Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College


Michael Berg

Michael Berg

Associate Professor of Psychology

Ph.D., M.S., University of Massachusetts, Amherst
B.S., Tufts University

Main Interests

Health and Social Psychology

Research Interests

Weight-based  prejudice and its influence on attitudes towards obesity-reducing public policies. Weight stereotypes and impression formation. HIV-related health behaviors such as testing and appointment adherence and their impact on health outcomes.

Teaching Interests

Senior Seminar, Lab in Social Psychology, Health Psychology, Social Psychology, Quantitative Research Methods, and First Year Seminar.


Berg, M. B., Mimiaga, M. J., Grasso, C., Boswell, S., Mayer, K.H., Safren, S. A. (2005). Nonadherence to medical appointments is associated with increased plasma HIV RNA and decreased CD4 cell counts in a community-based HIV primary care clinic. AIDS Care, 17, 902-907.

Berg, M. B., Mimiaga, M. J., & Safren, S. A. (2004). Mental health concerns of HIV-infected gay and bisexual men seeking mental health services: an observational study. AIDS Patient Care and STDs, 18, 635-643.

Berg, M. B., Janoff-Bulman, R., & Cotter, J. (2001). Perceiving value in obligations and goals: Wanting to do what should be done. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 27, 982-995.

Janoff-Bulman, R. & Berg, M. B. (1998). Disillusionment and the creation of value: From Traumatic loss to existential gains. In J.H. Harvey (Ed.), Perspectives on loss: A Source Book. (pp. 35-27). Philadelphia, Brunner/Mazel.