J., & Miller, P.A..,. Predicting College Success from Students’ Perceptions of School and Home Predictors. Western Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA (Dec 2011).
  • Sweiss, J., Rylatt, D., Noss, L., Terrell, J. & Miller, P. A.,. The Impact of Learning Style Preferences on Encoding Social Information. Western Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA (Dec 2011).
  • Herzhaft, C., Noss, L., Miller, P.A., Mintert, J.S.,. Information Processing by Individuals Temperamentally-based Sensory Orienting Sensitivity. Western Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA (Dec 2011).
  • Mintert, J.S., Bearden, C., Miller, P.A., Terrell, H.,. Visual Processing by Anxious Individuals of Victim and Threat Cues in Stressful Scenes. Western Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA (Dec 2011).
  • Mintert, J.S., Miller, P.A., Bearden, C., Herzhaft, C. The Effect of Bullying History Affects Victims’ Gaze Patterns in Bullying Scenes. Western Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA (Dec 2011).
  • Miller, P., Bollom, M., Terrell, H. & Rylatt, D.,. Do Optimists See it Differently? Optimism and Cognitive Information Processing of Social Events. Western Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA (Dec 2011).
  • Miller, P., Herzhaft, C., Sweiss, J., & Bollom, M.,. Empathic Influences on Encoding of Threat or Victim Information in Stressful Events. Western Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA (Dec 2011).
  • Miller, P.A., Mintert, J.S., Sweiss, J., Savage, N. & Risko, E., (2011, April). Cognitive information processing of everyday stressful scenes by empathic individuals. Western Psychological Association, Los Angeles, CA (Apr 2011).
  • Mintert, J.S., Miller, P.A., Savage, N., Sweiss, J, & Risko, E. First-stage visual processing of stressful scenes in anxious individuals. Western Psychological Association, Los Angeles, CA (Apr 2011).
  • Zamora, A., Miller, P.A., Roberts, N. A., Burleson, M., Tinsley, B.J., Weber, D.J., Pugliese, J.A., & Bernal, A.M. Parents’ Socialization of Children’s Coping During Natural Disasters: Similarities and Differences Across Wildfires and Tornados. Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Denver, CO (Apr 2009).
  • Miller, Paul, Campbell, Tiffany, Ayers, Tim, Flores, Antoinette, Jeffress, Lauren, Chow, Wai-Ying, Jones, Sara. Consistency Between Parents’ Self-reported and Observed Coping Socialization Practices. Western Psychological Association
  • Miller, Paul, Scott, Angela, Ayers, Tim. Consistency Between Children’s Self-reported and Interview-based Threat Appraisals. Western Psychological Association
Professional Associations

American Psychological Association

Service
  • Interim Associate Director, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences (2016-2017)
  • Director, Undergraduate Internship Program (2005 - Present)
  • Psychology Program Learning Outcomes Assessment (2005-Present)
  • Chair, Faculty Assembly, New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences (2010- Present)
  • ASU ACETS Course Articulation for Psychology West Campus Representative, Member (2009 - Present)
  • ASU University Standards Committee, Member (2013 - 2015)
  • Society for Research in Child Development, Reviewer (2010 - Present)
  • ACETs West Campus Psychology Representative, Evaluate transfer credit equivalencies for psychology courses (2010 - Present)
  • ASU Psychology Coordinating Committee, Member (2009 - 2014)
  • Division Faculty Meetings, attended regularly (2009 - Present)
  • Early Childhood Research Quarterly, ad hoc reviewer (2009 - Present)
  • J of Applied Social Psychology, reviewer (2009 - Present)
  • Journal of Anxiety, Stress & Coping, Reviewer (2009 - Present)
  • Journal of Applied Social Psychology, Reviewer (2009 - Present)
  • Psychology Articulation Task Force-Statewide group, West Campus Representative (2008 - Present)
  • Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, Conference Program Reviewer (2008 - Present)
  • Child Development, Reviewer (2007 - Present)
  • Faculty Senate-Executive Senate, Member (2007 - 2009)
  • Crossorads of Childhood Conference Committee (X), Member, Presenter, Host (2006 - 2010)
  • Expert Speaker Bureau, consultant (2006 - Present)
  • Learning Outcomes Assessment, Chair, Psychology Program (2006 - Present)Crossroads of Childhood-X, Member of Planning Committee, Host/Emcee, Workshop Presenter (2005 - Present)
  • J. of Orthopsychiatry, Reviewer (2005 - Present)
  • Society for Research in Child Development, Revierwer (2011 - 2012)
  • Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues- American Psychological Association, Reviewer (2011 - 2011)
  • Society for Research in Child Development, Revierwer (2011 - 2011)
  • Chair, Academic Program Review (2008 - 2011)
  • Crossroads of Childhood, Planning Committee, Coordinator, Host and Workshop Presenter (1994 - 2008)
  • Faculty Senate, Senator Representing Social & Behavioral Sciences Department (2006 - 2008)