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David Weissman

Graduate Student
Entry Year: 2018-2019
Faculty Mentor(s): Andrew Elliot

447 Meliora Hall
Fax: (585) 273-1100

Research Overview

I am broadly interested in exploring how interpersonal relationships and social interaction influence motivation and goal pursuit across different contexts.

Selected Publications

  • Weissman, D. L., Hangen, E. J., Thorstenson, C. A., & Elliot, A. J. (2018). Competition and Performance Goals: The Moderating Effect of Perceived Competence. Poster to be presented at the 19th Annual SPSP Meeting, Atlanta, GA.
  • Weissman, D. L., Hangen, E. J., Thorstenson, C. A., & Elliot, A. J. (2017). Perceived Competence and Preferential Performance Goal Adoption. Poster presented at the 4th annual SPAWN Conference, Rochester, NY.
  • Weissman, D. L., Mukherjee, L., Thorstenson, C. A., Pazda, A. D., & Elliot, A. J. (2016). Facial redness increases women's attractiveness: Mediation through perceived healthiness. Poster presented at the 3rd annual SPAWN Conference, Syracuse, NY.


  • Teaching Assistant: Theories of Personality and Psychotherapy (Fall 2016)
  • Teaching Assistant: Social Psychology and Individual Differences (Spring 2016)


  • Robert L. and Mary L. Sproull University Fellowship (2018-2020)
  • University of Rochester OUR student travel award (2018)
  • Take Five Scholarship, University of Rochester (2017-2018)
  • Dr. Herbert L. Zimmer Award in Undergraduate Research (2017)
  • Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society (2017)
  • Psi Chi Honor Society in Psychology (2016)
  • Dean's Merit Scholarship, University of Rochester (2013-2017)
  • Dean's List, University of Rochester (2013-2018)