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

Research Interests

I am excited most by topics that combine social psychological research techniques and theory (e.g., issues of identity, prejudice, or motivation) with public health outcomes, with a particular focus on traditionally underserved populations and issues of inequality. Several courses that I teach closely represent this perspective including Health Psychology, Social Psychology, Quantitative Research Methods, and the Lab in Social Psychology. Likewise, my scholarship has focused on interdisciplinary topics such as:

 Weight-based prejudice & 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. (in press). Health Locus of Control as Manifested in Individuals Attending a State-Run Medical Dispensary in Northern, India. Ethnicity and Health.

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 

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