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Ann Eisenberg, Ph.D.

Department of Psychology

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Phone: (210) 458-5707
Office: MH 4.02.26
Office hours: M 3:30-4:30, T 2:30-3:30, Th 9:00-10:00

Research area: Developmental Psychology

Additional Information
  • Biography

    Ann Eisenberg serves as Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) and Campus Coordinator for the Terry Scholarship Program and the Archer Fellowship Program.  Dr. Eisenberg received her B.A. and M.A. in psychology in 1978 from The Johns Hopkins University and her Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1982.  She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Educational Testing Services (ETS) before joining the faculty at UTSA in 1983.  Dr. Eisenberg served as Director of the University Honors Program from 1990-2002 and Associate Dean of the Honors College from 2002-2016.

    Dr. Eisenberg has published articles on the influence of gender, culture, and socioeconomic status on family interaction patterns (particularly family conflict).  She has received research grants from the National Institute of Health and Child Development and the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented as well as grants to establish several training programs at UTSA – the UTSA Women and Minority Undergraduate Research Program (Department of Education, 1994-1995), the UTSA Ronald E. McNair Scholar Development Program (Department of Education, 1995-1999), the Career Opportunities in Research (COR) Honors Undergraduate Training Program (National Institute of Mental Health, 2000-2005), and the Michigan Bridge to the Doctorate Program (with Dr. Harold Neighbors of the University of Michigan; National Institutes of Health, 2002-2005).

    At present, Dr. Eisenberg’s research focuses on autobiographical memories, gender, and emotions, primarily among college students.  She is examining cultural differences in the accessibility of personal, emotionally-based memories and testing the hypothesis that accessibility of such memories is associated with values, such as familism and collectivism.  She is also exploring gender differences in proneness to guilt, with an eye toward examining what aspects of women’s socialization are associated with the higher levels of guilt that women report.  She also is conducting research on how parent-child interaction shapes children’s understanding of televised material.


    PhD in Developmental Psychology, University of California-Berkeley

    M.A. in Psychology, Johns Hopkins University

    B.A. in Psychology, Johns Hopkins University

  • Recent Courses

    • 2503  Developmental Psychology
    • 3523 Psych of Adulthood & Aging
    • 4323  Psychology of Language
    • 5113  Contemp Resch Paradigm in Psych
    • HON 3301  Graduate School Workshop
  • Research in Progress

    The influence of gender and ethnicity on the accessibility of personal memories; individualism and collectivism among Mexican American and European American college students: stereotypes and realities; parental expressiveness and children's perceptions of parent's emotions; social constructions of gender through language; verb acquisition in English and Spanish.

  • Recent Publications

    • Hohenstein, J. M., Eisenberg, A., & Naigles, L. (2006). Is he floating across or crossing afloat? Cross-influence of L1 and L2 in Spanish-English bilingual adults. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 9, 249-261.
    • Hohenstein, J. L., Naigles, L. R., & Eisenberg, A. R. (2006). Keeping verb acquisition in motion: A comparison of English and Spanish.  In S. Waxman & G. Hall (Eds.), Weaving a Lexicon, (pp. 569-602). Erlbaum.
    • Eisenberg, A. R. (2002).  Maternal teaching talk within families of Mexican descent: Influences of SES and task. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Science, 24, 207-225.
    • Wenzlaff, R. M., & Eisenberg, A. R. (2001). Mental control after dysphoria: Evidence of a suppressed depressive bias. Behavior Therapy, 32, 27-45.
    • Eisenberg, A. R. (1999). Emotion talk among Mexican American and Anglo American mothers and children from two social classes. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, 45, 259-277.
    • Wenzlaff, R. M. & Eisenberg, A. R. (1998).  Parental restrictiveness of negative emotions: Sowing the seeds of thought suppression.  Psychological Inquiry, 9, 310-313.
    • Naigles, L. R., Eisenberg, A. R., Kako, E., Highter, M., & McGraw, N. (1998). Speaking of motion: Verb use in English and Spanish. Language and Cognitive Processes, 13, 521-549.
    • Eisenberg, A. R. (1998).  Honors in a diverse metropolitan context: The role of leadership. Metropolitan Universities, 9, 79-88.
    • Eisenberg, A. R. (1996). The conflict talk of mothers and children: Patterns related to culture, SES, and gender of child. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, 42, 438-458.
  • Honors and Awards

    • UTSA Ambassadors’ Amber Award, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2008
    • UTSA Million Dollar Scholar Award, 1999
    • President’s Distinguished Award for University Service, 1997
    • W.K. Kellogg National Fellow, 1990-1993

    Academic and Professional Activities

    • Associate Dean of the Honors College
    • Director, Career Opportunities in Research (COR) Program
    • Co-Director, UTSA Michigan Bridge to the Doctorate Program