Dr. Violet Cheung is a professor in the department of psychology at the University of San Francisco. Her research on mass emotions started 15 years ago while completing her doctorate degree at UC Berkeley; she examined angry responses to the 9/11 terrorist attack and how the public sentiment precipitated the U.S. to go to war. She now focuses on anxious and fearful responses in the new contexts of cyber insecurity and the migrant crisis using Big Data Analytics. Her research was funded by the American Psychological Association and her first-author publications appeared in journals such as Aggressive Behavior, Political Psychology, and Emotion.
- Member-at-large, Division 48, American Psychological Association
- Board member, Society for Terrorism Research
- Associate editor, Behavioral Studies of Terrorism and Political Aggression journal
- PhD, University of California, Berkeley
- anxiety, fear and anger
- public sentiments
- big data analytics
- emotion processes
- Selected Publications
Cheung-Blunden, V. (2020). Situational insecurity versus entrenched ideologies as the source of right-wing voters’ anti-migrant sentiment on both sides of the Atlantic. Journal of Applied Social Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1111/jasp.12663
Cheung-Blunden, V., Cropper, K., Panis, A. & Davis, K. (2018). Functional Divergence of Two Threat-induced Emotions: Fear-based versus Anxiety-based Cybersecurity Preferences. Emotion. https://doi.org/10.1037/emo0000508
Cheung-Blunden, V. & Khan, S. (2018). "A Modified Peer Rating System to Recognize Rating Skill as a Learning Outcome." Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education. 43(1), 58-67. https://doi.org/10.1080/02602938.2017.1280721
Cheung-Blunden, V. and Ju, J. (2016). "Anxiety as a Barrier to Information Processing in the Event of a Cyberattack." Political Psychology. 37(3), 387-400.
Blunden, B. and Cheung, V. (2014). Behold a Pale Farce. Walterville, OR: Trine Day LLC.
Cheung-Blunden, V. and Blunden, B. (2013). "Cyber-Terrorism: Fear, Anger and Anxiety as Agents of Change." In Radicalization, Terrorism, and Conflict, eds. T. Walters, R. Monaghan, and J. M. Ramirez. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 268-290.
Cheung-Blunden, V. & Blunden, B. (2008). "Paving the Road to War with Group Membership, Appraisal Antecedents and Anger." Aggressive Behavior, 34, 175-189.
Cheung-Blunden, V. and Blunden, B. (2008). "The Emotional Construal of War: Anger, Fear, and Other Negative Emotions." Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 14, 123-150.
Cheung-Blunden, V. & Juang, L. P. (2008). "Expanding Acculturation Theory: Are Acculturation Models and the Adaptiveness of Acculturation Strategies Generalizable in a Colonial Context?" International Journal of Behavioral Development, 32, 21-34.
- Awards & Distinctions
Post Sabbatical Merit Award, University of San Francisco, 2020
Invited Address, American Psychological Association Annual Convention, 2019
Lynn Stuart Weiss Lecture Award, American Psychological Foundation, 2019
Presentation Award, International Conference on Conflict and Aggression, 2013
Young Investigator Award, XIXth world meeting, International Society for Research on Aggression, 2010