Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College


Michael Berg

Michael Berg

Associate Professor of Psychology
Coordinator, Public Health Program

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

Research Interests

My scholarly pursuits combine social psychological theory (e.g., issues of identity, prejudice, and motivation) and public health outcomes, with a particular focus on social inequality and traditionally underserved populations. This approach, commonly referred to as the biopsychosocial approach to health, focuses on the interaction between the body, the mind, and social forces in an interdisciplinary fashion. Several courses that I teach closely reflect this perspective including Health Psychology, Social Psychology, Quantitative Research Methods, and the Lab in Social Psychology. Likewise, my scholarship has focused on interdisciplinary health topics such as:

  • Weight-based prejudice, body dissatisfaction, & public health policy attitudes
  • Issues of identity in tobacco attitudes and behavior
  • Health locus of control beliefs in the working poor of India
  • Social factors influencing HIV primary care outcomes in the gay community

Teaching Interests

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


Berg, M. B. & *Anshika, A. (2016). Health Locus of Control as Manifested in Individuals Attending a State-Run Medical Dispensary in Northern, India. Ethnicity and Health. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13557858.2016.1244622

Berg, M. B., Lin, L., *Hollar, S., *Walker, S., & *Erickson, L. (2016). The relationship between weight-based prejudice and attitudes towards obesity-reducing public policies. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policyhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1111/asap.12113 

Lin, L., McCormack, H., Kruczkowski, L., Berg, M. B.  (2015). How women's perception of peer weight preferences are related to drive for thinness. Sex Roles, 72, 117-126. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11199-015-0446-4

Berg, M. B., Mimiaga, M. J., Safren, S. A. (2008). Mental health concerns of gay and bisexual men seeking mental health services. Journal of Homosexuality, 54(3), 293-306. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00918360801982215

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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00918360801982215

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. http://dx.doi.org/ 10.1089/apc.2004.18.635

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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0146167201278006


* - Wheaton Student