After earning her Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology from Furman University, Megan Haggard completed her Masters and Doctoral degrees at Baylor University under the guidance of Dr. Wade Rowatt. Her Masters Thesis examined the role of religious priming on sexist attitudes, while her dissertation research focused on investigating and testing various measures of intellectual humility, including the Limitations-Owning Intellectual Humility Scale, which she also helped to develop. Dr. Haggard then spent one year at the Institute for the Study of Human Flourishing at the University of Oklahoma, where she worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow. While at the Institute, Dr. Haggard continued to research impact of intellectual humility on emotions, cognitions, and behaviors, examined the role of curiosity in everyday life, explored the parallels between Aristotelian vice and modern theories of psychopathy, and collaborated with OU’s Philosophy department on predicting continuation in a philosophy major by gender.
Her research interests include personality psychology, particularly the virtues of curiosity and intellectual humility, differences in personal morals by gender, the influence of religion on feelings toward in-groups and out-groups, and advanced statistical analysis.
Demarest, H., Robertson, S., Haggard, M.C., Seaver, M., & Bickel, J.L. (2017). Similarity and enjoyment: Predicting continuation for women in philosophy. Analysis.
Leman, J., Haggard, M.C., Meagher, B.R., & Rowatt, W.C. (2017). Personality predictors and correlates of humility. In Worthington, E., Davis, D., & Hook, J. (Eds.), Handbook of Humility: Theory, Research, and Applications. Routledge Press.
Haggard, M.C., Kang, L., Rowatt, W.C., & Shen, M.J. (2015). Associations among religiousness and community volunteerism in national random samples of American adults. Journal for Prevention and Intervention in the Community, 43(3), 175-185. doi: 0.1080/10852352.2014.973277
Rowatt, W.C., Kang, L.L., Haggard, M.C., & Labouff, J.P. (2014). A social-personality perspective on humility, religiousness, and spirituality. Journal of Psychology and Theology, 42(1), 31-40.
Shen, M.J., Haggard, M.C., Strassburger, D.C., & Rowatt, W.C. (2014). Testing the “love thy neighbor” hypothesis: Religiosity’s association with positive attitudes toward ethnic/racial and value-violating out-groups. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 5(4), 294-303. doi:0.1037/a0033648