What Is the HAMMER Lab All About?

The “HAMMER” in the HAMMER Lab stands for:


This acronym captures two important facets of our research.  First, we study what stops people from seeking professional healthcare when they need it.  Second, we use cutting-edge statistical methods to evaluate the reliability, validity, and cross-cultural utility of popular psychological instruments.  These facets often intersect (e.g., “How accurately do measures of help-seeking attitudes actually measure attitudes among individuals from rural Appalachia?”).

Who works in the Hammer Lab?

The Lab is headed by Dr. Hammer and the team includes doctoral, master’s, and undergraduate students.  Current UK students who are interested in the topics of help seeking and multicultural measurement are invited to talk with Dr. Hammer about the possibility of joining the Lab.

Current Lab Members:

Here’s a video snippet of a HAMMER Lab member, Doug Spiker, talking about his help seeking research during a FRED Talk at UK:

How Does the Hammer Lab Function?

To learn more about the structure and function of the HAMMER Lab, check out the hot-linked Table of Contents in the description of my “Introduction to the Hammer Lab” video.

HAMMER Lab meetings are held on Tuesdays from 4pm to 5pm during the fall and spring semesters.  Optional meetings are held during the summer months.

How do I Join the HAMMER Lab?

If you are a prospective Counseling Psychology PhD student interested in coming to UK to work with me as a doctoral advisee, please visit my Prospective PhD Student page.

If you are a prospective Counseling Psychology MS student interested in joining our doctoral preparation master’s program and the HAMMER Lab, check out my Prospective MS Student page.

If you are a current UK doctoral or master’s student, please email Dr. Hammer regarding your interest.  Be sure to articulate why you are interested in the Lab and what kind of experiences you are hoping to get from being involved in the Lab.  The Lab welcomes students from outside our Department as well.  PhD and MS students interested in joining the HAMMER Lab must be available to attend our weekly Tuesday 4-5pm meetings.

If you are a current UK undergraduate student interested in earning PSY 395/394 credit by completing a research assistantship (RA) with the HAMMER Lab, please stop by my Prospective Undergraduate RA’s page.

What current projects are HAMMER Lab members working on?

  • Factors influencing mental healthcare access for Black Americans
  • Predicting college student veterans’ help seeking
  • Factors influencing couples help seeking / marriage counseling
  • Factors influencing substance abuse help seeking
  • How the integrated care (versus classic referral) context influences help seeking perceptions
  • Talk therapy accessibility for people who are deaf and hard of hearing
  • Teletherapy help seeking attitudes
  • Help seeking among people with limb loss
  • Gender role conformity, body image dissatisfaction, and dependent exercise behaviors among men
  • The relationship between political ideology and conformity to masculine norms
  • Conformity to masculine norms among trans men
  • Factors influencing intention to provide mental health first aid
  • Measuring spirituality across religious, spiritual, and secular people