James Pennebaker

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James W. Pennebaker is professor of psychology at The University of Texas at Austin, where he received his Ph.D. in 1977. He has been on the faculty at UT since 1997.

Dr. Pennebaker explores the links between traumatic experiences and physical and mental health. His studies find that physician use, medical costs and alcohol use can be reduced and work performance increased by simple writing and/or talking exercises. His most recent research focuses on the nature of language and emotion in the real world.

Dr. Pennebaker is the author or editor of eight books and more than 200 articles.  His most recent book is “Writing to Heal: A Guided Journal for Recovering from Trauma and Emotional Upheaval,” a workbook aimed for a general audience and designed to guide people who want to write about emotional issues in their lives.


Fall 2005

Introduction to Psychology, PSY 301