Summer 2013 - 2013 Research Internships in
Hojooba’ bee la’ hooniil,
Undergraduate Research into the Social Psychophysiology of Compassion

Faculty Research Projects:

Heidi Wayment is a Social Health Psychologist who specializes in self-concept and self-orientation, attachment style, empathy and helping following collective loss, and Native American identity and risky sexual behavior. Dr. Wayment maintains an active research program and has long been instrumental in undergraduate and graduate curriculum improvements for our Department. She has an established record in mentoring undergraduate students and has presented over 50 posters with undergraduate students in the past 12 years. She recently received an APA Stand Alone Conference Grant for the creation of “The Quiet Ego: Implications of a Less Defensive Orientation Toward the Self and Others” conference held at NAU in October 2005 at which numerous faculty, graduate, and undergraduate papers were presented and from which an edited book was produced: Transcending Self-Interest: Psychological Explorations of the Quiet Ego. "What kinds of defensive strategies prevent individuals from identifying with others?" "What personal and societal costs and benefits may come from an empathic stance toward others?" “What are the unique cultural practices that shape the development of compassion?” “How does one develop the components of compassionate caring within specific cultural groups?” “What are the individual skills and social ecologies requisite to the development of a compassionate identity?” “Can compassionate meditation, or a more culturally specific meditation or ritual, enhance a person’s attachment security and compassionate behaviors?”